Florida Fires COVID-19 Public Data Guru as Private Firm Takes over Atlanta’s Data Dashboard

The firing of Florida COVID-19 data guru Rebekah Jones comes as Georgia hands control of its own coronavirus data dashboard to an HHS-linked private cybersecurity firm.

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Rebekah Jones doesn't expect her replacement at Florida's DOH’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection (DDCHP) to provide "the same level of accessibility and transparency" that she had been committed to providing as geographic information system (GIS) manager and architect of the state's lauded COVID-19 Data and Surveillance

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Podcast: Abby Martin Resists Anti-BDS Laws & The Israeli Lobby

Abby Martin discusses her lawsuit against the state of Georgia over it’s anti-BDS law, the Israeli government’s heavy hand in pushing anti-free speech laws, the pro-Israel Democratic candidates and more.

Abby Martin podcast

Welcome to the re-launch of MintCast, the official weekly MintPress News podcast hosted by Mnar Muhawesh and Whitney Webb. MintCast is an interview podcast featuring dissenting voices, independent researchers and journalists who the establishment would rather silence. One such voice is journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin. She joins MintCast to

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Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel

“This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure.” — Abby Martin

Abby Martin Lawsuit

After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. Martin had recently released a documentary critical of the Israeli government called "Gaza Fights for Freedom." Now she is suing the state,

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Laughing Their Ossoff: Did Computer-Aided Fraud Play A Role In Georgia’s Special Election Upset?

In a special Congressional election recently held in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, who went into the election with a significant lead in the polls. It may have been a good old-fashioned political upset – or the result of behind-the-scenes vote-counting fraud.

Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP/John Bazemore)

GEORGIA -- (Analysis) The recent special election to fill the Georgia Sixth Congressional District seat formerly held by Republican Tom Price, who was appointed to Donald Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services, was the focus of extraordinary attention and expenditure. More than any of the other 2017 special elections, the

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What If Jon Ossoff Campaigned On A Message For Medicare For All?

Ossoff ran with a health care message Clinton pushed. Ossoff said he would fight for “quality, affordable health care.” But what do these buzzwords mean in terms of policy?

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff adjusts his microphone as he concedes to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, June 20, 2017. (AP/David Goldman)

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. When Jon Ossoff launched his campaign for the Georgia congressional seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Democrats mobilized to bolster his candidacy because they believed he could win. Yet, Ossoff’s failure to beat Republican Karen Handel has not produced the kind of

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Immigrants In Georgia Detention Centers Hunger Strike For Medical Care, Instead Receive Solitary Confinement

“When I requested medical care, sometimes no one would reply. I was not given medical care until ICE later approved it. When I reached out for medical help, I was placed in solitary confinement.”

Photo from report by Project South and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. Georgia immigrant detention centers frequently put asylum seekers and other migrants into solitary confinement as punishment for going on hunger strike. In a report [PDF] produced by Project South and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, human rights abuses at Stewart Detention

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