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The Dissenter

Lancaster Pipeline Awareness members joined the Walk Against the Pipeline in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County. Photo by Lancaster Pipeline Awareness on Facebook.
09 Mar 2017

Activists Describe Efforts To Stop Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline In Pennsylvania

Shadowproof spoke with four people about their experiences with, and current efforts against, the Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline in Pennsylvania.

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Journalist and co-host of "Unauthorized Disclosure," Rania Khalek
06 Mar 2017

Writers, Activists Issue Statement Against Blacklisting In Solidarity With Journalist Rania Khalek

Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, and others sign statement of solidarity with journalist Rania Khalek and caution against political litmus tests on Syria.

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05 Mar 2017

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ Weekly Podcast: The Campaign To Destroy Rania Khalek’s Livelihood

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss the campaign against Khalek, which led to the cancellation of her speaking event at the University of North Carolina. She also discusses Salafism and Wahhabism, extreme right-wing ideologies within Islam that are pretty modern. She experienced a bit of a backlash for comments

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File: The silhouettes of activists holding signs seen in shadow on pavement. (Modified from Flickr / Vikalpa)
01 Mar 2017

Making The Best Of A Trump Situation

Journalists struggle in a rapidly deteriorating media economy that is focused narrowly on Washington, D.C., and overlooks news in other parts of the country

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Prison Protest

Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
16 Dec 2016

Prison Strike Leader Beaten By Officers Fears For Life After Retaliation

Kinetik Justice Amun, one of the incarcerated leaders of the Free Alabama Movement who was a prison national strike organizer, fears for his life after he was brutally beaten and maced by officers at Limestone Correctional Facility on December 2, 2016. According to It’s Going Down, Kinetik was handcuffed and escorted

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Photo by Dan Sorenson Photography on Flickr.
08 Dec 2016

‘Chase And Scatter’ Leaves Refugees For Dead In US-Mexico Borderlands

Law enforcement efforts to capture refugees crossing the vast wilderness of the US-Mexico borderlands leads to injury, trauma, death, and disappearance.

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

Deconstructing Flaws In Important New Report On Solitary Confinement

A new report on solitary confinement provides access to important data on the number of people in some form of solitary confinement in the United States. However, because the United States prison system is not one body but a collection of fiefdoms that set their own administrative rules and definitions, the data

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Photo by Steve Rhodes
30 Nov 2016

Report Offers Rare Data On Solitary Confinement In United States

A new report provides a rare view of “current comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing,” which is more commonly known as solitary confinement. Released by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and Yale Law Schools’ Liman Program, the report, “Aiming To Reduce Time-In-Cell,” outlines efforts undertaken by various jurisdictions

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Photo by Mike Cogh
26 Nov 2016

Disentangling The Many Media Failures Of 2016

In the wake of the 2016 election, Shadowproof believes it is worthwhile to assess the state of journalism and the need for contrition, especially from those with the most influence and power in the press who failed citizens so miserably. Donald Trump’s election was aided and abetted by liberal journalists, who accelerated the decline of

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The Bullpen

Deutsche Bank. Photo by Björn Láczay (dustpuppy) on Flickr.
26 Dec 2016

European Banks Settling Mortgage Securities Fraud Cases

Both German Deutsche Bank and Swiss Credit Suisse are settling charges with the U.S. government over their involvement in fraud in the mortgage market.

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Slide from White House report on Middle class income and innovation.
21 Dec 2016

White House Claims Over 80% Of Low-Skilled Jobs Will Be Automated

Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers claims jobs with a median wage paying less than $20 an hour have an 83% chance of being automated.

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"Bad Drugs." Photo by Derek Gavey on Flickr.
19 Dec 2016

Six Generic Drug Makers Caught In Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Attorneys general in 20 states sued six generic drug makers for conspiring to increase prices on generic medications to boost profits.

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David Brock, founder of the Clinton super PAC Correct The Record. Screenshot from C-SPAN2
14 Dec 2016

David Brock Calls Press ‘Animals’ And Pledges To Destroy Trump

In a recent interview, David Brock defiantly told Politico writer (and Podesta emails star) Glenn Thrush that any attempt to attribute Hillary Clinton’s loss to the candidate herself was a “Kellyanne Conway line,” in reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Brock went on to seemingly blame anything

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Photo by seatont2002 on Flickr.
12 Dec 2016

Wells Fargo Fake Accounts Scandal Spreads To Life Insurance Business

Prudential Financial announced it would suspend the distribution of a low-cost life insurance policy through Wells Fargo.

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Image from Defense Business Board report
07 Dec 2016

Pentagon Says $125 Billion Waste Report Not Suppressed

Citing a report from January 2015 and 28,000 downloads from its website, the Department of Defense argued it had not suppressed a report on wasteful spending.

