The Dissenter

Hllary Clinton stares down Bernie Sanders as he talks about why Palestinians have a right to dignity and respect. (Screenshot from CNN debate)
17 Apr 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkishness On Full Display In New York Primary

The Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, which was characterized by establishment media as a “Brooklyn brawl,” featured an extraordinary moment, where Bernie Sanders affirmed the humanity of the Palestinians in the face of Hillary Clinton. The affirmation confounded Clinton, who appeared to counter Sanders by channeling Israel Prime Minister Benjamin

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Hillary Clinton attends a campaign rally at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. 4/6/2016. Photo by redcti on Flickr.
14 Apr 2016

Clinton Wrong About Mass Incarceration Being Known Problem For Just A Decade

Clinton’s perception of mass incarceration is either terribly informed or she has concocted her own version of American history to suit her political agenda

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Laquan McDonald Black Friday Mag Mile Protest March. Photo by kgnixer on Flickr
13 Apr 2016

Task Force Lambasts Chicago Police Department’s Decades-Long Record Of Systemic Racism

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a report, which shows the deep and systemic problem of racism within the Chicago Police Department.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr
12 Apr 2016

Hillary Clinton Says Honduras Coup Not Illegal In Daily News Editorial Board Interview

Hillary Clinton told the Daily News there was a strong case to be made that the Honduran coup was legal.

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The Bullpen

Photo By CartoonDiablo own work, released under Public Domain. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
06 Apr 2016

Was Corporate Media Too Dumb To Understand Sanders Bank Breakup Plan?

The usual suspects in infotainment claim Sanders somehow blew an interview with The New York Daily News and does not understand how to breakup the banks.

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US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at a meeting before the Council on Foreign Relations
05 Apr 2016

Commerce Secretary Pritzker Defends Corporate Tribunals In TPP

Commerce Sec. Pritzker told the Council on Foreign Relations a controversial provision in the TPP was good because the US has prevailed every time.

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International money collage. Photo by jonnimont on Flickr.
04 Apr 2016

Panama Papers: Document Leak Reveals Details Of Offshore Financial System

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists produced another substantial report on troubling offshore financial activities.

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The Next Cold War

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anastasia Stuart interprets and translates between U.S Air Force Airmen and Ukrainian soldiers. (USAF)
15 Apr 2016

Fighting All Along the Frontlines in Ukraine, New Boss Same As The Old Boss

Next Cold War Roundup 4/15/16 There is fighting all along the frontlines in Donetsk, more use of snipers and drones by Ukraine military and intelligence, and the new prime minister’s government doesn’t look like it will be much different than the last.  Russian fighter jets buzzed the USS Donald Cook

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Apr 2016

US Plans To Give More Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels In Syria

The CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses.

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Free Syrian Army using Chinese FN-6 MANPADS in 2013.
13 Apr 2016

Aleppo Offensive Imminent, CIA Threatens More Lethal Weapons and MANPADS to Syrian Rebels

Next Cold War 4/13/16 Russian and Syrian forces are preparing a major offensive in Aleppo. CIA and the Obama administration, through anonymous sources, threatened to move to “Plan B” if ceasefire fails, including more lethal weapons and MANPADS.  Syrian parliamentary elections were held. Saudi King Salman is currently on a

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Prison Protest

Supreme Court
26 Jan 2016

Juveniles In Prison For Life Without Parole Given New Hope For Freedom

The United States Supreme Court determined juvenile offenders serving life sentences for homicides without parole should be granted the opportunity to “show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption.” The decision clarified a ruling issued in the 2012 case Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited life without parole sentences for juveniles who

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Tower 5 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (RLEvans on Flickr)
21 Jan 2016

Are We There Yet? The Promise, Perils and Politics of Penal Reform

The reach of the carceral state is truly breathtaking, extending well beyond the estimated 2.2 million people sitting in jail or prison today in America.

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The NYC Board Of Correction oversees the city's jail system.
21 Jan 2016

Rikers Island Imposes Harsh Restrictions on Contact Between Inmates And Visitors

Just before the holidays, NYC’s jail oversight board voted to restrict physical contact between inmates and their visitors on Rikers Island.

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File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
21 Jan 2016

Clemency Is Not Enough: Thousands Still Imprisoned For Nonviolent Marijuana Crimes

About 44 percent of federal marijuana inmates had no or very minimal criminal histories prior to their conviction, and over a third are over the age of 40.

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