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The Dissenter

Hillary Clinton at a rally in West Des Moines, Iowa (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
07 Feb 2016

The Establishment’s Escalating Pressure on Women to Support Hillary Clinton

There is a sexist double standard, establishment columnists insist. Hillary Clinton can never yell about political revolution because she is a woman. Madeleine Albright wields one of her favorite lines and declares there is a “special place in hell” for women who do not help elect Clinton. Feminist icon Gloria

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Bernie Sanders (Flickr Photo by Brookings Institution)
05 Feb 2016

The Absurd Identity Politics of Establishment Pundits Critiquing Bernie Sanders

There’s something wrong with pundits increasingly relying on narrow concepts of feminism to pick apart Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

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Ecuadorian Embassy Standoff - Front Entrance (Jaggers on Flickr)
05 Feb 2016

U.N. Group: U.K., Sweden Violated Julian Assange’s Due Process Rights

A United Nations working group determined Sweden and the United Kingdom have arbitrarily detained WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

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An FBI logo, photographed in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2012. (Flickr / J)
03 Feb 2016

Court Decision Stops FBI From Eviscerating Freedom of Information Act

A Washington, D.C. court decision blocks efforts by the FBI to make whole categories of records exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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Prison Protest

Tower 5 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (RLEvans on Flickr)
21 Jan 2016

Are We There Yet? The Promise, Perils and Politics of Penal Reform

The reach of the carceral state is truly breathtaking, extending well beyond the estimated 2.2 million people sitting in jail or prison today in America.

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The NYC Board Of Correction oversees the city's jail system.
21 Jan 2016

Rikers Island Imposes Harsh Restrictions on Contact Between Inmates And Visitors

Just before the holidays, NYC’s jail oversight board voted to restrict physical contact between inmates and their visitors on Rikers Island.

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File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
21 Jan 2016

Clemency Is Not Enough: Thousands Still Imprisoned For Nonviolent Marijuana Crimes

About 44 percent of federal marijuana inmates had no or very minimal criminal histories prior to their conviction, and over a third are over the age of 40.

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A detailed aerial view of Rikers Island. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Geological Survey)
11 Jan 2016

Reforms For Young Adults On Rikers Island Could Face Further Delays

NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte made his second request for more time to end punitive segregation for Young Adults on Rikers Island.

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The Bullpen

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (Remixed photo, based on Dimon photo by Steve Jurvetson on Flickr)
29 Jan 2016

JPMorgan Pays Billions To Settle With Ambac, Lehman Brothers

JPMorgan is almost finished paying off the rich people it screwed in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. As for the poor? Well, not so much.

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Hillary Clinton
27 Jan 2016

Is Goldman Sachs Involved In A Corruption Scandal In Malaysia?

Goldman Sachs’ Southeast Asia chairman​ has taken a leave of absence as his branch is embroiled in a corruption scandal at 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

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Davos Congress center, during the World Economic Forum (Photo by MadGeographer)
25 Jan 2016

Citigroup, Davos Worry About Popular Backlash To Neoliberal Order

From January 20-23, the global elite met in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. The themes this year were the dangers of inequality and terrorism to the current world order, an order those present have benefited the most from and have charged themselves with maintaining. The founder and

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"United We Bargain, Divided We Beg" sign from February 23, 2011 Labor Rally in La Crosse, WI. (tinfoilraccoon on Flickr)
22 Jan 2016

Supreme Court Could Cripple Unions, Increase Inequality

A case currently before the Supreme Court could become another debilitating blow to what remains of the US labor movement.

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The Next Cold War

Bernie Sanders speaks at the Phoenix Convention Center at a July 18, 2015 rally in front of a large audience and the U.S. and Arizona state flags. (Flickr / Gage Skidmore)
02 Feb 2016

What Is The Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine?

“President Bernie Sanders” would have massive power to set the course of global politics as Commander-in-Chief. But how would he wield the U.S. military?

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Secretary of State John Kerry Admires Lake Geneva, French Alps. January, 2014. (Photo by Dept of State)
01 Feb 2016

Saudi-Backed Opposition Sends Rebel Leader Designated as Terrorist To Geneva

Next Cold War Roundup 2/1/16 Syrian Peace Talks After delays and controversies, the Geneva 3 Syrian peace talks are proceeding, despite many experts’ doubts that they would ever get started or produce any useful results.  The Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee arrived in Geneva after receiving some assurances from the US

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Syrian Kurdish fighters. People's Protection Units/YPG in 2015
29 Jan 2016

War Escalation on Syria-Turkey Border

Next Cold War Roundup 1/29 Turkey Threatens to Enter War on Syrian Border. _ The Times in UK claims that Russia is working on a deal to create a Kurdish “enclave” and the Times frames this as a Russia provoking Turkey: “Kremlin provokes Akara with deal to secure Kurd enclave“:

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File: Two children peer through a window in a Yemeni home in this November 21, 2013 photograph. (Flickr / Rod Waddington)
29 Jan 2016

Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children

The United Nations warned that 8,000 children could suffer from severe malnutrition in 2016. And that’s just in one southern city in Yemen.

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