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The Dissenter

08 Aug 2011

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

(photo: USAID ) What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Syrian security forces recently mounted

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07 Aug 2011

The ‘Sense of Life’ at the Bughouse Square Debates

2011 Bughouse Square Debates in Chicago, IL At this point in history, the US government perpetrates at least seven wars. A stagnating US global economy now serves the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the bottom ninety-nine percent. The political class has an increasing disinterest in confronting the current

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07 Aug 2011

The ‘Sense of Life’ at the Bughouse Square Debates

At this point in history, the US government perpetrates at least seven wars. A stagnating US global economy now serves the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the bottom ninety-nine percent. The political class has an increasing disinterest in confronting the current and oncoming crises that have and will result from climate change. And, there is an intensifying bipartisan consensus among the Washington establishment that national security and American capitalism should trump civil liberties and digital privacy rights.

Now more than ever the American people of this country need to be out in public spaces debating with one another, having dialogue about the issues that corrupt and inept politicians will never properly confront.

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06 Aug 2011

Navy Veteran Who Became an FBI Informant Discusses Why He’s Suing Rumsfeld for Torture (VIDEO)

Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for almost 100 days.

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The Bullpen

29 Jul 2011

Libyan Rebel Military Commander Assassinated

Just to step away from the debtpocalypse for a second, did anyone notice that the Libyan rebel commander has been assassinated? The Libyan rebels’ top military commander was assassinated Thursday after being summoned from the front lines for questioning by rebel leaders. Abdel Fattah Younes, 67, a former Muammar Gadhafi

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29 Jul 2011

Republicans Turn Debt Limit Bill Back Into Cut, Cap and Balance Act

This is pretty incredible. After calling his debt limit plan the result of a bipartisan compromise, House Speaker John Boehner plans to alter the bill by turning it back into the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. Boehner could not secure the votes for passage on his plan last night. There

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29 Jul 2011

America Unmoored – Elite Failure Leads to Utter Confusion

I’m not a big Charlie Cook fan, and I think he’s deeply confused about economics in this post. But I feel like he definitely gets it right about the era we’re heading into. Over the course of history, Congress and the White House have seen highs and lows. Times that

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29 Jul 2011

Obama About to Speak on Debt Limit Crisis

The President is about to speak before the nation “on the status of the debt limit negotiations.” You can watch it live here. Earlier today, in a speech on the floor of the Senate, Harry Reid said he would introduce his version of a debt limit bill today, unable to

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29 Jul 2011

The Economy Is Sick: Austerity Is Not the Cure

It’s not just that GDP growth for the second quarter came in under expectations, it’s that GDP for the first quarter was massively revised downward. The U.S. economy came perilously close to flat-lining in the first quarter and grew at a meager 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June period

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29 Jul 2011

Boehner FAIL: Withdraws Debt Limit Bill After Futile Late-Night Arm-Twisting

I made a big mistake yesterday. I was under the misapprehension that John Boehner could count. I humbly apologize. It won’t happen again. As it turns out, he could not count to 216, and has to set about finding a bill that will get him there. I’m not sure it

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