SPECIAL COVERAGE: The 2016 Democratic National Convention

Rania Khalek is on the ground in Philadelphia bringing you the latest news from inside and outside the DNC.

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The Dissenter

Journalist Rania Khalek discusses her plans for covering the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
21 Jul 2016

What To Expect From Protests Outside And Inside The DNC In Philadelphia

Rania Khalek previews her reporting from inside and outside the Democratic National Convention, and shares her thoughts on protests, party unity, and the primary.

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Photo via Wikipedia.
20 Jul 2016

Guantanamo Prisoner Who Wrote Best-Selling Diary Is Cleared For Release

Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of “Guantanamo Diary,” has been cleared for release by the U.S. military’s periodic review board.

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Quicken Loans Arena. Photo by edrost88 on Flickr.
20 Jul 2016

RNC Protests Dissatisfy Reporters Who Anticipated Trump-Stoked Violence

There is a key reason why establishment media had particular expectations, which do not match what is unfolding on the ground.

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Activists scale flagpoles during RNC to hang banner (Photo by Robby Diesu)
19 Jul 2016

Activists Arrested At RNC After Dropping Banner At Rock Hall Against Fracking, Border Wall

Three climate and immigration justice activists climbed flagpoles to drop a banner protesting natural gas fracking, a border wall, and environmental injustices.

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The Bullpen

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during NBC Debate
22 Jun 2016

Poll: Half Of Bernie Sanders Supporters Will Not Vote For Hillary Clinton

According to respondents, the central issue was trust. Many Bernie Sanders supporters, like most Americans, do not find Hillary Clinton to be trustworthy.

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Bathroom server rack. Photo by termie on Flickr.
20 Jun 2016

DNC Hack Reveals Clinton Support, More Files Sent To Wikileaks

It appears the actual culprit behind the computer hacking of the Democratic National Committee is a lone hacker using the name “Guccifer 2.0.”

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Still from The Bill Moyers show In 2004, Professor Elizabeth Warren talks about a meeting she had with then-first lady Hillary Clinton.
15 Jun 2016

Corporate Democratic Think Tank Tries To Rewrite Bernie Sanders’ Platform

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Schmitt claims that Senator Sanders had been “running the Windows 95 version of progressive politics.”

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Sharp Edges

A young Kernet worker pushes a heavy load of fresh fruit bunches on Indofood's plantation. Photo from "The Human Cost Of Conflict Palm Oil," report by the Rainforest Action Network.
12 Jun 2016

Report: Pepsi, Indofood Linked To Abusive Labor Practices In Indonesian Palm Oil Industry

The scathing revelations unveil not only human rights violations but a startling lack of attention given to the condition of laborers.

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Laquan McDonald Black Friday Mag Mile Protest March. Following the November 27th protest march down Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile) for Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times & killed by a Chicago Police Officer who has since been charged. Protests erupted after video of the incident was released to the public. Photo by kgnixer on Flickr.
08 Jun 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 2: Learning To Fight

To teach us how to fight, we invite on our first guest ever, Mariame Kaba, though most of you know her as @prisonculture on Twitter.

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Verizon strikers in Herald Square, New York City. Photo by otto-yamamoto on Flickr
06 Jun 2016

Verizon Workers Show Making Demands And Threatening Bottom Line Can Lead To Victory

When the individual worker bands together with others, they will not only make impressive gains. They will inspire others to take action as well.

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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
02 Jun 2016

New York Magazine Profile Desperately Tries To Humanize Hillary Clinton

Rebecca Traister’s profile of Hillary Clinton is a lengthy and desperate attempt to humanize the former Secretary of State.

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The Next Cold War

A Very Heavy Agenda
07 Jul 2016

Interview: A Very Heavy Agenda 3

Filmmaker Robbie Martin talks about his research into the Kagan family and the larger history and dynamics of the neoconservative movement.

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Free Syrian Army Division 16 in June, 2016 (from Division 16 Youtube channel)
05 Jul 2016

Amnesty Reported War Crimes by Syrian Rebels Backed by US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey

Amnesty International published an extensive report of war crimes by Syrian rebels in Aleppo and Idlib, backed by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

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Hillary Clinton, "Major Kong" (film "Dr. Strangelove"), and Gen. Philip Breedlove (wikimedia)
01 Jul 2016

US-Russia Deal on Syria, Clinton Markets Military Option, Breedlove: ‘POTUS Sees Us as a Threat’

Next Cold War Roundup 7/1/16 There is a flurry of reports about a deal the US offered Russia on the Syrian war where the two would cooperate militarily against al Qaeda and the Russian and Syrian air force would stand down against other rebels, and if the deal is taken,

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Prison Protest

Bernie Sanders (Creative Commons Photo by Benjamin Kerensa)
20 Feb 2016

Bernie Sanders Is Rarely Disloyal to Democrats

On a few recent occasions, Senator Sanders has been instrumental in securing important political victories for the White House at the public’s expense.

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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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