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The Dissenter

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
23 May 2016

Chelsea Manning’s Appeal Argues ‘Disloyalty’ Allegations Led To ‘Unjust Sentence’

The appeal extensively argues Manning had received one of the “most unjust” sentences in the “history of the military justice system.”

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Still from video of the 2016 Nevada Democratic Convention. Video by Chachi1984 on YouTube
23 May 2016

2016 Election Needs More Journalism, Way Less Political Gossip

We take the concerns of Sanders supporters and research them. And it turns out there has been a lot of merit to those allegations.

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Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families
20 May 2016

Immigration Officials Trick Central American Refugees Before Deportation

Immigration officials often do not provide any information about what is happening to them, or mislead them about the fact that they are being sent back.

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Chelsea Manning's prison mugshot from week she began hormone therapy (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
20 May 2016

In Appeal, US Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Challenges Constitutionality Of Espionage Act

United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning has filed an appeal and argues a military judge’s decision to convict her of seven Espionage Act offenses violated her due process and First Amendment rights. Nearly three years ago, Manning was convicted of offenses, which stemmed from her decision to provide WikiLeaks with

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The Bullpen

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23 May 2016

Trump Overtakes Clinton In Polls; Sanders Supporters Increasingly #NeverHillary

A solid 20% of those who said they were supporting Bernie Sander told pollsters they would be voting for Trump in November if Clinton was the nominee.

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Netroots Nation 2011 (Marta Evry on Flickr)
18 May 2016

Is The Democratic Party Establishment Openly Opposing Sanders Now?

Such open shade-throwing is unlikely to endear many Sanders supporters to a party that will need them in November and beyond.

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President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon before the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
16 May 2016

President Obama Blames Young Voters For His Failures In Commencement Address

It appears that young voters are going to be the excuse for why a campaign based on hope and change produced mostly hot air.

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Sharp Edges

Attorney Lamis Deek. Screenshot from video by strugglevideomedia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuA4OA07hK4)
05 May 2016

Lawyer For Algerian American Entrapped By Law Enforcement Describes Injustice

Entrapment has often been used as a weapon against Muslims in order to bolster the government’s claim that there is a widespread “threat” of terrorism.

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Eugene Puryear, at "Dump Trump" rally in Washington, DC, in 2015 (Photo by Elvert Barnes)
02 May 2016

Revolutionary Vice-Presidential Candidate On Importance of Alternatives To Two Major Parties

Eugene Puryear, the vice-presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) in the U.S., talks about electoral politics.

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BDSposter
24 Apr 2016

Attempts To Stifle BDS Support Within UAW Local Backfires

The push back against Palestine solidarity work has been growing, but that doesn’t mean resistance has ebbed.

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Screen shot from the CNN debate in Brooklyn, New York on April 14
18 Apr 2016

Palestine Activists Warm To Sanders While Clinton Spreads Israeli Propaganda

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, despite sharing the belief that “Israel has a right to defend itself,” are arguably worlds apart on the occupation.

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The Next Cold War

World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
19 May 2016

US Support For Al Qaeda In Syria Complicating Peace Talks

While Obama has been able to keep fewer US boots on the ground than Bush, the effort to play God in the affairs of other nations remains unchanged.

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US Sec. State Kerry and Russian foreign minister Lavrov in Vienna, May, 2016. (by Dept. of State)
17 May 2016

Progress On Official Ceasefire In Syria; Trump Tells British Leaders Not To Be Poodles

When asked about UK involvement in Iraq, Trump said, “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think [Blair] goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

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Sirte, Libya in 2013 (By Saifuddin Shahin Creative Commons)
13 May 2016

Rival Libyan Armies Prepare for Sirte Battle, Pentagon Reveals US Troop Deployment

The Obama administration revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces.

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Prison Protest

Federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Photo by The Enigmatic Traveler on Flickr
28 Apr 2016

LIVE: Jean Casella Discusses Solitary Confinement Through Stories Of Prisoners

At 8:00PM East, Brian Sonenstein and Jean Casella discuss Hell Is A Very Small Place, a collection diaries and essays on solitary confinement.

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Cover art for Hell Is A Very Small Place
26 Apr 2016

Event Preview: Exploring Dimensions Of Solitary Confinement With Jean Casella

Hell Is A Very Small Place forces readers to reconcile their beliefs about solitary confinement with the words of people enduring it right now.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. contributed over $13 million in asset forfeiture to fund the city's expanded supervised release program. Photo by Jason Kuffer on Flickr.
24 Apr 2016

New York City Expands Bail Alternative Program, Funded Primarily By Manhattan Prosecutor

The complex issue of risk assessment places some people at a disadvantage, despite mitigating factors that could ensure they return to court.

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Screenshot from the Economic Innovation Group's "DCI Data for the 100 Largest US Cities."
15 Apr 2016

Lawsuits Challenge Fort Wayne’s ‘Law And Order’ Policies Used To Push Out City’s Poor

Multiple lawsuits challenge policies in Fort Wayne, which disproportionately impact black and poor residents, during local economic redevelopment.

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