The Alliance Truthout Portal  
http://www.theportlandalliance.org/truthout


for complete stories checkout http://www.truth-out.org


Campaigns Promising the "Restoration" of the Middle Class Accept Poverty as Inevitable

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A campaign promise to rebuild a "robust" middle class leaves an impoverished class below it.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

 

Reverse Robin Hood: $6 Billion Businesses Preying on Poor People

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

 

Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women's Day

Read the Article at Women's Earth and Climate Action Network

 

Supreme Court: Alabama Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Adoptions

Read the Article at RH Reality Check

 

The Electric Age: How the "Super Battery" Can Save Us From Mass Extinction

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

 

Living Behind Cardboard Walls in Orange County, California

Read the Article at Capital & Main

 

The Thirty-Year Economic Betrayal Dragging Down Generation Y's Income

Read the Article at the Guardian US

 

Veterans Urge Presidential Candidates to Say No to Militarism

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Republican presidential candidates have embraced Islamophobia and the use of torture (either subtly or overtly) as they call to expand the role of the US military. However, many veterans disagree with these positions, and they're holding candidates accountable on the campaign trail.

Read the Article 

A New Strategy to Address Climate Change: Suing for Community Rights

Dana Drugmand, Truthout: The climate crisis cannot be fixed using traditional legal or political tools. Deeper, structural changes are necessary, such as a new system of political economy or a new legal framework based on the public trust doctrine, or both.

Read the Article 

On Foreign Policy, Bernie Sanders Could Learn From UK's Jeremy Corbyn

Usaid Siddiqui, Truthout: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a golden opportunity to shift the debate on many of the United States' dubious foreign and military relationships. On drone policy and Israel-Palestine, specifically, Sanders could learn a few things from UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Read the Article 

"Broken Promises": How Congressional Democrats Are Pushing the TPP to the Brink

Sam Sacks and Sam Knight, The District Sentinel: It is a lasting tribute to Washington's cynicism that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might die, not because it is a bad deal for working families, but because it wouldn't grant rights to tobacco companies. The TPP has never been more in doubt than it is at this stage.

Read the Book Excerpt 

New Teflon Toxin Causes Cancer in Lab Animals

Sharon Lerner, The Intercept: The chemical introduced by DuPont in 2009 to replace the toxic surfactant PFOA causes many of the same health problems in lab tests that the original chemical did, including cancer and reproductive problems. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has not further evaluated these concerns.

Read the Article 

Hillary vs. Bernie vs. the 1%

Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org: Both candidates still standing in the Democratic Party primary race have proposed tax plans that would, if enacted, slow the top 1% wealth express. But the rates of slowdown the two candidates are proposing vary significantly.

Read the Article 

Henry Giroux: Trump's Popularity Can Be Attributed to Culture of Fear, Racism and Hate

Dwight Drummond, CBC News Network: Henry Giroux explains that Donald Trump's popularity can, in part, be attributed to at least three issues. By feeding off widespread anger, Trump makes clear that he is, in exaggerated form, symptomatic of a larger problem, which is an assault on democracy itself.

Watch the Video 

Koch-ALEC Right-to-Work Power Play Exposed in a Small Illinois Village

Kim Haddow, PR Watch: How did a town with a population of 7,280 become a front line in the national fight to destroy unions? Because Lincolnshire, Illinois, is in the vanguard of the latest localized scheme to dismantle unions drawn directly from the Koch playbook.

Read the Article 

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Republicans Favor States' Rights - Except When They Threaten Big Business, and More

In today's On the News segment: If Republicans have their way, soon it may be much harder for states to take on massive industries; China is waging a war on coal; in some areas, almost half of the insect pollinator species have disappeared; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Energy Wars of Attrition: The Irony of Oil Abundance

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch: Just as the peak oil theorists failed to foresee crucial technological breakthroughs in the energy world and how they would affect fossil fuel production, the industry and its boosters failed to anticipate the impact of a gusher of additional oil and gas on energy prices.

Read the Article 

Here's to Flint: An Unprecedented Look at the Battle for Clean Water in Flint From the ACLU

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: As voters head to the polls in four states today, with Michigan seen as the top prize, the ongoing Flint water crisis has become a major campaign issue for Democrats. A new film tells the inside story of how local residents, journalists and scientists organized to uncover the water contamination emergency.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy's Obstructionism

Alex Kotch, DeSmogBlog: Duke Energy, the largest utility in the United States, has so far succeeded in keeping third-party solar illegal in North Carolina, but conservative and liberal factions alike are trying to change that, using different strategies.

Read the Article 

Students Assert Their "Right to Dissent" in India

Bhavana Mahajan, Waging Nonviolence: A new era in public debate has dawned in India over the last few weeks, following the government's crackdown on students and universities across the country under the guise of protecting "nationalist sentiment."

