The Dissenter

Photo via Industrial Workers of the World (https://www.iww.org/content/letter-j20-defense-campaign-mid-atlantic-gdc)
16 Apr 2018

Prosecutors Invoke Union Membership To Criminalize Inauguration Day Protesters

In prosecutions against Inauguration Day protesters, the government contends union memberships qualifies as evidence of a conspiracy to commit a crime.

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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens. Still via CSPAN. Source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?438587-2/america-retreat
12 Apr 2018

New York Times Columnist Renews Call For U.S. To Assassinate Assad And Regime ‘Lieutenants’

New York Times conservative columnist Bret Stephens would like the U.S. to carry out the assassination of Assad and his “senior lieutenants” despite obvious dangers.

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11 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Corporate Public Control Department’ By Seun Kuti

From Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Fela Kuti, comes this protest anthem aimed at Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as corrupt governments throughout the world.  “Corporate Public Control Department (C.P.C.D.)” features a classic afrobeat rhythm, with punctuating horn riffs from the Egypt 80. They were Fela’s

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Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo via CIA.
10 Apr 2018

Who’s Who Of American War Criminals And Torture Apologists Endorse Gina Haspel For CIA Director

An array of former intelligence and other government officials signed a letter to the Senate intelligence committee in support of Gina Haspel for CIA director.

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Prison Protest

W.E.B. Du Bois circa 1907.
23 Feb 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 21: The Year of Du Bois feat. Dr. Tony Monteiro

Beyond Prisons host Kim Wilson talks to Dr. Tony Monteiro about the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth and the significance of his work in our time.

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14 Feb 2018

ICE Put Immigrant Woman, Who Alleged Sexual Abuse, In Solitary To Make Her Recant Claims

An incarcerated immigrant woman, who alleged sexual harassment and assault by a corrections officer, said she was thrown in solitary confinement for 60 hours and was told she would not be released until she publicly recanted her accusations. Laura Monterrosa is a 23 year old immigrant from El Salvador detained

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14 Feb 2018

New York Jail Inspectors Smuggle Contraband Into Jails, Find Culture Of Corruption Alive And Well

An undercover investigator posing as a correction officer smuggled drugs, alcohol, and a razor blade into jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn with incredible ease and found the Department of Corrections failed to implement reforms it supported publicly for nearly five years. A report published by the Department of Investigations [PDF],

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Protesters gather for an IWOC demonstration outside FCI Coleman in Wildwood, Florida. (Photo via IWOC Gainesville)
05 Feb 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 20: Operation PUSH Continues Fight Against Prison Slavery

Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss Operation PUSH: a nonviolent prison labor strike and boycott in Florida that began on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
02 Feb 2018

One Year After Vaughn Prison Uprising, Demands Still Unaddressed

It has been one year since the uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. While DOC demands are being met, little has changed for prisoners.

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25 Jan 2018

Florida Officials Deny Operation PUSH Is Ongoing, Even As They Retaliate Against Prisoners

More than a week since Operation PUSH launched in Florida prisons, officials claim there is no strike, even though there are several reports of retaliation.

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Sharp Edges

18 Sep 2017

Book Review: Hillary Clinton’s Revisionist History Of 2016 Campaign Is Bourgeois Indulgence

Hillary Clinton’s book on her presidential campaign is a quintessential piece of bourgeois indulgence. Much like autobiographical works that have come before, this book is inseparable from the larger trajectory of the political class once their time in the media spotlight wanes. Politicians get paid handsomely to publish an insider

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Photo by People's Breakfast Oakland
12 Sep 2017

Inspired By Black Panthers, People’s Breakfast Oakland Helps Those Neglected By Government

New movement growing in Oakland follows in the footsteps of Black Panthers to create community in areas where government has failed.

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06 Sep 2017

Where Was President Obama’s ‘Decency’ When He Was Deporting DREAMers?

After an official announcement from President Donald Trump’s administration regarding plans to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, in place since 2012, former President Barack Obama released a statement that stands firmly in the middle, an art the Democratic Party has mastered. It had the same

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Photo by johnnysilvercloud on Flickr.
28 Aug 2017

Washington Post Justifies Government Prosecution Of Inauguration Protesters As ‘Conspirators’

Despite the aggressive pressure mounted against J20 protesters, the Washington Post attempted to frame concern for state repression as an overreaction.

