The Dissenter

Thor Halvorssen (Photo by NoticiasUFM)
28 Sep 2015

Meet Thor Halvorssen, Neocon Scam Artist Who Heads Bogus Human Rights Foundation

Thor Halvorssen got this investigation into his bogus “human rights” organization pulled from, but now it’s back on Shadowproof courtesy of author Ken Silverstein.

Official promo photo of singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (
28 Sep 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘The Uranium War’

Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie sings, “And me I watched it grow: corporate greed & a lust for gold & coal & oil and, hey, now uranium.”

Wesleyan University, where Black Lives Matter students and supporters have pushed to shut down school's newspaper. (Photo by Joe Mabel)
27 Sep 2015

Podcast: University, Inc. & the Policing of Speech on American Campuses

American colleges and universities are increasingly corporatized. Within the pernicious corporate culture of campuses exists a kind of campus politics, where student activists police expression and activities in order to create “safe spaces” or protect particular marginalized groups from trauma. While critics of student activists often argue these students are

A portrait of Younous Abdurrahman Chekkouri in an orange prisoner's jumpsuit. After being imprisoned for 13 years without charges in Guantanamo Bay prison, Yunus was sent to Morocco last week, where he remains in custody. (Reprieve)
25 Sep 2015

U.S. Withholding Evidence That Could Free Former Guantanamo Prisoner Detained In Morocco

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Younis Chekkouri was released last week and flown to Morocco, where authorities have detained him in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. He now urgently demands a United States federal court release documents proving his innocence, which the U.S. has withheld for the past four years.


Prison Protest

Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, Illinois, photographed on March 17, 2007. (Flickr / Araceli Arroyo)
16 Sep 2015

Former Chicago Juvenile Inmates Have High Rates of Substance Abuse, Psychiatric Disorders, Study Finds

Formerly incarcerated youth in Cook County, Chicago, were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders at a rate higher than that of the general population, according to new research. The research also found Black former juvenile inmates had lower prevalence rates for psychiatric and substance abuse disorders over time than compared to whites and Hispanics, despite the fact that they constitute a disproportionately larger segment of the incarcerated population.

File: A Minneapolis traffic control agent places a parking ticket on a car windshielf. (Flickr / Daniel Guy)
14 Sep 2015

Modern Debtors Prison: Alabama Jailing Residents Over Tickets

According to a federal class action lawsuit filed in Alabama this month, the city of Alexander is incarcerating people who are unable to pay court fees and fines in a modern-day debtors prison. The suit argues the practice not only constitutes false imprisonment, but also violates inmates’ Fourth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the Constitution.

File: A handful of 2 milligram Xanax pills against a textured background. American jails are risking prisoners' lives through benzodiazepine withdrawal. (Flickr / Dean)
14 Sep 2015

Questionable Medical Care Turns Short Jail Stays Into Death Sentences

When Jesse Jacobs reported to the Galveston County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence for a DUI, he did so knowing that if everything went well, he would be out in 12 to 15 days. Six days later, he was dead. Jacobs was one of the nearly 1000 people who die each year in America’s jails, according to statistics released by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. Like Jacobs, four in every ten of these people die in their first seven days in jail.

Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
11 Sep 2015

Formerly Incarcerated Black Youth Face Extremely High Mortality Rates in Chicago

Young black men detained in Cook County, Chicago, face a higher mortality rate than the general population of the county, according to a bulletin published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of their “Northeastern Juvenile Project.”


The Bullpen

File: A close-up of the Volkswagen logo on the hubcap of a classic VW bug. (Flickr / Mick Amato)
22 Sep 2015

Volkswagen Emission Scandal May Lead To Industry-Wide Probe

German automaker Volkswagen has now admitted to installing software in its vehicles to cheat US pollution admission tests and has claimed that 11 million of its cars worldwide contain the software. The company announced it would set aside $7.3 billion to pay the costs of fixing the cars so they can actually pass an emissions test.

The exterior of the Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., photographed on February 2, 2012. (Flickr / Securities and Exchange Commission)
21 Sep 2015

SEC Commissioner’s Husband Caught Marketing Influence

The law firm that employs John W. White, husband of Mary Jo White, Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has changed its marketing material after being scrutinized for the way the firm advertised its connections to regulators. The firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, was trumpeting John White’s work for an advisory group to the influential Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) just as Mary Jo White, in her capacity as SEC chair, is considering candidates to lead the PCAOB.

File: The GM logo badge from a vehicle against a red background. (Flickr / jm3 on Flickr)
18 Sep 2015

DOJ Fails To Bring Charges Against GM Executives Despite Promises

Last week, the Justice Department announced they were changing their policy on letting corporate executives walk away scot-free without criminal charges. This week, the Department of Justice announced it will let every executive of General Motors (GM) walk away scot-free with no criminal charges for defrauding consumers and misleading regulators on a faulty ignition switch that killed over 120 people.

File: An empty classroom in a California school. (Flickr / Kari Bluff)
17 Sep 2015

California Teachers’ Pensions May Embrace Hedge Funds

The hedge fund industry continues to expand its influence throughout the US economy and financial system despite having a lackluster performance record. The latest catch is a true whale, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, a pension fund worth approximately $119 billion that serves roughly 880,000 active and retired school employees.