Read the Article 


BuzzFlash

State of the Union Reveals Obama's Failed Vision of "Hope and Change"

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It has been grassroots advocates who have demanded transformative change through passionate, savvy and uncompromising actions, not members of the Obama administration.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

These California Nuns Grow Medical Marijuana, but Their City Wants to Shut Them Down

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Civil Disobedience Often Leads to Jail, but Now, Protesters Can Explain Themselves

Read the Article at the Guardian US

Prominent Evangelical Christian Leader Accused of Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Welfare Hypocrisy: Red States Are the Real Freeloaders

Watch the Ring of Fire Video at BuzzFlash

High-Tech Manufacturing's Disposable Workers

Read the Article at The Nation

More Than a Heckler: My Commitment to Fight for Liberation

Read the Article at The Advocate

Anti-Obama March Organizer Fatally Shoots Right-Wing Militant Buddy in Drunken Dispute Over Gun

Read the Article at Raw Story


Obama Counters GOP Pessimism With Hope and Hard Truth

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: By tradition, the opening aria of a president's State of the Union address always includes the line, "The state of our union is strong." President Obama saved that line for the end, a muted huzzah. This was not a pep rally in the common fashion. This was candor.

Read the Article 

Mosquito-Borne Illness Fueled by Climate Change Linked to Spike in Birth Defects in Brazil

Brian Moench, Truthout: As the earth warms and grows more humid, virulent infectious diseases spread by insects are on the rise. Last year, more than 3,000 babies in Brazil were born with a congenital condition of the brain, which may be linked to a mosquito-borne illness called Zika.

Read the Article 

FDA's Ban of Three Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics

Sharon Kelly, Earth Island Journal: The Food and Drug Administration has banned three chemicals from food packaging materials known to be associated with health risks. However, the chemical industry has already replaced the banned chemicals with new compounds that have received little scientific scrutiny.

Read the Article 

An Alternative State of the Union: Progressives on Obama's Legacy and Their Hopes for His Final Year

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: A panel of guests analyzes President Obama's last State of the Union address. "I think this message that President Obama came in with eight years ago around hope and change is a message that I think people are still looking for," says guest Alicia Garza, cofounder of Black Lives Matter. "How are we going to accomplish that?"

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

The Rise of Shadow Banks and the Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act

Deena Zaidi, Truthout: While the total number of shadow banks decreased immediately after the 2008 financial crisis, their numbers have picked up in recent years. Unlike traditional commercial banks, shadow banks are unregulated and not subject to traditional banking regulations. Therein lies the risk.

Read the Article 

Water Tanks Are a Way of Life in California Community During Drought

Joanna Lin and Emmanuel Martinez, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: What began as an emergency response to California's four-year drought has become a way of life. Water tanks are now the primary source of water for more than 540 households in Tulare County, the epicenter of the drought.

Read the Article 

Huge US Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy

Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News: One of the nation's largest coal companies, Arch Coal, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, making it the second company with large Western mines to seek Chapter 11 restructuring in recent months. Is this a harbinger of things to come for the fossil fuel industry as a whole?

Read the Article 

SCOTUS v. Public Sector Unions and Sanders v. All GOP Opponents

Brad Friedman, TheBradBlog: New polls reveal Bernie Sanders far outpacing Hillary Clinton in head-to-head matchups against all potential Republican challengers, and constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser discusses the US Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Read the Article and Listen to the Interview 

Jeb Bush, Please Educate Yourself About Food Stamps

Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently called for an end to food stamps. However, politicians who issue proposals in the area of poverty should make sure they have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the basic facts and research - especially on programs they propose to abolish.

Read the Article 

The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights and Haitian History

Ricot Jean-Pierre and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: January 12 marked the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. It is the inequitable control of land, however, that has devastated the vast majority of Haitians throughout history, from enslavement to today.

Read the Article 

Worker Protests in Ciudad Juárez Shine Light on Workers' Rights Violations

Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO Blog: Just across the border with Texas, workers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, have been launching actions against global manufacturing giants to improve working conditions. In response to these actions, these companies have engaged in mass firings, targeting those who have engaged in union activity.

Read the Article


Why Is a Hedge Fund Acquiring a Nonprofit Hospital System? Not Out of Good Will

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: We might look at it as a hospital system; BlueMountain Capital Management fund might view it as a carcass.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Jim Hightower: Exxon's Weapons of Mass Confusion on Climate Change

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Former Gitmo Detainee Alleges Torture, Rape Threats

Read the Article at The Hill

This US Town Plans to Disconnect From the Grid and Go 100 Percent Renewable

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Freddie Gray: Judge Declares Mistrial in Case Against Baltimore Police Officer

Read the Article at the Guardian US

Six Signs the NRA Is Losing Its Stranglehold on Gun Policy

Read the Article at Mother Jones

New York State Agrees to Reform Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Read the Article at The New York Times

There Is a New Form of Climate Denialism to Look Out For

Read the Article at the Guardian US


How Many Children Could You Kill? The GOP Debates in Brief

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The Republican presidential candidates were in a Las Vegas casino last night for a twin-bill CNN debate slate that bent the fabric of morality into bold new shapes. A debate moderator sought to test a candidate's qualifications on the basis of how many children that candidate is willing to kill.

Read the Article 

Corporate Media Ignore Economic Justice in the 2016 Election

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: What really keeps most Americans up at night is money, or the lack of it. But you wouldn't know that from the corporate media's election coverage, particularly the scant attention they've given Bernie Sanders.

Read the Article 

The Struggle for Hawaiian Education

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: The movement for Hawaiian education is agitating for Native Hawaiian self-determination; for the Hawaiian language to be allowed in public schools; and for the creation of independent schools based on philosophies and politics of Hawaiian culture, land and resilience.