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23 Aug 2017

Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. It also catapulted resistance to white

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15 Aug 2017

The Neoliberal Record Of Kamala Harris: Reckon With It Instead Of Attacking Critics

Kamala Harris, a career prosecutor who served as California’s attorney general and is now a United States senator, is seen by liberals as the Democratic Party new “rising star”. Democrats are already touting the possibility of a 2020 presidential run, and any inkling of criticism, regardless of how genuine, faces

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The Bullpen

Young Americans for Liberty supporter wearing "Taxation Is Theft" hat. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
09 Jan 2018

All Taxation Is Theft: Four Words To Understand The Republican Party

Besides the minimum taxes necessary to pay for national defense and basic law enforcement, the Republican Party treats all taxation as theft.

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01 Dec 2017

History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes

Senate Republicans are in a rush to pass a very unpopular tax bill that would dramatically cut taxes for the rich and corporations. There are many reasons why they want to pass this unpopular bill. It is what their donors want. Tax cuts are an article of faith among the

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President Trump delivers a statement on Syria. (Screenshot from White House video)
18 Oct 2017

Trump Is Taking Advantage Of The Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken

Trump is trying to remove as many Jenga blocks from Obamacare, as he legally can. The problem is that Obamacare is made of Jenga blocks in the first place.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
14 Sep 2017

The Surprising Provision Buried In Sanders’ Medicare For All Bill

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All bill contained one very interesting section that has been mostly overlooked.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
09 Aug 2017

Interview With Jon Walker: Why MICA Is Good Plan To Transition U.S. To Single-Payer Health Care

Health care policy analyst Jon Walker discusses his proposal for transitioning the United States to a single-payer health care system.

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Hospital room. Photo by Sara Star NS on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Here’s A National Single-Payer Health Care Plan That Would Work

Shadowproof is proud to contribute to the national health care debate by introducing our plan to transition the U.S. to a single-payer health care system.

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GOVINT

24 Aug 2017

Why Does US Military Have Records On 2013 Egyptian Military Coup?

Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, led a coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Egyptian constitution was subsequently suspended. When it happened, President Barack Obama avoided the use of the word “coup” to describe what unfolded. This was to ensure U.S. military aid continued to flow

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16 Aug 2017

Virginia Police Were Not Outgunned In Charlottesville, Documents Suggest

After the “Unite the Right” rally organized by white supremacists rocked Charlottesville, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe complained that the demonstrators “had better equipment” than the state’s police forces. However, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) detail sophisticated, military-grade weapons Virginia police received from the Department of Defense

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Opening session at the 2017 Stockholm Forum . Photo from SIPRI.org.
26 Jul 2017

FBI Targeted Renowned Arms Monitoring Group With Espionage Investigation

The FBI conducted an espionage investigation into arms monitoring group, SIPRI, after they asked a weapons manufacturer about a missile in development.

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THE IDIOCRAT

27 May 2017

Tips For Politicians Looking To Swiftly Dispatch Pesky Reporters

These days a politician cannot seem to go anywhere without encountering a journalist, who thinks he or she has the right to thrust a recorder in your face and ask a question about the day’s latest developments that are making the news. Here are some tips for handling reporters, who

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25 Feb 2017

I Was A Professional Anarchist Paid By Super-Rich Liberal George Soros To Bring Trump Down

Weeks into the presidency of a buffoonish but vicious tyrant, I feel compelled to take off my black bandana, hooded sweatshirt, and kick off my steel-toed boots to reveal myself to the people. This is especially for those who believe the United States is faced with an uprising led by

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Screenshot of CSPAN broadcast of Trump news conference.
16 Feb 2017

We Obtained Leaked Copy Of Trump’s Plans For First 100 Days And It’s Just Wow!

We got a glimpse at copy of what Trump plans to do by his 100th day and, whoa! It’s simply incredible!

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01 Feb 2017

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Read President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans.

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30 Jan 2017

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is

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15 Jan 2017

Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think

We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each

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