18 Dec 2019

US Government’s Censorship System Claims Victory Against NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

A federal judge ruled the United States government may confiscate proceeds NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden earned from the publication of his book, Permanent Record, as well as his speeches.

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17 Dec 2019

ICE Retaliates Against Immigrant Rights Activists By Suspending Visitation Program In Alabama

Immigration and detention officials canceled visits at the Etowah County Detention Center following a protest calling for the facility’s closure and the abolition of immigration detention. Freedom For Immigrants (FFI), a nonprofit immigrant rights group, has organized visitation projects with over 4,500 volunteers from local groups like the Etowah Visitation

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Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Photo via Google Maps.
17 Dec 2019

South Carolina Prisoners Call For UN Intervention As Abusive Conditions Worsen

Prisoners and their supporters in the US, UK, and the Caribbean requested the UN intervene in the humanitarian crisis inside South Carolina prisons.

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Kayactivists take part in a rally at Camp Kalama in Kalama, Wash., on May 18, 2019, calling for the Washington Department of Ecology to deny permits for Northwest Innovation Works (NWI) proposed methanol refinery. Governor Inslee recently reversed his stance on the $2 billion dollar facility which would convert natural gas into methane for export via ship to China where it will be used in the production of plastics. (Photo by: Alex Milan Tracy)
17 Dec 2019

World’s Largest Fracked Gas Refinery Violates Federal Funding Law, Say Environmentalists

Columbia Riverkeeper claims Northwest Innovation Works sought billions to build a fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in violation of federal law.

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16 Dec 2019

Devastating Defeat For Corbyn Isn’t A Bad Omen For The US Left

*A version of this newsletter written by Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola was sent out on December 14. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s drubbing in the United Kingdom election has many neoliberal politicians and media pundits claiming the outcome is a warning to Democrats, like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Certainly,

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13 Dec 2019

Dissenter Weekly Update: Boeing 737 Max Whistleblower, CPJ Says Assange Isn’t A Journalist

In this week’s “Dissenter Weekly Update” episode, we highlight the Boeing 737 MAX whistleblower, who testified before the House Transportation Committee. We highlight a whistleblower at Miami-Dade County jail, who was reportedly barred from talking to a Miami Herald reporter about brutality in the facility. Later in the episode, we

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12 Dec 2019

Respected Press Freedom Organization Excludes Assange From Annual List Of Jailed Journalists

Every year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) compiles a list of journalists jailed throughout the world. It calls attention to authoritarian leaders in countries like China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, who flagrantly clamp down on reporters critical of their governments. But the highly respected press freedom organization, which

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11 Dec 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Goat Head’ By Brittany Howard

The following post originally appeared at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Best known as the powerhouse lead vocalist of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard recently released her critically acclaimed debut album “Jamie.” The album is named after her sister who passed away in her teens. Yet, although the loss of her

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10 Dec 2019

US Government Would Like Staunch Opponent Of WikiLeaks To Testify Against Alleged ‘Vault 7’ Leaker

The United States government would like a staunch opponent of WikiLeaks to testify against former CIA employee Josh Schulte, who is accused of leaking the “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks. But Schulte’s defense attorney contends such testimony would be “irrelevant, prejudicial, and confusing.” Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of a

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09 Dec 2019

Interview: Writer Tom Mueller On His Book, ‘Crisis Of Conscience: Whistleblowing In An Age Of Fraud’

Writer Tom Mueller joins the “Unauthorized Disclosure” weekly podcast to discuss his book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing In An Age Of Fraud, which was released in October. During the interview, Mueller describes how he came to work on this book, which over 500-plus pages documents and explores whistleblowing in many

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