Read the Comic 

Global Populism Takes a Blow as a Neoliberal President Takes Office in Argentina

Michael Meurer, Truthout: For more than a decade, Argentina has been the largest economic power in the world holding out against financial capitalism. Now, the country has elected a multimillionaire businessman as president and is set to begin welcoming multinational corporate investors and banks.

Read the Article 

Major Summit Could Put World's Poorest Inhabitants on Corporate Chopping Block

Deborah James, AlterNet: After 20 years of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) corporate model, and the massive displacement of farmers, increased inequality, financial crises and massive climate crises, civil society is clear: The current WTO cannot be allowed to continue in terms of business as usual.

Read the Article 

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: The catastrophic failures of the Western banking system mandate a new vision. Countries like Ecuador and Iceland are working to eliminate the risks that have devastated individuals and governments, to democratize money and to promote sustainable and prosperous economies.

Read the Article 

The Market Has Spoken: Funders Flee "Free-Market" Climate Denial Group

Nick Surgey, PR Watch: Funding for climate change denial is drying up. The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a US climate change denial group that espouses the "free market," has lost more than two-thirds of its funding in the past two years.

Read the Article 

Will Washington Greenlight Another Coup in Haiti?

Natalie Miller, Foreign Policy in Focus: Haitians voted on nearly 5,000 political positions, including the presidency, in October. However, a runoff vote is scheduled this month, and evidence of fraud has discredited the earlier election. Haiti could have yet another US-backed president with a weak democratic mandate.

Read the Article 

Decolonizing Our Minds and Our Lands: Reviving Seeds, Culture and African Strength

Gathuru Mburu, Other Worlds: Recolonization is happening, not just in Africa, but across the global South. Agricultural corporations are leading the effort this time around. We need to battle this assault collectively. We first have to decolonize our minds because we are still carrying the shame of our ancestry. Unless we are able to shed this, our efforts are futile.

Read the Article 

Democracy Is Being Dismantled Before Our Eyes: Bob Herbert on Sheldon Adelson-Backed GOP Debate

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Last night's debate was held in Las Vegas at the Venetian casino, owned by billionaire Republican backer Sheldon Adelson. Adelson and fellow billionaire Donald Trump held a private meeting before the event. The only thing debated last night, says former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, was how we can erode our democracy further.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Quantum Republican Universe

Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World: In the quantum Republican universe, the traditional laws of cause and effect no longer apply, and some inhabitants are able to construct entirely self-contained realities through the sheer power of their verbiage.

Read the Cartoon


Candidates for 2015's "Hypocrite of the Year"

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Illinois School District Reaches Decision to Allow Transgender Teen to Use Locker Room That Matches Her Gender Identity

Read the Article at RH Reality Check

Native Americans' Sovereignty Is at Risk, and the High Court Must Help Save It

Read the Article at the Guardian US

With Cunning, Fear of the "Other" and Pandering to Evangelicals, Cruz Is Moving to the Front of the GOP Clown Car

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

China Pollution: Beijing Issues First Red Smog Alert

Read the Article at BBC

What President Obama Didn't Address: Who's Funding the Hate Campaign Against Muslims?

Read the Article at Wall Street On Parade

Ronald Reagan Meets Donald Trump: The Great Communicator of Fabrications

Read the Article at BuzzFlash


Does the US Government Actually Regulate Pipelines?

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A natural gas pipeline project in far west Texas is generating an emotionally charged grassroots resistance among ranchers, artists, environmentalists and residents. Yet the federal agency charged with overseeing potential environmental impacts has, technically, never blocked the construction of a proposed pipeline.

Read the Article 

Critical Exposure: Cameras in Hand, Palestinian Women Document Daily Abuses

Michelle Chen, Truthout: Co-directors Emmy Scharlatt and Judith Montell discuss their documentary, In the Image, which features the work of Palestinian women who have been documenting routine human rights abuses by filming the actions of Israeli soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank.

Read the Interview 

The Fed Competes With Robots for Taking Our Jobs

Dean Baker, Truthout: While folks worry that at some point in the future, large segments of the workforce will be unemployed because technology has displaced them, the Federal Reserve Board is about to raise interest rates with the explicit purpose of keeping people from getting jobs.

Read the Article 

What's in a Frame? The Perils of "Domestic Terrorism"

Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski, Beacon Broadside: "Terrorism" and its handmaiden, "domestic terrorism," have been used against the very communities progressives seek to protect - to squelch justice movements that authorities find troublesome. With that frame, authorities don't look for racial, gender and economic justice; they look for terrorists.

Read the Article 

COP21: A Rallying Cry - No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights

Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine: Indigenous peoples and their allies have been calling for policies that result in real emissions reductions by those who are creating the pollution, and rejecting approaches that undermine the livelihoods of the people who live in the world's most biologically diverse places.

Read the Interview 

"Meeting a Man Like That, You Can't Help Wanting to Do More": A Visit With Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Jan Susler, Truthout: After visiting Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican independentista who has been incarcerated for 34 years in US prisons, two New York civil rights attorneys articulate a greater sense of action and urgency in struggling to free him.

Read the Article 

Welcoming Refugees Is the Best Strategy Against ISIS

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: French journalist and author Nicolas Hénin spent 10 months as an ISIS hostage. "Welcoming refugees is not a terror threat to our country," he says. "It is like a vaccine to protect us from terrorism, because the more interactions we have between societies, between communities, the less tensions [we will have]."

