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The Dissenter

A flyer at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London, reading "FREE ASSANGE. NO U.S. EXTRADITION." Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
26 Feb 2020

Prosecution: US-UK Treaty Does Not Apply To Assange Extradition

The prosecution urged a magistrate court to flout an international norm enshrined in treaty law to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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25 Feb 2020

Assange Extradition Hearing: Chelsea Manning’s Grand Jury Resistance A Major Hurdle For Prosecutors

The second day of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing showed how crucial Chelsea Manning’s grand jury resistance is to the defense.

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President Donald Trump. Photo by the White House.
24 Feb 2020

Assange’s Defense Details CIA-Backed Espionage Operation, Trump’s Politicization Of Justice Department

In the first day of a week-long extradition hearing, Julian Assange’s attorneys detailed CIA-backed surveillance and allege Trump politicized the case.

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23 Feb 2020

The DNC May Have Paved The Way For Julian Assange’s Acquittal

In their zeal to hold Julian Assange accountable for the role they believe he played, the Democratic National Committee may have paved the way for his acquittal.

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Prison Protest

Michelle Jones
21 Feb 2020

Beyond Prisons: Epistemic Violence feat. Michelle Jones

Artist, activist, and historian Michelle Jones joins the Beyond Prison podcast to discuss re-entry and her scholarship at New York University.

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"Captive." Artwork by Todd Hyung-Rae Tarselli.
13 Feb 2020

Even Brief Exposure To Solitary Confinement May Increase Risk Of Death After Prison

Even a few days in solitary confinement may increase a person’s risk of death after they are released from prison, new research suggests.

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When Prison Reform Means Prison Expansion (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
12 Feb 2020

All 50 States Report Prison Understaffing

Every state in the United States of America has reported prison staffing shortages since 2017, according to research by Shadowproof.

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Over 150 Sex worker activists from around the world gather at the Pre-Conference Networking Meeting, ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam 2018. Photo by Juno Mac on Flickr.
11 Feb 2020

Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Popular Among Democrats And Independents

New polling from Data For Progress shows a majority of American voters—especially Democrats and Independents—support decriminalizing sex work.

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President Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
29 Jan 2020

Meet The Cops: Inside Donald Trump’s New Commission On Policing

Attorney General William Barr swore in 18 members of a White House commission on policing—all of whom work in law enforcement.

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Layleen Xtravaganza-Polanco. (Photo via family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/layleen-cubilette-our-angel)
14 Jan 2020

How Layleen Xtravanganza-Polanco’s Case Impacted Organizing For Transgender Prisoners

Centering transgender prisoners can motivate reform within an abolitionist vision. But so-called solidarity has been used to legitimize incarceration, too.

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The Bullpen

20 Nov 2019

Tennessee’s Healthcare Crisis: Bankruptcies, Closing Hospitals, And Medical Debt

The State of Tennessee is in the midst of a health care crisis, where its residents are struggling with debt, bankruptcies, and a lack of access to health care, while suffering from some of the highest rates in the United States of preventable illnesses. 

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22 Jul 2019

Many Shortfalls Of Wage Theft Enforcement For Migrant Workers

Migrant workers share stories of wage theft and retaliation by employers, and how there is little-to-no enforcement of state labor protections.

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01 Jul 2019

‘We’re Not Being Paid’: Musicians Struggle Against Orchestra Management, Streaming Services

At the end of May, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra management informed their musicians that the summer season would be canceled and musicians would be locked out beginning June 17, the first work stoppage for the orchestra in 31 years. “We’re not being paid. They told us our health insurance will

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photo: AFGE on Flickr)
15 Apr 2019

How Bernie Sanders’ Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated

Jon Walker describes how Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ stance on filibuster reform is needlessly complicated.

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18 Dec 2018

How We Define ‘Cheapest Health Care’ Radically Shapes Policy Discussions

How “cheapest” is defined in the context of health care has radically shaped health care policy in the past and will shape it in the future.

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Photo by Pictures Of Money on Flickr.
10 Dec 2018

Best Option For Funding Medicare For All May Be Employer Mandate

Voters have a clear preference for how to fund Medicare for All: requiring employers to purchase Medicare (or equivalent) coverage for their employees.

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THE IDIOCRAT

19 Aug 2019

I’m Still Sorry I Listened To Susan Sarandon During The 2016 Election

There aren’t any matters that are currently more pressing than grappling with the fact that I listened to what actress Susan Sarandon had to say during the 2016 presidential election and did not vote for Hillary Clinton. You may see a presidential administration that is going above and beyond to

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02 Aug 2019

A Celebration Of Pioneering Satirist Paul Krassner

Pioneering satirist Paul Krassner proclaimed, “Irreverence is my only sacred cow, and the more repression there is, the more need there is for irreverence toward those who are responsible for that repression.”

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04 Dec 2018

Iraqis Remember George H.W. Bush: A Gentleman When It Came To Bombing Us

Several Iraqis bombed during the Persian Gulf War expressed their condolences and paid tribute to former President George H.W. Bush.

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09 Oct 2018

George Soros Hired Me As A Paid Protester, But I’m Still Waiting For My Money

Emiliano Goodman once again demands George Soros pay him for professional anarchist services. He also has new inside information on Democrats’ sugar daddy.

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04 Jul 2018

Don’t Let Trump Be The Only One Seen Hugging An American Flag This Fourth Of July

We cannot let people think only President Donald Trump bear hugs Old Glory in public. Sensible Americans can show their love for America on 4th of July too.

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Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo via CIA.
16 May 2018

An Open Letter To Those Who Believe Torture Accountability Should Start With First Woman Nominee For CIA Director

Can you think of any men who were held accountable for CIA torture? No, you cannot. That is why deputy CIA director Gina Haspel should be their next director.

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