The Dissenter

Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women's March (Photo by Festival Of Faiths)
23 Jan 2017

Emboldened By Countersubversive President, Network Of Sites Demonize Women’s March Organizer

A network of conservative websites has spread malicious attacks intended to demonize one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March, which mobilized millions of Americans to resist President Donald Trump’s administration. Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist. She is a mother of three children

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White House live stream of Donald Trump's inauguration (Photo by 
Karl-Ludwig G. Poggemann)
20 Jan 2017

Donald Trump Takes Over The American Empire: Interview With Abby Martin

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola kick off a new season of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast with guest Abby Martin, host of “The Empire Files.” She joins the show for the entire episode. Martin discusses how a show she anchored for RT America was mentioned in the recent intelligence report

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President Donald Trump at the Inauguration. (Screen shot from White House live stream)
20 Jan 2017

Trump’s Inaugural Address: A Call For Holy War

President Donald Trump used his inaugural address to call for the “civilized world” to unite “against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” It received one of the most enthusiastic responses from the crowd in attendance at the National Mall. The words evoked

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Photo by the Obama White House
19 Jan 2017

Obama’s Legacy: Refining System Of Secrecy, Cracking Down On Leaks

President Barack Obama’s administration will hand President-elect Donald Trump’s administration a system for secrecy, especially when it comes to concealing military and national security programs and policies, that is stronger than ever. Eight years were spent by the Most Transparent Administration Ever™ refining this system. It succeeded marvelously because administration

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Prison Protest

Photo by msppmoore
14 Jan 2017

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

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Photo by MyFuture.com
05 Jan 2017

How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons

Corrections departments conduct searches and introduce policies to diminish contraband, but such efforts arguably play a role in preserving the market.

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout)
02 Jan 2017

Mississippi Private Prison Neglected Problems After Deadly Riot

A recently released Department of Justice audit found a Mississippi private prison—which holds over 2,500 immigrant prisoners, most of whom are Mexican nationals—failed to remedy serious problems with staffing and living conditions that led to a deadly riot in 2012. According to the audit [PDF], the Adams County Correctional Center suffered from chronic under-staffing

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Journalist Chris Hedges (L) with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (R). Photo by Lucasville Amnesty.
19 Dec 2016

Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio

A 60-day restriction on email and telephone privileges ended for Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on December 5, 2016. Hasan, who is incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary, was punished in October for participating in a live radio interview with NPR about the September 9 strike against prison slavery. Prison officials twice prevented Hasan

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Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
16 Dec 2016

Prison Strike Leader Beaten By Officers Fears For Life After Retaliation

Kinetik Justice Amun, one of the incarcerated leaders of the Free Alabama Movement who was a prison national strike organizer, fears for his life after he was brutally beaten and maced by officers at Limestone Correctional Facility on December 2, 2016. According to It’s Going Down, Kinetik was handcuffed and escorted

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The Bullpen

Donald Trump swearing in ceremony (Source: White House)
23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

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Photo by Rainforest Action Network
18 Jan 2017

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is

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Reince Priebus (Photo by Ronald Woan)
16 Jan 2017

Trump’s Chief Of Staff Promises To Keep Entitlements But Obamacare Plan Unknown

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election. But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would

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Martin Luther King gestures with his hands as he speaks at a press conference on November 6, 1964. (Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress / New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection)
16 Jan 2017

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Jan 2017

Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality

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File: A close-up of the Volkswagen logo on the hubcap of a classic VW bug. (Flickr / Mick Amato)
09 Jan 2017

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive Involved In Emissions Scandal

The FBI arrested former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Schmidt was in charge of emissions compliance for Volkswagen and is believed to have participated in a scheme to fake emissions levels to meet U.S. government requirements for pollution. Volkswagen cheated U.S. emission

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Sharp Edges

Women's March on Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mobilus In Mobili)
22 Jan 2017

Women’s March Transcends Elite Feminism To Make Resounding Statement

The Women’s March on Washington—and the nearly 700 sister marches across the country born in solidarity—took place on January 21, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. In eight of the largest cities in the United States, at least 2.6 million people marched and rallied. There were countless

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Neera Tanden (left), David Brock (right)
19 Jan 2017

Clinton Democrats In No Position To Call Themselves ‘The Resistance’

While Democrats marinated in the unverifiable news of President-elect Donald Trump’s “golden shower” dossier, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders put forward an amendment, which called for the establishment of a “deficit-neutral reserve fund” to “lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada. It was rejected, 52