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Obama's Terrorism Speech, Translated Into Candor

Norman Solomon, Norman Solomon's Blog: Following the San Bernadino shooting, President Obama addressed the issue of terrorism on Sunday night from the Oval Office. Here is a condensed version of the president's speech, unofficially (and satirically) translated into plain English.

Read the Article 

Why Counting Mass Shootings Is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in the US

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: According to recent articles, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the United States: 355 so far this year. It's a jarring statistic, but it glosses over the broader reality of who is most at risk of being murdered with guns.

Read the Article 

Koch-Funded Special Interest Groups and Utilities Bankrolling ALEC Meeting

Jamie Corey, PR Watch: Koch-funded groups and utilities are bankrolling the American Legislative Exchange Council's closed-door winter meeting. The gathering is bringing together lobbyists and legislators to plan their bill agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Here are the known funders of this meeting.

Read the Article 

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Credit Checks Are Discriminatory, and More

In today's On the News segment: Using credit scores to deny people homes or work is simply wrong; Marco Rubio thinks that women don't need a law mandating equal pay for equal work; Senate Democrats are outraged over the US Justice Department's weak settlement deal with a predatory, for-profit college; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

Advancing Food Sovereignty to Transform Economies

Mamadou Goïta, Other Worlds: Food sovereignty can transform markets and allow us to create wealth, both in production and knowledge. We have established the principles and a declaration for food sovereignty, but there's a lot of research to do on the conditions required to make it a reality.

Read the Article 

Emperor Weather: Turning Up the Heat on History

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: For the moment, it seems, humanity still has the chance to write its own history in a fashion that would allow for a perhaps less welcoming but still reasonably palatable world for our children and grandchildren to live in. But successful negotiations in Paris can only be the start of something far more sweeping.

Read the Article


BuzzFlash

US-Backed Forces in Syria Accused of Human Rights Violations

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Conservatives Abandon Children in Need While Forcing Women to Have Children

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Embattled University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe Resigns After Mishandling Racial Tensions

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Will Colorado GOP Fund Successful Contraception Program at Half the Cost?

Read the Article at RH Reality Check

A World at War Displaces 60 Million People With a Shrug

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Catalonia Makes It Official: They Want Out of Spain by 2017

Read the Article at The Associated Press

Reporters Shouldn't Be Literally Snuggling Up to Candidates Such as Donald Trump

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Prisons and Jails Put Transgender Prisoners at Risk

Read the Article at The New York Times


Manufacturing Suspense: Big Money's Corporate Media Gatekeepers and the Primary Debate Spectacle

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Whether or not corporate media outlets are biased against Bernie Sanders, big money's influence is changing how corporate media outlets report on elections. These outlets often favor intellectual property interests and profits over civic-minded considerations in election coverage.

Read the Article 

Released Without Charges, Former Guantánamo Detainees Continue to Face Stigma

Aisha Maniar, Truthout: Getting released from Guantánamo Bay does not free one from persecution. A number of former detainees who were never charged have experienced serial harassment - and even imprisonment - simply for boarding an airplane.

Read the Article 

Why Rand Paul Called Hillary Clinton a Neocon

Michael Corcoran, Truthout: Rand Paul accused Hillary Clinton of being a "neocon" on MSNBC. This allegation will make many of her supporters cringe, but the conversation it starts about Clinton's hawkish foreign policy record - and what it says about the United States' imperial ambitions - is an important discussion for progressives to have.

Read the Article 

US Government Asks Native Hawaiians to Legitimize Occupation With Vote

Sonali Kolhatkar, teleSUR: If Hawaii's current election was truly about independence and sovereignty, then Natives would be voting on whether their islands should remain a US state, or become their own sovereign nation. That democratic choice has never been offered by the federal government and likely never will be.

Read the Article 

Greece and Creditors at Loggerheads Again; Troika Wants More Foreclosures

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Creditors appear united to cram yet another set of punitive reforms - including increasing foreclosures and tax collections - on the already prostrated Greeks. If the US crisis is any indication, foreclosing on homes leads to higher losses than keeping the homeowner in place.

Read the Article 

Black Student Revolt Against Racism Ousts Two Top Officials at University of Missouri

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: African-American students have staged weeks of demonstrations against what they called a lax response to bigotry and vandalism at the University of Missouri. Black student football players also protested, vowing to boycott games and other team activities until the university president resigned.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

New York City Landlords Flout Rent Limits, but Still Receive Lucrative Tax Breaks

Cezary Podkul and Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica: Thousands of new rent-stabilized apartments are coming onto the market in New York City, giving developers a share of $1 billion in property tax breaks. However, some renters are getting overcharged as government officials fail to enforce rent limits.

Read the Article 

The Mothers of Mexico's Disappeared Organize in the Face of State Violence

Nidia Bautista, CIP Americas Program: In the face of chronic government apathy, inefficiency and even attacks, the mothers of Mexico's missing residents have become the leaders of grassroots organizing against a criminal state responsible for the disappearances of their children and thousands of others.

