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The Dissenter

16 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

Organizers now say supporters have a challenge to “match the courage of the hunger strikers” and “effectively pressure the CDCR to immediately negotiate on the standards any negotiation should follow: with the prisoners in good faith, addressing all of the demands, and with the prisoner-approved outside mediation team.”

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16 Jul 2011

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

While many articles on the hunger strike protest of Supermax prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay prison have rightly emphasized the conditions of torture that arise from a regime of long-term solitary confinement, another object of the strikers is to end the hated “debriefing” system, by which prisoners cannot escape their conditions unless they “snitch, parole, or die.” The “debriefing” regime is eerily similar to that experienced by so-called unlawful detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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16 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

There will be much more to report on this on Monday, but here is some news on the prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) coalition reports: This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the [California Department of

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16 Jul 2011

Glenn Greenwald: The Assault on Civil Liberties & the Growing Climate of Fear in America (VIDEO)

Much thanks to all of you who visited The Dissenter yesterday and made the first day that this space was up and running a successful one. Now, I would like to share with you a transcript and full video of Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald’s speech at Socialism 2011 a couple

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The Bullpen

21 Jul 2011

Too Big to Fail Still Looms, a Year After Dodd-Frank

In addition to being the launch date for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, this is the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. I wrote yesterday about how the law has not really caused much of a ripple on Wall Street. Let’s hone in on one, maybe the most

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21 Jul 2011

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Today

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens for business today. It’s an agency with a simple idea: protect consumers from getting screwed in their financial dealings on credit cards, student loans, mortgages, payday lending, bank dealings, etc, etc. Some of the agency’s powers will not be transferred today, because it does

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21 Jul 2011

Report: Obama and Boehner Nearing Framework for Grand Bargain

The New York Times is reporting that Congressional leaders have been informed about a “major deal” that would increase the debt limit, cut spending massively and garner future revenue from taxes after an overhaul of the system. This is being worked out between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama.

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21 Jul 2011

Layoffs Increasing Across the Country

The Labor Department reports that first-time unemployment claims rose last week to 418,000, the 15th straight week that unemployment topped 400,000. This is seen as the dividing line for job growth, and for over three months, we’ve been on the wrong side of it. I’m sure that the usual invocation

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21 Jul 2011

Wisconsin: Fourth Senate Republican Seen Behind in Recall Poll

In Wisconsin, another good poll shows the distinct possibility that Democrats will be able to take back the state Senate, as retribution for passage of an anti-union law that eliminates most forms of collective bargaining for almost all public employees. The poll looks at the race between Republican Sen. Luther

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21 Jul 2011

Norquist: Letting Bush Tax Cuts Expire Not a Violation of Anti-Tax Pledge

I find this almost unbelievable, and I expect a walkback anytime now, but Grover Norquist told the Washington Post editorial board today that letting the Bush tax cuts expire would not constitute a tax increase for the purposes of his anti-tax pledge. With a handful of exceptions, every Republican member

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