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The Dissenter

27 Feb 2019

Listen To CNN Correspondent’s McCarthyist Interview With Rania Khalek And Maffick Media’s Chief Operating Officer

The above is audio of the full and uncut interview that CNN correspondent Drew Griffin conducted with journalist Rania Khalek and J. Ray Sparks, Maffick Media’s chief operating officer. Facebook suspended the pages of In The Now, a Russia-backed project that produces videos that cover climate change, history, politics, and

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Screenshot of Senator Bernie Sanders speaking at a CNN Town Hall.
26 Feb 2019

Why Bernie Sanders’ Statements On Venezuela Are Crucial To Efforts To Defeat Trump

If Sanders and like-minded Democrats expect to succeed in their “political revolution,” they have to boldly stand up to Trump’s regime change agenda in Venezuela.

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25 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Guns’ By Quelle Chris

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Quelle Chris is a Detroit-based indie rapper who is known for his eclectic brand of socially conscious hip-hop. In 2018, he and his partner Jean Grae released the well-received “Everything’s Fine,” which was one of the best protest albums

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23 Feb 2019

Trump Administration Escalates Regime Change Operation Against Venezuela With Forced ‘Humanitarian Aid Delivery’

The United States government, with the support of Latin American governments in countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Chile, escalated a regime change operation against Venezuela by attempting to force the delivery of “humanitarian aid.” Opposition groups targeted three border bridges that Venezuelan government forces had no trouble defending, which was

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Prison Protest

18 Feb 2015

Former State Department Adviser Prosecuted for Leak Recounts How His Life Was Utterly Destroyed

Former State Department adviser Stephen Kim, who was prosecuted and sent to jail after pleading guilty to violating the Espionage Act, has confessed that the United States government effectively destroyed his reputation, wrecked his marriage, jeopardized his relationship with family members and transformed him into “property of the state.”

Kim was sentenced to 13 months in prison on April 2, 2014, after he accepted a plea deal. He reported to the Cumberland minimum-security camp a few months later.A major story by journalist Peter Maass for The Intercept features the first public statements from Kim on what he experienced. His statements remind one of the ruthless Espionage Act prosecutions against former NSA senior officer Thomas Drake and former CIA officer John Kiriakou.

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18 Feb 2015

Report: Incarcerated People More Likely to Suffer from Chronic Illness and Infectious Disease Than Public

The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new report (PDF) this month on the health of incarcerated people in state and federal lock-ups from 2011-12. The study focused on both prisoners (i.e. people serving longer sentences) and jail inmates (i.e. people awaiting trial or serving shorter sentences), and found they were not only more likely to have had chronic medical conditions and/or infectious disease than the general population, but were also often denied prescription medication after admission. The report also mentions that incarcerated women and prisoners over 50 suffered at disproportionately higher rates from chronic and infectious medical conditions than the rest of the population.

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17 Feb 2015

In New York City, Ending Youth Solitary Confinement Comes With A Complicated Price Tag

Under Mayor de Blasio’s new preliminary budget, 282 correction officers would be brought on to oversee New York City’s juvenile prisoners as funding for staff and alternative programming doubles to $25.3 million in 2016 — the year NYC is scheduled to end solitary confinement for 18-21 year olds. The mayor’s

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16 Feb 2015

New Wrongful Death Lawsuit Raises More Questions About Coming Rikers Island Reforms

Over 40% of Rikers inmates have diagnosed mental illness, and Offley and Ballard are just two of far too many people who have been maimed or killed by the prison’s pathetic delivery of medical care. Corizon has lied to families of deceased Rikers inmates, and is under scrutiny in other states for similar misconduct.

How many more reasons will the city need before it is willing to re-assess its relationship with Corizon and take prisoners out of harms way?

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07 Feb 2015

Conflict of Interest Brewing as Ohio Confronts Prison Overcrowding

Ohio’s prison system is facing a severe overcrowding crisis. With facilities hovering around 130% capacity, prison chief Gary Mohr considered declaring an overcrowding emergency for the first time in the state’s history. This would have granted early release to prisoners nearing the end of their sentences, but those plans were inexplicably scuttled less than a month

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28 Jan 2015

Report: For-Profit Medical Provider Killed Mentally Ill Inmate in Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island

The New York State Commission on Correction released a new report this week, detailing the findings from its investigation into the horrific and preventable death of mentally ill black inmate, Bradley Ballard. Ballard was left in his cell for six days straight in September, 2013. Guards shut the water off to his cell for over four

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The Bullpen

28 May 2015

Team Clinton Worried Sanders Will Make Hillary ‘Look Like A Corporatist’

Hillary Clinton and her supporters fear a contest of ideas – the neoliberal ideology she and her husband are closely associated with is very unpopular.

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27 May 2015

Mary Landrieu Bows To The Inevitable, Becomes DC Lobbyist

Former US Senator Mary Landrieu, who spent a long and undistinguished political career shilling for the energy industry, has joined DC lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman and will focus on serving the firm’s energy clients. Though Landrieu is banned from lobbying her former colleagues in Congress until 2017, she is

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26 May 2015

Malaysia’s Human Trafficking Problem Complicating TPP

Malaysian officials find 139 suspected graves in abandoned camps used by human traffickers http://t.co/LubduyHOhs pic.twitter.com/yTuwiUwxep — CBS News (@CBSNews) May 25, 2015 Though the US Senate was perfectly willing to surrender some sovereignty to forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), human rights advocates were able to insert a provision into the

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25 May 2015

Pentagon Document Shows US Knew Syria Strategy Would Aid Rise Of ISIS

After takeover of Palmyra, ISIS has executed hundreds, including about a dozen children http://t.co/9GQpSj9K04 pic.twitter.com/0B5OsHGzq1 — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 25, 2015 A newly declassified document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2012 reveals the US government’s understanding that the policy it was pursuing in Syra would foster

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22 May 2015

US Sending Weapons To Iraq To Use Against Weapons US Previously Sent To Iraq

Pentagon: Fall of Ramadi to ISIS a 'failure of leadership' http://t.co/vMlhFu1tb2 pic.twitter.com/9uMjBZxb86 — The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2015 It’s almost like war is a business. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the United States would be sending 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq. While the Department of Defense emphasized

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21 May 2015

Wall Street Trading ‘Cartel’ Warned Initiates ‘Mess This Up And Sleep With One Eye Open’

Ahead of today's rate rigging settlement, @GeigerWire got @bsurveillance up to speed: http://t.co/ZIovgDJ1Iq #Libor pic.twitter.com/IPw8jXFtVz — David Meyers (@davidfmeyers) May 20, 2015 Yesterday the Department of Justice announced guilty pleas from Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan and the Royal Bank of Scotland for manipulating international currency markets. The banks also agreed to

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