The Dissenter

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announcing indictments of 13 Russian nationals (Screen shot from C-SPAN broadcast).
16 Feb 2018

Mueller Indictment Part Of Cycle Of Information Warfare And Election Meddling Between U.S. And Russia

The Mueller indictment is part of an ongoing cycle of information warfare and election interference between the United States and Russia that goes back decades.

Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
15 Feb 2018

Appeals Court: Trump’s Anti-Muslim Comments Continue To Taint Travel Ban

Yet another federal appeals court, the Fourth Circuit, ruled against President Donald Trump’s travel ban against Muslims.

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13 Feb 2018

US Intelligence Invites Citizens To Dismiss Dissent As Part Of Russia’s Efforts To Undermine Midterm Elections

U.S. intelligence claims Russia will likely target 2018 midterm elections by sowing political turmoil. So should all Americans be skeptical of dissent?

13 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Fight For You’ By Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is a Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese singer-songwriter. She garnered praise as well as awards for her protest song against the Dakota Access Pipeline, “In The River.” Last year, Zaragoza released an album, “Fight For You,” that contains multiple songs of protest. They draw inspiration from


Prison Protest

Victoria Law. Photo by Jen Cleary.
14 Sep 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 12: Incarcerated Women Resist feat. Victoria Law

Victoria Law joins Beyond Prisons to discuss her work with imprisoned women and her book, “Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women.”

Krystal Rountree of IAMWE Prison Advocacy Network. Photo by Brian Sonenstein.
05 Sep 2017

America Is Still A Slave Nation: Massive Abolitionist Gathering Held In Washington, D.C.

As white nationalists in Charlottesville and Boston provoked large, and at times, violent demonstrations, what may have been the largest gathering of abolitionists in the nation’s history took place in Washington, D.C. The Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March was the first march on Washington in opposition to prison slavery

Max Parthas of New Abolitionists Radio delivers a speech at the Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 2017.
29 Aug 2017

It’s Not Mass Incarceration, But Slavery: Speech By Max Parthas At The Millions For Prisoners March

Max Parthas of New Abolitionists Radio urges Americans to call slavery what it is at the Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March in Washington, D.C.

10 Aug 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 11: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

We’re joined by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak: a national collective of incarcerated people who provide legal assistance behind bars.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
21 Jul 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 10: Demanding Human Rights At Vaughn feat. Emily Abendroth

On episode 10 of Beyond Prisons, we talk about Thomas Gordon, who is incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, a state prison in Delaware.

Crop of the cover of "Captive Nation." Photo of the Soledad Brothers being transported from court in 1970. Photo by Dan O'Neil.
29 Jun 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 9: Captive Nation feat. Dan Berger

Dan Berger joins episode 9 of Beyond Prisons to discuss his book, “Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era.”


Sharp Edges

22 Jan 2017

Women’s March Transcends Elite Feminism To Make Resounding Statement

The Women’s March on Washington—and the nearly 700 sister marches across the country born in solidarity—took place on January 21, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. In eight of the largest cities in the United States, at least 2.6 million people marched and rallied. There were countless

19 Jan 2017

Clinton Democrats In No Position To Call Themselves ‘The Resistance’

While Democrats marinated in the unverifiable news of President-elect Donald Trump’s “golden shower” dossier, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders put forward an amendment, which called for the establishment of a “deficit-neutral reserve fund” to “lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada. It was rejected, 52

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18 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 33: Building For Socialism

Roqayah and Kumars talk to two organizers from the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, the largest socialist organization in the United States.

Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
11 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 32: Jailed For Journalism

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Barrett Brown, a journalist and founder of Project PM, a crowd-sourced investigation into the cyber-military-industrial complex.

09 Jan 2017

Five Americans Who Benefited From Welfare Share Their Fears About Trump

President-elect Donald Trump, business tycoon and bureaucratic snake oil merchant, is no stranger to anti-poverty rhetoric. Bootstrap mythology makes up the very backbone of his political ideology. In his book “Time To Get Tough”, published in 2011, Trump described Bill Clinton’s abominable Welfare Reform Act of 1996 as a success,

"Palestine." Photo by MissyKel on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State

Kumars and Roqayah speak with Ali Abunimah about the Obama administration’s Israel-Palestine legacy and the movement for Palestinian human rights.


The Bullpen

09 Jan 2017

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive Involved In Emissions Scandal

The FBI arrested former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Schmidt was in charge of emissions compliance for Volkswagen and is believed to have participated in a scheme to fake emissions levels to meet U.S. government requirements for pollution. Volkswagen cheated U.S. emission

"Obama at Healthcare rally at UMD." Photo by Daniel Borman (dborman2) on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster

To understand how the Affordable Care Act never became popular, we need to understand two artificial constraints imposed by Obama that doomed it.

"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare?

Given President-elect Trump’s commitments and the popularity of Social Security and Medicare, will he go along with Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy the programs?

Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook's F8 Conference. Photo by Maurizio Pesce (pestoverde) on Flickr.
02 Jan 2017

Facebook Partners With Data Brokers For More Information On Users

People regularly ask how Facebook, with its massive data management costs, can offer its service for free. The answer is simple, the product is you.

31 Dec 2016

The One Who Never Got Away: Trader Vincent McCrudden’s Relentless Reckoning

In the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis many Americans looked for someone to blame. The official explanations came in waves. First there was the “these things just happen” story. It was essentially what Wall Street and Corporate America wanted people to believe, which the mainstream media (owned by them)

29 Dec 2016

Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daniel Wright runs down some of this week’s overlooked stories on labor, corporate crime, the military industrial complex, and money in politics.




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