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The Dissenter

09 Jul 2017

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’—Episode 24: Best Of ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’

For this week’s episode, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola revisit clips from some of the most listened to episodes since ‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ started in January 2014. The clips represent some of the show’s better moments. Four of the top five episodes are from the current season. They are the

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Myron Dewey, founder of Digital Smoke Signals (Screen shot from "Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock")
06 Jul 2017

Indigenous Journalist Faces Trial For Flying Drone To Document DAPL Construction

Indigenous journalist Myron Dewey, known for his drone footage documenting DAPL resistance, will go on trial next week in North Dakota.

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04 Jul 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘We Won’t Go Back’ By Love Always

Benefit compilations are a longstanding medium through which artists support social movements, so it makes sense that in 2017 we have seen a lot of them. One of my favorites has been Battle Hymns, compiled by members of band Quasi, an urgent collection of explicitly political songwriting. Battle Hymns is

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02 Jul 2017

Interview With John Kiriakou And Joseph Hickman On New Definitive Book On Abu Zubaydah

The United States government initially claimed Abu Zubaydah was the No. 3 man in al Qaida. But especially since the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on CIA torture, such an assertion has become increasingly harder for government officials to make. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer who was

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Prison Protest

Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2obD_lQ45WQ
17 Apr 2017

Radical Scholars And Prison Abolition: A Conversation With Dr. Anthony Monteiro

Dr. Anthony Monteiro discusses his work as a prison abolitionist, the influence that Du Bois and James Baldwin had on him, and answers the question “what does it mean to be human?”

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A protester stands with a sign in front of an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, operated by the private prison company GEO Group. Photo by Justin Valas on Flickr
10 Apr 2017

Lawsuit May Serve As Template For Challenging Forced Immigrant Labor In Private Prisons

Class action lawsuit by pretrial immigrant detainees may force GEO Group and other private prison companies to move away from slave labor.

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09 Apr 2017

Introducing A New Podcast On Incarceration: Beyond Prisons

Introducing Beyond Prisons: a new podcast examining incarceration in America through an abolitionist lens.

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty. Source: http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2016/08/detailed-update-from-imam-siddique.html
29 Mar 2017

Ohio Prisoner On Hunger Strike Against Punishment For Netflix Documentary Enters Infirmary

Ohio prisoner Siddique Abdullah Hasan entered the infirmary at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) on March 24, “presumably due to failing health,” nearly one month into his hunger strike against a 90-day phone and email restriction he received as punishment for appearing in the Netflix documentary series, “Captive.” One episode of the series

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28 Mar 2017

Following Vaughn Rebellion, Prisoners Issue List Of Demands For Reforms

Prisoners at Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center wrote an open letter to the warden and department of corrections, which includes a list of 22 requests addressing various problems at the facility. The list expands upon demands made in February, when men in the housing unit, Building C, launched an uprising that lasted over

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21 Mar 2017

Culture Of Violence Intensifies In Colorado Youth Detention Facilities Despite Reforms

Young people incarcerated in Colorado are brutalized, isolated, and restrained in mechanical devices by staff. The youth are held in facilities where rehabilitation and treatment are not possible, according to a new report by the Child Safety Coalition. Despite reforms following a 2014 investigation, which concluded the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) illegally

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Sharp Edges

Photo by Bread For The World (breadfortheworld) on Flickr
02 Mar 2017

Immigrant Solidarity Requires Valuing Life Above Labor

The way forward isn’t campaigns drawing on cases of immigrants serving the needs of Americans, but a strategy that demands we recognize people as they come.

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21 Feb 2017

Facing Repercussions, High School Students Defy Administrators And Walk Out For Immigrant Rights

The fallout from last week’s “Day Without Immigrants,” which saw restaurant and daycare employees strike across the United States, started immediately, with at least 100 people fired from their jobs. High school students faced the prospect of similar repercussions, but nonetheless, they recognized the power of protest and participated in

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14 Feb 2017

‘They Deserve So Much’: Special Education Teacher On What DeVos Means For Students

The confirmation of charter school advocate and businesswoman Elisabeth DeVos as US Secretary of Education was arguably a massive blow against public education—with absolutely no background in education, 59-year-old DeVos, whose brother is the notorious mercenary Erik Prince, founder of US security firm Blackwater, will likely wreak havoc on a

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Protesters speak out against Trump's Muslim ban at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
01 Feb 2017

Exposing The True Impact Of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Donate to fund Roqayah Chamseddine’s profiles of refugees, dual citizens, U.S. residents, and citizens impacted by Trump’s Muslim Ban.

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29 Jan 2017

Iraqi Green Card Holder Afraid Trump’s Muslim Ban Will Force Him To Return To Iraq

Not long into his campaign, President Donald Trump stood before a roaring crowd and called for a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States. At the time, multiple polls showed a disturbing trend—that a substantive number of Americans supported a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Late January

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Eugene Puryear speaks at the one year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Photo by Elvert Brown.
25 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 34: Socialism And Liberation

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Eugene Puryear, an organizer and founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

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The Bullpen

Photo by Michael Fleshman (fleshmanpix) on Flickr.
26 Jan 2017

Repealing Obamacare: The Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate

The Trump team has made it clear they are going after the highly unpopular individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

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23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

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18 Jan 2017

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is

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16 Jan 2017

Trump’s Chief Of Staff Promises To Keep Entitlements But Obamacare Plan Unknown

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election. But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would

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16 Jan 2017

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that

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The Next Cold War

Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk)
25 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 16: The Blacklisting of Independent Media Feat. Kyle Kulinski

Journalist Kyle Kulinski discusses media concentration and the seemingly coordinated strategy to weaken, undermine, and destroy independent media.

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Photo by Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from Aleppo, Syria - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yikVv_YAvE&feature=plcp, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22023821
20 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 15: Were The Chemical Weapons Attacks In Syria A Slam Dunk? Feat. Brad Hoff

Dan and Joanne interview educator, investigative journalist, and Marine veteran Brad Hoff on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War.

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Source: President Donald Trump on Instagram. (https://www.instagram.com/p/BSkHHQLAuW7/?hl=en)
18 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 14: The Future of China In The Age Of Trump Feat. Peter Lee

China expert Peter Lee joins the Around The Empire podcast to discuss how solving the Korean crisis is actually antithetical to the goals of U.S. empire.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - 24 MAY 2016 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (not seen) hold a joint press conference on the second day of the World Humanitarian Summit. OCHA / Berk Özkan. Photo by World Humanitarian Summit on Flickr.
17 Apr 2017

Turkey’s Praise For Trump’s Syria Missile Strikes Latest Round In Double Game

Turkey has long played a double game in Syria, claiming to partner with the United States and oppose extremism, while actively helping Al Qaida and ISIS.

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12 Apr 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 13: CrowdStrike’s Russian Hacking Claims Feat. Jeffrey Carr

Cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr discusses Crowdstrike’s controversial claims on successfully identifying Russia as the actor that hacked the DNC.

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President Donald Trump discusses current military operations with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command Commander, and Gen. Raymond A. "Tony" Thomas, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)
05 Apr 2017

Danger Looms As Trump Outsources Military Decisions To Pentagon

President Trump is increasingly giving more and more power for command military decisions to the Pentagon.

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Beyond Satire

26 Aug 2016

We Can Dwell On Corruption, But Then Who Will Save The Children?

Mayor Wilbur O’Connell is an honorable and caring mayor of Brickleford, but in recent days, he has faced scandalous allegations of corruption that really should trouble residents. In the ten years that O’Connell has been the town’s mayor, he has used his status to encourage charity. Some of the most

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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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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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