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The Dissenter

Witness Against Torture: Ribbons at the White House. Photo by Justin Norman on Flickr)
16 May 2016

Iraqi Torture Survivors Argue Appeals Court Has Duty To Hold Contractor Responsible

Attorneys for Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib argue CACI International, Inc., should be held accountable for unlawful conduct at the military prison.

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Alaa Yasin. Photo by Georgia Detention Watch
12 May 2016

After Hunger Strike, Detention Center Plans To Punish Stateless Palestinian With Solitary

Yasin has been held without release or deportation for more than eight months, and was detained after he used his uncle’s address on his visa application.

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syria-burning
12 May 2016

WATCH: Charles Glass Discusses ‘Syria Burning’

Veteran Middle East expert Charles Glass combines reportage, analysis, and history to provide an overview of the Syrian conflict.

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Michael Ratner at Justice After Bush Panel, Princeton. Photo by Cheryl Biren
11 May 2016

A Tribute To Radical Human Rights Lawyer Michael Ratner

Michael Ratner, the radical attorney who fought around the world to defend human rights over the past 45 years, died on May 11.

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The Bullpen

Signatories to Right/Left letter on Defense Cuts
02 May 2016

Right And Left Coalition Propose Over $38 Billion In Cuts For Pentagon

While conservatives and progressives in America may have stark differences, we all agree on reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer money.

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Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Bryce Myhre
27 Apr 2016

Wall Street Funds Battle By Proxy In Congress Over Puerto Rico Bailout

Though there is much talk of principle, it looks as though the real battle lines in Puerto Rico are drawn by alliances between funds and elected officials.

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World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. Photo by nostri-imago on Flickr
25 Apr 2016

White House May Declassify 9/11 Files As Saudis Ramp Up Lobbying

Former Senator Graham said he believed the White House may release at least some parts of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional 9/11 inquiry.

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The Next Cold War

US Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV. (Photo adapted from US Navy).
05 May 2016

Another US Service Member Killed In Iraq, Where There Are ‘No Boots On The Ground’

Despite sincere declarations by the State Department that there are “no boots on the ground” in Iraq & Syria, US service members keep dying in combat there.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Geneva. May 2, 2016. (State Dept./ Public Domain)
03 May 2016

Syrian Rebel Attacks Aleppo Schools, Hospitals; Saudi Minister Decries Assad’s Crimes Against Humanity

Massive fighting, shelling, bombs and airstrikes in Aleppo escalated sharply in the past few days. Western media reporting on it has been severely skewed.

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CH-53E Super Stallion during a Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command night raid exercise April, 2016. (By U.S. Marine Corps)
29 Apr 2016

US Marines Arrive in Northern Raqqa, Lavrov Says “Big Mistake”

Next Cold War Roundup 4/29/16 150 Marines arrived in Raqqa governate via Qamishli and 100 more are expected soon. The Russian envoy to the UN announced that the Syrian coalition is planning an offensive on Raqqa. The US blames Syria for the hospital bombing in Aleppo and the Russian ministry of

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Prison Protest

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
12 Feb 2016

Texas Lowers Childcare Standards To Keep Private Family Detention Centers Open

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly lowered standards for licensing childcare facilities, allowing family detention centers to stay open.

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President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.

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Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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