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The Dissenter

Screen shot from the album cover for Poor Lily's "Dirt On Everyone" punk rock opera
29 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Honey Trap’ And ‘Eyeball Constructors’

It has been awhile since a submission from an independent artist was featured so this week’s selection comes from a punk rock band from New York and Connecticut called Poor Lily. The band recently released a “punk rock opera” inspired by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and global mass surveillance.

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Photo by Dark Sevier on Flickr.
28 Nov 2016

Water Protector Hit In Eye By Tear Gas Grenade And Others Injured Sue Police

Virginia Dundon is one of eight injured water protectors suing law enforcement. She was hit by a tear gas grenade and may never see out of her right eye again.

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Oceti Sakowin Camp (Photo by Lucas Zhao)
27 Nov 2016

‘United Against The Black Snake’: Water Protectors Respond To Army Corps’ Eviction Notice

A coalition of grassroots groups at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock indicated it would reject an Army Corps of Engineers eviction notice, “stand united in defiance of the black snake,” and continue to protect water in their ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline. On November 25, district

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Journalist and co-host of "Unauthorized Disclosure," Rania Khalek
27 Nov 2016

Making An Example Out Of Independent Journalists Who Cover Syria

On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, journalist Rania Khalek talks a bit about what she has learned while reporting in Syria. Khalek also addresses the smear attacks on her reputation, which led to her resignation from an editorial position at Electronic Intifada. It has impacted her ability to convince media outlets

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Prison Protest

File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
30 Nov 2016

Deconstructing Flaws In Important New Report On Solitary Confinement

A new report on solitary confinement provides access to important data on the number of people in some form of solitary confinement in the United States. However, because the United States prison system is not one body but a collection of fiefdoms that set their own administrative rules and definitions, the data

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Photo by Steve Rhodes
30 Nov 2016

Report Offers Rare Data On Solitary Confinement In United States

A new report provides a rare view of “current comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing,” which is more commonly known as solitary confinement. Released by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and Yale Law Schools’ Liman Program, the report, “Aiming To Reduce Time-In-Cell,” outlines efforts undertaken by various jurisdictions

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Photo by Mike Cogh
26 Nov 2016

Disentangling The Many Media Failures Of 2016

In the wake of the 2016 election, Shadowproof believes it is worthwhile to assess the state of journalism and the need for contrition, especially from those with the most influence and power in the press who failed citizens so miserably. Donald Trump’s election was aided and abetted by liberal journalists, who accelerated the decline of

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Left to right: Free Alabama Movement’s James Plesant, Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council
04 Nov 2016

Alabama Prison Officials Retaliate Against Prison Strike Leader By Cutting Water To Cell

Advocates say prison officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Alabama turned off the water to Kinetik Justice Amun’s solitary cell after he initiated a hunger strike. Officials then transferred him to the Limestone Correctional Facility, which has a “behavioral modification program” known among prisoners as a “hot bay” dorm in which prisoners

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Photo from Bernalillo County Government in New Mexico
28 Oct 2016

For Incarcerated, Contraband Cell Phones Are Lifeline To Outside

Jails and prisons across the country struggle to tamp down the sale and use of contraband cell phones. But for many prisoners, especially those involved in the national prison strike against slave labor, access to such technology is considered a lifeline. Prisoners in Alabama, South Carolina, New York, and other states use contraband phones

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Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement
27 Oct 2016

Free Alabama Movement Links Prison Slavery To Lack Of Access To Education, Rehabilitation

One of the groups leading the prison strike argues a lack of educational and rehabilitative opportunities is central to exploiting prison labor.

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The Bullpen

Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Runs The World
30 Nov 2016

Steve Bannon Says Joining Goldman Sachs Is Like ‘Joining The Jesuits’

Trump is backing two former Goldman Sachs executives for high positions within his administration.

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Above, Christie takes the Oath of Office January 19, 2010: “I will diligently, faithfully, impartially, justly, and to the best of my knowledge and ability execute the said office in conformity with the powers delegated to me and that I will to the utmost of my skill and ability promote the peace and prosperity and maintain the lawful rights of the said State, so help me God.”
28 Nov 2016

The Case to Impeach Chris Christie

Governor Christie took an oath to serve the people of New Jersey. That he broke it is his disgrace. But, if we allow him to get away with breaking it, the disgrace will also be ours.

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Trust in mainstream media falling off a cliff
28 Nov 2016

Corporate Media Will Not Save Us From “Fake News”

If “fake news” was simply incorrect information then the mainstream media’s election coverage would certainly count.