Read the Article 

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Radiation Levels at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant May Be Increasing, and More

In today's On the News segment: Radiation levels at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan may be increasing; the Trans-Pacific Partnership is even worse than we previously thought; the Volkswagen emissions scandal is shaping up to be one of the biggest corporate crimes in recent history; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

The Malaysia Problem John Kerry Can't Escape

Sam Sacks and Sam Knight, The District Sentinel: This podcast discusses lawmakers honing in on John Kerry for more answers, following an annual State Department human-trafficking report politicized to preserve the president's trade agenda, and more.

Listen to the Audio Segment 

Big Oil Can't Go On Like This

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Big Oil is scaling back its fossil fuel-extraction efforts in the era of cheap oil to protect its bottom line. Anyone who sees the industry's stocks as a perpetual source of investment income should take note.

Read the Article 

Splinterlands: The View From 2050

John Feffer, TomDispatch: Writing in the year 2050, the author looks back on our planetary fate from what turns out to be a distinctly dystopian future, in which the glue that once held us together - namely, solidarity across religion, ethnicity and class - has lost its binding force.

Read the Article


After White House Rejects Keystone XL, Battle Against Larger Texas Pipeline Intensifies

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A massive natural gas pipeline project in far-west Texas is generating an emotionally charged grassroots resistance among ranchers, artists, environmentalists and residents.

Read the Article 

The TPP's Children's Table: Labor Rights and Currency

Dean Baker, Truthout: The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has two classes of issues. There are the issues that really matter to the drafters of the deal, like the protection of patents, copyrights and other forms of investment. The children's table is for issues that are of concern to labor rights, human rights and environmental rights activists.

Read the Article 

New Film Chronicles Life of Transgender Trailblazer Miss Major

Toshio Meronek, Truthout: A veteran of one of the most significant protest actions in LGBT history, New York City's 1969 Stonewall riots, Miss Major became politicized while in prison soon after the 1971 Attica Uprising. In this interview, Major talks to Truthout about her experiences, and filmmaker Annalise Ophelian discusses her film about Major's life.

Read the Interview 

"You Can't Be Scared of Death": Colombian Refugees Recount Effects of War

Kimberley Brown, teleSUR: Keli did not leave Colombia voluntarily. Neither did Luis. Neither one of them grew up thinking they would one day be labelled a refugee. The two of them fled very different situations of violence in Colombia, what together epitomize the complexities of the ongoing war in the country.

Read the Article 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Released - a Look at What's Inside

Shannon Young, Free Speech Radio News: Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, a group best known for its advocacy of an open and neutral internet, discusses how the TPP agreement would affect the internet and what access to redress would look like under the corporate-driven agreement.

Listen to the Audio Segment and Read the Transcript 

Bush 41 Finally Speaks on Iraq War

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: A dozen years too late, President George H.W. Bush has given voice to his doubts about the wisdom of rushing into the Iraq War, putting much of the blame on President George W. Bush's "iron-ass" advisers, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Read the Article 

Rejecting US Claims, Doctors Without Borders Demands War Crimes Probe

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Doctors Without Borders continues to demand an independent war crimes probe of the US bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after releasing its own preliminary investigation. The US airstrike on October 3 killed at least 30 people.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

House Anti-Science Committee Attempts to Suppress Climate Change Studies

Brian Palmer, onEarth: The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology has subpoenaed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, asking for all emails and other records from US scientists involved in a recent study showing that the so-called "pause" in global warming is a myth.

Read the Article 

The Distortion and Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage

Abby Martin, teleSUR: A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and Molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs - how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust?

Watch the Video 

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became a US Tradition

Greg Grandin, TomDispatch: Henry Kissinger invokes today's endless, open-ended wars to justify his diplomacy by air power in Cambodia and elsewhere nearly half a century ago. But what he did then created the conditions for today's endless wars, both those started by Bush's neocons and those waged by Obama's liberals.

Read the Article 

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Corporations Jack Up Prices to Funnel Our Money to the Elite, and More

In today's On the News segment: All over the country, massive corporations buy up or buy off their competition; Seattle has proven itself to be a leader for new, progressive policies; President Obama wants to help former prisoners transition back into society; and more.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

A Pro-Prison Backlash in New York City

Lichi D'Amelio, Socialist Worker: The contradiction, ironically pointed out by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, between the violence engendered by profound social inequality and the non-solution of mass incarceration - which only exacerbates the problem - will continue to sharpen in the months and years ahead.

Read the Article 

Department of Education Demands Greater Accountability From College Accreditors

Annie Waldman, ProPublica: The US Department of Education announced new transparency measures for college accreditors Friday, encouraging the organizations to focus more on student outcomes such as graduation rates. The agency also called on Congress to give it the power to set standards for how accreditors measure student achievement.

Read the Article


Beyond Dystopian Visions in the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Democratic principles are withering under a social order marked by a hardening of the culture and the emergence of an unprecedented survival-of-the-fittest ethos. Casino capitalism has created a predatory class of unethical zombies who are producing dead zones of the imagination that even Orwell could not have envisioned.

Read the Article 

Sen. David Vitter's Campaign Called Out for Racism, Again

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Reeling from several high-profile scandals, Sen. David Vitter's campaign for governor of Louisiana is running a racist attack ad that features his Democratic challenger alongside President Obama and "dangerous thugs." The ad is not the first of Vitter's to be called out for racism.

