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Wanna Fix the Food System? Science Can Help

Mark Bittman
MarkBittman.com
I am excited to announce my new partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, a team of scientists, economists and politicians working towards transforming our current food system into one that endeavors to grow food that’s healthy, green, affordable, and fair.

A Year Later, the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Still Stings

Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone
Cops become instant media villains for decisions made in frenzied minutes or seconds. But the politicians and judges behind them spend months and years of calculation building walls to hide the same acts. Most of the time, they get away with it. Even in the most high-profile cases, justice is a marathon.

The Shame of Tax Havens

Reuven Avi-Yonah
The American Prospect
Tax havens cost the world’s governments hundreds of billions of dollars a year, promote corruption, and undermine the rule of law. They are part of a larger worrisome pattern in which the world’s corporations outrun the governing capacity of states.

The Entire Labor Movement Should Be Paying Attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Joe Burns
In These Times
The Kohler plant has a history of intense battles, including a 1934 strike which resulted in the formation of a company union. After the workers abandoned company unionism for the UAW, one of the longest strikes in U.S. history commenced in 1954. Every time these battles are lost, it sends message that unions can’t defend their members and the union movement is dead. Conversely, when workers win these fights, confidence in labor grows and organizing becomes a bit easier.

Portside Needs Your Help...Our Annual Appeal

Portside
Every year at this time, Portside asks all our readers for help, for support. Every year our readers come thru. We have great readers! We run these appeals for just two weeks. If you have already contributed, many thanks! If you haven't... what could be a better time than at the start of the week? If you have thought of going to our donate page, but haven't...please do. Here's why we are asking for your support.

TV Writers Weigh In: Is Mexican Television Glorifying Narcos?

Andrew S. Vargas
Remezcla
From ethically dubious telenovelas like El señor de los cielos to brutally insightful features like El infierno, Mexican media has become in many ways a reflection of the violence that has racked the country since the Cártel de Juárez took over the coke game from Pablo Escobar back in the 1990s.

The U.S. Wages a Dangerous Campaign in Venezuela Elections

Mark Weisbrot
Huffington Post
The U.S. campaign to delegitimize Venezuela’s December 6th parliamentary elections can only encourage violence by a right-wing opposition that has repeatedly refused to peacefully accept the results of Venezuela’s democratic process. The U.S. government, which initially refused to recognize the results of Venezuela’s 2013 Presidential elections, is seeking to discredit Sunday’s vote if the conservative opposition fails to win a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

Charles Koch Gave $90 Million to Influence Higher Ed in the South

Alex Kotch
Facing South
The proposed center at WCU is part of a long campaign by Koch to influence higher education. The Charles Koch Foundation along with three other groups led by Koch gave nearly $108 million to 366 colleges and universities from 2005 to 2014, finds an Institute for Southern Studies investigation, building on research by Greenpeace.

Portside Needs Your Help

Portside
Once a year, Portside Labor asks all of our readers for support. Every year our readers come thru. We run these appeals for just two weeks. If you have already contributed, many thanks! If you haven't... what could be a better time than over the weekend. If you have thought of going to our donate page, but haven't...please do. Here's why we are asking for your support.

The Necessity of Football

JAMIL SMITH
The New Republic
Too few of us recognize ourselves in the beauty and the carnage the NFL presents each Sunday. The game won’t change because we’re not changing. I hope a new audience will be exposed to Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story and understand that the only way to get football to change is to present its faults in an uncompromising fashion, pressuring the NFL and those who love the sport to face themselves and do better.

The Reign of Absurdiocy

Uri Avnery
Gush Shalom
There is no such thing as "international terrorism". To declare war on "international terrorism" is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.

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