The Dissenter

Lowkey | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
31 Jan 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by claiming only a very small percentage of innocent people were treated as terrorists while traveling so the outrage was overblown. He also justified the detention of a five year-old child, saying it would be wrong to assume

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Photo Credit: TarSandsBlockade.org
31 Jan 2017

FBI Rule Book Reveals Loopholes For Infiltrating Groups Protesting Pipelines

The FBI rule book reveals the gray areas, which informants and undercover agents may use when infiltrating religious and political organizations.

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Queer dance party in Philadelphia on January 25 (Photo by Meredith Nutting)
29 Jan 2017

One Week Of Resistance Against President Trump: Interview With Sarah Jaffe

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Sarah Jaffe, a journalist, Nation Institute fellow, and author of “Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt.” Jaffe talks with us about the first week of resistance against President Donald Trump. We discuss everything from the millions, who came out for the Women’s

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Photo by Michael Vadon
28 Jan 2017

Iranian Refugee: Trump’s Muslim Ban Stranded My Uncle, Green Card Holder, In Iran

Sahar is an Iranian refugee and citizen of the United States. Her family immigrated from Iran in 1998 when she was 10 years-old. Her uncle and his wife joined them three years ago, and they have lived together in the U.S. ever since. But now, President Donald Trump’s executive order

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Prison Protest

A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
29 Sep 2016

Why Women Joined—And Didn’t Join—One Of The Largest Prison Strikes In US History

The number of incarcerated women participating in a national prison strike launched on September 9 may be very small compared to the number of incarcerated men, however, their actions have been no less significant. “I would like you and supporters to know that there was a symbolic protest at Washington

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley tours Holman after multiple uprisings in March 2016. (Photo from Governor Bentley's office)
26 Sep 2016

Guards May Have Gone On Strike At Holman Correctional Facility In Alabama

The Free Alabama Movement put out a statement suggesting the guards at Holman correctional facility in Alabama went on strike.

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File: A doctor's station in a hospital. Multiple lawsuits accuse an Advanced Correctional Healthcare doctor of negligence toward incarcerated patients. (Morguefile)
22 Sep 2016

Notorious County Jail And Contractor Sued Again For Denying Inmate Treatment For Alcohol Withdrawal

The case of Roy Davis follows a pattern of misconduct by officials at Madison County Jail and those working for Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

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Photo: @GarrettGraham1
21 Sep 2016

Massive Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Expands To 46 Facilities

A prison strike against slave labor that is entering its third week has expanded to 46 facilities, with multiple lockdowns reported.

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Children gather around a sculpture of a fist at the FICPFM conference in Oakland. Photo by Victoria Nam.
15 Sep 2016

‘It’s All By Force’: Formerly Incarcerated People Speak Out On Prison Reform

Formerly incarcerated leaders of the criminal justice movement share their perspectives on reform during a national conference in Oakland, California.

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Graffiti from a solidarity action in Oakland, California (Photo by @lrsphm)
12 Sep 2016

Prison Strike Against Slave Labor Spreads To At Least Twelve States

Years of prisoner organizing and resistance culminated on September 9, as a national labor strike against slave-like conditions escalated.

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The Bullpen

Composite photo. William J. Clinton at the Parliament in London, United Kingdom, November 29 [1995]. (Wikimedia Commons). Teneo Logo.
02 Nov 2016

Clinton Network Concerned About Teneo’s Consulting Behavior

In emails published by WikiLeaks, Chelsea Clinton said Teneo’s involvement in the MF Global scandal was not the first time the firm had been a problem.

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Screenshot of Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon's profile on LinkedIn.
31 Oct 2016

Leaked Email Shows Department of Justice Coordinating With Clinton Campaign

It appears that political appointees like Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others at the Justice Department put pressure on the FBI to protect Clinton.

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Anti-TPP protest at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo by susanmelkisethian on Flickr.
26 Oct 2016

TPP: Leaked Emails Show Clinton Staff Unsure of Trade Positions In 2015

A recently released email shows Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook uncertain about her position less than a year before she reversed it.

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Hillary Clinton
26 Oct 2016

Goldman Sachs Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Hillary Clinton earned the endorsement of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein—an endorsement she had been working toward for years.

