The Dissenter

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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Chicago Police Officer
01 Feb 2016

‘The ACLU Effect’: Chicago Cops Blame Changes To Stop And Frisk Policies For Spike In Violence

Chicago cops blame the ACLU for a spike in violence, even though there is no evidence the change to stop and frisk policies is responsible for shootings.

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Press still from Drafthouse Films' "A Band Called Death" documentary (2013)
01 Feb 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ by Death

The Iowa caucuses are upon us, and the legendary black proto-punk band from Detroit, Death, produced a song a little over forty years ago, which is appropriate to mark the occasion. It is called “Politicians In My Eyes,” and it was written by Bobby Hackney, bassist and singer for Death.

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Photo by Ryan J. Reilly (2009)
31 Jan 2016

Thomas Tamm, David Petraeus Cases Further Crystallize Double Standard Whistleblowers Face

Developments over the past week further crystallized how high-ranking officials escape accountability for their criminal acts in Washington while well-intentioned low-level government employees, including whistleblowers, face punishment for calling attention to illegal conduct and abuses of power. In spite of the fact that former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm is

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Prison Protest

Tired Little Girl by Tim Brown on Flickr
07 Jan 2016

DHS Says ‘Focus On The Family’ With Latest Deportation Action

When will the U.S. accept that deportation, detention and messaging campaigns mean little to people immersed in danger and suffering at home?

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

DNC Chairwoman Flippantly Defends Her Support for War on Drugs

The DNC Chairwoman’s scary feelings about “drug culture” perpetuate the destruction of “safety” for countless Americans, especially those in her state.

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In this April 7, 2011 photograph, Norman Seabrook, President of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), sits center at a table during a forum hosted by National Action Network. Seabrook claims his union hasn’t had a seat at the table during the Rikers Island reform negotiations. (Flickr / Azi Paybarah)
05 Jan 2016

The Devil In The Details Of Tentative NYC Correction Officers’ Contract Deal

The contract specifies a new unit at Rikers Island which would focus on prosecuting inmate-on-guard violence. But what’s the real cause of jail violence?

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File: An empty prison cell surrounded by bars in historic Robben Island prison, South Africa. (Flickr / Michael Coghlan)
31 Dec 2015

Every Four Days Someone In A UK Prison Takes Their Own Life

The latest figures, released by Inquest, reveal there have been 229 deaths in British prisons since the beginning of 2015.

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The Bullpen

"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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In this November 19, 2010 photograph, a man walks along a massive pipe through a field of refuse on his way back to the Dharavi slum from the market, in Mumbai India. (Flickr / Meena Kadri)
20 Jan 2016

Report: Richest 62 People As Wealthy As Half Of World

According to Oxfam’s report, the 62 richest billionaires in the world own as much wealth as the poorer half of the planet’s population — 3.6 billion people

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18 Jan 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Ties Take Center Stage In Debate

While the candidates touched on topics ranging from dealing with Iran, healthcare, and gun control, money and politics was a major focus of the debate.

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A sign announcing a lender auction rests in the grass outside a foreclosed home in this February 13, 2008 photograph. (Wikimedia Commons / Brendel)
15 Jan 2016

Goldman Sachs To Pay $5.1 Billion For Causing 2008 Financial Crisis

The Too Big To Fail & Jail bank to pay a $2.385 billion civil monetary penalty, make $875 million in cash payments, provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief.

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The Next Cold War

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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An image of CBU-105 cluster bomb. (YouTube)
28 Jan 2016

Carnage Continues In Yemen With US Weapons

Cluster bombs were banned by international agreement, but Saudi Arabia has invested millions in the CBU-105 from U.S. manufacturer Textron Systems.

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Sec Def Ash Carter and Fareed Zakaria at Davos, 2016 (DoD)
27 Jan 2016

Syria Peace Talks Delayed by Opposition Groups, Carter Announces More US Troops

Next Cold War Roundup 1/27/16 Syrian Peace Talks Delayed. Opposition Groups Still Undecided on Attendance. _ Syrian “opposition” has three main categories: Sunni groups organized by Saudi Arabia into something called the “High Negotiation Committee” (HNC), Syrian Kurds (YPG) and Syrian political groups. The HNC contains some jihadist groups that

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