An Occupy Wall Street protester is detained during a march through lower Manhattan, in New York, November 17, 2011. (Photo: Robert Stolarik / The New York Times) The “Suicidal State” and the War on Youth Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:14By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed In spite of being discredited by the economic recession of 2008, market [...]
The “Suicidal State” and the War on Youth Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:14By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed
Nine Years Out of Government and Pinning Hopes on Those Who Challenge it!! By davidswanson – Posted on 19 March 2012 By Ann Wright
OWS by Creative Commons Is the solution more democracy and how do elections fit into that picture since this session’s title is “Is Voting a Solution?” “How do we get there from here?” would be another way of putting this question. A basic disagreement exists within the Left between those who argue that elections are [...]
The age of authoritarian democracy Protest movements in the West have two major causes – rising social inequality and faltering economies.
Measured against today’s standards, leaders like Charles de Gaulle were authoritarian, says Karaganov [GALLO/GETTY] Moscow, Russia - The world is currently being shaken by tectonic changes almost too numerous to count: the ongoing economic crisis is accelerating the degradation of international governance and supranational institutions, and both are occurring alongside a massive shift of economic and [...]
Will inequality finally top the agenda at Davos? The problem of inequality has finally been thrust into the spotlight as the global elite convene in Switzerland.
It is very important to realise that the capitalist system runs on inequality and the oppression and dispossession of the vast mass of the people. Through this process the assets and wealth created by the people are simply diverted to the pockets and the bank accounts of the elites. To secure this result the propaganda [...]
Kenneth Roth, executive director Follow on twitter @kenroth © 2010 Sarah Shatz World Report 2012 By Kenneth RothThe sad truth is that the dominant Western policy toward the Arab people traditionally has been one of containment. Today many applaud as the people of the region take to the streets to claim their [...]
Thematic Social Forum 2012: Capitalist Crisis: Social and Environmental Justice – Common Dreams staff Another world is possible
. Utopia: Social Forum Declares ‘Together We Are the 99%‘ Thematic Social Forum 2012: Capitalist Crisis: Social and Environmental Justice – Common Dreams staff link to article http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/25-0 Another world is possible This well-known message is coming out of Porto Alegre, Brazil this week as the “Thematic Social Forum” takes place, in stark contrast to the [...]
Three Books to Stimulate Thought By Paul Craig Roberts http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17405 January 11 was the tenth anniversary of amerika’s Guantanamo torture prison. National Public Radio commemorated the anniversary by airing critics and defenders of Washington’s violation of US statutory law, the Geneva Conventions, and the US Constitution. Listening to the former [...]
Police clear London anti-war encampment Parliament Square protest site had been continuously occupied since invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Police and cleanup crews remove items from the anti-war protest camp in Parliament Square [Daniel Deme/EPA] Police in the UK have cleared a decade-old protest camp in central London that was first established to oppose the war in Afghanistan in 2001. Two people were arrested during Monday’s raid at the protest site, located in Parliament Square [...]
Report: Massive Movement Needed to Fix ‘Perverse Concentration of Wealth’ Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. while perpetuating the racial divide
. Report: Massive Movement Needed to Fix ‘Perverse Concentration of Wealth’ Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. while perpetuating the racial divide – Common Dreams staff Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality is far from reality Census Bureau figures show the U.S. on track to be a majority minority nation by 2042. But if the [...]
The Hollow Democracy Thursday, January 5th, 2012 Maybe they’re trying to remind us that democracy isn’t merely a matter of casting that little vote once every Leap Year — but, far, far more significantly, it’s about getting that right to vote in the first place, keeping that right, and having it [...]
Michael Klare, Energy Wars 2012 Posted by Michael Klare at 9:37am, January 10, 2012. Last week, the president made a rare appearance at the Pentagon to unveil a new strategic plan for U.S. military policy (and so spending) over the next decade. Let’s leave the specifics to a future TomDispatch post and focus instead on a historical footnote: [...]
Have you considered a career in total revolution? Protesters try to create spaces for freedom and radical equality – since each individual is defined by his situation.
Each occupation is an attempt to be outside the ‘Spectacle‘, even as the Spectacle ‘encircles them, flatters them and tries to assimilate what they are doing and render it safe’ [GALLO/GETTY] In the years after the World War II, the US and Western Europe saw unprecedented rates of sustained economic growth. Food and accommodation were [...]
The growing militarisation of police or how capitalist democracies preserve the wealth of the elites
The growing militarisation of police Is access to military-grade weapons changing the mentality of crowd control? There seems little doubt that the Darth Vader approach to modern policing is aimed at the general population and controlling those unruly enough to suggest that freedom and equity together with participation in the political process goes [...]