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Left: President Barack Obama (jmtimages on Flickr). Right: Daniel Tarullo (Wikipedia).
24 Oct 2016

Leaked Memo Shows Obama Advisors Playing Both Sides On AIG Bailout

In 2008, Obama’s economic advisor told John Podesta that the new president should not criticize the AIG bailout but also keep his distance from it.

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William J. Clinton (background, centre), United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti and former President of the United States of America, gives an interview outside the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince as a child badly injured in Haiti's earthquake (forefront) takes a nap. 18/Jan/2010. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi. www.un.org/av/photo/
19 Oct 2016

FOIA Records Reveal Clues About Clinton Corruption In Haiti

New documents from a Freedom of Information Act request reveal clues about what went wrong in the rebuilding effort after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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Sharp Edges

Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
19 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 21: Liberals For Trump

Roqayah and Kumars are joined once more by our friends Douglas Williams and Cato, two labor organizers who are the forces behind The South Lawn blog.

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Image from the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." Source: http://www.hacksawridge.movie/
17 Oct 2016

Film Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Captures Struggle To Show Mercy During War

Mel Gibson’s emotional film “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, and his fight not to carry a weapon on the battlefield.

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Photo by coppet marcel on Flickr.
11 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 20: The Forgotten War in Yemen

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars speak with Afrah Nasser, an independent Yemeni journalist and blogger.

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Eman Abdelhadi, labor organizer and queer Muslim.
10 Oct 2016

Interview: Eman Abdelhadi, Labor Organizer And Queer Muslim

In the aftermath of the attack at the Pulse nightclub, Eman Abdelhadi, a queer Muslim, saw an opportunity to challenge the erasure of LGBT Muslims.

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Still from broadcast of 2016 Presidential Town Hall on October 9.
10 Oct 2016

Trump And Clinton Believe Muslims Have A Duty To Spy On Their Community

Gorbah Hamed asked the candidates how they’ll help Muslims “deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election is over?”

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Youth delegation participants observed a protest at a military base on March 27. Diego Alejandro's sign reads: "I don't want them to FORCE us to walk through minefields and swim in rivers of blood. I want to be FREE and follow my conscience." Photo by FOR-USA Fellowship of Reconciliation.
06 Oct 2016

Delete Your Account – Episode 19: A Tenuous Peace for Colombia

On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars cover the shocking rejection of a peace deal negotiated between the Colombian government and communist FARC rebels.

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The Next Cold War

ISIS fighters in Palymyra. December, 2016. (from video released by Amaq)
12 Dec 2016

98% of East Aleppo Reclaimed; 100,000 Civilians Evacuated; Massive ISIS Attack on Palmyra

The Syrian coalition has recaptured some 98% of East Aleppo and SOHR said the battle is over, and more in our round-up of news from around the world.

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Screenshot of PropOrNot homepage
08 Dec 2016

PropOrNot Not Only Smears Journalists, But Adds Fuel To Next Cold War

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of American history knows the US intelligence services are not above targeting their own citizens for disinformation campaigns.

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Syrian "White Helmets" in their office in Turkey. December, 2016. (screenshot from AlJazeera video)
08 Dec 2016

Rebels Collapse; Kerry and Lavrov Wrangle; Congress Approves MANPADS; Long Battle for Mosul

West Aleppo celebrated as the Syrian forces took Old Aleppo, the rebel stronghold in the East Aleppo pocket, and more in our global news round-up.

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Aleppo City Military Map as of Dec. 4, 2016 (by Southfront)
05 Dec 2016

US Sidelined on Syria Solution; EU Offers Cash for Concessions; Rebels Refuse to Surrender

US, Britain and France try to force ceasefire in East Aleppo, 60% of which has been recaptured, and more in our global news round-up.

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Civilians fleeing East Aleppo. November, 2016. (by @C_Military1)
29 Nov 2016

Rebels Collapse in East Aleppo & Civilians Flee; Turkey’s Position Weakens; Diplomatic Emergency

Syrian coalition forces broke through to East Aleppo and recaptured territory, working with Kurdish YPG forces, and more in our global news round-up.

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Actor in White Helmets video, seems OK after all. Source: @Navsteva
24 Nov 2016

Video Shows White Helmets Staging Fake Rescue In Syria

Video of the controversial aid group Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets,” has leaked showing the staging of a fake rescue.

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