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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon at the Fortune Global Forum in 2013. Photo by Fortune Live Media.
23 Nov 2016

JPMorgan Pays $264 Million Fine For Bribing Chinese Officials

The latest payment of $264 million comes after JPMorgan hired the relatives of Chinese government officials to win business in China.

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"Chris Christie - Whoppers on the Bridge." Image by Donkey Hotey on Flickr.
21 Nov 2016

With Bridgegate Convictions Comes Calls To Impeach Chris Christie

Now that appointees of Gov. Christie have been convicted for their involvement in Bridgegate, New Jersey lawmakers are calling for his impeachment.

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16 Nov 2016

Dear Hillary Pundits, Own Your Terrible Candidate

Despite media’s claims it could never happen, Trump is the president-elect. Now pundits are trying to craft a narrative that doesn’t make them look like idiots.

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Sharp Edges

March against Islamophobia in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 17. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue)
29 Nov 2016

What Makes For Good Solidarity With American Muslims And What Doesn’t?

The desire to show solidarity with American Muslims is an undoubtedly magnanimous endeavor, and while camaraderie is indispensable, especially in the face of rising anti-Muslim violence, there are expressions and measures of support, which are more immediately impactful. Before getting into beneficial methods of solidarity, we must first examine the

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Photo by Gage Skidmore
25 Nov 2016

Coming Out Of Election Haze: How Do Women On Left Overcome Elite Feminism?

Now that the election haze is dissipating, there are multiple theories flying about as to why Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump—some blame the Electoral College, some say that she ran a stupefyingly arrogant campaign, and that she was just not likable, and others believe that the way

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22 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On The Trauma Of Protest

For part two of our interview with Devyn Springer, he highlights his work as an activist and the toll it can take on his health as a queer black muslim.

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Devyn Springer
20 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On Homophobia In Islamic Spaces

In the first part of a three-part video from Roqayah Chamseddine’s “Islam In America” project, Devyn Springer talks about homophobia in Islamic spaces.

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Photo by IoSonoUnaFotoCamera.
09 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 24: President Trump

We have on @BrettPain and @MurderBryan from Street Fight Radio to discuss what’s next for those of us on the left following this absolutely crushing defeat.

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
09 Nov 2016

The Left Must Mobilize In The Face Of A Trump Victory

Mourn the election of Donald Trump if you must, but come hell or high water, we must mobilize.

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The Next Cold War

Civilians fleeing East Aleppo. November, 2016. (by @C_Military1)
29 Nov 2016

Rebels Collapse in East Aleppo & Civilians Flee; Turkey’s Position Weakens; Diplomatic Emergency

Syrian coalition forces broke through to East Aleppo and recaptured territory, working with Kurdish YPG forces, and more in our global news round-up.

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Actor in White Helmets video, seems OK after all. Source: @Navsteva
24 Nov 2016

Video Shows White Helmets Staging Fake Rescue In Syria

Video of the controversial aid group Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets,” has leaked showing the staging of a fake rescue.

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt. October, 2016 (by US Navy)
23 Nov 2016

Green Berets Casualties in Jordan Story Disputed; Mosul Siege Completed; Another Zumwalt Breakdown

Next Cold War Roundup 11/23/16: The official story of how the 3 US Green Berets were killed in Jordan has been disputed. Iraqi militias completed the encirclement of Mosul. The USS Zumwalt broke down again in the Panama Canal. And more in our latest Next Cold War roundup… 3 Green

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
17 Nov 2016

Foreign Policy Names Floated By Trump Transition Undermine Campaign Promises

While no official nominations or appointments have been made, that these people are even being considered is arguably a betrayal of Trump’s campaign promise.

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The American flag blows in the wind as the moon rises over Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. (Senior Airman Dennis Sloan on Flickr)
10 Nov 2016

America Votes Against Empire

The American people made their choice to begin disentangling ourselves from foreign quagmires and focus our energy on improving our own country.

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"13 yo Mohamed, IDP from #Saada, broke his leg walking thru a field of #Cluster submunition in #Safra #YemenCrisis" — Photos via Rasha Mohamed (@RashaMoh2) on Twitter. Original: https://twitter.com/RashaMoh2/status/618418289190940672
03 Nov 2016

US Condemnation Of Yemen Slaughter Backfires As World Blames US

Following its official condemnation, activists point to the United States’ role providing Saudis with weapons used to bomb civilians and damage the food supply.

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