Read the Article 

Election Day 2015: GOP Takes Kentucky, Ohio Rejects Pot Monopoly and Houston Shuns LGBT Equality

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Tuesday was Election Day in the United States as voters across the country decided ballot initiatives and elected city and state leaders. John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, discusses the outcomes of major races and measures that captured public consciousness.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript 

The "War on Terror" and Gay Marriage: How a Generation Turned Against Religious Extremism

Nicholas Powers, Truthout: During the "war on terror," the LGBT community has gone from social pariah to a symbol of global progress. An unseen feedback loop has propelled millennials toward a type of progressivism: The more evangelicals demanded holy law in public spaces, the more they reflected Al Qaeda.

Read the Article 

EPA Slow to Halt Use of Deadly Pesticide

Viji Sundaram, New America Media: The pesticide endosulfan, known as "DDT's cousin," is still being used in the United States, despite evidence of its toxic effects. Just how many farmworkers suffer from pesticide exposure is hard to know because there is no nationwide mandatory pesticide poisoning reporting system.

Read the Article 

Who Keeps Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Flowing to For-Profit Colleges?

Annie Waldman, ProPublica: Accreditation agencies are supposed to make sure that colleges are putting students in a position to succeed. That’s not happening at schools overseen by one accreditor in particular: The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. It oversees hundreds of mainly for-profit schools where students struggle at remarkably high rates.

Read the Article 

As State Politicians Resist Obama's Climate Plan, West Virginians Build Renewables Anyway

Mary Hansen, YES! Magazine: West Virginia's politicians are pushing back against President Obama's Clean Power Plan, saying fossil fuels are essential to the state's economy. However, residents are not waiting for the state to step up, and instead are initiating investments in renewable energy, moving the state closer to a transition away from fossil-fuel dependence.

Read the Article 

Inspections at Immigration Detention Centers Conceal Human Rights Abuses

Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter: A new report says US Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspections of immigration detention centers overlook serious deficiencies, from sexual assaults to lack of medical care, and appear designed to give the detention facilities a pass.

Read the Article 

Duke Energy Seeks $120,000 Fine Against Nonprofit for Challenging Its Solar Monopoly

Sue Sturgis, Facing South: Duke Energy is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit organization for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales monopoly in North Carolina. The state is one of only four in the US that do not allow third-party sales of solar power, requiring instead that electricity be sold through a handful of regulated utilities granted monopoly status.

Read the Article 

Inside the Indigenous Movement to Protect India's Commons

Pushpa Achanta, Waging Nonviolence: Indian government policies are implemented without the knowledge of indigenous communities whose lives, livelihoods and ecosystems will be worsened by such decisions. However, indigenous groups are organizing to protect their communities from "development" that would displace thousands of local residents and destroy the environment.

Read the Article




GOP Wants Pay-to-Play Press Coverage: Bad Idea

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: When the announcement came that the Republican National Committee intends to charge the media a $150 fee for the privilege of covering the GOP convention in Cleveland, I was frankly astonished. News services have never before been required to pay for access to a convention.

Read the Article 

"We Cannot Remain Silent" on Palestine, Says Activist From Jewish Boat to Gaza

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Author Lillian Rosengarten discusses her personal history as a Jewish woman whose family escaped Nazi Germany, how her political consciousness developed in the US, and what brought her to sail on the Jewish Boat to Gaza in an effort to break the Israeli siege.

"We Cannot Remain Silent" on Palestine, Says Activist From Jewish Boat to Gaza

Sunday, 25 October 2015 00:00 By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

Young men watch the sunset from a destroyed building situated near the Mediterranean Sea in the Gaza Strip, May 29, 2015. (Photo: Wissam Nassar / The New York Times)Young men watch the sunset from a destroyed building situated near the Mediterranean Sea in the Gaza Strip, May 29, 2015. (Photo: Wissam Nassar / The New York Times)

In Survival and Conscience, Lillian Rosengarten tells her story, and it's a remarkable one: escaping Nazi Germany and fleeing to the United States in 1936, overcoming the toll which the legacy of Nazi oppression took on her family's health, and becoming a strong advocate of Palestinian rights. Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss calls this book "a brave and wrenching account that is also deeply necessary."

Truthout recently interviewed Lillian Rosengarten about what brought her to sail on the Jewish Boat to Gaza in an effort to break the Israeli siege.

Mark Karlin: What is the central issue of justice for you that, ironically, draws a line from the Nazi attempt to annihilate the Jews of Europe to the brutality of the Israeli government toward the Palestinians?

Lillian Rosengarten: First, it is vitally important to make a distinction between traditional Judaism and political Zionism. Although Zionism began as a liberation movement, it is now a racist, nationalistic and criminal state that operates in the name of Jews. This is a catastrophe. Israel's Zionist goal is a Judaization of Israel that denies the existence of Palestinians. I am opposed to all nationalistic racist regimes that occupy and disenfranchise another people.

How did your family escape the Nazis?

My father saw the handwriting on the wall after he was beaten by the "brownshirts." In the early years of Hitler's rule, when some Jews were still allowed to leave, he attempted twice to get a visa for his family from the US. The visa was difficult to get because there was a strict quota system in the US. One was required to have a "sponsor," a secure job and housing to be allowed to enter the United States. Fortunately, he finally succeeded.

Your parents, you write, spoke German to you, and you were raised in "a strict Germanic home." How did you handle the dichotomy of growing up in the US culture and being educated in US schools while living within a German-Jewish environment with your family?

