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The Dissenter

Hillary Clinton at a rally in West Des Moines, Iowa (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
07 Feb 2016

The Establishment’s Escalating Pressure on Women to Support Hillary Clinton

There is a sexist double standard, establishment columnists insist. Hillary Clinton can never yell about political revolution because she is a woman. Madeleine Albright wields one of her favorite lines and declares there is a “special place in hell” for women who do not help elect Clinton. Feminist icon Gloria

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Bernie Sanders (Flickr Photo by Brookings Institution)
05 Feb 2016

The Absurd Identity Politics of Establishment Pundits Critiquing Bernie Sanders

There’s something wrong with pundits increasingly relying on narrow concepts of feminism to pick apart Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

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Ecuadorian Embassy Standoff - Front Entrance (Jaggers on Flickr)
05 Feb 2016

U.N. Group: U.K., Sweden Violated Julian Assange’s Due Process Rights

A United Nations working group determined Sweden and the United Kingdom have arbitrarily detained WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

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An FBI logo, photographed in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2012. (Flickr / J)
03 Feb 2016

Court Decision Stops FBI From Eviscerating Freedom of Information Act

A Washington, D.C. court decision blocks efforts by the FBI to make whole categories of records exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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Prison Protest

Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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Supreme Court
26 Jan 2016

Juveniles In Prison For Life Without Parole Given New Hope For Freedom

The United States Supreme Court determined juvenile offenders serving life sentences for homicides without parole should be granted the opportunity to “show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption.” The decision clarified a ruling issued in the 2012 case Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited life without parole sentences for juveniles who

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Tower 5 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (RLEvans on Flickr)
21 Jan 2016

Are We There Yet? The Promise, Perils and Politics of Penal Reform

The reach of the carceral state is truly breathtaking, extending well beyond the estimated 2.2 million people sitting in jail or prison today in America.

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The Bullpen

At a protest against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on March 30, 2014, an activist holds a sign which reads "Fascism is not economic policy!" (Flickr / Peg Hunter)
05 Feb 2016

Corporate Takeover: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed In New Zealand

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, it could lead to unprecedented corporate control over the Internet, international law, and the environment.

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Goldman Sachs tower in New York City can be seen across the Hudson River from Battery Park in New Jersey, framed between decorative pillars, in this December 4, 2011 photograph. (Flickr / Katie Killary)
03 Feb 2016

Goldman Sachs Questions ‘The Efficacy Of Capitalism’

Analysts at Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment banks, questioned capitalism’s effectiveness. What did they really mean by that statement?

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Bernie Sanders embraces a young black woman while speaking into a microphone at a September 27, 2015 campaign appearance in Des Moines, Iowa. (Flickr / Phil Roeder)
01 Feb 2016

Establishment Media Targets Sanders During Run Up To Iowa Caucuses

The establishment media has dropped its pretense of objectivity to launch attacks on Bernie Sanders to benefit their preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton.

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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (Remixed photo, based on Dimon photo by Steve Jurvetson on Flickr)
29 Jan 2016

JPMorgan Pays Billions To Settle With Ambac, Lehman Brothers

JPMorgan is almost finished paying off the rich people it screwed in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. As for the poor? Well, not so much.

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The Next Cold War

Turkish air force F-16s With US air force Stratotanker, 2009 (by Dept of Defense)
05 Feb 2016

Turkish Military Buildup on Syria Border

  Next Cold War Roundup, 2/5/16. Turkey Preparing for Invasion of Syria? _ Russian defense ministry says developments on Turkish-Syrian border “give serious grounds to believe Turkey is preparing to invade Syria.  Russian officials have been doing a ground inspection of Turkish military activities in one zone in coordination with

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Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko and Secretary John Kerry (U.S. Department of State)
04 Feb 2016

Ukraine Government In Chaos As Deals With Oligarchs, Neo-Fascists Fray

With the war in the east stalled and the economy crashing, a deal is being revisited in a last minute effort to save the fading government in Kiev.

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Map SITREP northwest Syria. Encircling Aleppo. Siege lifted in Zahraa and Nubbol. Feb. 3, 2016(by Peto Lucem)
03 Feb 2016

Syria Cuts Rebel Supply Lines to Aleppo, Breaks Siege

Next Cold War Roundup 2/3/16 Geneva 3 peace talks are faltering. Both parties admit they never fully began. The Syrian army and coalition advance in northwest Syria intensifies.  The map above shows the encircling of the critical city of Aleppo. Two Shiite enclaves besieged for 3+ years by the opposition were freed which

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Bernie Sanders speaks at the Phoenix Convention Center at a July 18, 2015 rally in front of a large audience and the U.S. and Arizona state flags. (Flickr / Gage Skidmore)
02 Feb 2016

What Is The Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine?

“President Bernie Sanders” would have massive power to set the course of global politics as Commander-in-Chief. But how would he wield the U.S. military?

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