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El-P (left) and Killer Mike (right) of Run The Jewels | Photo by Brennan Schnell
16 Jan 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thieves (Screamed The Ghost)’ By Run The Jewels

The nightmare of black life in the United States, particularly how police can kill black people and get away with murder, is vividly presented on this song in the form of a “Twilight Zone” episode. With sirens and sound motifs from the classic television show, Killer Mike and El-P open

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White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest (Screen shot from White House live stream)
13 Jan 2017

White House Justifies Chelsea Manning’s Possible Commutation

President Barack Obama’s administration has yet to indicate whether it will commute United State Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s sentence to time served, but on January 13, it gave the clearest hint yet that a commutation is a distinct possibility. White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest was asked about Manning and

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Chicago Police Officer
13 Jan 2017

Justice Department Report Shows Chicago Police Routinely Use Violence And Lie About It

The Justice Department released the results of an investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s record of unlawful policing, including the routine use of brutality or deadly force against residents. The city of Chicago, police, and leadership within the CPD and its police officer union “acknowledge that a code of silence

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Photo by niXerKG
13 Jan 2017

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Illegally Spied On Activists, Residents With Stingray Surveillance

A federal lawsuit against Chicago police alleges officers employed cell site simulators or Stingray spying devices in violation of the First Amendment rights of innocent citizens during a “Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day” action on January 15, 2015. Chicago-based organizations, activists, and residents came together for a protest and

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Prison Protest

Photo by msppmoore
14 Jan 2017

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

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Photo by MyFuture.com
05 Jan 2017

How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons

Corrections departments conduct searches and introduce policies to diminish contraband, but such efforts arguably play a role in preserving the market.

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout)
02 Jan 2017

Mississippi Private Prison Neglected Problems After Deadly Riot

A recently released Department of Justice audit found a Mississippi private prison—which holds over 2,500 immigrant prisoners, most of whom are Mexican nationals—failed to remedy serious problems with staffing and living conditions that led to a deadly riot in 2012. According to the audit [PDF], the Adams County Correctional Center suffered from chronic under-staffing

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Journalist Chris Hedges (L) with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (R). Photo by Lucasville Amnesty.
19 Dec 2016

Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio

A 60-day restriction on email and telephone privileges ended for Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on December 5, 2016. Hasan, who is incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary, was punished in October for participating in a live radio interview with NPR about the September 9 strike against prison slavery. Prison officials twice prevented Hasan

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Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
16 Dec 2016

Prison Strike Leader Beaten By Officers Fears For Life After Retaliation

Kinetik Justice Amun, one of the incarcerated leaders of the Free Alabama Movement who was a prison national strike organizer, fears for his life after he was brutally beaten and maced by officers at Limestone Correctional Facility on December 2, 2016. According to It’s Going Down, Kinetik was handcuffed and escorted

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The Bullpen

Martin Luther King gestures with his hands as he speaks at a press conference on November 6, 1964. (Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress / New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection)
16 Jan 2017

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Jan 2017

Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality

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File: A close-up of the Volkswagen logo on the hubcap of a classic VW bug. (Flickr / Mick Amato)
09 Jan 2017

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive Involved In Emissions Scandal

The FBI arrested former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Schmidt was in charge of emissions compliance for Volkswagen and is believed to have participated in a scheme to fake emissions levels to meet U.S. government requirements for pollution. Volkswagen cheated U.S. emission

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"Obama at Healthcare rally at UMD." Photo by Daniel Borman (dborman2) on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster

To understand how the Affordable Care Act never became popular, we need to understand two artificial constraints imposed by Obama that doomed it.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare?

Given President-elect Trump’s commitments and the popularity of Social Security and Medicare, will he go along with Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy the programs?

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Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook's F8 Conference. Photo by Maurizio Pesce (pestoverde) on Flickr.
02 Jan 2017

Facebook Partners With Data Brokers For More Information On Users

People regularly ask how Facebook, with its massive data management costs, can offer its service for free. The answer is simple, the product is you.

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Sharp Edges

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: D Sharon Pruitt, Leo Reynolds, GrungeTextures)
09 Jan 2017

Five Americans Who Benefited From Welfare Share Their Fears About Trump

President-elect Donald Trump, business tycoon and bureaucratic snake oil merchant, is no stranger to anti-poverty rhetoric. Bootstrap mythology makes up the very backbone of his political ideology. In his book “Time To Get Tough”, published in 2011, Trump described Bill Clinton’s abominable Welfare Reform Act of 1996 as a success,

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"Palestine." Photo by MissyKel on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Ali Abunimah about the Obama administration’s Israel-Palestine legacy and the movement for Palestinian human rights.

