The Dissenter

Photo by niXerKG
13 Jan 2017

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Illegally Spied On Activists, Residents With Stingray Surveillance

A federal lawsuit against Chicago police alleges officers employed cell site simulators or Stingray spying devices in violation of the First Amendment rights of innocent citizens during a “Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day” action on January 15, 2015. Chicago-based organizations, activists, and residents came together for a protest and

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CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou | Screen shot from video of press conference at National Press Club by paulydc
11 Jan 2017

CIA Whistleblower: Obama Must Declassify Torture Report For Future Generations

A coalition, including CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, demanded President Barack Obama declassify and release the full report on CIA torture produced by the Senate intelligence committee in 2013. In 2014, only a summary of the torture report was released. Obama remains opposed to releasing the full 6,300-page report. Kiriakou told

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Screen shot from C-SPAN's broadcast of Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing for secretary of state.
11 Jan 2017

Oil Baron Rex Tillerson Refuses To Answer Questions About Exxon Mobil’s Climate Change Denial

During his confirmation hearing, former Exxon Mobil CEO and nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, refused to answer questions about what the fossil fuel corporation knew about climate change. He also refused to talk about Exxon Mobil’s funding of outside organizations in order to create doubt about climate science.

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Senator Jeff Sessions (left) and David Horowitz (right)
10 Jan 2017

Sessions At Confirmation Hearing: David Horowitz Is A ‘Most Brilliant Individual’

Far-right activist David Horowitz said of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General, “You will see a witch-hunt worse than anything McCarthy did directed by Democrats against Jeff Sessions.” Hardly, but the first day of the hearing featured effusive praise for Horowitz himself. Horowitz is a quite repugnant individual.

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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

Slide from White House report on Middle class income and innovation.
21 Dec 2016

White House Claims Over 80% Of Low-Skilled Jobs Will Be Automated

Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers claims jobs with a median wage paying less than $20 an hour have an 83% chance of being automated.

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"Bad Drugs." Photo by Derek Gavey on Flickr.
19 Dec 2016

Six Generic Drug Makers Caught In Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Attorneys general in 20 states sued six generic drug makers for conspiring to increase prices on generic medications to boost profits.

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David Brock, founder of the Clinton super PAC Correct The Record. Screenshot from C-SPAN2
14 Dec 2016

David Brock Calls Press ‘Animals’ And Pledges To Destroy Trump

In a recent interview, David Brock defiantly told Politico writer (and Podesta emails star) Glenn Thrush that any attempt to attribute Hillary Clinton’s loss to the candidate herself was a “Kellyanne Conway line,” in reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Brock went on to seemingly blame anything

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Photo by seatont2002 on Flickr.
12 Dec 2016

Wells Fargo Fake Accounts Scandal Spreads To Life Insurance Business

Prudential Financial announced it would suspend the distribution of a low-cost life insurance policy through Wells Fargo.

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Image from Defense Business Board report
07 Dec 2016

Pentagon Says $125 Billion Waste Report Not Suppressed

Citing a report from January 2015 and 28,000 downloads from its website, the Department of Defense argued it had not suppressed a report on wasteful spending.

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Goldman Sachs and Bank of America stock. Source: Marketwatch
05 Dec 2016

Wall Street Doesn’t Believe Donald Trump Will Push His Platform

Wall Street doesn’t believe Trump is going to actually deliver on his promises, that the platform was bullshit, and that no bank breakup is coming

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Sharp Edges

March against Islamophobia in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 17. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue)
29 Nov 2016

What Makes For Good Solidarity With American Muslims And What Doesn’t?

The desire to show solidarity with American Muslims is an undoubtedly magnanimous endeavor, and while camaraderie is indispensable, especially in the face of rising anti-Muslim violence, there are expressions and measures of support, which are more immediately impactful. Before getting into beneficial methods of solidarity, we must first examine the

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Photo by Gage Skidmore
25 Nov 2016

Coming Out Of Election Haze: How Do Women On Left Overcome Elite Feminism?

Now that the election haze is dissipating, there are multiple theories flying about as to why Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump—some blame the Electoral College, some say that she ran a stupefyingly arrogant campaign, and that she was just not likable, and others believe that the way

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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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The Next Cold War

Marines at firing practice at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (Source: USMC)
22 Dec 2016

Congo Implodes As AFRICOM Expands

While US officials shuttle in and out of Kinshasa amid protests, US military are creeping further and further into the politics of the continent.

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Citadel of Aleppo, 2010. (By Memorino, CC BY-SA 3.0)
20 Dec 2016

East Aleppo Evacuated; Western Intelligence Officers Captured? Media Confessions

Turkey and Russia brokered an evacuation deal for East Aleppo, and more in our global news round-up

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19 Dec 2016

Introducing Around The Empire – Episode 1

Dan and Joanne discuss the rebels in Syria that the mainstream media has been promoting as freedom fighters and the powers waging proxy wars in Syria.

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Unexploded Cluster Bomb. Photo by airborneshodan on Flickr.
15 Dec 2016

Obama Stops Arms Shipment To Saudis As War Crimes Charges Loom

President Barack Obama blocked a sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, citing concerns about Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

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ISIS fighters in Palymyra. December, 2016. (from video released by Amaq)
12 Dec 2016

98% of East Aleppo Reclaimed; 100,000 Civilians Evacuated; Massive ISIS Attack on Palmyra

The Syrian coalition has recaptured some 98% of East Aleppo and SOHR said the battle is over, and more in our round-up of news from around the world.

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Screenshot of PropOrNot homepage
08 Dec 2016

PropOrNot Not Only Smears Journalists, But Adds Fuel To Next Cold War

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of American history knows the US intelligence services are not above targeting their own citizens for disinformation campaigns.

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Beyond Satire

Creative Commons Flickr Photo by Phil Roeder
07 Mar 2016

Comedy Sketch: ‘Bernie Bros On Campus’

Over the past months, I have taken a stab at sketch writing. My attempts at sketch writing mostly stem from the fact that I am enrolled in improvisation classes at the iO Theater in Chicago, and I performed in two sketch shows in the Chicago Sketchfest in January. I am

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Photo from secret, anonymous source: Jonathan Chait's tear-stained face
10 Feb 2016

The Night The Establishment Pundit Class Died

Anonymous, unnamed, unidentified, and unknown sources have given us the inside scoop on what happened to several establishment pundits last night.

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A caricature of Donald Trump raps, with the title "Trump Around." (YouTube)
01 Feb 2016

VIDEO: Trump Around — Donald Trump Unleashes A ‘House of Pain’

“The racists get down / the sexists get down / They get out of their seats and Trump Around!” raps Donald in this parody of the House of Pain classic.

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Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson). | Screen shot from "Chi-Raq" trailer
05 Dec 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’ is Timely Piece of Satire That Comes From Place of Love

Few films in recent years have been as polarizing as Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Before it premiered, numerous well-meaning people throughout the United States, especially in Chicago, had already chosen to oppose the film, even though they had not seen it. It is too bad these people did not wait to

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Jon Stewart gestures to the audience as he performs at a dinner in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)
02 Aug 2015

Media Asks, “What Do We Do For Clicks After Jon Stewart?”

For years, news organizations interested in quick and easy traffic have had specially-assigned writers who post about clips from “The Daily Show.” But, as Jon Stewart prepares to leave the show, reporters are facing reassignment and even potential firings as media prepare to lose a cheap source of traffic.

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