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The Dissenter

Sturgill Simpson (Photo by Vivian Wang)
28 Mar 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Call To Arms’ by Sturgill Simpson

This may be one of the more popular and well-known protest songs from 2016. It was performed on “Saturday Night Live” by Sturgill Simpson. The brass part for the song packs quite a punch and has a lot to do with why this antiwar song is such a rousing tune.

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Mnar Muhawesh (left), Rania Khalek (center), Abby Martin (right)
28 Mar 2017

Oregon State Student Group Stands Up For Arab Journalists Amidst Calls To Disinvite Them From Event

A student group hosting an event at Oregon State University on Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, refuses to disinvite two Arab journalists scheduled to speak.

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Creative Commons-licensed caricature by DonkeyHotey
26 Mar 2017

Interview WIth Mark Ames: The Unending Baffling Frenzy Over Trump, Putin, And Russia

For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Mark Ames, a journalist and co-host of the Radio War Nerd podcast. Ames also is the co-author of “The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia” and “Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion

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New York protest demands justice for Rasmea Odeh. Photo by Joe Catron (joegaza) on Flickr.
24 Mar 2017

In Political Prosecution, Palestinian American Organizer Accepts Plea Deal, Will Be Deported

Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh accepted a plea deal from the U.S. government. She’ll lose her citizenship, be deported, but serve no prison time.

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Prison Protest

Rally to support Vaughn prisoners on February 2, 2017. (Photo by Joe Piette)
28 Mar 2017

Following Vaughn Rebellion, Prisoners Issue List Of Demands For Reforms

Prisoners at Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center wrote an open letter to the warden and department of corrections, which includes a list of 22 requests addressing various problems at the facility. The list expands upon demands made in February, when men in the housing unit, Building C, launched an uprising that lasted over

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Rug burns pictured in the report by the Child Safety Coalition
21 Mar 2017

Culture Of Violence Intensifies In Colorado Youth Detention Facilities Despite Reforms

Young people incarcerated in Colorado are brutalized, isolated, and restrained in mechanical devices by staff. The youth are held in facilities where rehabilitation and treatment are not possible, according to a new report by the Child Safety Coalition. Despite reforms following a 2014 investigation, which concluded the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) illegally

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
20 Mar 2017

Multiple Alleged Suicide Attempts At Plymouth County Correctional Facility In Massachusetts

In a letter following up on prior allegations of mistreatment at Plymouth County Correctional Facility, Marty Gottesfeld describes recent suicide attempts.

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James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
10 Mar 2017

Prisoner Demands Remain Ignored In Weeks After Vaughn Rebellion

It may serve short term political interests to hire more officers and increase security after Delaware prison uprising, but it won’t make anyone safer.

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Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty.
03 Mar 2017

Ohio Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike Following Punishment For Appearing On Netflix Show, “Captive”

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan have lost phone and email privileges for 90 days following their appearance on the Netflix show, “Captive”

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CAPTION: In collaboration with NPR, Out of Gitmo tells the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years, and the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also in this two-part hour, a second segment with Retro Report explores the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison. This image shows the outside of Camp VI at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Photo Credit: FRONTLINE 2017
20 Feb 2017

Frontline Documentary Tells Riveting Story Of Guantanamo Prisoner’s Kafkaesque Resettlement In Serbia

Premiering February 21, the first part of this documentary profiles the isolated and agonizing life of Mansoor Dayfi after release from Guantanamo

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The Bullpen

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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Health care for all. Photo by wayne marshall (wayneandwax)
22 Feb 2017

It’s Perfectly Fine If Rich Benefit From Universal Social Programs

Calling for laws that would make everyone entitled to the same government assistance to afford health insurance and education is a good thing.

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Photo by Michael Fleshman (fleshmanpix) on Flickr.
26 Jan 2017

Repealing Obamacare: The Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate

The Trump team has made it clear they are going after the highly unpopular individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

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Sharp Edges

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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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Photo from the US Department of Education)
14 Feb 2017

‘They Deserve So Much’: Special Education Teacher On What DeVos Means For Students

The confirmation of charter school advocate and businesswoman Elisabeth DeVos as US Secretary of Education was arguably a massive blow against public education—with absolutely no background in education, 59-year-old DeVos, whose brother is the notorious mercenary Erik Prince, founder of US security firm Blackwater, will likely wreak havoc on a

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Protesters speak out against Trump's Muslim ban at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
01 Feb 2017

Exposing The True Impact Of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Donate to fund Roqayah Chamseddine’s profiles of refugees, dual citizens, U.S. residents, and citizens impacted by Trump’s Muslim Ban.

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Dulles International Airport (VA) Muslim Ban Protest (Photo by Geoff Livingston)
29 Jan 2017

Iraqi Green Card Holder Afraid Trump’s Muslim Ban Will Force Him To Return To Iraq

Not long into his campaign, President Donald Trump stood before a roaring crowd and called for a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States. At the time, multiple polls showed a disturbing trend—that a substantive number of Americans supported a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Late January

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The Next Cold War

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
27 Mar 2017

Flynn Scandal Draws Attention To Power Of Turkish Lobby

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was working for Turkey while also working for Trump’s presidential campaign, but failed to register.

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By I, Makaristos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2247941
22 Mar 2017

Israel’s Apartheid Status Puts United States In Tenuous Position

Israel’s continued domination and dominion over the Palestinians has, once again, caused conflict at the United Nations.

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FBI Director James Comey testifies at the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Photo: CSPAN.
20 Mar 2017

Russia Conspiracy Mongering Hits Wall At Congressional Hearing

A House Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ended with no substantial revelations.

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Screenshot of the Washington Post.
16 Mar 2017

Sick Of Media Groupthink? Support Independent Media

The solution to our broken media is to offer a strong platform for a wider range of voices, especially those disinterested in serving elite interests.

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By Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation - Mil Mi-8, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38046506
15 Mar 2017

Hillary Clinton Campaign Was Connected To Russian Government

The Clinton campaign took money from pro-Putin oligarchs, while The Podesta Group, a lobbying firm tied to the campaign, lobbied U.S. against Russia sanctions.

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U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010.  (DoD / Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps)
13 Mar 2017

Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace In Afghanistan

Despite over 15 years of support, the Afghanistan government currently controls only 63 percent of the country

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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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cabinetofterror
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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