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Photo by ILuvGadgets on Flickr
30 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 30: Lessons From 2016

It’s been a difficult year for everyone left-of-center, and, if we are going to be honest with ourselves, a lot of our assumptions have been seriously challenged.

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Photo by George Thomas (hz536n) on Flickr.
20 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 29: Don’t Forget Flint

Flint resident Melissa Mays discusses the serious health consequences she and her family have dealt with as a result of using their own tap water.

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Photo by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.
13 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 28: Time For A Debt Strike

Alexis Goldstein discusses Trump’s choice for Treasury Secretary and his history of racist lending practices and profiting off of the backs of mistreated homeowners.

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Flint River. Photo by George Thomas
13 Dec 2016

Flint Residents Face More Trauma With Dirty Flint River As Water Source

Former Flint resident recalls her childhood and how it was well-known Flint River was dirty and polluted. Now, as a water source, it will bring more trauma.

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The Next Cold War

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12 Jan 2017

Rex Tillerson Clashes With Neocons At Confirmation Hearing

Though former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson faced some sharp questions on climate change, the real clashes during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state came from neoconservative senators-principally Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Both demanded Tillerson accept their line on a number of issues. Due

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Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa, Yemen (Source: Ibrahem Qasim)
10 Jan 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 4: The Destruction Of Yemen Feat. Ben Norton

On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne interview journalist Benjamin Norton on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Ben has been closely monitoring the situation in Yemen for years writing previously in Salon and now for Alternet’s Grayzone Project. The discussion focuses on the overall dynamics of

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DNI Chief James Clapper at Senate hearing on alleged Russian hacks (Screenshot from Senate video)
09 Jan 2017

Kerry: We Watched ISIS Grow; Hacking Intel Report a “Dud”; Syrian Rebels Target Water & Energy

Leaked audio reveals John Kerry admitting US watched ISIS grow; intel chiefs’ report on alleged Russian hacking was a “dud;” and more in our global news roundup…

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"Flag Of Jihad" By Unknown - Unknown, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1189517
05 Jan 2017

United States Re-Packaged Al Qaeda As ‘Khorasan Group’ To Sell Attack

United States officials misled the public about a Syrian terrorist group, the Khorasan Group, in the run up to air strikes in the country in 2014.

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Some US Air Force pilots wore Santa hats while flying bombing missions in Iraq and Syria on Christmas day, 2016. (USAF/ Senior Airman Woodward)
03 Jan 2017

Ceasefires, Christmas Bombs and “Diplomatic Offensives”

Ceasefire between Syrian coalition and rebels; peace talks in Kazakhstan; US may join after Obama, and more in our global news round-up.

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Pictures of Elijah J. Magnier (Source: Twitter)
02 Jan 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 3: War Reporter Elijah Magnier On Syria Peace Deal

War reporter Elijah Magnier joins Dan and Joanne for a discussion of the current Syria peace deal and its wider implications for the region and world.

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Beyond Satire

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15 Jan 2017

Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think

We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each

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Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
05 Jan 2017

Introducing Beyond Satire

I am pleased to announce the launch of Shadowproof’s “Beyond Satire” section. Shadowproof launched as an independent press organization that aspires to support a range of work from freelance journalists, but I always knew at some point there would be expansions to complement our journalistic work and give the organization

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Trump Tower. Photo by m01229 on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women

President Donald Trump’s legal team threatened to make life unbearable for the authors if they included these incredibly shocking revelations.

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Photo by Kristopher Harris
25 Oct 2016

That Tweet Of Clinton Showing Off Her Cubs Fandom, Explained

Clinton’s press secretary tweeted a photo of her reacting to the Cubs, as they beat the Dodgers to make it to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

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Hippie grandmas can get away with pumping their fists. Can you imagine what would happen if Hillary Clinton did this? Photo: Kevin Gosztola.
23 Sep 2016

Jill Stein Is Like Your Cool Hippie Grandma—And That’s Not A Good Thing

Millennials may see their hippie grandmother in Stein, but no amount of sun worshipping or tchotchke-crafting prepares you for being Leader of the Free World.

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