It was difficult. I felt rootless and for a long time tried to identify as American while pushing my German-Jewish identity underground. I never felt I was a part of anything; I felt alone, lonely and always different. It took many decades for this to change.

Lillian Rosengarten. (Photo: Courtesy of Lillian Rosengarten)Lillian Rosengarten. (Photo: Courtesy of Lillian Rosengarten)You write in chapter four of your "personal liberation" as the counterculture precipitated by the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam War campaign grew. Can you discuss this evolution?

The women's liberation movement provided me with an identification as a woman. It also made me aware that other women were struggling with similar issues of identity, voicelessness and unhappiness - both in their marriages and unfulfilled professional goals. This was for me a personal revolution that brought me to a growing awareness of the path I wished to pursue for myself. The Vietnam War gave me tools for dissent and protest as well as the courage to stand up for human rights and against war with the support of an antiwar protest movement.

Remembering Reyhaneh Jabbari

William C. Anderson, Truthout: On the one-year anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution by the Iranian government, it's important to remember her through her own words and question a world that allows this sort of injustice.

Read the Article 

New Survey Uncovers the Experiences of LGBTQ Prisoners

Verónica Bayetti Flores, Feministing: A groundbreaking new report from Black & Pink gives us stark new data on the incarceration of those who are most marginalized. The findings paint a grim picture of criminalization of and violence towards LGBTQ people - particularly those of color.

Read the Article 

Israeli Settlers Want New York Police Tactics in Jerusalem

Rebecca Pierce, The Electronic Intifada: In an attempt to crush Palestinian resistance, Israeli settlers want to see a "zero tolerance" policy pursued, under which stiff penalties would be imposed on anyone defying Israel's orders. Israel's policing techniques already bear many similarities to those of the United States.

Read the Article 

Return Gitmo, Pay Reparations?

Mark Weisbrot, Philly.com: The Cuban government says that for relations to be normalized, the United States must not only end its embargo, but pay compensation for the damage it has caused to Cuba and its people over the past 54 years. Cuban President Raúl Castro also calls for Guantánamo Bay prison and military base to be closed and the land returned to Cuba.

Read the Article 

Climate Stories: Environment, Colonial Legacies and Systemic Change

Anna Lau, openDemocracy: The continuance of colonial narratives hinders action on climate change. Meet the people working with diverse communities to build a movement, who highlight avenues of hope and offer the perspectives, processes and innovations making it possible to imagine the weaving of a different kind of collective story.

Read the Article 

Taking Out the Trash Burners

Annie Leonard, OtherWords: When the people of Baltimore got organized, they won a fight against an incinerator. Now they're building bridges between movements that too often are pitted against one another, particularly workers and environmentalists.

Read the Article 

This week in Speakout:

Jessica Bernstein examines how Lyme disease could be a game changer in the 2016 election; Daniel Faris looks at cyber liability and the future of US tech policy; Stephanie Van Hook reflects on the White Helmets - unarmed peacekeepers and first responders in Syria; Ann Wright analyzes a lawsuit over Gaza flotilla deaths filed in a US court against the former Israeli prime minister; David Shorter explains how academic freedom is coming under attack; and more.

Read the Articles


Reclaiming Labor History: How Domestic Workers Resisted Racism in the '60s and '70s

Mark Karlin, Truthout: Premilla Nadasen, author of Household Workers Unite, discusses how relatively isolated Black women domestic workers organized in the 1960s and 1970s for higher wages, better labor conditions and respect and dignity in the workplace. The domestic labor movement they built offers lessons on how marginalized workers can organize today.

Read the Interview 

How Media Reports Exacerbate Rape Culture

Claudia Garcia-Rojas and Sharmili Majmudar, Truthout: When media outlets cover the issue of sexual violence, they often produce oversimplified accounts that reinforce rape myths. These narratives minimize survivors' experiences of violence and expose them to more danger.

Read the Article 

The Boom and Bust of the CIA's Secret Torture Sites

Crofton Black and Sam Raphael, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Between 2002 and 2008, at least 119 people disappeared into a worldwide detention network run by the CIA and facilitated by its foreign partners. This account fills in the gaps found in the Senate torture report.

Read the Article 

Haiti's Earthquake Was Devastating, but the Cholera Epidemic Was Worse

Fran Quigley, Foreign Policy in Focus: Haiti's ongoing cholera epidemic demonstrates that the world's most powerful nation - the United States - and its most respected international organization - the United Nations - have no intention of treating the Haitian people as fully human beings, deserving of even the most basic of rights.

Read the Article 

Environmentalists on Both Sides of the Border Eye Canadian Election

Sarah Tory, High Country News: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has weakened Canada's environmental laws and global climate commitments in his quest to turn the Great White North into an energy superpower. Monday's federal election in Canada could change that.

Read the Article 

Is Pro-Bush Super PAC Obscuring Spending?

Carrie Levine, The Center for Public Integrity: Super PACs are supposed to be both transparent and independent from the politicians they are supporting. But it's not clear that Right to Rise USA, the super PAC formed by Republican Jeb Bush prior to his presidential bid, is either.

Read the Article 

Latin America Unified in Addressing Refugee Crisis

Elena Tiralongo, Council on Hemispheric Affairs: Latin America acts in unity to help refugees. However, if the region wants to succeed in providing refugees with durable solutions, asylum seekers must have a real chance to integrate and contribute to their new countries' growth.

