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Political dissent news and analysis from The Nation
August 10, 2021
The Arrest of Dora María Téllez Marks a New Low for Nicaragua
One of the beliefs that animated the Central American solidarity movement then was that we were not powerless. We are not powerless now, either.
August 6, 2021
Violetta Grudina Brings Political Dissidence to Murmansk
An ally of Alexey Navalny running for local office in northern Russia faces naked repression in an increasingly hostile political climate.
March 1, 2021
Steve Cobble Waged a 50-Year Campaign for Justice and for Peace
The strategist who started with George McGovern, stood at Jesse Jackson’s side, and drafted Bernie Sanders into presidential politics has died.
July 28, 2020
Call Trump’s Tactics What They Are: Fascist
Honest officials have begun to use the “f” word in describing the president's assaults on American cities and the right to dissent.
June 25, 2020
Hong Kong’s Cartoonists Aren’t Giving Up on Dissent
As the city braces for a new law that could stifle free speech, local artists are still spurring on the protest movement.
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May 31, 2020
The Only Solution Is to Defund the Police
The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor prove what we already knew—police “reform” has failed.
Alex S. Vitale
April 6, 2020
Confronting the Pandemic in a Time of Revolt: Voices From Chile
Surviving the coronavirus will be meaningless if Chileans do not simultaneously address the underlying causes of injustice and inequality.
February 21, 2020
The Last General to Criticize US Imperialism
In the 1930s, retired Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler became one of the country’s most prominent anti-war dissidents.
October 25, 2019
Bolivian Ballot Boxes Are Burning
A fraught standoff between incumbent Evo Morales and his centrist opponent Carlos Mesa reveals deep popular mistrust in the Bolivian democratic process.
August 22, 2019
I’m a Journalist. Why Did I End Up on an FBI Terrorist Watch List?
The use of “watch lists” to harass dissidents and journalists—as well as Muslims—appears to be growing, as the author discovered when he recently got caught in the net.