The Dissenter

Gen John Nicholson visits Afghan National Army Officers Acadamy ANAOA (6 Oct 16). Photo from ISAFMedia on Flickr.
27 Apr 2017

Afghan Forces Hang Detainees On Doors And Windows For Long Periods, Torture Them Into Confessions

A report from the United Nations indicates there is no accountability for torture by Afghan forces and the number of incidents of torture remains steady.

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New York protest demands justice for Rasmea Odeh. Photo by Joe Catron on Flickr.
26 Apr 2017

CNN Overlooks Torture By Israeli Forces To Smear Women’s Rights Advocate Facing Deportation

In political case, Rasmea Odeh pled guilty in court on April 26. CNN covered the plea by peddling right-wing propaganda about her past.

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Litefoot (Photo by US Embassy Canada)
25 Apr 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘My Land’ By Litefoot

The United States is a settler colony with few connections to the land both historically and culturally. President Donald Trump is a Frankenstein creation of a settler colonial society. His administration is what a country gets for slaughtering indigenous Americans, pushing them to the margins, and systematically abusing them and

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23 Apr 2017

‘Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock’: Interview With The Filmmakers

For the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast this week, host Kevin Gosztola interviews the filmmakers involved in the production of “Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of “Gasland” and “How to Let Go of the World and Love

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Prison Protest

Angela Davis portrait. Photo by Thierry Ehrmann on Flickr.
27 Apr 2017

Beyond Prisons – Episode 3: Are Prisons Obsolete? (YES!)

Kim and Brian discuss Angela Davis’ book, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”—an excellent handbook on prison abolition and the prison industrial complex.

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Cook County resident Flonard was freed from jail by the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Photo: CCBF
25 Apr 2017

Chicago Community Bond Fund Saves Poor, Working Class Residents From Horror Of Cook County Jail

The Chicago Community Bond Fund helps people get out of jail who can’t afford bail, using their stories to push to end cash bond in Illinois.

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"Last Days of Solitary" follows what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, the film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use. This image shows one Maine State Prison inmate looking out of his solitary confinement cell window. (Photo by FRONTLINE)
17 Apr 2017

Frontline Documentary Methodically Examines Solitary Reform In Maine State Prison

PBS FRONTLINE’s “Last Days Of Solitary” documents Maine’s progress in reducing the number of prisoners in solitary confinement at Maine State Prison.

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Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2obD_lQ45WQ
17 Apr 2017

Radical Scholars And Prison Abolition: A Conversation With Dr. Anthony Monteiro

Dr. Anthony Monteiro discusses his work as a prison abolitionist, the influence that Du Bois and James Baldwin had on him, and answers the question “what does it mean to be human?”

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A protester stands with a sign in front of an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, operated by the private prison company GEO Group. Photo by Justin Valas on Flickr
10 Apr 2017

Lawsuit May Serve As Template For Challenging Forced Immigrant Labor In Private Prisons

Class action lawsuit by pretrial immigrant detainees may force GEO Group and other private prison companies to move away from slave labor.

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09 Apr 2017

Introducing A New Podcast On Incarceration: Beyond Prisons

Introducing Beyond Prisons: a new podcast examining incarceration in America through an abolitionist lens.

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The Bullpen

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

Road To Single-Payer: Fighting For Universal Health Care At The Federal Level

In Part 3 of Jon Walker’s series, he examines various hurdles at the federal level that Americans must overcome to achieve a universal health care system.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
17 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Understanding Different Universal Health Care Systems

Unraveling for-profit health care will continue to be difficult if citizens remain uninformed on how different universal systems truly function.

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Healthcare Justice March - October 26, 2013. Photo by United Workers on Flickr.
10 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: How The US Can Achieve Universal Health Care

This is the moment for honest assessment of how U.S. could adopt single-payer, a proven system that would actually deliver affordable universal health care.

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Photo by North Charlestone (northcharleston) on Flickr
27 Mar 2017

Obamacare Is A Failure, But It Will Only ‘Explode’ If Trump Sabotages It

The American Health Care Act has gone down in a blaze of glory. It is time to focus on what President Donald Trump has long said would be his plan B.

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Photo by Ted Eytan (taedc) on Flickr.
22 Mar 2017

At This Rate, We’ll All Be Dead Before Our Country Truly Fixes Health Care

Americans can’t endure endless tinkering with private health insurance. We must change the conversation on health care once and for all.

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Paul Ryan. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
08 Mar 2017

Ryancare Is Just A Shittier Version Of Obamacare

Selling Obamacare was almost impossible for Democrats; selling just a shittier version of Obamacare should be even more difficult for Republicans.