Read the Article 

This week in Speakout:

Eric Holt-Giménez offers a tale of two food prizes and how they convey the politics of distribution versus growth; Sue Sturgis questions whether $15 an hour is actually a living wage; Ingrid Vila summarizes the resistance being waged against a proposed incinerator in Puerto Rico; Michell McIntyre reports on the largest known settlement in California criminal prosecution history for felony workplace safety violations; Aman Banerji looks at why we are living in a historic moment for criminal legal system reforms; Bruce Fries examines why the CDC is allowing a private group to determine federal policy on Lyme disease; David Zuther analyzes how US-sponsored carnage in Yemen is continuing - and impacting civilians the most; Corporate Europe Observatory staff reveal how trade deals threaten public services; and more.

Read the Articles


BuzzFlash

Anti-Immigrant Frenzy May Not Significantly Impact Local Legislation

Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout: Many conservative politicians are lashing out against so-called sanctuary cities, accusing them of harboring criminals. Though anti-immigrant rhetoric is currently widespread, legal experts say it's unlikely to directly translate into more stringent local immigration policies.

Read the Article 

Private Equity Asset-Stripping Strategy Meets Charter Schools to Produce Even Better Looting

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: A secretive consulting firm, which was previously investigated for corruption, and a local law firm are engaged in complex, high-cost bond deals to implement an asset-stripping strategy that has been called out as a private equity enrichment scheme that impairs operating businesses.

Read the Article 

Objecting to War: The Human Conscience vs. the US Military

Maria Santelli, Other Worlds: Military conscientious objectors give us powerful insight into our own nature, and they can be strong and credible voices for peace, having fixed the opposition to war in their hearts through experiences most people will never have.

Read the Article 

"Refugee" or "Migrant" - Which Is Right?

Adrian Edwards, New America Media: With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms "refugee" and "migrant" used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?

Read the Article 

Cities Are Finally Treating Water as a Resource, Not a Nuisance

Erica Gies, Ensia: Around the world - from Melbourne, Australia to coastal cities in New Jersey - urban planners are formally expanding natural stream and wetlands hydrology and ecosystems, such as dunes, mangrove forests and coral reefs, to better protect communities.

Read the Article 

Calling Out "Activist Tourism" and the "Progressive" Mainstream

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Jared A. Ball, an author and professor of communication studies at Morgan State University, discusses "activist tourism," the mainstream press and the role of books and museums in the shaping of cultural and collective memory.

Read the Interview 

Sixty-Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide Go Uncounted - Here's How to Change That

Lucia D'Ambruoso, The Conversation: It has been described as the most critical development failure of the past 30 years, and shows no sign of improving: Many countries' systems for registering major life events like births and deaths are incomplete or absent.

Read the Article 

Reversing Climate Change: What Will It Take?

Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability: Protecting the earth's climate is in the long-term interest of everyone. Yet, efforts to cut carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions to a climate-safe level have been defeated for decades in arenas ranging from the United Nations to the US Congress.

Read the Article


Navigation: FrontPage / Activism / Interactive Calendar / Donate / Flyer / YouTube / Poster / Subscribe / Place Ad / Ad Rates /
                  Online Ads / Advertising
/ Twitter / News! / Previous Issues / Blog/ Myspace / Facebook1 / Facebook2
Features:   Active Community / A Few Words /Arts & Culture / Breaking News / Jobs /  / Labor History / MusicNewsBytes /
Progressive Directory / Cartoons / Community CalendarLetters / Poetry / Viewpoints & Commentary
ColumnsBeeman, Brown, Engelhardt / Kucinich / Munk / Myers / William Reed / Schwebke / Norman Solomon / Vorpahl / Wittner
Partners in Publishing Alternative News: AFD / AMA / Bread&Roses / CAUSA/ CLG / Common Dreams / DIA / FSP /ISO /
Jobs w\ Justice / KBOO / Labor Radio / LGBTQMRG / Milagro / Mosaic / Move-On / OccupyOEA / Occupy PDX
/ Peace House / The 99% / Peace worker / PCASC / PPRCRight 2 Dream Too / Street Roots / Skanner / The Nation
/ TruthOut / Urban League / VFP / Voz
/
Topics: A-F AIPAC / Civil Rights / Coal / Death Penalty / Education / Election 2012 / Fair Trade / F-29 / Environment / Foreclosure /
 Topics:  G-R
Health / Homeless / J-Street / Middle East / Occupy Blog / Peace / Persian / Police / Post Office
Topics: S-Z STRIKE! /  Tri-Met /  Union / VDay / War & Peace / Women / Writing / WritingResource

  New Page!  Hollywood Theatre!


The Portland Alliance: Cell (for emergencies) 503-697-1670
For questions, comments, or suggestions for this site, please contact editor@theportlandalliance.org or ThePortlandAlliance@gmail.com
© 1981-2015 NAAME Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education, dba The Portland Alliance:
All Rights Reserved.  A 501C3 Oregon Non-profit Corporation for Public Benefit

Support local media:
The Asian Reporter | B-Media
| Kboo | The Oregon Peaceworker | Portland.Indymedia.org | The Skanner




"People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want  and the courage to take.”
Emma Goldman