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Gaza is under siege. Ukraine is starting to use U.S. weapons inside of Russia. India is assassinating its leader’s political enemies around the world. The U.S. election somehow has left the American people to choose between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Again.

Free speech is under unprecedented assault from corporate and government forces. Far right movements are surging in Europe and beyond. A militant new labor movement is on the march here in the United States, but a corporate backlash is brewing.

At a time when the world desperately needs hard-hitting journalism, establishment and corporate media outlets are failing the public and democracy itself. That’s why Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Grim started Drop Site, a non-aligned, investigative news organization dedicated to exposing the crimes of the powerful — particularly in overt and secret conflicts where the U.S. government is playing a key role.

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Our Journalists

Jeremy Scahill has reported from war and conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia. He is the author of the international best-selling books Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. Scahill has won some of the top prizes in journalism, including two George Polk Awards and an Oscar nomination.

Ryan Grim is a longtime D.C. reporter, breaking news from the halls of Congress and leading the Washington bureaus for The Intercept and HuffPost. At HuffPost, he led a team that was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and won once. Grim has spent years chronicling the rise of progressives in Congress, and his most recent book is The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution, which followed his best-selling We’ve Got People. He’s also the author of the 2009 book This Is Your Country On Drugs.

Nausicaa Renner is the founding editor of Drop Site. She was formerly deputy editor at The Intercept, and writes about politics and psychoanalysis for n+1 and other publications.

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Independent news on politics and war.
Journalist at Drop Site News, co-founder of The Intercept, author of the books Blackwater and Dirty Wars. Reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc.
Reporter for The Intercept, Co-Host of Counter Points, Host of Deconstructed podcast, author of We’ve Got People and This Is Your Country On Drugs.
Founding editor @dropsitenews