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The Dissenter

19 Jul 2011

How the US ‘War on Terror’ Impacts Women and Sexual Minorities

A government can say they are taking a holistic approach to something like the ‘war on terror’ but that does not mean that they are actually doing it. The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice has a new report out showing just how poorly the United States is doing in this area.

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19 Jul 2011

WSJ Editorial Staff Commits to Pathologically Lying About WikiLeaks & Phone Hacking Scandal

(photo: Stephen Cummings) (update below) The Wall Street Journal editorial staff has now officially committed to lying through their teeth about how the phone hacking scandal at News of the World is exactly like the New York Times, The Guardian and other newspapers working with WikiLeaks. Yesterday, the editorial staff

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18 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 18

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. All times are in EST. And, if you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email dissenter@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Atlanta City Council has okayed a measure that will bring Big Brother to Atlanta.

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18 Jul 2011

How the US ‘War on Terror’ Impacts Women and Sexual Minorities

(photo: Cover of new CHRGJ report on impact of US counter-terrorism policies on women, sexual minorities) Calling attention to how the US government’s counter-terrorism measures impact women and sexual minorities (those in the LGBTI community), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has released a report that suggests

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18 Jul 2011

How the US ‘War on Terror’ Impacts Women and Sexual Minorities

Calling attention to how the US government’s counter-terrorism measures impact women and sexual minorities (those in the LGBTI community), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has released a report that suggests the USG government cannot continue to claim it is taking a “holistic” approach to countering terrorism while at the same time failing to address how the so-called “war on terrorism” impacts women, men and sexual minorities differently.

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18 Jul 2011

Phone Hacking Scandal Brings Out WSJ’s Fear of WikiLeaks

Murdoch-owned papers are working overtime to defend Murdoch from blowback from the phone hacking scandal. And in a recent editorial addressing the business of news and those who are criticizing members of the News Corp family, the Wall Street Journal delivers a dig against papers like The Guardian that have done business with WikiLeaks.

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The Bullpen

11 May 2012

Greece Moves Closer to a Second Round of Elections

Greece’s third bid to form a government after Parliamentary elections last week failed today, after Alexis Tsipras of far-left coalition Syriza rejected an offer to form a coalition with PASOK, the third-place finisher. Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist party Syriza that made huge gains in Sunday’s elections on

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11 May 2012

Medical Loss Ratio Leads to $1.3 Billion in Consumer Rebates

The jury’s still out on much of the Affordable Care Act, but here are 1.3 billion reasons why it may have improved on the status quo in some fashion: Consumers and businesses are expected to receive an estimated $1.3 billion by this August in rebates from health insurers who spent

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11 May 2012

Public Wants Deeper Cuts to Defense Budget Than Even the Trigger

Lost in yesterday’s House vote to replace the defense trigger cuts is that the public actually wants to cut the defense budget by even more than what’s contemplated in those cuts. Ask your average American whether the defense budget should go up or down in 2013, and by how much,

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11 May 2012

Why Is “Fail Whale” Trade a Problem for Romney, and Not the Administration That Watered Down the Volcker Rule?

The fallout from JPMorgan Chase’s “Fail Whale” trade (I’m trying to coin this phrase, so help me out, will you?) continues. But there’s been a thread in one section of the liberal blogosphere that has confounded me. For some reason, writers are trying to position this as a problem for

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11 May 2012

230,000 Unemployed Will Lose Benefits This Weekend

The deal to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year included a deal to “extend” unemployment benefits. I put “extend” in sarcasm quotes because the bill actually reduced that extension gradually. Instead of 99 weeks of unemployment to jobless workers in hard-hit states, the bill gradually

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11 May 2012

Donovan Acknowledges Banks Gaming HARP 2.0 to Increase Profits

The President today is in Reno, Nevada, and he’s going to take a victory lap on HARP 2.0. President Obama will announce new figures Friday showing a dramatic spike in the number of Americans taking advantage of federal programs designed to help struggling homeowners and stabilize the lagging housing industry,

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