The Dissenter

Screenshot of video of Chicago Police Press Conference.
25 Nov 2015

Rahm Is Wrong: Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Represents Chicago Police

Before releasing a video of white cop killing black teen Laquan McDonald, Chicago’s Mayor insisted the officer was not representative of the city’s police.

In this November 9, 2014 photograph, Mnar Muhawesh speaks about corporate media and the military-industrial complex at a meeting of the The Mideast Committee of WAMM (Women Against Military Madness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (YouTube)
25 Nov 2015

Interview, Part 2: MintPress News’ Mnar Muhawesh On Media’s ‘Fast Food Headlines’

Kevin Gosztola’s and MintPress News’ founder, Mnar Muhawesh, discuss how the media ignores real news in favor of distractions and election-year circuses.

Mugshot of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Police officer charged in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Chicago Police Department)
24 Nov 2015

After Coverup Fails, Chicago Cop Charged With Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The case against Jason Van Dyke marks the first time in Chicago’s history that a police officer faces criminal charges for an on-duty shooting.

Screen shot from video put together by Light in the Attic Records for "Native North America Vol. 1" compilation
23 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘I Pity the Country’ by Willie Dunn

While many Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there are countless Native Americans who will be marking the holiday with a “National Day of Mourning” to remember the genocide of millions of Native people. Coinciding with the holiday, America still finds itself experiencing an ignorant and grotesque form of


Prison Protest

Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
14 Nov 2015

LISTEN: Mary Buser’s “Lockdown On Rikers” Chat

A conversation between Brian Sonenstein and Mary E. Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers” about solitary confinement and mental health on NYC’s jail island.

Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky (Google Maps)
12 Nov 2015

Appeals Court Finds Jail Medical Contractor ‘Recklessly Indifferent’ In Young Inmate’s Death

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a case involving private inmate medical contractor Southern Health Partners (SHP), finding the company was recklessly indifferent to the medical needs of a 25-year-old at the Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky. The lawsuit [PDF], brought by the administratrix of

Activists holding a "Campaign To Shut Down Rikers" banner are escorted out of a recent DOC meeting where officials asked to delay changes to solitary confinement. (Screenshot from Twitter video by @ShutDownRikers)
11 Nov 2015

New York City Postpones Elimination Of Solitary Confinement For Young Adults

New York City’s Board of Correction voted on Tuesday to delay the elimination of solitary confinement for young adults until the end of February 2016.

Poster on Ellis Island (Wilson Loo Kok Wee on Flickr)
06 Nov 2015

ICE Claims There Is No Hunger Strike At Hutto Amid Escalating Retaliation

ICE continues to deny there is an inmate demonstration taking place at T. Don Hutto as hunger striker claim retaliation against them is intensifying.


The Bullpen

Donald Trump waves as he speaks at CPAC on February 10, 2011. (Flickr / Gage Skidmore)
23 Nov 2015

Donald Trump Misremembers Israeli 9/11 Story, Blames Muslims

When Donald Trump claims 1000s of Muslims cheered 9/11, he’s rewriting a real incident that actually involved 5 Israelis.

In this March 17, 2009 photograph, two men scale the border fence into Mexico a few hundred yards away from where Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions are building a 1,500 foot-long concrete-ined drainage ditch and a 10 foot-high wall to increase security along the U.S. and Mexico border in Douglas, Ariz. (Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Navy / Steelworker 1st Class Matthew Tyson)
20 Nov 2015

Mexican Immigration Reverses: Do We Still Need A Wall?

A report from the Pew Research Center released Thursday claims that more Mexicans are leaving the US than entering it.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (Steve Jurvetson on Flickr)
18 Nov 2015

JPMorgan Facing Criminal Probe For Pre-Crash Mortgage Securities Fraud

On Tuesday, WSJ reported JPMorgan and RBS are facing criminal probes for selling fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that led to the 08 crash.

File: The New York Stock Exchange trading floor during the May 15, 2014 IPO of Zendesk. (Flickr / Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)
17 Nov 2015

Report: Corporate America’s Higher Earnings Due To Stock Buyback Scams

Corporate America is cannibalizing the economy through stock buybacks, allowing the 1% to pocket more corporate earnings than ever before.


The Next Cold War

Russian SU-24M in flight, 2009 (Wikimedia)
25 Nov 2015

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane In Syria

Next Cold War Roundup, M/W/F 10 AM Eastern.   Turkey Shoots Down Russian SU-24, NATO Shrugs o The international coverage of this event has been nearly non-stop for all of Tuesday and continues today. Fate of the Russian pilots is now known.  One video shows “rebels” shooting at fighter jet

Hillary Clinton Speaks at a Presidential Primary Rally in Raleigh, NC in 2008 (Keith Kissel on Flickr)
24 Nov 2015

Libya’s Collapse Proves Hillary Clinton Learned Nothing From Iraq War

As Clinton makes another attempt at the imperial presidency, she appears unwilling or unable to learn from the horrible blunders she championed in the past.

US Army M1A2 Abrams Tank
23 Nov 2015

Next Cold War Roundup 11-23-15

  Welcome to the Next Cold War Roundup, posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 AM Eastern. You’ll find here what you won’t find in the mainstream news on issues of war and peace.   News & Analysis Crimea Crimea in Dark After Power Lines Are Blown Up MOSCOW

File: In this October 29, 2013 photograph, a F-35 Lightning fighter jet drops a laser-guided bomb. (Flickr / Ministry of Defence Images / Darin Russell)
19 Nov 2015

US-Saudi Relationship Discredits US Fight Against ISIS

Despite Saudi Arabia’s support for ISIS and repeated human rights abuses in Yemen, the U.S. approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to the Saudis this week.