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The Dissenter

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian
15 Nov 2016

Interview: Andy Worthington On Final Push To Close Guantanamo

President Barack Obama has less than 70 days to achieve one of the key goals that will define his legacy: close the Guantanamo Bay military prison. There are 60 prisoners at Guantanamo. Twenty of them were cleared by the Obama administration and could be freed. Of course, the specter of

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Kurt Eichenwald. Still image from C-SPAN.
14 Nov 2016

Go Fuck Yourself, Kurt Eichenwald!

Kurt Eichenwald almost assaulted a Jill Stein supporter who likes his work and thinks Sanders supporters are all conspiracy peddlers.

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President Barack Obama convenes a meeting in the Situation Room to discuss the latest on the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Photo by the White House on Flickr.
14 Nov 2016

The Complicity Of Obama, Democrats Set Stage For Dangerous Trump Presidency

President Barack Obama expanded and institutionalized several powers, especially related to national security, which will make it easier for Trump to impose his authority.

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Jill Stein speaking at the Green Party Presidential Candidate Town Hall hosted by the Green Party of Arizona at the Mesa Public Library in Mesa, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
13 Nov 2016

Interview: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein On Clinton’s Loss To Trump

When the liberal class heard news media report Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote, numerous people experienced meltdowns that involved blaming anyone and everyone but Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In particular, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was one of the targets, even though the math did not point

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Prison Protest

Photo: @GarrettGraham1
21 Sep 2016

Massive Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Expands To 46 Facilities

A prison strike against slave labor that is entering its third week has expanded to 46 facilities, with multiple lockdowns reported.

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Children gather around a sculpture of a fist at the FICPFM conference in Oakland. Photo by Victoria Nam.
15 Sep 2016

‘It’s All By Force’: Formerly Incarcerated People Speak Out On Prison Reform

Formerly incarcerated leaders of the criminal justice movement share their perspectives on reform during a national conference in Oakland, California.

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Graffiti from a solidarity action in Oakland, California (Photo by @lrsphm)
12 Sep 2016

Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Spreads To At Least Twelve States

Years of prisoner organizing and resistance culminated on September 9, as a national labor strike against slave-like conditions escalated.

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
07 Sep 2016

Changes To Federal Solitary Confinement Rules Modestly Improve Cruel Conditions

The Bureau of Prisons changed its policies governing Special Management Units in federal prisons, but they are unlikely to meaningfully improve living conditions.

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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
01 Sep 2016

Muslim Prisoner Accuses Ohio Supermax Prison Of Retaliation For Involvement In Planned Strike

Siddique Hasan says he is facing retaliation from prison officials, who are making false claims that he asked a staff imam to wear a bomb into the prison.

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Still image from "Attica Prison Riot - William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe . POV on PBS" on Youtube. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXgP0lkqPNk
31 Aug 2016

The Legacy Of Attica: Prisoners Plan Labor Strike For Rebellion’s Anniversary

Prisoners across the country have planned a national labor strike action for September 9, 2016, the 4th anniversary of the rebellion at the Attica State Prison.

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The Bullpen

Former President Bill Clinton speaks about the Affordable Care Act. Still from FOX broadcast.
05 Oct 2016

Bill Clinton Gaffe Highlights Failing Obamacare

Either the US adopts a single-payer healthcare system or it accepts a brutal classist system. There is no third way.

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Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf being sworn in . Still from CSPAN broadcast.
03 Oct 2016

Wells Fargo Hearing Shows New Fears Of Wall Street Regulation

Republicans tried to blame the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for being “asleep at the wheel,” and Wells Fargo’s CEO for giving their opponents ammunition.

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Still from PBS NewsHour broadcast of the first 2016 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
28 Sep 2016

TPP And Trade Take Center Stage At First Presidential Debate

The debate focused on trade deals signed by the US and their effects on the country’s working class, particularly in swing states OH, MI, and PA.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Screen shot from Fox News affiliate in Phoenix.)
26 Sep 2016

FBI: Murder Rate Up Over 10% Due To Increased Killings Of Black Men

According to the data, over 900 more black men were murdered in 2015 than 2014, their deaths mostly the result of gun violence.

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Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. Still from CSPAN Broadcast.
21 Sep 2016

Wells Fargo CEO Tells Congress Bank’s Culture Not To Blame

On Tuesday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified before the Senate Banking Committee regarding the company’s recent fraudulent account scandal.