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Sharp Edges

PissPigGranddad (Photo from PissPigGranddad)
06 Dec 2016

An American In Syria: The Anti-Fascist Struggle For Communal Society In The Ruins

The young United States florist headed to Raqqa, Syria, as a volunteer with the People’s Defense Units, or YPG, is known to most on Twitter as PissPigGranddad. He’s a part of ‘weird Twitter’—what’s been described as a sort of Dadaist subculture that most often experiments with elements of irony. For nearly

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Devyn Springer
05 Dec 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On Art And Mental Illness

For part three of Roqayah Chamseddine’s interview with Devyn Springer, a queer black Muslim, he highlights his work as an artist.

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Photo by UN Photo/Martine Perret
29 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 26: Feeling The Heat

On this episode, Roqayah is out sick but Kumars spoke with Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and science for a variety of outlets.

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March against Islamophobia in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 17. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue)
29 Nov 2016

What Makes For Good Solidarity With American Muslims And What Doesn’t?

The desire to show solidarity with American Muslims is an undoubtedly magnanimous endeavor, and while camaraderie is indispensable, especially in the face of rising anti-Muslim violence, there are expressions and measures of support, which are more immediately impactful. Before getting into beneficial methods of solidarity, we must first examine the

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Photo by Gage Skidmore
25 Nov 2016

Coming Out Of Election Haze: How Do Women On Left Overcome Elite Feminism?

Now that the election haze is dissipating, there are multiple theories flying about as to why Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump—some blame the Electoral College, some say that she ran a stupefyingly arrogant campaign, and that she was just not likable, and others believe that the way

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22 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On The Trauma Of Protest

For part two of our interview with Devyn Springer, he highlights his work as an activist and the toll it can take on his health as a queer black muslim.

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The Next Cold War

Afghan National Army Military Police in Parwan province, Afghanistan. January, 2017. Army photo by Bob Harrison
10 Feb 2017

“Mr. Cheese” Somali President; More Troops & Afghanistan Stalemate; Take Raqqa Quickly; Ukraine Rebel Assassination

Somalia’s new president “Mr. Cheese,” is a Somali-American technocrat. The situation in Afghanistan is at a “stalemate,” generals want more troops. Isolation operation on Raqqa is nearly complete with an imperative to take it quickly. Another rebel commander assassinated in Ukraine. And more in our global war news roundup…  

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(Source: United States Navy, public domain)
10 Feb 2017

Planner Of 9/11 Attacks Claims U.S. Foreign Policy Was Cause

You simply cannot tell the complete story of 9/11 without including the history of U.S. imperial transgressions in the Middle East.

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By Ibrahem Qasim - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40135968
08 Feb 2017

Botched Raid Frays US-Yemen Relations As Slaughter In North Continues

Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run ground missions against alleged terrorist groups in the country.

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PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV via EEAS on Flickr.
06 Feb 2017

Kiev Violates Minsk Agreement Causing Fighting To Resume In Ukraine

Without U.S. and E.U. support, Kiev is going to have a difficult time maintaining an offensive.

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Avdiivka Coke Plant in Donetsk, Ukraine. 2012. (By MOs810)
03 Feb 2017

Ukraine’s “Creeping Offensive”; Houthi Missile Attack; Trump Threatens Iran, Sends USS Cole; Oil Goes Up

Ukraine’s “creeping offensive” brought flare ups on front lines. Houthi missile hit Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen. Saudis claimed suicide boats, like the AQ attack on USS Cole. Trump blamed Iran, sent Cole to Aden. And more in our global news roundup…   SOUTHCOM Venezuela: Maduro Empowers His Vice President _ Venezuelan

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Still image from White House live stream of press briefing.
02 Feb 2017

Trump Administration Claims To ‘Officially Put Iran On Notice,’ Iran Rebukes

Donald Trump and his team have displayed a severe cognitive dissonance when it comes to their approach to the world.

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Beyond Satire

A caricature of Donald Trump raps, with the title "Trump Around." (YouTube)
01 Feb 2016

VIDEO: Trump Around — Donald Trump Unleashes A ‘House of Pain’

“The racists get down / the sexists get down / They get out of their seats and Trump Around!” raps Donald in this parody of the House of Pain classic.

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Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson). | Screen shot from "Chi-Raq" trailer
05 Dec 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’ is Timely Piece of Satire That Comes From Place of Love

Few films in recent years have been as polarizing as Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Before it premiered, numerous well-meaning people throughout the United States, especially in Chicago, had already chosen to oppose the film, even though they had not seen it. It is too bad these people did not wait to

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Jon Stewart gestures to the audience as he performs at a dinner in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)
02 Aug 2015

Media Asks, “What Do We Do For Clicks After Jon Stewart?”

For years, news organizations interested in quick and easy traffic have had specially-assigned writers who post about clips from “The Daily Show.” But, as Jon Stewart prepares to leave the show, reporters are facing reassignment and even potential firings as media prepare to lose a cheap source of traffic.

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