The Dissenter

01 Mar 2018

Louisiana Officials Engaged In Surveillance Of Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental justice organization that advocates for communities most impacted by the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. It has fought construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge oil pipeline, and newly released documents indicate activists were targets of surveillance. The environmental justice organization and

28 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Cloud Of Hate’ by Superchunk

“I hope you die scared of all the kids that know the truth.” That line from the recently released Superchunk song “Cloud of Hate” sounds like it was written specifically to soundtrack the past two weeks in national headlines. Indeed, the song could have been written about the emerging youth

Reality Winner's home in Georgia. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
27 Feb 2018

In Reality Winner’s Case, Defense Seizes Upon FBI Testimony To Bolster Motion To Suppress Statements

FBI agents who questioned NSA contractor Reality Winner never told her she was “free to leave” while executing search warrants.

25 Feb 2018

Interview With Aaron Maté: Russiagate, Democrats, And Total Lack Of Skepticism Among US Press

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Aaron Maté to counter the media frenzy around Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into alleged election interference by Russia. Aaron Maté is a producer for The Real News and a contributor to The Nation. He recently wrote, “Hyping the


Prison Protest

16 Nov 2017

Woman Held At Private Immigrant Detention Center Alleges Sexual Assault By Guard

An incarcerated immigrant woman alleges guards sexually harassed and assaulted her and other women at a private immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas, and retaliated against those who spoke out. Twenty-three year old Laura Monterrosa is currently detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Photo by Devyn Springer
09 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 15: Hip Hop Scholarship feat. Devyn Springer (Part 2)

In part two of our interview, Devyn discusses hip hop scholarship as a liberatory approach to education, as well as his photography, writing, and poetry.

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07 Nov 2017

‘Don’t Do Drugs:’ Another Inmate Dies After Opioid Withdrawal Under Advanced Correctional Healthcare

The family of a deceased man who was incarcerated at Kentucky’s Bourbon County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, jail officials, and the private medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare. They allege “deliberate indifference” was shown to the man’s “obviously serious medical needs,” as he suffered from opioid

Photo by Devyn Springer
02 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 14: Mental Health And The Community feat. Devyn Springer (Part 1)

Artist, writer, and organizer Devyn Springer talks about his work with mental health response networks in Atlanta.

Photo via @Milli4Prisoners on Twitter.
30 Oct 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 13: The Crisis At McCormick Correctional Institution

Journalist Jared Ware interviewed people incarcerated at McCormick Correctional Institution regarding the ongoing crisis there for a special edition of Beyond Prisons.

Screen shot of a rejection letter sent to Workers World newspaper from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Photo via Central PA Antifa on Facebook.
03 Oct 2017

Facing Backlash, Pennsylvania Prison Officials Change Reason For Rejecting Newspaper Against White Supremacy

Pennsylvania prison officials claim they rejected an issue of Workers World Newspaper from reaching incarcerated subscribers on the grounds that it contained literal calls to violence in opposition to white supremacy. The department originally blocked the issue because it included “articles that call for people to join the fight against


Sharp Edges

Photo by Bread For The World (breadfortheworld) on Flickr
02 Mar 2017

Immigrant Solidarity Requires Valuing Life Above Labor

The way forward isn’t campaigns drawing on cases of immigrants serving the needs of Americans, but a strategy that demands we recognize people as they come.

21 Feb 2017

Facing Repercussions, High School Students Defy Administrators And Walk Out For Immigrant Rights

The fallout from last week’s “Day Without Immigrants,” which saw restaurant and daycare employees strike across the United States, started immediately, with at least 100 people fired from their jobs. High school students faced the prospect of similar repercussions, but nonetheless, they recognized the power of protest and participated in

14 Feb 2017

‘They Deserve So Much’: Special Education Teacher On What DeVos Means For Students

The confirmation of charter school advocate and businesswoman Elisabeth DeVos as US Secretary of Education was arguably a massive blow against public education—with absolutely no background in education, 59-year-old DeVos, whose brother is the notorious mercenary Erik Prince, founder of US security firm Blackwater, will likely wreak havoc on a

Protesters speak out against Trump's Muslim ban at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
01 Feb 2017

Exposing The True Impact Of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Donate to fund Roqayah Chamseddine’s profiles of refugees, dual citizens, U.S. residents, and citizens impacted by Trump’s Muslim Ban.

29 Jan 2017

Iraqi Green Card Holder Afraid Trump’s Muslim Ban Will Force Him To Return To Iraq

Not long into his campaign, President Donald Trump stood before a roaring crowd and called for a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States. At the time, multiple polls showed a disturbing trend—that a substantive number of Americans supported a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Late January

Eugene Puryear speaks at the one year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Photo by Elvert Brown.
25 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 34: Socialism And Liberation

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Eugene Puryear, an organizer and founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.


The Bullpen

"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

18 Jan 2017

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is

16 Jan 2017

Trump’s Chief Of Staff Promises To Keep Entitlements But Obamacare Plan Unknown

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election. But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would

16 Jan 2017

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Jan 2017

Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality




Photo from secret, anonymous source: Jonathan Chait's tear-stained face
10 Feb 2016

The Night The Establishment Pundit Class Died

Anonymous, unnamed, unidentified, and unknown sources have given us the inside scoop on what happened to several establishment pundits last night.

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.

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

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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