The Dissenter

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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Julian Assange | Photo by 
Cancillería del Ecuador
06 Jan 2017

WikiLeaks Is What It Is Today Because Of U.S. Government And Media

If anonymous officials are right and WikiLeaks knows the Kremlin used them to undermine a U.S. election, then the government and press bear some responsibility.

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05 Jan 2017

Water Protector Who Confronted Armed DAPL Contractor Bailed Out After Turning Himself Into Authorities

A Standing Rock water protector was bailed out of jail hours after turning himself into the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

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Prison Protest

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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File: A doctor's station in a hospital. Multiple lawsuits accuse an Advanced Correctional Healthcare doctor of negligence toward incarcerated patients. (Morguefile)
22 Sep 2016

Notorious County Jail And Contractor Sued Again For Denying Inmate Treatment For Alcohol Withdrawal

The case of Roy Davis follows a pattern of misconduct by officials at Madison County Jail and those working for Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

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Photo: @GarrettGraham1
21 Sep 2016

Massive Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Expands To 46 Facilities

A prison strike against slave labor that is entering its third week has expanded to 46 facilities, with multiple lockdowns reported.

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Children gather around a sculpture of a fist at the FICPFM conference in Oakland. Photo by Victoria Nam.
15 Sep 2016

‘It’s All By Force’: Formerly Incarcerated People Speak Out On Prison Reform

Formerly incarcerated leaders of the criminal justice movement share their perspectives on reform during a national conference in Oakland, California.

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Graffiti from a solidarity action in Oakland, California (Photo by @lrsphm)
12 Sep 2016

Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Spreads To At Least Twelve States

Years of prisoner organizing and resistance culminated on September 9, as a national labor strike against slave-like conditions escalated.

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
07 Sep 2016

Changes To Federal Solitary Confinement Rules Modestly Improve Cruel Conditions

The Bureau of Prisons changed its policies governing Special Management Units in federal prisons, but they are unlikely to meaningfully improve living conditions.

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The Bullpen

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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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New York Times building. Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid on Flickr.
14 Nov 2016

New York Times To ‘Rededicate’ Itself To Journalism After Election Fail

If the New York Times and mainstream media have any hope of regaining their credibility, they have to come clean about their own agenda

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Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
09 Nov 2016

Trump’s Economic Program Set For Rough Reality

Trump will have to rely on deregulation, repealing Obamacare, and gains from America First trade policies to drive the world’s largest economy into historically high growth.

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Giant Meteor 2016. Image via Reddit. Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/ImagesOfThe2010s/comments/4lty3y/giant_meteor_2016/
07 Nov 2016

Election 2016: The Candidates Make Their Closing Arguments

On the eve of election day, we look at the four major campaign’s closing arguments—what their candidacies represent and their visions for America.

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Composite photo. William J. Clinton at the Parliament in London, United Kingdom, November 29 [1995]. (Wikimedia Commons). Teneo Logo.
02 Nov 2016

Clinton Network Concerned About Teneo’s Consulting Behavior

In emails published by WikiLeaks, Chelsea Clinton said Teneo’s involvement in the MF Global scandal was not the first time the firm had been a problem.

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Screenshot of Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon's profile on LinkedIn.
31 Oct 2016

Leaked Email Shows Department of Justice Coordinating With Clinton Campaign

It appears that political appointees like Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others at the Justice Department put pressure on the FBI to protect Clinton.

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Sharp Edges

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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Photo by coppet marcel on Flickr.
11 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 20: The Forgotten War in Yemen

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars speak with Afrah Nasser, an independent Yemeni journalist and blogger.

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Eman Abdelhadi, labor organizer and queer Muslim.
10 Oct 2016

Interview: Eman Abdelhadi, Labor Organizer And Queer Muslim

In the aftermath of the attack at the Pulse nightclub, Eman Abdelhadi, a queer Muslim, saw an opportunity to challenge the erasure of LGBT Muslims.

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Still from broadcast of 2016 Presidential Town Hall on October 9.
10 Oct 2016

Trump And Clinton Believe Muslims Have A Duty To Spy On Their Community

Gorbah Hamed asked the candidates how they’ll help Muslims “deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election is over?”

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Youth delegation participants observed a protest at a military base on March 27. Diego Alejandro's sign reads: "I don't want them to FORCE us to walk through minefields and swim in rivers of blood. I want to be FREE and follow my conscience." Photo by FOR-USA Fellowship of Reconciliation.
06 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 19: A Tenuous Peace for Colombia

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars cover the shocking rejection of a peace deal negotiated between the Colombian government and communist FARC rebels.

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Muaz Zekeria, a video game enthusiast and writer, discusses his experiences as a black Muslim in the gaming industry. Still from "Islam In America."
04 Oct 2016

Interview: Muaz Zekeria, Black Muslim Gamer and Freelance Writer

In her first profile for “Islam In America,” Roqayah Chamseddine speaks with Muaz Zekeria about his experiences as a Black Muslim in the gaming industry.

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The Next Cold War

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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The American flag blows in the wind as the moon rises over Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. (Senior Airman Dennis Sloan on Flickr)
10 Nov 2016

America Votes Against Empire

The American people made their choice to begin disentangling ourselves from foreign quagmires and focus our energy on improving our own country.

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"13 yo Mohamed, IDP from #Saada, broke his leg walking thru a field of #Cluster submunition in #Safra #YemenCrisis" — Photos via Rasha Mohamed (@RashaMoh2) on Twitter. Original: https://twitter.com/RashaMoh2/status/618418289190940672
03 Nov 2016

US Condemnation Of Yemen Slaughter Backfires As World Blames US

Following its official condemnation, activists point to the United States’ role providing Saudis with weapons used to bomb civilians and damage the food supply.

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US Air Force Colonel and Iraqi Air Force chief of staff at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq. October, 2016. (by US Army Lt. Johnson)
01 Nov 2016

Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul; Rebels Launch Offensive in Aleppo; Turkish Forces on Borders

Next Cold War Roundup 11/1/16: Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul and are advancing rapidly. Russia continues a halt on airstrikes in Aleppo as rebels led by al Qaeda launched an offensive in Aleppo. Turkey masses forces on borders. Experts warn of open-ended conflict with Russia. US politicians continue

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Michael Weiss. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MbRvqr34UM
27 Oct 2016

Neoconservative Michael Weiss Says He Knows More Than All The Generals About Syria

With the prospect of a true warmonger set to take the White House, neoconservatives are getting positively aroused by the thought of more US intervention.

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Sec. Defense Ash Carter with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, Oct. 25, 2016, (DoD photo by AF Tech. Sgt. Brantley)
25 Oct 2016

Carter Botches Iraq-Turkey Mediation on Mosul, Russia Halts Aleppo Airstikes for 7th Day

Next Cold War Roundup 10/25/16 Iraqi coalition advancement on Mosul continues. Sec. Defense Carter intervened between Turkey and Iraq and made matters worse. ISIS militants flee Mosul to Syria. The Economist signals western factions want them to have a safe corridor. The Russian air force monitors and pledges to strike them.

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