In Iowa, occupiers picket a drone factory The owner touts benefits of aerial technology as merchants complain about disruption of holiday shopping BY DOUGLAS BURNS
Dr. Robert Schultes of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Credit: Douglas Burns) TOPICS:OCCUPY WALL STREET, OCCUPY IOWA, DRONES CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Cherry Building in Cedar Rapids’ revitalized New Bohemia neighborhood is a hive of artisans, small businesspeople, entrepreneurs — and soon, space for the assembly of surveillance drones. It’s the arrival of the latter in [...]
DR Congo opposition rejects early results Opposition parties tell incumbent president that early results are ‘null and void’.
Churches of all denominations have been praying for peace ahead of the expected election results [AFP] Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo have rejected partial results released by the electoral commission giving incumbent President Joseph Kabila an early lead in the vote count from the November 28 presidential election. In a joint statement signed by major [...]
Is Japan cracking up? Mainstream parties in Japan are losing the trust of the people as renegade politicians gain support.
By James Petras We live in a time of dynamic, regressive, regime changes. A period in which major political transformations and the dramatic roll back of a half century of socio-economic legislation are accelerated by a prolonged and deepening economic crises and a world-wide financier led offensive. This essay explores major ongoing regime changes that [...]
Islamic party wins Morocco parliamentary vote Partial results indicate that Justice and Development Party is poised to win the election for the first time.
Abdelillah Benkirane, secretary-general of PJD said his party is ‘open to everyone’ wanting to form alliances [Reuters] The Party of Justice and Development (PJD), a moderate Islamic party has taken a resounding victory in Morocco‘s parliamentary elections, Taib Cherkaoui, the country’s interior minister, has announced. Cherkaoui told a press conference on Saturday that PJD had won 80 [...]
On Western Democracy by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Every day that passes adds to the fraudulent image of what is called Western democracy.
On Western Democracy by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Every day that passes adds to the fraudulent image of what is called Western democracy. Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having it decided [...]
Just how dangerous are ‘non-lethal’ weapons? Fears that tear gas and rubber bullets, widely used in crackdown against protesters, could be cause of deaths in Egypt.
Egypt protesters say the recent tear gas used is different and ‘stronger’ from that fired at them in January [Reuters] From Egypt, to Athens, to Oakland, police have employed “non-lethal weapons” to break down recent protests and disperse protesters. As crowds have swelled to express discontent, variations of tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons, and [...]
Joe Wolf (CC-BY-ND) How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War EMAIL PRINT SHARE SHARE Posted on Nov 22, 2011 By Juan Cole The deliberate pepper-spraying by campus police of nonviolent protesters at UC Davis on Friday has provoked national outrage. But the horrific incident must not cloud the real question: What led comfortable, bright, middle-class [...]
The Last Whistleblowers By David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/content/last-whistleblowers Whistleblowing in our federal government may soon be a thing of the past, not because whistleblowers face more vicious retribution than ever before — although that is true; and not because important acts of whistleblowing now result in fewer reforms and less accountability than they used [...]
Egyptian riot police charge at protesters during clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photograph: Ahmed Ali/AP Egyptian elections in doubt after violent clashes in central Cairo Several candidates suspend campaigns after army attack on protesters leaves five dead and almost a thousand injured reddit this Jack Shenker in Cairo guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 November 2011 19.39 GMT [...]
US university probes protest pepper spraying Footage of incident on California campus described as “chilling” by university chancellor who rejects calls to quit.
US university probes protest pepper spraying Footage of incident on California campus described as “chilling” by university chancellor who rejects calls to quit. This is another Al Jazeera story that comes with video footage you can get there at http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2011/11/201111205325523767.html The Article continues The head of a California university where protesters supporting the [...]
Battle rages for control of Tahrir Square Police and demonstrators fight pitched battles in central Cairo after security forces descend on protest hub.
Battle rages for control of Tahrir Square Police and demonstrators fight pitched battles in central Cairo after security forces descend on protest hub. This article from Al Jazeera also has video footage. You can see that video at http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/11/2011112082333907688.html The article continues: Egyptian security forces are battling with thousands of protesters in downtown [...]
Thirty years ago, Helen John was the first full-time member of the Greenham Common peace camp. Now 73, she’s still hard at it, trying to stop drones operating from a UK air base
Helen John, 73, with a banner protesting against unmanned drones being based at RAF Waddington. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Protest and survive: the Greenham veteran who refuses to go away Thirty years ago, Helen John was the first full-time member of the Greenham Common peace camp. Now 73, she’s still hard at [...]
