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The Dissenter

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04 Dec 2016

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ Weekly Podcast: Episode 30 – Syria, #NoDAPL

Rania Khalek is still in Lebanon to produce journalism on Syria, and for this week’s show, she provides an update on Syrian government forces, which bombed, pushed out rebel forces, and retook half of Aleppo’s “rebel district.” Later in the episode, Khalek and Kevin Gosztola talk about Dakota Access Pipeline

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Screen shot from the album cover for Poor Lily's "Dirt On Everyone" punk rock opera
29 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Honey Trap’ And ‘Eyeball Constructors’

It has been awhile since a submission from an independent artist was featured so this week’s selection comes from a punk rock band from New York and Connecticut called Poor Lily. The band recently released a “punk rock opera” inspired by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and global mass surveillance.

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Photo by Dark Sevier on Flickr.
28 Nov 2016

Water Protector Hit In Eye By Tear Gas Grenade And Others Injured Sue Police

Virginia Dundon is one of eight injured water protectors suing law enforcement. She was hit by a tear gas grenade and may never see out of her right eye again.

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Oceti Sakowin Camp (Photo by Lucas Zhao)
27 Nov 2016

‘United Against The Black Snake’: Water Protectors Respond To Army Corps’ Eviction Notice

A coalition of grassroots groups at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock indicated it would reject an Army Corps of Engineers eviction notice, “stand united in defiance of the black snake,” and continue to protect water in their ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline. On November 25, district

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Prison Protest

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement
27 Oct 2016

Free Alabama Movement Links Prison Slavery To Lack Of Access To Education, Rehabilitation

One of the groups leading the prison strike argues a lack of educational and rehabilitative opportunities is central to exploiting prison labor.

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Eastern Oregon State Penitentiary. Photo by Sam Beebe.
21 Oct 2016

Prison Officials Block Mail And Visitation In Attempt To Stifle Prison Organizing

Prisoners on strike against slave labor speak out after authorities rejected mail and blocked members of the media from visiting with them.

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Kinross administrative facility in Michigan (Photo from Michigan government website.)
14 Oct 2016

Fiancé Of Michigan Prisoner Describes Brutal Response To Prison Strike

On September 9, most prisoners at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility took part in the national prison strike against slave labor and refused to report for work. The prison responded by withholding their hot meals and eventually launched an assault against the prisoners for their peaceful protest. Administrators later withheld medical

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
13 Oct 2016

Prison Strike Leader Transferred To ‘Bully Unit’ As Alabama Tries To Break Strike

One of the leading voices behind the national prison strike against slavery was transferred to Kilby Correctional Facility, known among Alabama prisoners to be a “bully unit,” where prisoners deemed disruptive are brutalized. Kinetik Justice-Amun, also known as Robert Earl Council, is a member of the Free Alabama Movement and was

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan sits on his bunk in his cell on death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary (Photo from Free Ohio Movement)
11 Oct 2016

Muslim Prisoner Calls 60-Day Punishment For Interview On Prison Strike ‘Excessive’

The rules and infractions board at the Ohio State Penitentiary punished Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan with 60 days of phone and email restrictions after he did an interview with NPR. His punishment started on October 5, and it is partly stunning because one of his attorneys was initially informed he would only

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Still image from video published by Free Alabama Movement. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wvRvB4kBls
07 Oct 2016

Video Of Alabama Prisoner Is Rare Example Of Free Expression From Incarcerated Person

Wheeler’s testimony is a rare example of a prisoner’s stories and experiences shared without the monitoring or interference of prison administrators.

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The Bullpen

"Chris Christie - Whoppers on the Bridge." Image by Donkey Hotey on Flickr.
21 Nov 2016

With Bridgegate Convictions Comes Calls To Impeach Chris Christie

Now that appointees of Gov. Christie have been convicted for their involvement in Bridgegate, New Jersey lawmakers are calling for his impeachment.

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16 Nov 2016

Dear Hillary Pundits, Own Your Terrible Candidate

Despite media’s claims it could never happen, Trump is the president-elect. Now pundits are trying to craft a narrative that doesn’t make them look like idiots.

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New York Times building. Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid on Flickr.
14 Nov 2016

New York Times To ‘Rededicate’ Itself To Journalism After Election Fail

If the New York Times and mainstream media have any hope of regaining their credibility, they have to come clean about their own agenda

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
09 Nov 2016

Trump’s Economic Program Set For Rough Reality

Trump will have to rely on deregulation, repealing Obamacare, and gains from America First trade policies to drive the world’s largest economy into historically high growth.

