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The Dissenter

Creative Commons Photo from Marquette University
11 Sep 2016

What If America Happened To Forget The September 11th Attacks?

“Never Forget” is supposedly a pledge to not allow the deaths on 9/11 to be in vain, but it’s not as if the US has honored their sacrifice by consulting history.

Photo from DonkeyHotey
11 Sep 2016

Criminal Justice Debt: Forcing Poor Black Americans To Pay For Their Incarceration

Donna Murch outlines brutal system where black Americans are criminalized and forced to pay for their punishment while incarcerated.

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
09 Sep 2016

‘I Need Help’: Chelsea Manning Launches Hunger Strike

Chelsea Manning has launched a hunger strike that she says will last until the military and US government stop bullying her and give her the help she needs.

Jill Stein speaks during a press conference in South Austin (Photo by Kevin Gosztola)
09 Sep 2016

Jill Stein At Chicago Rally: The Real Criminals Are Those Behind Dakota Access Pipeline

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein stopped in Chicago days after showing solidarity with indigenous Americans fighting Dakota Access Pipeline.


Prison Protest

Bernie Sanders (Creative Commons Photo by Benjamin Kerensa)
20 Feb 2016

Bernie Sanders Is Rarely Disloyal to Democrats

On a few recent occasions, Senator Sanders has been instrumental in securing important political victories for the White House at the public’s expense.

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.

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.

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

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

Supreme Court
26 Jan 2016

Juveniles In Prison For Life Without Parole Given New Hope For Freedom

The United States Supreme Court determined juvenile offenders serving life sentences for homicides without parole should be granted the opportunity to “show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption.” The decision clarified a ruling issued in the 2012 case Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited life without parole sentences for juveniles who


The Bullpen

Still from Brave New Films' "War On Whistleblowers"
13 Jun 2016

Hillary Clinton Broke Laws Obama Has Been Prosecuting People For Breaking

If Hillary Clinton were a low-level state department official, is there any way she would not already be indicted?

Still image from CSPAN recording of Bernie Sanders speech on the evening of the June 7 primary election.
08 Jun 2016

Hillary Clinton Claims Nomination Win, Bernie Sanders Supporters Boo

The crowd at Sanders’ rally had a negative reaction to Trump that was equal to (if not exceeded by) their reaction to the mention of Clinton’s name.

Screen shot from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' page for "Panama Papers" project (https://panamapapers.icij.org/)
06 Jun 2016

Panama Papers: Rich Americans Used Law Firm To Evade Tax Laws Too

Though the initial stories on the massive leak of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca—popularly known as the Panama Papers—focused on non-American political and economic figures, continued investigations and reporting have revealed some noteworthy American clients. On Sunday, The New York Times published a story linking Mossack Fonseca to rich

Composite photo of Donald Trump (photo by Gage Skidmore) and Bill Clinton (photo by Eric Austin)
02 Jun 2016

Is There Any Attack On Donald Trump That Doesn’t Apply To Bill Clinton?

Every weapon the Clinton campaign cranks out with which to attack Donald Trump draws blood on both sides, and typically for the same reason—Bill Clinton.

Screen shot of IMF report on neoliberalism showing Chile stock exchange.
01 Jun 2016

IMF Blames Neoliberalism For Low Growth And Increased Inequality

A new paper from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a pillar of neoliberal globalization and neo-colonial domination of the developing world, takes a rhetorical shot at the very system it perpetuates. The paper, titled “Neoliberalism: Oversold?,” is published in the June 2016 issue of the IMF’s official journal, “Finance &

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo by Karen Murphy on Flickr
30 May 2016

Corruption Investigation Into Terry McAuliffe Connects To Hillary Clinton

An FBI investigation into campaign donations received by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for his 2013 campaign for governor connects to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The donations in question involve a Chinese businessman and delegate for Chinese Communist Party named Wang Wenliang. Wenliang, despite being a Chinese citizen, donated $120,000


Sharp Edges

Laquan McDonald Black Friday Mag Mile Protest March. Following the November 27th protest march down Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile) for Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times & killed by a Chicago Police Officer who has since been charged. Protests erupted after video of the incident was released to the public. Photo by kgnixer on Flickr.
08 Jun 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 2: Learning To Fight

To teach us how to fight, we invite on our first guest ever, Mariame Kaba, though most of you know her as @prisonculture on Twitter.

Verizon strikers in Herald Square, New York City. Photo by otto-yamamoto on Flickr
06 Jun 2016

Verizon Workers Show Making Demands And Threatening Bottom Line Can Lead To Victory

When the individual worker bands together with others, they will not only make impressive gains. They will inspire others to take action as well.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

NATO Warsaw Summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Barack Obama. July, 2016 (by NATO)
08 Jul 2016

At Warsaw Summit, NATO Takes Control of Nukes. Putin: “This is Not a Defense System”

Next Cold War Roundup 7/8/16 The highly contentious NATO Summit in Warsaw begins today with ceremony, bilateral meetings and expert forums. The national stadium in Warsaw will be used as a venue. The main topics will be the “triple threat” of Russia, Brexit and the problems in the southern NATO

A Very Heavy Agenda
07 Jul 2016

Interview: A Very Heavy Agenda 3

Filmmaker Robbie Martin talks about his research into the Kagan family and the larger history and dynamics of the neoconservative movement.

Free Syrian Army Division 16 in June, 2016 (from Division 16 Youtube channel)
05 Jul 2016

Amnesty Reported War Crimes by Syrian Rebels Backed by US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey

Amnesty International published an extensive report of war crimes by Syrian rebels in Aleppo and Idlib, backed by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.


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