The Dissenter

Kazoo Studios of Mother And The Boards (Photo by Belén Gaul)
23 Aug 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Superfund’ by Mother And The Boards

Kazoo Studios, who grew up in the New York City suburbs, is the lead singer for the band, Mother & the Boards. She sent along this recently released protest song about our collective apathy toward the degradation and destruction of Planet Earth. In the song called “Superfund,” Studios sings about

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Still image from CNN broadcast of Green Party town hall.
23 Aug 2016

CNN Broke The Corporate Media Mold For Elections With Green Party Town Hall

CNN determined it was in their self-interest to broadcast a Green Party Town Hall, giving millions of voters a rare opportunity to learn about Jill Stein.

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US Penitentiary, Marion. Photo by Bureau of Prisons.
22 Aug 2016

Appeals Court: Prisoners Have ‘Liberty Interest’ In Not Being Put In Secretive Prison Units

A federal appeals court reinstated a case challenging the government’s use of secretive, experimental prison units known as communications management units.

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A detainee receives new linens in the communal area of Camp Six at Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF Guantanamo photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins).
19 Aug 2016

After Guantanamo, Released Yemeni Prisoners Become Refugees

During the August 13 weekend, the Pentagon released 15 prisoners from the Guantánamo Bay military prison to the United Arab Emirates.

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The Bullpen

Neera Tanden. Photo by americanprogressaction on Flickr.
24 Aug 2016

Clinton Aide Neera Tanden’s Role In Welfare Reform Questioned

Clinton and her allies want to distance themselves from the 90s, or at least the more unpalatable parts of the era.

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Photo by Oglethorp University on Flickr.
22 Aug 2016

Is The Clinton Foundation Really A Charity?

While the Clinton Foundation has been a great way to trade cash for favors from the State Department, it does little actual charitable work.

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"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar observes operation over the site of the former Deepwater Horizon platform." Photo by Tami A. Heilmann-DOI, via Deepwater Horizon Response on Flickr.
17 Aug 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Transition Team Headed By TPP And Fracking Lobbyist

In and out of office, Ken Salazar is a textbook corporate Democrat, with a particular interest in shilling for the energy industry.

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Sharp Edges

The Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo by criminalintent on Flickr.
24 Aug 2016

For Great Sioux Nation, Dakota Access Pipeline Is “A Disaster Waiting To Happen”

The Dakota Access Pipeline will not only impact the environment but also lead to an influx of out-of-state workers and increase crime, drug use, and sex trafficking.

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(Left to right) Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. Photo by reuvenim on Flickr.
23 Aug 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 13: Fear Of The Other

Roqayah and Kumars are joined by joined by Imraan Siddiqi, who explains how Islamophobia manifests in ways that go far beyond mere criticism of Islam.

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Khalid Jabara. Photo from ABC News broadcast. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLsY35esl4Q
22 Aug 2016

Sister of Khalid Jabara Says Brother’s Murder Was ‘Foreseeable’

The sister of Khalid Jabara, an Arizona man of Lebanese origin, says the man who killed her brother “seemed to hate anyone who didn’t look like him.”

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"Bromance" by FolsomNatural on Flickr.
16 Aug 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 12: Combating Media Bias

Roqayah and Kumars talk to Adam Johnson about his work chronicling how mainstream media outlets serve as PR firms for government and other powerful interests.

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The Next Cold War

Drone footage of the battle for the Aleppo artillery college, taken by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0ey8HkCs4
25 Aug 2016

Rebranded Al Qaeda Group In Syria Receiving US Weapons

Though many scoffed when Jabhat Al-Nusra rebranded itself Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, that cosmetic change was apparently enough to convince the US to start sending arms.

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F-18 approaching refueling hose, Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal. August, 2016. (By Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg, DoD
23 Aug 2016

Shifting Alliances And More Fronts Mean Higher Risk, Complexity In Syrian War

Next Cold War Roundup 8/23/16 The war in Syria has heated up on several fronts. The battle for Aleppo continues and the Syrian coalition is massing a bigger force. Fighting in northeastern Hasakah province threatens to escalate the war and the risk of conflict between Syria, Russia, Turkey and the

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Pro-Assad demonstration in Latakia, 2011 (By Sammy via wikimedia CC VY 3.0)
19 Aug 2016

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

Next Cold War Roundup 8/19/16 On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and

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Prison Protest

Photo by thomashawk on Flickr.
25 Aug 2016

In States Like Tennessee, Private Prisons Will Survive Obama Administration

Madison Deal died at a CCA prison in Tennessee as news broke that the Justice Department would draw-down its agreements with private prison contractors.

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Still from White House video of President Obama's visit to El Reno FCI. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGZ7AMk39Q
18 Aug 2016

Obama Administration Isn’t Planning To End Private Prison Contracts

In a memorandum sent to the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Justice announced it would begin “reducing and ultimately ending” the use of private prisons.

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Still image from CBS 4 News Rio Grande Valley broadcast of riot at Willacy County Correctional Center. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX6iHAk5pUI
16 Aug 2016

Federal Government Turns A Blind Eye To Terrible Conditions In Private Prisons

The government bares a significant portion of the responsibility for the abusive environments nurtured at private prisons over the past few decades.

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Scott Tanner, Juvenile Dentention Ombudsman, experiences the WRAP in the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center. (Photos obtained via FOIA, published by Ozarks First. Original: http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/state-urges-juvenile-detention-to-stop-using-wrap-)
11 Aug 2016

New Methods Of Restraining Inmates Have Deadly Outcomes

As governments continue to fail to provide assistance and treatment to those in need, newer restraint techniques have begun to take shape across the nation.

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