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: D Sharon Pruitt, Leo Reynolds, GrungeTextures)
09 Jan 2017

Five Americans Who Benefited From Welfare Share Their Fears About Trump

President-elect Donald Trump, business tycoon and bureaucratic snake oil merchant, is no stranger to anti-poverty rhetoric. Bootstrap mythology makes up the very backbone of his political ideology. In his book “Time To Get Tough”, published in 2011, Trump described Bill Clinton’s abominable Welfare Reform Act of 1996 as a success,

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"Palestine." Photo by MissyKel on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Ali Abunimah about the Obama administration’s Israel-Palestine legacy and the movement for Palestinian human rights.

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Photo by ILuvGadgets on Flickr
30 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 30: Lessons From 2016

It’s been a difficult year for everyone left-of-center, and, if we are going to be honest with ourselves, a lot of our assumptions have been seriously challenged.

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Photo by George Thomas (hz536n) on Flickr.
20 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 29: Don’t Forget Flint

Flint resident Melissa Mays discusses the serious health consequences she and her family have dealt with as a result of using their own tap water.

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The Next Cold War

The seal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency inlaid in the floor of the main lobby of the Original Headquarters Building. (Wikimedia Commons / Duffman)
19 Jan 2017

How Much Of A War Will Deep State Wage Against Trump?

The Washington Post reported incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn was in contact with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. It was a clear attempt to damage President-elect Donald Trump and Flynn. Neoconservative columnist David Ignatius reported, “According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador

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American soldiers and M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers arriving in Poland. Jan. 9, 2017 (by US Army, Staff Sgt. Baltos)
17 Jan 2017

Deep State vs Trump; Dodgy Dossier; US Rolls Tanks & Artillery in Poland

US troops, tanks, and artillery arrived in Poland. More Marines will deploy to Afghanistan. JSOC conducted a raid in Deir Ezzor and ISIS launched a major offensive. MSM unleashed a “dodgy dossier” of #FakeNews on Trump who is at war with the Deep State. And more in our global war news

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Screenshot from cover of "EXTENDING AMERICAN POWER: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order" by the Center for a New American Security.
17 Jan 2017

Around The Empire—Episode 5: The Deep State And Donald Trump Feat. David Chibo

On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne interview journalist David Chibo about his recent article on the deep state in the United States for Unz Review. Chibo offers a comprehensive and holistic perspective for understanding the hidden forces influencing the U.S. government by synthesizing theories from seven

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rubiotillerson
12 Jan 2017

Rex Tillerson Clashes With Neocons At Confirmation Hearing

Though former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson faced some sharp questions on climate change, the real clashes during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state came from neoconservative senators-principally Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Both demanded Tillerson accept their line on a number of issues. Due

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Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa, Yemen (Source: Ibrahem Qasim)
10 Jan 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 4: The Destruction Of Yemen Feat. Ben Norton

On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne interview journalist Benjamin Norton on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Ben has been closely monitoring the situation in Yemen for years writing previously in Salon and now for Alternet’s Grayzone Project. The discussion focuses on the overall dynamics of

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DNI Chief James Clapper at Senate hearing on alleged Russian hacks (Screenshot from Senate video)
09 Jan 2017

Kerry: We Watched ISIS Grow; Hacking Intel Report a “Dud”; Syrian Rebels Target Water & Energy

Leaked audio reveals John Kerry admitting US watched ISIS grow; intel chiefs’ report on alleged Russian hacking was a “dud;” and more in our global news roundup…

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Beyond Satire

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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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Trump Tower. Photo by m01229 on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women

President Donald Trump’s legal team threatened to make life unbearable for the authors if they included these incredibly shocking revelations.

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Photo by Kristopher Harris
25 Oct 2016

That Tweet Of Clinton Showing Off Her Cubs Fandom, Explained

Clinton’s press secretary tweeted a photo of her reacting to the Cubs, as they beat the Dodgers to make it to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

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Hippie grandmas can get away with pumping their fists. Can you imagine what would happen if Hillary Clinton did this? Photo: Kevin Gosztola.
23 Sep 2016

Jill Stein Is Like Your Cool Hippie Grandma—And That’s Not A Good Thing

Millennials may see their hippie grandmother in Stein, but no amount of sun worshipping or tchotchke-crafting prepares you for being Leader of the Free World.

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