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Still image from video of Black Lives Matter protester confronting Hillary Clinton about her "superpredator" comment. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqLfvQfuvsA
19 Sep 2016

Hillary Clinton Offers Millennials A Misleading Look At Her Record In Op-Ed

The Clinton campaign continues to believe her problem with Millennials is that her message isn’t reaching them. The actual problem is the message itself.

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Sharp Edges

Prison compound no. 1, Angola, Louisiana. Leadbelly in the foreground / by Alan Lomax from Library of Congress
27 Sep 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 18: Prison Strike Update

On this episode, we keep the focus on the massive, nationwide #PrisonStrike that began on September 9th and which we covered in our last episode.

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Still from preview video of "Islam In America." Animation by Roqayah Chamseddine.
27 Sep 2016

Help Fund Roqayah Chamseddine’s New Project Dismantling Muslim Caricatures

Using video, audio, and written word, Shadowproof columnist Roqayah Chamseddine will profile a Muslim American every week, but we need our readers’ help.

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Photo by The All-Nite Images on Flickr.
19 Sep 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 17: Slavery Never Ended

Roqayah and Kumars interview several organizers affiliated with the prison labor strike currently happening at dozens of facilities across the country.

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Fidencio Sanchez (Source: https://www.gofundme.com/2am4q7kk)
16 Sep 2016

When Charity Tokenizes Laborers And Fuels Loathing Of Working Class

Ninety year-old Fidencio Sanchez has sold popsicles in Chicago for nearly 76 years, according to an interview with CNN. “I feel my body is starting to give up on me,” Sanchez said. “I suffer sometimes when it’s cold, and my arms and feet hurt.” Sanchez’s elderly wife, Eladia, used to help

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In San Francisco, a solidarity protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo by Peg Hunter)
12 Sep 2016

Struggle To Kill Dakota Access Pipeline Reinvigorated By Obama Intervention

While viewed as a small victory, U.S. government intervention emboldens indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

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Sacred Stone Camp. Photo by Joe Brusky on Flickr.
10 Sep 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 16: Oil And Water #NoDAPL

Roqayah and Kumars interview Ruth H. Hopkins, a Lakota and Dakota of the Great Sioux Nation, and an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Nation.

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The Next Cold War

Free Syrian Army using Chinese FN-6 MANPADS in 2013.
30 Sep 2016

US Won’t Let Aleppo Fall; MANPADS to Syrian Rebels; War Pressure & Propaganda

Next Cold War Roundup 9/30/16 War of Words Continues to Escalate, Kerry Threatens to Cut All Ties With Russia _ In response to Samantha Power’s “barbarism” accusation, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said the US is trying to distract from their attack on Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor, and then

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Fake image suggesting #TrumpWon started in Russia, which went viral and was initially treated as reality by multiple media outlets.
29 Sep 2016

Establishment Media Caught Promoting Fake Russian Story On #TrumpWon Hashtag

There is a specter haunting the establishment media, the specter of a Trump presidency. This idea is apparently so terrifying that no unethical and hypocritical action is too extreme for “mainstream” journalists to take if it they believe it will damage Trump’s presidential prospects. Enter the Russian threat. Russian President

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US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power and Henry Kissinger as she received Kissinger Prize. June, 2016 (by US Mission to UN)
27 Sep 2016

Samantha Power’s Rhetoric Endangers Peace Talks; Nusra Interview Claims US & Israeli Support

Samantha Power and others accused Russia of barbarism and war crimes before walking out of the emergency UN meeting they convened, and more in our round-up.

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Defense Sec. Carter and Marine Gen. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Senate Armed Services Committee September, 2016. (by DoD)
27 Sep 2016

Senator Graham, Secretary Carter, and General Dunford on Military Plans for Raqqa and Assad

US Senator Lindsey Graham pressured Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford for military intervention in Syria.

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears in 'No Jews' video.
22 Sep 2016

Jeffrey Goldberg Labeled Propagandist For Silence On ‘No Jews’ Video

If Jeffrey Golberg is looking to spin these scandals to help Netanyahu and celebrate the status quo in Israel, then he has some difficult work ahead.

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US Sec. State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at UN Security Council Meeting on Sep. 21 (by Dept. of State)
21 Sep 2016

Spartacus on Deir Ez-Zor Express; Kerry Demands NFZ; Predator Drone Near Convoy

Next Cold War Roundup 9/21/16 The White House blames Russia for attacks on a humanitarian aid convoy. Russia denies and says a US predator drone was flying in the area at the time of the attack. Kerry called for a no-fly zone. Three “Spartacus” countries stepped up to say they

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