The Dissenter

Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, visited Penn State's Recreation Hall for a rally on the evening of April 19. (Photo by Penn State on Flickr)
20 Apr 2016

Sanders Campaign’s Commitment To Victory Irritates Media, Offends Clinton Campaign

Once again, for the umpteenth time in the Democratic primary, there is a dominant narrative in the establishment media that it is over for Bernie Sanders.

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Vote Here sign. Photo by Tobias Carroll on Flickr.
19 Apr 2016

Closed New York Primary Helps Democratic Party Maintain Status Quo

The closed primary system is the two-party system’s key mechanism for maintaining control over elections in the face of declining membership.

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Bruce Cockburn at Greenbelt Festival in 2012 (Photo by Drew McLellan)
19 Apr 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Trouble With Normal’

Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn wrote in his memoir that his songs are “multi-faceted.” Not only are they about “war, injustice, and exploitation,” not only do they deal with faith and grace, but they are also about “mystery, beauty, love, pain, [and] joy.” They are about the power of a “wild place”

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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – A Navy guard assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion patrols Camp Delta’s recreation yard during the early morning of July 7, 2010. (JTF Guantanamo photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
18 Apr 2016

Why Won’t US Military Free Guantanamo’s Oldest Prisoner?

The US military’s Periodic Review Board decided Saifullah Paracha, Guantánamo Bay’s oldest prisoner, should remain indefinitely detained.

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The Bullpen

Protest against the Wall Street bail out: Wall Street, NYC - September 25, 2008. Photo by a. golden, eyewash design
13 Apr 2016

Too Big To Fail Banks Still Failing ‘Living Will’ Tests

Federal regulators have now rejected living wills from JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, and State Street.

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Information Awareness Office Logo By USGov-Military [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
11 Apr 2016

Report: Pentagon Not Enforcing Revolving Door Corruption Regulations

A recent report reveals the Pentagon is not keeping track of whether former employees are complying with revolving door laws designed to prevent corruption.

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Paul Krugman and Charlie Stross (Photo by Cory Doctorow on Flickr)
08 Apr 2016

Paul Krugman Doesn’t Understand The 2008 Financial Crisis

That an economist could be so misinformed (if not disingenuous) on such a vital economic issue is extremely disappointing.

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The Next Cold War

Sec. of Defense Ash Carter with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman, April 2016 (DoD)
20 Apr 2016

Carter War Planning With Saudi and Gulf Defense Ministers, Obama Mending Fences

Next Cold War Roundup 4/20/16 It’s war season in the Middle East. Syrian opposition “rebels” declared a new war on the Syrian government and sources claim they will pull out of the Geneva peace talks.  Sec. Defense Carter and Pres. Obama are in Saudi Arabia meeting with military leaders of

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Slim Pickens as B-52 Bomber pilot Major T. J. "King" Kong, in the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
19 Apr 2016

Next Cold War Brings New Nuclear Arms Race

As the United States continues to assert its imperial dominance and hegemony, rising powers throughout the world are looking for ways to counter it.

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Golan Heights (By Beivushtang, Wikipedia)
18 Apr 2016

Assad Wants Golan on Negotiating Table, Netanyahu Says Never

Next Cold War Roundup 4/18/16 Syrian president Assad wants the return of the Golan Heights to be an item on the Geneva negotiating table and Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu said Israel will never return the Golan and the world should recognize it as sovereign territory of Israel.  Saudis threaten to

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Prison Protest

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
12 Feb 2016

Texas Lowers Childcare Standards To Keep Private Family Detention Centers Open

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly lowered standards for licensing childcare facilities, allowing family detention centers to stay open.

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President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.

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Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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