Portside Snapshot - June 30, 2017



Trump‘s Red Line

Seymour Hersh
Die Welt
President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.

Still on White Privilege

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
I often wonder whether even those who acknowledge the phenomenon of white privilege and work assiduously to obviate its impact on, specifically, black lives, know how widespread is its impact and how enmeshed it is in the very framework of life in this country.

SCOPE Joins the STAND LA Coalition: Fight to End Oil Drilling in Los Angeles

Erick Huerta
SCOPE, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Throughout its history, the fossil fuel industry has played a major role in the development of the City of Los Angeles. Due to over-development and a history of poor, often racialized, land use decisions, many drilling sites are located in communities with a higher percentage of residents of color, and high rates of poverty, unemployment, and linguistic isolation.

Tidbits - June 29, 2017 - Reader Comments: Truckers Strike; Trumpcare Round One; White Workers Against Racism; Workers and Unions; Roseanne Barr; Handmaid's Tale; Radical History; More on the United and Popular Front; AlterNet Hiring; and more....

Reader Comments: Truckers Strike Against "Owner-Operator" Debt and Poverty; Trumpcare Down, But Not Out; Working Class Whites Organize Against Racism; Slavery; Workers and Unions; Roseanne Barr; Handmaid's Tale and Race; Herb March - Untold Working Class and Communist History; Julian Assange; More on the United and Popular Front - Reality, Theory and Relevance for Today; Honduras; CIA Torture; AlterNet is Hiring; and more....

Whole Foods Market, Amazon and Inhospitable Hospitality

Gary Herman
Union Solidarity International
With Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods, everything about the company is changing. But there remains one constant: Whole Foods still intends to be “100 percent union-free”. The hostility to worker rights that the two companies share is the future they envision for the entire hospitality industry.

Down From the Mountain: Venezuela's Chavez

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
Hugo Chavez, with Ignacio Ramonet, Chavez: My First Life (translated by Ann Wright)
Verso, 544 pp, Hardback, $36.00, August 2016,
ISBN 978 1 78478 383 9

A balanced look at the early days and years in power of Venezuelan general cum President Hugo Chavez, who, while widely accused of authoritarian practices against his opposition, was singular among Latin American populist leaders in never aligning with the nation's bourgeoisie or turning on his left allies.




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