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Sturgill Simpson (Photo by Vivian Wang)
28 Mar 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Call To Arms’ by Sturgill Simpson

This may be one of the more popular and well-known protest songs from 2016. It was performed on “Saturday Night Live” by Sturgill Simpson. The brass part for the song packs quite a punch and has a lot to do with why this antiwar song is such a rousing tune.

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Mnar Muhawesh (left), Rania Khalek (center), Abby Martin (right)
28 Mar 2017

Oregon State Student Group Stands Up For Arab Journalists Amidst Calls To Disinvite Them From Event

A student group hosting an event at Oregon State University on Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, refuses to disinvite two Arab journalists scheduled to speak.

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Creative Commons-licensed caricature by DonkeyHotey
26 Mar 2017

Interview WIth Mark Ames: The Unending Baffling Frenzy Over Trump, Putin, And Russia

For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Mark Ames, a journalist and co-host of the Radio War Nerd podcast. Ames also is the co-author of “The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia” and “Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion

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New York protest demands justice for Rasmea Odeh. Photo by Joe Catron (joegaza) on Flickr.
24 Mar 2017

In Political Prosecution, Palestinian American Organizer Accepts Plea Deal, Will Be Deported

Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh accepted a plea deal from the U.S. government. She’ll lose her citizenship, be deported, but serve no prison time.

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Prison Protest

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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Left to right: Free Alabama Movement’s James Plesant, Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council
04 Nov 2016

Alabama Prison Officials Retaliate Against Prison Strike Leader By Cutting Water To Cell

Advocates say prison officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Alabama turned off the water to Kinetik Justice Amun’s solitary cell after he initiated a hunger strike. Officials then transferred him to the Limestone Correctional Facility, which has a “behavioral modification program” known among prisoners as a “hot bay” dorm in which prisoners

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Photo from Bernalillo County Government in New Mexico
28 Oct 2016

For Incarcerated, Contraband Cell Phones Are Lifeline To Outside

Jails and prisons across the country struggle to tamp down the sale and use of contraband cell phones. But for many prisoners, especially those involved in the national prison strike against slave labor, access to such technology is considered a lifeline. Prisoners in Alabama, South Carolina, New York, and other states use contraband phones

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The Bullpen

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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Goldman Sachs and Bank of America stock. Source: Marketwatch
05 Dec 2016

Wall Street Doesn’t Believe Donald Trump Will Push His Platform

Wall Street doesn’t believe Trump is going to actually deliver on his promises, that the platform was bullshit, and that no bank breakup is coming

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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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Sharp Edges

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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Devyn Springer
20 Nov 2016

Interview: Devyn Springer, Queer Black Muslim, On Homophobia In Islamic Spaces

In the first part of a three-part video from Roqayah Chamseddine’s “Islam In America” project, Devyn Springer talks about homophobia in Islamic spaces.

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Photo by Cory Doctorow on Flickr.
18 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 25: Don’t Get Caught

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars speak with Freddy Martinez, a computer security researcher and activist specializing in communications security and police accountability.

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Photo by IoSonoUnaFotoCamera.
09 Nov 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 24: President Trump

We have on @BrettPain and @MurderBryan from Street Fight Radio to discuss what’s next for those of us on the left following this absolutely crushing defeat.

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The Next Cold War

Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
13 Feb 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 8: The Neocons In The Trump Era Feat. Robbie Martin

Dan and Joanne interview filmmaker Robbie Martin about the future of the neoconservatives now that the candidate they lined up against has become president.

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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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