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The Dissenter

Screen shot from journalist Patrick Cockburn's prior appearance on "Democracy Now!"
19 Mar 2017

Interview With Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State And The Ongoing Wars In The Middle East

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Patrick Cockburn, a longtime Middle East correspondent well-known for his coverage of Iraq and Syria. He is the author of The Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East. Cockburn addresses the destruction of Mosul, the

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Atlanta Muslim Ban Protest. Photo by tanip on Flickr.
16 Mar 2017

Georgia ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Bill Would Likely Fuel Criminalization Of Muslim And Immigrant Rights Protesters

Legislation in Georgia would expand definition of “domestic terrorism” and make it possible to further criminalize boycotts, sit-ins, and other protests.

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Lancaster Pipeline Awareness members joined the Walk Against the Pipeline in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County. Photo by Lancaster Pipeline Awareness on Facebook.
09 Mar 2017

Activists Describe Efforts To Stop Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline In Pennsylvania

Shadowproof spoke with four people about their experiences with, and current efforts against, the Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline in Pennsylvania.

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Journalist and co-host of "Unauthorized Disclosure," Rania Khalek
06 Mar 2017

Writers, Activists Issue Statement Against Blacklisting In Solidarity With Journalist Rania Khalek

Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, and others sign statement of solidarity with journalist Rania Khalek and caution against political litmus tests on Syria.

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Prison Protest

MCC New York (Photo from Federal Bureau Of Prisons website)
24 Jan 2017

Jailed Activist Pens Letter To Justice Department On MCC New York’s Squalid Conditions

A jailed activist, who faces felony charges for a digital sit-in against the Boston Children’s Hospital website, has written a letter from the Metropolitan Correctional Center calling attention to what he describes as appalling conditions inside the facility. The letter was addressed to officials at the Justice Department, the Federal

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Photo by msppmoore
14 Jan 2017

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

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Photo by MyFuture.com
05 Jan 2017

How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons

Corrections departments conduct searches and introduce policies to diminish contraband, but such efforts arguably play a role in preserving the market.

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout)
02 Jan 2017

Mississippi Private Prison Neglected Problems After Deadly Riot

A recently released Department of Justice audit found a Mississippi private prison—which holds over 2,500 immigrant prisoners, most of whom are Mexican nationals—failed to remedy serious problems with staffing and living conditions that led to a deadly riot in 2012. According to the audit [PDF], the Adams County Correctional Center suffered from chronic under-staffing

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Journalist Chris Hedges (L) with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (R). Photo by Lucasville Amnesty.
19 Dec 2016

Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio

A 60-day restriction on email and telephone privileges ended for Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on December 5, 2016. Hasan, who is incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary, was punished in October for participating in a live radio interview with NPR about the September 9 strike against prison slavery. Prison officials twice prevented Hasan

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Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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The Bullpen

"Obama at Healthcare rally at UMD." Photo by Daniel Borman (dborman2) on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster

To understand how the Affordable Care Act never became popular, we need to understand two artificial constraints imposed by Obama that doomed it.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare?

Given President-elect Trump’s commitments and the popularity of Social Security and Medicare, will he go along with Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy the programs?

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Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook's F8 Conference. Photo by Maurizio Pesce (pestoverde) on Flickr.
02 Jan 2017

Facebook Partners With Data Brokers For More Information On Users

People regularly ask how Facebook, with its massive data management costs, can offer its service for free. The answer is simple, the product is you.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Source: Department of Labor)
31 Dec 2016

The One Who Never Got Away: Trader Vincent McCrudden’s Relentless Reckoning

In the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis many Americans looked for someone to blame. The official explanations came in waves. First there was the “these things just happen” story. It was essentially what Wall Street and Corporate America wanted people to believe, which the mainstream media (owned by them)

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29 Dec 2016

Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daniel Wright runs down some of this week’s overlooked stories on labor, corporate crime, the military industrial complex, and money in politics.

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: D Sharon Pruitt, Leo Reynolds, GrungeTextures)
28 Dec 2016

Economic Recovery Is Mostly A Myth For The 99 Percent

The famous United States stock index known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply the Dow) flirted with approaching a historic high of 20,000. The index, which shows how the largest 30 companies publicly traded in the U.S. are performing, is considered a key indicator of how well U.S.

