The Dissenter

Screen shot from CSPAN broadcast of Senator Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for Attorney General
10 Jan 2017

At Confirmation Hearing, Sessions Opposes Protections For Reporters Who Publish Leaks

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions opposed protections for reporters, who have viewpoints and publish contents from national security leaks, during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General. Asked by Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar about upholding rules adopted by the Justice Department and avoiding the jailing of journalists who do

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Prisoner, Dark and Cold (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: takomabibelot, Poe Tatum)
09 Jan 2017

Obama’s Legacy: No Justice For Torture

A key part of President Barack Obama’s legacy includes the administration’s refusal to prosecute any officials from President George W. Bush’s administration for torture.

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Julian Assange. Photo by Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina (culturaargentina) on Flickr.
09 Jan 2017

Assange Criticizes U.S. Effort To Conflate WikiLeaks Publications With Russian Hacking

Wikileaks urges skepticism toward assertion that publications of DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign emails were connected to alleged Russian hacking.

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Director of National Intelligence, James Clappe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley on Flickr.
06 Jan 2017

Intelligence Report On Alleged Russian Interference In Election Lacks Proof

A much-anticipated report from U.S. “intelligence community” contains no additional concrete proof that Vladimir Putin ordered hacking to influence the election.

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Prison Protest

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

How Some Prisons Swiftly Moved To Undermine National Prison Strike

More details are finally being shared on what happened in the early days of a massive national prison strike that has now lasted for about a month.

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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
04 Oct 2016

Ohio Muslim Prisoner Threatened With Punishment For NPR Interview On Prison Strike

Ohio prisoner Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan says he was recently threatened with disciplinary action by an investigator at the Ohio State Penitentiary for speaking on the National Public Radio program, “On Point,” about the September 9 national prison strike. Hasan, who is a Muslim spiritual leader on death row for his alleged

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D. Ray James Correctional Facility. Photo by GEO Group. Source: http://www.geogroup.com/FacilityDetail/FacilityID/45
30 Sep 2016

Bureau Of Prisons Renews Private Prison Contract In Georgia

The federal Bureau of Prisons is extending its two year contract for the D. Ray James Correctional Facility, a Geo Group-operated private prison.

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Huntsville Prison (Photo by c0ldgirl)
29 Sep 2016

Resistance Continues As Historic Prison Strike Enters Fourth Week

UPDATE: The prison strikes raging across the country are about more than just slave labor practices. Prisoners are also taking action against other abuses they face, such as the lack of adequate medical and mental healthcare. On Friday morning, Free Alabama Movement’s Kinetik Justice Amun posted a video to Twitter, which provides a

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A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
29 Sep 2016

Why Women Joined—And Didn’t Join—One Of The Largest Prison Strikes In US History

The number of incarcerated women participating in a national prison strike launched on September 9 may be very small compared to the number of incarcerated men, however, their actions have been no less significant. “I would like you and supporters to know that there was a symbolic protest at Washington

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley tours Holman after multiple uprisings in March 2016. (Photo from Governor Bentley's office)
26 Sep 2016

Guards May Have Gone On Strike At Holman Correctional Facility In Alabama

The Free Alabama Movement put out a statement suggesting the guards at Holman correctional facility in Alabama went on strike.

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The Bullpen

Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Runs The World
30 Nov 2016

Steve Bannon Says Joining Goldman Sachs Is Like ‘Joining The Jesuits’

Trump is backing two former Goldman Sachs executives for high positions within his administration.

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Above, Christie takes the Oath of Office January 19, 2010: “I will diligently, faithfully, impartially, justly, and to the best of my knowledge and ability execute the said office in conformity with the powers delegated to me and that I will to the utmost of my skill and ability promote the peace and prosperity and maintain the lawful rights of the said State, so help me God.”
28 Nov 2016

The Case to Impeach Chris Christie

Governor Christie took an oath to serve the people of New Jersey. That he broke it is his disgrace. But, if we allow him to get away with breaking it, the disgrace will also be ours.

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Trust in mainstream media falling off a cliff
28 Nov 2016

Corporate Media Will Not Save Us From “Fake News”

If “fake news” was simply incorrect information then the mainstream media’s election coverage would certainly count.

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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon at the Fortune Global Forum in 2013. Photo by Fortune Live Media.
23 Nov 2016

JPMorgan Pays $264 Million Fine For Bribing Chinese Officials

The latest payment of $264 million comes after JPMorgan hired the relatives of Chinese government officials to win business in China.