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Giant Meteor 2016. Image via Reddit. Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/ImagesOfThe2010s/comments/4lty3y/giant_meteor_2016/
07 Nov 2016

Election 2016: The Candidates Make Their Closing Arguments

On the eve of election day, we look at the four major campaign’s closing arguments—what their candidacies represent and their visions for America.

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Composite photo. William J. Clinton at the Parliament in London, United Kingdom, November 29 [1995]. (Wikimedia Commons). Teneo Logo.
02 Nov 2016

Clinton Network Concerned About Teneo’s Consulting Behavior

In emails published by WikiLeaks, Chelsea Clinton said Teneo’s involvement in the MF Global scandal was not the first time the firm had been a problem.

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Sharp Edges

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22 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On The Trauma Of Protest

For part two of our interview with Devyn Springer, he highlights his work as an activist and the toll it can take on his health as a queer black muslim.

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Devyn Springer
20 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On Homophobia In Islamic Spaces

In the first part of a three-part video from Roqayah Chamseddine’s “Islam In America” project, Devyn Springer talks about homophobia in Islamic spaces.

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Photo by Cory Doctorow on Flickr.
18 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 25: Don’t Get Caught

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars speak with Freddy Martinez, a computer security researcher and activist specializing in communications security and police accountability.

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Photo by IoSonoUnaFotoCamera.
09 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 24: President Trump

We have on @BrettPain and @MurderBryan from Street Fight Radio to discuss what’s next for those of us on the left following this absolutely crushing defeat.

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
09 Nov 2016

The Left Must Mobilize In The Face Of A Trump Victory

Mourn the election of Donald Trump if you must, but come hell or high water, we must mobilize.

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Still from preview video of "Islam In America." Animation by Roqayah Chamseddine.
03 Nov 2016

Interview: Sarah Anastasia, Muslim Makeup Artist And Skin Care Consultant

In the latest installment of “Islam In America,” Roqayah Chamseddine is joined by Sarah Anastasia, a 27-year-old Muslim makeup artist and skin care consultant based in Massachusetts. Sarah discusses her service work and the exploitation and abuse that workers often face. She also talks about her sexual assault, how sexual assault survivors, specifically

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The Next Cold War

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
17 Nov 2016

Foreign Policy Names Floated By Trump Transition Undermine Campaign Promises

While no official nominations or appointments have been made, that these people are even being considered is arguably a betrayal of Trump’s campaign promise.

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The American flag blows in the wind as the moon rises over Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. (Senior Airman Dennis Sloan on Flickr)
10 Nov 2016

America Votes Against Empire

The American people made their choice to begin disentangling ourselves from foreign quagmires and focus our energy on improving our own country.

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"13 yo Mohamed, IDP from #Saada, broke his leg walking thru a field of #Cluster submunition in #Safra #YemenCrisis" — Photos via Rasha Mohamed (@RashaMoh2) on Twitter. Original: https://twitter.com/RashaMoh2/status/618418289190940672
03 Nov 2016

US Condemnation Of Yemen Slaughter Backfires As World Blames US

Following its official condemnation, activists point to the United States’ role providing Saudis with weapons used to bomb civilians and damage the food supply.

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US Air Force Colonel and Iraqi Air Force chief of staff at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq. October, 2016. (by US Army Lt. Johnson)
01 Nov 2016

Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul; Rebels Launch Offensive in Aleppo; Turkish Forces on Borders

Next Cold War Roundup 11/1/16: Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul and are advancing rapidly. Russia continues a halt on airstrikes in Aleppo as rebels led by al Qaeda launched an offensive in Aleppo. Turkey masses forces on borders. Experts warn of open-ended conflict with Russia. US politicians continue

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Michael Weiss. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MbRvqr34UM
27 Oct 2016

Neoconservative Michael Weiss Says He Knows More Than All The Generals About Syria

With the prospect of a true warmonger set to take the White House, neoconservatives are getting positively aroused by the thought of more US intervention.

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Sec. Defense Ash Carter with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, Oct. 25, 2016, (DoD photo by AF Tech. Sgt. Brantley)
25 Oct 2016

Carter Botches Iraq-Turkey Mediation on Mosul, Russia Halts Aleppo Airstikes for 7th Day

Next Cold War Roundup 10/25/16 Iraqi coalition advancement on Mosul continues. Sec. Defense Carter intervened between Turkey and Iraq and made matters worse. ISIS militants flee Mosul to Syria. The Economist signals western factions want them to have a safe corridor. The Russian air force monitors and pledges to strike them.

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