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Sharp Edges

"Palestine." Photo by MissyKel on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Ali Abunimah about the Obama administration’s Israel-Palestine legacy and the movement for Palestinian human rights.

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Photo by ILuvGadgets on Flickr
30 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 30: Lessons From 2016

It’s been a difficult year for everyone left-of-center, and, if we are going to be honest with ourselves, a lot of our assumptions have been seriously challenged.

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Photo by George Thomas (hz536n) on Flickr.
20 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 29: Don’t Forget Flint

Flint resident Melissa Mays discusses the serious health consequences she and her family have dealt with as a result of using their own tap water.

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Photo by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.
13 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account — Episode 28: Time For A Debt Strike

Alexis Goldstein discusses Trump’s choice for Treasury Secretary and his history of racist lending practices and profiting off of the backs of mistreated homeowners.

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Flint River. Photo by George Thomas
13 Dec 2016

Flint Residents Face More Trauma With Dirty Flint River As Water Source

Former Flint resident recalls her childhood and how it was well-known Flint River was dirty and polluted. Now, as a water source, it will bring more trauma.

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Photo by Rodrigo Vieira on Flickr
06 Dec 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 27: Get Your People

On this episode, Kumars and Roqayah speak with returning guest Mariame Kaba, though most of you know her as @prisonculture on Twitter.

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The Next Cold War

A protester climbs down from a streetlight pole where he hung the Syrian rebel flag. Photo by Gregg Carlstrom on Flickr.
24 Feb 2017

Pause In CIA Arms Program Has Syrian Rebels Worried

A recent pause in the program has many rebels worried that the CIA has gotten new orders from President Trump.

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Photo by Justin Valas on Flickr.
22 Feb 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 9: The Surveillance State Trump Inherited Feat. Ken Lipp

On this episode of Around The Empire, journalist Kenneth Lipp discusses the sprawling national security and incarceration state President Trump inherited.

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Photo by Pimkie (pimkie_fotos) on Flickr.
20 Feb 2017

John McCain Struggles To Defend Pax Americana In Munich

Senator John McCain gives his best defense for the neoliberal world order crumbling all around him and seeks to rally support for continuing Pax Americana.

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at MacDill, AFB, FL. Feb. 6, 2017 (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen)
17 Feb 2017

After “Politically Assassinating” Flynn IC Fears “Friday Night Massacre” by Hedge Fund Manager in Deep State War

The intelligence community politically assassinated Mike Flynn and may be “Friday night massacred” by a hedge fund manager and Trump ally with ties to the defense industry. The race for Raqqa is on and Turkey may be involved. Libya requested NATO help on the 6th anniversary of their “revolution”. And

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Former General Michael Flynn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/Released
14 Feb 2017

Deep State Leak Campaign Brings Down National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

After one of the most blatant leak campaigns by national security officials in recent memory, former General Michael Flynn resigned from office as national security advisor.

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
13 Feb 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 8: The Neocons In The Trump Era Feat. Robbie Martin

Dan and Joanne interview filmmaker Robbie Martin about the future of the neoconservatives now that the candidate they lined up against has become president.

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Beyond Satire

Abu Ghraib gift wrap by Natasha Mayers on Flickr
12 Aug 2016

I Stacked Detainees Into Human Pyramids, Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton

Given my past involvement stacking naked detainees on each other, it’s my belief Clinton understands soldiers experience tough situations every day.

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Demonstrators at the Bernie Sanders rally in Philadelphia during the DNC Convention. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.
05 Aug 2016

An American Child’s Primer For The US Presidential Election

See the Republican. Voters are angry. He feeds off their anger. Voters are scared. He feeds off their fear. He watches himself on tv. This would make a good tv show.

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Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Photo by Disney ABC on Flickr.
29 Jul 2016

Clinton Cut Sections From Her Historic DNC Speech, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, which were cut.

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Donald Trump and family, on stage after his RNC acceptance speech. Photo by disneyabc on Flickr.
22 Jul 2016

Trump Cut Sections From His RNC Speech Last Night, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Donald Trump’s speech, which were cut.

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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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