The Dissenter

Henry Kissinger (Photo by Hudson Institute)
12 Feb 2016

Why Not Being Friends With A War Criminal Like Henry Kissinger Matters

While questioning the US’s history of meddling in other governments, Sanders denounced Clinton for taking advice from Henry Kissinger.

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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)
11 Feb 2016

After Months In Moroccan Jail, Former Guantanamo Prisoner Finally Set Free

After months of pressure by Reprieve, a human rights organization, former Guantánamo prisoner Younous Chekkouri has finally been freed from a Moroccan jail.

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Photo from secret, anonymous source: Jonathan Chait's tear-stained face
10 Feb 2016

The Night The Establishment Pundit Class Died

Anonymous, unnamed, unidentified, and unknown sources have given us the inside scoop on what happened to several establishment pundits last night.

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President Barack Obama makes a phone call in a darkened Oval Office on Oct. 16, 2015. (Flickr / The White House)
09 Feb 2016

Obama Builds On Record Of Transparent Secrecy, Won’t Disclose Thousands Of Torture Photos

Under pressure from the ACLU & the courts, the Pentagon released 200 carefully selected torture photos, but the new photos obscure more than they reveal.

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Prison Protest

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
12 Feb 2016

Texas Lowers Childcare Standards To Keep Private Family Detention Centers Open

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly lowered standards for licensing childcare facilities, allowing family detention centers to stay open.

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President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.

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Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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The Bullpen

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Hillary Clinton
12 Feb 2016

Has The Congressional Black Caucus Become A Corporate Front?

Many progressives were stunned when a PAC associated with the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary Clinton.

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Left: An infamous cover of "The New Republic" magazine, showing a black woman nursing a child from a bottle while smoking a cigarette. Right: The cover to "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander.
10 Feb 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Record With African-Americans Gets Closer Scrutiny

Hoping to recover a major loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is touting her support for black lives. Her political history tells a different story

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Elizabeth Warren talks with Bill Moyers in 2004. (YouTube screenshot)
08 Feb 2016

Elizabeth Warren: Hillary Clinton Sold Out To Wall Street

Hillary Clinton is under fire from a 2004 video in which Elizabeth Warren told Bill Moyers that Wall Street controlled Clinton’s policies on bankruptcy law.

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At a protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on March 30, 2014, an activist holds a sign which reads "Fascism is not economic policy!" (Flickr / Peg Hunter)
05 Feb 2016

Corporate Takeover: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed In New Zealand

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, it could lead to unprecedented corporate control over the Internet, international law, and the environment.

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The Next Cold War

Sec. State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at ISSG Meetings in Munich. Feb. 11, 2016 (by Dept of State)
12 Feb 2016

ISSG Negotiating Cessation of Hostilities, Saudi & British Troops Near Syrian Border

Next Cold War Roundup 2/12/16. The Syrian war continues to become more complicated and escalates. The International Syria Support Group in Munich agreed to form a task force with dual goals of cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid to besieged towns.  At the same time NATO defense ministers are meeting

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Soldiers sit and smoke at a Syrian Army checkpoint in Douma, photographed on Jan. 14, 2012. (Wikimedia Commons / Voice of America / Elizabeth Arrott)
11 Feb 2016

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Claim ‘It’s Over’ After Aleppo Losses

The worsening defeat of “moderate” rebels in Syria may boost prospects for peace talks, but it won’t solve the root causes of conflict in the Middle East.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at Lancaster House in London, Feb., 2016 (by Dept. of State)
10 Feb 2016

John Kerry Says Syrian Rebels To Be ‘Decimated In Months’

Next Cold War Roundup 2/10/16. Kerry Rebukes Syrian Civil Society Activists at Cocktail Reception Hosted by Prince Charles During Syrian Donors Conference in London. _ Over the weekend, Middle East Eye reported about a sideline conversation between John Kerry and some “aid workers” at a cocktail party reception hosted by

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Thaad launcher (US Army, public domain)
09 Feb 2016

US Pushing To Deploy Ballistic Missiles In South Korea

In the aftermath of a long-range missile test by North Korea, the US is finding the South Korean government more receptive to installing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) ballistic missile defense system. The Thaad system is designed to “intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during

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