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Sharp Edges

Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for governor of Michigan. Source: https://abdulformichigan.com
19 Apr 2017

American Muslims See Campaigns For Office As Way To Fight Prejudice

American Muslims are increasingly running for political office to challenge institutional prejudice and discrimination in the United States.

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Chicago Teachers Union protest. Photo by Joe Brusky on Flickr.
11 Apr 2017

Chicago Teacher: Rahm Emanuel’s Graduation Requirement Shows He Has ‘No Interest In Understanding The Issues’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new graduation requirement builds on his record of antagonism toward teachers and students.

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Medical instruments by Cristian C on Flickr.
03 Apr 2017

America’s Health Care System Forces Citizens To Turn To Crowdfunding To Survive

Americans are turning to crowdfunding to pay for expensive medical procedures private insurance won’t cover, even under the Affordable Care Act.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
13 Mar 2017

Activists Mobilize For Universal Health Care As Republicans Propose Limiting Coverage

As Republicans propose health care cuts, activists mobilize local communities in favor of a single-payer health care model that benefits all Americans.

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Photo by Bread For The World (breadfortheworld) on Flickr
02 Mar 2017

Immigrant Solidarity Requires Valuing Life Above Labor

The way forward isn’t campaigns drawing on cases of immigrants serving the needs of Americans, but a strategy that demands we recognize people as they come.

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"Day Without Immigrants" protest in Baltimore | Photo by Epi Ren
21 Feb 2017

Facing Repercussions, High School Students Defy Administrators And Walk Out For Immigrant Rights

The fallout from last week’s “Day Without Immigrants,” which saw restaurant and daycare employees strike across the United States, started immediately, with at least 100 people fired from their jobs. High school students faced the prospect of similar repercussions, but nonetheless, they recognized the power of protest and participated in

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The Next Cold War

Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk)
25 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 16: The Blacklisting of Independent Media Feat. Kyle Kulinski

Journalist Kyle Kulinski discusses media concentration and the seemingly coordinated strategy to weaken, undermine, and destroy independent media.

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Photo by Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from Aleppo, Syria - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yikVv_YAvE&feature=plcp, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22023821
20 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 15: Were The Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria A Slam Dunk? Feat. Brad Hoff

Dan and Joanne interview educator, investigative journalist, and Marine veteran Brad Hoff on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War.

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Source: President Donald Trump on Instagram. (https://www.instagram.com/p/BSkHHQLAuW7/?hl=en)
18 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 14: The Future of China In The Age Of Trump Feat. Peter Lee

China expert Peter Lee joins the Around The Empire podcast to discuss how solving the Korean crisis is actually antithetical to the goals of U.S. empire.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - 24 MAY 2016 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (not seen) hold a joint press conference on the second day of the World Humanitarian Summit. OCHA / Berk Özkan. Photo by World Humanitarian Summit on Flickr.
17 Apr 2017

Turkey’s Praise For Trump’s Syria Missile Strikes Latest Round In Double Game

Turkey has long played a double game in Syria, claiming to partner with the United States and oppose extremism, while actively helping Al Qaida and ISIS.

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Cover of Crowstrike's rewritten report
12 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 13: CrowdStrike’s Russian Hacking Claims Feat. Jeffrey Carr

Cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr discusses Crowdstrike’s controversial claims on successfully identifying Russia as the actor that hacked the DNC.

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President Donald Trump discusses current military operations with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command Commander, and Gen. Raymond A. "Tony" Thomas, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)
05 Apr 2017

Danger Looms As Trump Outsources Military Decisions To Pentagon

President Trump is increasingly giving more and more power for command military decisions to the Pentagon.

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Beyond Satire

George Soros | Photo by Norway UN (New York)
25 Feb 2017

I Was A Professional Anarchist Paid By Super-Rich Liberal George Soros To Bring Trump Down

Weeks into the presidency of a buffoonish but vicious tyrant, I feel compelled to take off my black bandana, hooded sweatshirt, and kick off my steel-toed boots to reveal myself to the people. This is especially for those who believe the United States is faced with an uprising led by

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Screenshot of CSPAN broadcast of Trump news conference.
16 Feb 2017

We Obtained Leaked Copy Of Trump’s Plans For First 100 Days And It’s Just Wow!

We got a glimpse at copy of what Trump plans to do by his 100th day and, whoa! It’s simply incredible!

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Screen shot from C-SPAN broadcast of President Donald Trump's Black History Month event
01 Feb 2017

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Read President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans.

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Screen shot from Kickstarter page for the "Paul Ryan: The Magazine" project
30 Jan 2017

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is

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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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