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"Chris Christie - Whoppers on the Bridge." Image by Donkey Hotey on Flickr.
21 Nov 2016

With Bridgegate Convictions Comes Calls To Impeach Chris Christie

Now that appointees of Gov. Christie have been convicted for their involvement in Bridgegate, New Jersey lawmakers are calling for his impeachment.

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boueidtnopres1
16 Nov 2016

Dear Hillary Pundits, Own Your Terrible Candidate

Despite media’s claims it could never happen, Trump is the president-elect. Now pundits are trying to craft a narrative that doesn’t make them look like idiots.

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Sharp Edges

Still from preview video of "Islam In America." Animation by Roqayah Chamseddine.
03 Nov 2016

Interview: Sarah Anastasia, Muslim Makeup Artist And Skin Care Consultant

In the latest installment of “Islam In America,” Roqayah Chamseddine is joined by Sarah Anastasia, a 27-year-old Muslim makeup artist and skin care consultant based in Massachusetts. Sarah discusses her service work and the exploitation and abuse that workers often face. She also talks about her sexual assault, how sexual assault survivors, specifically

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Photo by eggrole on Flickr.
02 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 23: Don’t Get Sick

Roqayah and Kumars speak with a man who was diagnosed with cancer who finds himself stuck in between our healthcare system and the drug war.

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Photo by Dank Depot
30 Oct 2016

Federal Employee With Stage IV Cancer May Lose Job For Taking Medical Marijuana

A 36-year-old U.S. man diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March of this year is now being forced to confront the likelihood of losing his job should he choose to use marijuana for the purpose of relieving symptoms caused by his cancer and cancer treatments. John Doe is a

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Arnessa Buljusmic-Kustura during the war in Bosnia.
24 Oct 2016

Interview: Arnessa Buljusmic-Kustura, Bosnian-American Analyst And Single Mother

In the latest installment of “Islam In America,” Arnessa Buljusmic-Kustura, a Bosnian-American analyst, community organizer, and single mother, is profiled.

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
19 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 21: Liberals For Trump

Roqayah and Kumars are joined once more by our friends Douglas Williams and Cato, two labor organizers who are the forces behind The South Lawn blog.

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Image from the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." Source: http://www.hacksawridge.movie/
17 Oct 2016

Film Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Captures Struggle To Show Mercy During War

Mel Gibson’s emotional film “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, and his fight not to carry a weapon on the battlefield.

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The Next Cold War

Syrian "White Helmets" in their office in Turkey. December, 2016. (screenshot from AlJazeera video)
08 Dec 2016

Rebels Collapse; Kerry and Lavrov Wrangle; Congress Approves MANPADS; Long Battle for Mosul

West Aleppo celebrated as the Syrian forces took Old Aleppo, the rebel stronghold in the East Aleppo pocket, and more in our global news round-up.

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Aleppo City Military Map as of Dec. 4, 2016 (by Southfront)
05 Dec 2016

US Sidelined on Syria Solution; EU Offers Cash for Concessions; Rebels Refuse to Surrender

US, Britain and France try to force ceasefire in East Aleppo, 60% of which has been recaptured, and more in our global news round-up.

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Civilians fleeing East Aleppo. November, 2016. (by @C_Military1)
29 Nov 2016

Rebels Collapse in East Aleppo & Civilians Flee; Turkey’s Position Weakens; Diplomatic Emergency

Syrian coalition forces broke through to East Aleppo and recaptured territory, working with Kurdish YPG forces, and more in our global news round-up.

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Actor in White Helmets video, seems OK after all. Source: @Navsteva
24 Nov 2016

Video Shows White Helmets Staging Fake Rescue In Syria

Video of the controversial aid group Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets,” has leaked showing the staging of a fake rescue.

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt. October, 2016 (by US Navy)
23 Nov 2016

Green Berets Casualties in Jordan Story Disputed; Mosul Siege Completed; Another Zumwalt Breakdown

Next Cold War Roundup 11/23/16: The official story of how the 3 US Green Berets were killed in Jordan has been disputed. Iraqi militias completed the encirclement of Mosul. The USS Zumwalt broke down again in the Panama Canal. And more in our latest Next Cold War roundup… 3 Green

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
17 Nov 2016

Foreign Policy Names Floated By Trump Transition Undermine Campaign Promises

While no official nominations or appointments have been made, that these people are even being considered is arguably a betrayal of Trump’s campaign promise.

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