The Dissenter

11 May 2021

Whistleblower Craig Murray Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison Over His Reporting On Former Scottish First Minister’s Trial

The following was originally published as part of The Dissenter Newsletter. Former UK diplomat-turned whistleblower Craig Murray was sentenced to eight months in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh for contempt of court resulting from his coverage of the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. A three-judge panel

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05 May 2021

Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Detained At Facility Where Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide

A federal judge ordered drone whistleblower Daniel Hale’s arrest, and United States authorities took him into custody after a judge concluded he violated the terms of his supervised release.

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03 May 2021

US Government Marks World Press Freedom Day By Ignoring Their Attacks On Press Freedom

Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked World Press Freedom Day by calling attention to governments that are “becoming less transparent” and “more repressive.” “Some governments incarcerate journalists, harass them, target them for violence,” Blinken stated. “Some use other, more subtle [methods] like mandating professional licenses for journalists and using endless

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28 Apr 2021

Credit Suisse Faces Renewed Push To Investigate Whistleblower Claims They Violated Plea Deal

Credit Suisse, a financial services firm headquartered in Switzerland, violated the terms of a 2014 plea agreement, but the Justice Department under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump declined to punish the investment bank. Former Credit Suisse bankers blew the whistle on the firm’s use of sham companies, foundations, and

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22 Apr 2021

Dissenter Weekly: Attack Against British Oil Industry Whistleblower Escalates

In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola covers a British oil industry whistleblower in Croatia who was taken by police to a psychiatric hospital against his will.

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21 Apr 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘It’s Been Burning For A While’ By Chris Pierce

Singer-songwriter Chris Pierce highlights this long history of violence against black people is highlighted by singer-songwriter tune, “It’s Been Burning for a While.” The song first premiered on the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and it linked the events of the summer of 2020 with the dark past.

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Prison Protest

Bio photos of Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar
08 Sep 2020

Beyond Prisons Podcast: Prison By Any Other Name Feat. Maya Schenwar & Victoria Law

We discuss the fundamental issues with reform & the co-optation of abolitionist demands, how electronic monitoring denies people’s basic needs while shifting the costs of incarceration from the government onto the individual, why community policing is anti-community, and more.

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NYPD Police Car (School Safety). Photo by Can Pac Swire on Flickr.
20 Aug 2020

Students Victimized By Police Are Conflicted Over NYPD Presence In Their Schools

Students see police as a source of violence and their only protection against it—a contradiction underscoring the need for new school safety models.

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13 Aug 2020

Beyond Prisons Podcast: An Abolitionist Focus Is A Feminine Focus Feat. Dr. Venezia Michalsen

Dr. Venezia Michalsen, an intersectional feminist criminologist, joins Kim Wilson to discuss gender and imprisonment, reentry, and the criminalization of women’s survival strategies.

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Credit: Dylan RodrĂ­guez
05 Aug 2020

Beyond Prisons: Dylan RodrĂ­guez, Part II: Police Accountability Is Casualty Management

This is the second part of Beyond Prisons’ two-part conversation with professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan RodrĂ­guez.

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Credit: Dylan RodrĂ­guez
30 Jul 2020

Beyond Prisons: Abolition Is Our Obligation feat. Dylan RodrĂ­guez

Professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan Rodríguez joins Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein on an episode of the Beyond Prisons podcast. 

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29 Jul 2020

For Black & Pink Organizers, Decarceration Must Grapple With Constant Violence Against LGBTQ+ People

Adam Mahoney profiles leadership of Black & Pink, a national abolitionist organization dismantling the carceral system and the harms caused to LGBTQ+ people.

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The Bullpen

29 Oct 2018

Democrats’ Attempt To Trick Progressives When Drafting Obamacare May Help Trump Ruin Law

Known as “state innovation waiver,” Trump is seizing upon provision in Obamacare, which Democrats added to dupe progressives into voting for the ACA.

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Photo via University of Michigan Medical School Information Services on Flickr.
17 Sep 2018

What The U.S. Could Do If So Much Money Wasn’t Wasted On Health Care

It is almost impossible to wrap one’s head around the amount of money the United States wastes on health care. Here are some ways that money could be better spent.

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Photo by Hloom Templates on Flickr.
22 Aug 2018

Taxes And Provider Pay: Two Challenges The Single-Payer Movement Must Address

If efforts to pass Medicare for All are ever going to succeed, supporters are going to have to get serious about addressing two big political hurdles.

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Mar-a-Lago. Photo by Wally Gobetz on Flickr.
02 Jul 2018

How President Trump Has Used Mar-a-Lago to Boost His Personal Business

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort has hosted political speeches, social events, and more, raising concerns he is exploiting public office to boost business.

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20 Jun 2018

Seattle Activists Regroup After Amazon, Other Corporations Defeat Tax To Fund Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant and activist organizations regroup after head tax on Amazon and other large corporations was repealed.

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President Donald J. Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan | December 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
17 May 2018

Corporations Spend Very Few Savings From Tax Cuts On Workers, Data Shows

Despite the corporate washing of Trump’s tax cut, data shows the windfall of money corporations are receiving from the tax cuts is not going to workers.

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