The Dissenter

Still frame from video of Bill Clinton's speech at Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
07 Apr 2016

Bill Clinton Says Black Lives Matter Protesters Defend Gang Leaders, Crack Dealers

Former President Bill Clinton accused protesters of defending gang leaders and crack dealers, who killed the black lives protesters say matter.

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Anas Elhady is "routinely asked about his religious beliefs and practices, what sect of Islam he belongs to, what mosque he prays in, among other things." Screenshot from video made by CAIR Michigan.
07 Apr 2016

American Muslims Treated As Second-Class Citizens And Placed On No Fly List File Lawsuit

The lawsuit demands redress for muslims placed on the No Fly List and “falsely stigmatized as ‘known or suspected’ terrorists.”

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Hillary Clinton on April 3, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America
06 Apr 2016

‘Disqualify’ And ‘Defeat’: Clinton Campaign Attacks Intensify To Halt Sanders’ Win Streak

Clinton would not escalate attacks if she was not worried she might be embarrassed and lose New York, and many of the other upcoming states.

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Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, March 31st 2016. Photo by Michael Vadon on Flickr.
05 Apr 2016

Democratic Party Myth That Nader Gave Us Iraq War Haunts 2016 Election

Ralph Nader’s candidacy is used to stifle discussion about how to democratize elections and supporting alternatives to the establishment’s chosen candidate.

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The Bullpen

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27 Mar 2016

Report: 74% Of Billionaire Wealth From Rent-Seeking

A new report offers a breathtaking estimate of how the rich have gotten richer: 74% of billionaire wealth was gained through socially useless activity.

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No Union Busting sign by Chicago's IWW Freshii Workers Union (Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil on Flickr)
23 Mar 2016

New Transparency Rule On Union-Busting Consultants Finalized

A new Labor Department rule announced today will force management to disclose more information about so-called “persuaders.”

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a magazine cover featuring himself while at a campaign stop at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo by Matt A.J. on Flickr.
21 Mar 2016

Is Donald Trump Actually A Fascist?

The entire Republican identity-politics-abstraction complex has been shattered by Donald Trump.

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The Next Cold War

Vulture getting ready to strike. (by Dmitri Markine, CC BY 3.0)
07 Apr 2016

#PanamaPapers Clear the Way for Technocratic Government in Ukraine, Let the Economic Reform Begin

Next Cold War Roundup 4/7/16 Ukraine president Poroshenko may have been the primary target of the #PanamaPapers.  Pentagon announces it may open more new US bases i Iraq or reopen old ones. US Pacific Commander wants to get more aggressive with China as the White House told officers to tone

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Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Sec. of Defense Ash Carter, Gen. Joseph Votel and Gen. Raymond Thomas. March, 2016. (DoD)
06 Apr 2016

21 Generals in Iraq, Syrian Ceasefire Crumbling, Libyan Tripoli Government Cedes Power

Next Cold War Roundup 4/6/16 Fighting in Syria between rebels who were covered by the ceasefire agreement who have joined with al Qaeda and the Syrian coalition continues into this week, straining ceasefire agreement to the point where many think it is over. Peace talks are set to resume next

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05 Apr 2016

Commerce Secretary Highlights ‘Commercial Diplomacy’ To Push US Tech

Commercial diplomacy strongly resembles the Public Diplomacy 2.0 dynamic between the US government and tech firms detailed in Julian Assange’s book.

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Prison Protest

File: An empty prison cell surrounded by bars in historic Robben Island prison, South Africa. (Flickr / Michael Coghlan)
31 Dec 2015

Every Four Days Someone In A UK Prison Takes Their Own Life

The latest figures, released by Inquest, reveal there have been 229 deaths in British prisons since the beginning of 2015.

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Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
14 Nov 2015

LISTEN: Mary Buser’s “Lockdown On Rikers” Chat

A conversation between Brian Sonenstein and Mary E. Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers” about solitary confinement and mental health on NYC’s jail island.

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Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky (Google Maps)
12 Nov 2015

Appeals Court Finds Jail Medical Contractor ‘Recklessly Indifferent’ In Young Inmate’s Death

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a case involving private inmate medical contractor Southern Health Partners (SHP), finding the company was recklessly indifferent to the medical needs of a 25-year-old at the Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky. The lawsuit [PDF], brought by the administratrix of

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Activists holding a "Campaign To Shut Down Rikers" banner are escorted out of a recent DOC meeting where officials asked to delay changes to solitary confinement. (Screenshot from Twitter video by @ShutDownRikers)
11 Nov 2015

New York City Postpones Elimination Of Solitary Confinement For Young Adults

New York City’s Board of Correction voted on Tuesday to delay the elimination of solitary confinement for young adults until the end of February 2016.

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