The Dissenter

17 Apr 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Coronavirus Whistleblowers On The Frontlines

President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing to re-open the United States very soon. Meanwhile, governors are coordinating their own plans separate from Trump. “Essential workers” will be caught in the middle of this conflict over when and how to end lockdowns. 

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15 Apr 2020

The Many Times The Trump Administration Exploited The Coronavirus Crisis

President Donald Trump’s administration, as well as corporations, believe they can never let a crisis go to waste, and they definitely have not wasted the coronavirus crisis. The following is a list of stories we’re following, which show officials and business executives are employing what journalist Naomi Klein called the

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14 Apr 2020

Interview With Brad Schreiber On ‘Music Is Power’: Part 2—Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd

Covering around a century, Music Is Power is a book by Brad Schreiber that takes readers on a tour of music that challenged social injustice and spoke to the masses during uncertain times. Schreiber is an award-winning author, journalist, and screenwriter, whose past books include Death In Paradise, Becoming Jimi Hendrix, and Revolution’s

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WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange is expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested by British police. Screenshot of Ruptly coverage.
10 Apr 2020

Julian Assange Has Been Detained At Belmarsh Prison For One Year

It has been one year since the United States government, with the support of the governments of Ecuador, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, dramatically escalated their political prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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08 Apr 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Strange Days’ By Beans On Toast

Beans on Toast is the moniker of UK singer-songwriter Jay McAllister. Over the years he has built a cult following for himself for his mixture of quirky tunes and social commentary. Every year since 2009 he has released a new album on his birthday, December 1. His last album, “The

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Joe Biden. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
08 Apr 2020

Joe Biden Was Silent As GOP Death Cult Forced Wisconsin To Vote During COVID-19 Pandemic

Joe Biden’s campaign never called for the Wisconsin primary to be postponed due to COVID-19. In fact, they were silent as courts forced the election to take place.

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Prison Protest

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty.
03 Mar 2017

Ohio Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike Following Punishment For Appearing On Netflix Show, “Captive”

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan have lost phone and email privileges for 90 days following their appearance on the Netflix show, “Captive”

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CAPTION: In collaboration with NPR, Out of Gitmo tells the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years, and the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also in this two-part hour, a second segment with Retro Report explores the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison. This image shows the outside of Camp VI at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Photo Credit: FRONTLINE 2017
20 Feb 2017

Frontline Documentary Tells Riveting Story Of Guantanamo Prisoner’s Kafkaesque Resettlement In Serbia

Premiering February 21, the first part of this documentary profiles the isolated and agonizing life of Mansoor Dayfi after release from Guantanamo

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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
20 Feb 2017

Ohio Prisoner May Face Punishment For Participating In Netflix Show, ‘Captive’

Ohio prison officials wrote a conduct report for Siddique Abdullah Hasan in connection to his appearance in an episode for the Netflix series, “Captive.” In the episode, he discussed the 1993 prison rebellion known as the Lucasville Uprising. The conduct report accuses Hasan of making an “unauthorized release of JPay videos” to

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15 Feb 2017

Securus And CoreCivic Sued For Providing Attorney-Prisoner Calls To Law Enforcement

Attorneys Adam Crane and David Johnson sued private prison company CoreCivic and the for-profit phone and video visitation service Securus Technologies in federal court for recording and storing confidential communications between pretrial detainees and their attorneys. Crane and Johnson allege [PDF] CoreCivic and Securus made recorded communications available to law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, which not

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
13 Feb 2017

Human Rights Abuses Highlighted In Jailed Activist’s Letter From Plymouth County Correctional Facility

Marty Gottesfeld, who is in jail for digital sit-in against a children’s hospital website, describes conditions at Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

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08 Feb 2017

2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions

The first few weeks of 2017 saw prison uprisings in Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California.

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The Bullpen

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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13 Jan 2016

Marco Rubio Connected To Federal Investigation For Tax Evasion

Senator Marco Rubio’s association with former Congressman David Rivera continues to be a problem for the senator.

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11 Jan 2016

SEC Warns Rating Agencies Still Breaking The Rules

Just as in “The Big Short,” the SEC warned that national ratings organizations are still rating junk as gold in order to keep the business of big banks.

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08 Jan 2016

Millennials Increasingly Using Payday Lenders And Pawnshops

In the past five years, 40% of millennials used a payday loan, pawnshop, tax refund advance or other alternative financial product.

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06 Jan 2016

Corporate Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women Or Minorities

A study by the American Sociological Review found that workplace diversity policies may even make things worse for minorities like black women.

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04 Jan 2016

Wall Street Taking Over Nonprofit Sector

A new study by Stanford Social Innovation Review reveals the growing Wall Street take over of the boards of major nonprofit organizations.

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