‘Democracy Now!’: Inside the Zuccotti Park Raid EMAIL PRINT SHARE SHARE Posted on Nov 15, 2011 democracynow.org Around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, New York City police forces rolled up to Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment and started pushing protesters out and removing their belongings via dump trucks. “Democracy Now!” sent a camera crew to the [...]
Lopez Obrador to run for Mexican presidency Former Mexico City mayor, whose narrow defeat in 2006 triggered protests, chosen as leftist candidate for 2012 election.
Lopez Obrador disputed the result of 2006 elections, which he lost by less than one percentage point [Reuters] Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist former mayor of Mexico City, will again run for the Mexican presidency in 2012 after his narrow loss in the 2006 election sparked massive protests. The 58-year-old beat the current mayor of the capital in a [...]
A court in New York City has ordered police to stand down and allow Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to the demonstration site that they were forcefully evicted from by hundreds of police in riot gear earlier on Tuesday.
Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park eviction – live updates • New York police clear Zuccotti Park in 1am swoop on plaza • More than 200 arrested mayor Bloomberg defends action • Protesters awarded court order allowing them back • Standoff developing between police and Occupy protesters • Read our earlier live blog [...]
Nature is the 99%, too The economy is built on the idea of relentless growth, which is an environmental and health disaster for all but the 1%.
An ever-growing economy requires ever-growing supplies of natural resources – unfortunately, the planet we live on has a finite amount of resources [GALLO/GETTY] What if rising sea levels are yet another measure of inequality? What if the degradation of our planet’s life-support systems – its atmosphere, oceans and biosphere – goes hand in hand with [...]
You can’t bank on free speech An extrajudicial banking blockade imposed on WikiLeaks has caused a 95 per cent loss in revenue for the organisation.
Companies including VISA and MasterCard have imposed “an historic act of censorship” on WikiLeaks [GALLO/GETTY] The banks, payment and credit card companies support extremist organisations by authorising transfers and donations to them. You can use VISA and MasterCard to donate to the Ku Klux Klan and the English Defence League. You can donate to Aryan [...]
Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday that U.S. drug agents are not welcome back in his country despite the newly announced normalization of diplomatic relations with Washington
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday that U.S. drug agents are n ot welcome back in his country despite the newly announced normalization of diplomatic relations with Washington. Morales told reporters during a regional summit in the Colombian capital that it is a question of “dignity and sovereignty.” As a coca [...]
Any fossil fuel infrastructure built in the next five years will cause irreversible climate change, according to the IEA
Any fossil fuel infrastructure built in the next five years will cause irreversible climate change, according to the IEA. Photograph: Rex Features World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will ‘lose for ever’ the chance to avoid dangerous climate change [...]
The decline of British human rights Given its recent record, Britain and its civic society needs to learn lessons from struggles for human rights abroad.
UK detainee Babar Ahmad has been in prison for seven years without trial [GALLO/GETTY] As Libya cried “liberation!” and captured its dictator, as Tunisia held its exemplary democratic elections, and as Syria and Yemen fight on relentlessly, we are living in captivating times. After seeing millions of people creating their own freedom, I have regained my [...]
The US example has universal application so that the question is,” Do you want to live in a country where Big Money controls EVERYTHING?”
The Battle for Brooklyn by BRUCE E. LEVINE Do we really accept that Big Money—through intimidation, bribery, or some other coercion—can shove us out of our homes and obliterate our communities? Eminent domain is the government’s right to seize private property, usually with compensation, for the public good. We live in a nation, however, [...]
AP / Thomas Watkins Residents hang out at the basketball court at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The center is included in the city’s Summer Night Lights program aimed at reducing gang violence. By Bill Boyarsky While Occupy Wall Street and similar movements around the country take aim at financial institutions and their [...]
Image by david_shankbone via Flickr #Occupy and the #Climate Movement How are the #occupy movement and climate change connected? Fossil fuels enable the current economic system to continue because it is global and requires a lot of fossil fuels for production and transportation. Multi-national corporations won’t do well if we stop burning fossil fuels. Failure [...]
Princeton University professor and renowned civil rights activist Cornel West was arrested Friday afternoon during a demonstration in Harlem against alleged racial profiling by the New York City Police Department. West joined a protest against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, which critics say disproportionately targets people of color. New York City police carried out 600,000 such [...]
Guatemala apologises to Arbenz family for 1954 coup Jacobo Arbenz had been in office for three years when he was ousted Continue reading the main story Related Stories Worst place to be a paramedic Guatemala urged to protect women Guatemala gets new UN crime chief Guatemala’s government has apologised to the family of former President [...]