The Dissenter

The Washington Post. Photo by maxmborge on Flickr.
29 Aug 2016

Washington Post Editors Caricature Jill Stein As ‘Fairy Tale’ Presidential Candidate

For a third-party candidate, the fact that the Washington Post met with Stein is quite an accomplishment. But the editorial board crassly attacked her after the meeting.

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Just any old small town you may pass through in America
26 Aug 2016

We Can Dwell On Corruption, But Then Who Will Save The Children?

Mayor Wilbur O’Connell is an honorable and caring mayor of Brickleford, but in recent days, he has faced scandalous allegations of corruption that really should trouble residents. In the ten years that O’Connell has been the town’s mayor, he has used his status to encourage charity. Some of the most

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25 Aug 2016

WATCH: Mara Einstein Discusses Her Book, ‘Black Ops Advertising’

Mara Einstein discusses a fundamental shift in advertising—how it is getting harder to tell difference between content and ads.

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Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. Photo by New America on Flickr.
25 Aug 2016

From Dana Milbank, Trite Objections To Jill Stein

It is not voters, who break with the two-party system in this election who are sanctimonious and out-of-touch. It is people like Milbank, who argue against voting your conscience.

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The Bullpen

Russian President Vladimir Putin with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo by China state media outlet Xinhuanet.
29 Aug 2016

Hillary Clinton Connected To ‘Grand Godfather’ Of Extreme Nationalism, Putin

On Thursday, former Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Reno, Nevada, criticizing the “alt-right’s” support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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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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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

Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara with Turkish President Erdogan. August, 2016 (by Turkish govt. via Twitter)
26 Aug 2016

Turkey Invades Syria, Kurds Pull Back, Biden Goes to Turkey

Next Cold War Roundup 8/26/16 Operation Euphrates Shield, a battle to take the town of Jarablus from ISIS included Turkish and American military, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition rebels, and the operation may have changed everything in the Syrian war. VP Joe Biden went to Turkey with copious praise and denials on

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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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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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