The Dissenter

"March For Our Lives" at Democratic National Convention on July 25 (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian)
31 Jul 2016

The DNC, ‘Lesser Evilism’ And Defying the Democratic Party Establishment

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was an extravagant spectacle of manufacturing consent to create the perception there is now unity around Hillary Clinton. In particular, protesting Bernie Sanders delegates were suppressed with actions intended to enforce conformity and silence. There were whips marching up and down the aisles to

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Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Photo by Disney ABC on Flickr.
29 Jul 2016

Clinton Cut Sections From Her Historic DNC Speech, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, which were cut.

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"CODEPINKers join @ArielElyseGold after she disrupted @AmbDermer & chant "FREE PALESTINE!" thru halls of #DNCinPHL!" via CODEPINK on Twitter: https://twitter.com/codepink/status/758719058749497345
28 Jul 2016

Clinton Delegates Drown Out CODEPINK Activist Who Unfurls ‘Boycott Israel’ Banner

An activist from CODEPINK unfurled a “Boycott Israel” banner during NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s speech at DNC 2016 and was subsequently ejected from the arena.

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The 2016 Democratic National Convention was so stage-managed that signs handed out for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's speech matched the color of his tie.
28 Jul 2016

Democratic Convention Targets Delegates Holding Signs Which Stray From Party Line

Democratic Party personnel at the national convention are ejecting any Bernie Sanders delegates, who hold up signs not officially produced by the party.

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The Bullpen

Clinton campaign operative David Brock has close ties to partisan outlets, Blue Nation Review and Think Progress.
27 Jun 2016

Partisan Media Is Worthless

Social movements, not the work of political parties, are the key to forcing the powerful to make concessions.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during NBC Debate
22 Jun 2016

Poll: Half Of Bernie Sanders Supporters Will Not Vote For Hillary Clinton

According to respondents, the central issue was trust. Many Bernie Sanders supporters, like most Americans, do not find Hillary Clinton to be trustworthy.

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Bathroom server rack. Photo by termie on Flickr.
20 Jun 2016

DNC Hack Reveals Clinton Support, More Files Sent To Wikileaks

It appears the actual culprit behind the computer hacking of the Democratic National Committee is a lone hacker using the name “Guccifer 2.0.”

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Sharp Edges

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr
02 Jun 2016

New York Magazine Profile Desperately Tries To Humanize Hillary Clinton

Rebecca Traister’s profile of Hillary Clinton is a lengthy and desperate attempt to humanize the former Secretary of State.

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Presidential Campaign New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton gives speech to supporters after conceding to Bernie Sanders in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr
01 Jun 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 1: Death By Election

On this inaugural episode, Roqayah and Kumars discuss long-suffering Hillary Clinton supporters on college campuses, liberal defenses of Clinton and Democrats, and much more!

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Verizon labor striker. Photo by modernsara on Flickr
31 May 2016

If You Appreciate How ‘Sharp Edges’ Takes On Dominant Narratives

Sharp Edges has introduced readers to third party voters oft-ignored for the sake of spoiler mythology, as well as third party campaigns.

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Former President Bill Clinton and Center For American Progress President Neera Tanden. PHOTO CREDIT: Ralph Alswang Photographer 202-487-5025 ralph@ralphphoto.com www.ralphphoto.com
23 May 2016

The Bruenig Firing: ‘Civility’ As A Tool To Control Political Dissent

There is nothing civil about the political process, and it’s about time we make this clear.

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The Next Cold War

Composite photo: The official emblem of NATO at www.nato.int, Public Domain. Photo of explosion over Nagasaki, Japan. By Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack. - http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos/images/ww2-163.jpg National Archives image (208-N-43888), Public Domain
14 Jul 2016

NATO’s Aggression Puts World On Edge, Former Commander Plotted Against Obama

Another round of provocative military exercises on Russia’s border by NATO has raised fears of a nuclear war in Europe.

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NATO Warsaw Summit. July, 2016 (by NATO)
13 Jul 2016

Nuclear Brinkmanship With Russia And Drumbeat For War With Iran

Various foreign policy realists in the US believe that the communique issued by NATO at their Warsaw Summit is like a declaration of war against Russia.

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Banner depicts Tony Blair's bloody hands, from Stop the War Demonstration, QEII Conference Centre, London. (Photo by lewishamdreamer on Flickr)
11 Jul 2016

US Sends More Troops To Iraq As Chilcot Report Shows War Based On Lies

While the Obama Administration is sending troops to Iraq for a new war, the Iraq War of 2003 has been revisited in the UK in an exhaustive report.

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Prison Protest

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
12 Feb 2016

Texas Lowers Childcare Standards To Keep Private Family Detention Centers Open

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly lowered standards for licensing childcare facilities, allowing family detention centers to stay open.

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President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.

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Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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