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 [...]
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.
Russians come out in force to protest against alleged electoral fraud Tens of thousands defy bitter cold and fear of crackdown in challenge to victorious party of Vladimir Putin
Protesters rally in St Petersburg, some placing ‘No voice’ stickers over their mouths. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters Miriam Elder in Moscow guardian.co.uk, Saturday 10 December 2011 17.22 GMT Article history Up to 50,000 people braved the cold and snow on Saturday to turn out for the largest ever protest against the rule of prime minister Vladimir Putin. Bolotnaya Square, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Occupy Rome Giulia Mazzorin 30 Architecture student, from Venice Giulia Mazzorin, architecture student. Photograph: Nick CornishI came with my dog and met friends from Catania, Milan and Naples. I found the camp by chance last Saturday after fleeing from the clashes. I am not a member of any party. I am a virgin when it [...]
Tawfiq al-Tirawi (MaanImages/Fadi Arouri, File) HEBRON (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Tawfiq al-Tirawi on Friday called a prisoner exchange deal agreed by Hamas and Israel this week a “national achievement,” in an address to a village near Hebron. The former Palestinian intelligence chief told Beit Ula villagers after Friday prayers: “There will be [...]
Nude in Black and White Mr. Fish By Mr. Fish While visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., at age 11, I found out that the transparent bubble on a warplane from which a gunner fires his machine gun is called a blister. This seemed somehow appropriately unsettling, as if any aircraft [...]
Occupy Wall Street live: march on Times Square A woman holds a flag during an ‘occupy’ protest against outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London. In New York, protesters are marching on Times Square. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA • More than 950 protests held in over 80 countries • Protesters march on Times Square in New York • Police [...]
Protesters plan to ‘occupy’ London Stock Exchange Occupy Wall Street protesters gather in Washington Square Park, New York. Photograph: Henny Ray Abrams/AP Protest spreads from Wall Street with demonstrations planned in London and other cities worldwide How the Occupy movement is spreading via social media Wall Street protesters claim victory as clear-up called [...]
Petraeus’s CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot by Ray McGovern, October 14, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, in his accustomed role as unofficial surrogate CIA spokesman, has thrown light on how the CIA under its new director, David Petraeus, helped craft the screenplay for this week’s White House spy feature: [...]
Occupy Wall Street protesters set for Zuccotti Park showdown Occupy Wall Street protesters begin a clear-up of Zuccotti Park in New York ahead of enforcement action by the park’s owners. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP Protesters in New York are preparing for a confrontation with police, as the owners of the park order a ‘clear-up’ [...]
Fighting for Americans‘ Right to Dissent: A Review of ‘Hell No’ LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest headlines via email. Authors Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler examine the detrimental impact that criminalizing lawful dissent has had on social movements. October 12, 2011 [...]
A Facebook group co-ordinating the protests has urged Syrians to turn up for Friday’s protests [Reuters] Syrian security forces have continued their clampdown on the pro-democracy movement, killing four protesters and arresting two leading activists on the eve of more mass rallies. In the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, where security forces were carrying out operations in nearly [...]
The imperial project as we have seen it unfold on the part of the US and other countries around the world has always come hand in hand with the destruction of any and all existing free, democratic or libertarian institutions that exist in the target countries. In order to strip these countries of the resources [...]
Turkish Democracy Gives Rise to Turkish Power By Phyllis Bennis, AlterNet Posted on July 11, 2011 (Selçuk, Turkey) It was election day, June 12, in this small town in Turkey’s heavily secular far west region. Opposition to the governing Justice and Development Party, the Islamic-oriented AKP, runs strong. The manager of the small hotel shook his [...]
Is killing old people coming soon to Australia, look at the US we take everything they do as if it was a message from above
Just when you thought your years on the planet supporting the capital project and the callous billionaire leeches would reap a tiny reward from the loyal employees of the elite your luck runs out. all those years on the day shift, or the factory or the conveyor belt or the school or the hospital all mean [...]
This article exposes the true US attitude to the use of drones and the nature of the lies needed to justify their use anywhere. These awful killing machines masquerade as surveillance vehicles, soldiers guardian angels, tactical defence weapons and a never ending stream of lies and deceit to cover up what is happening. What they [...]
India‘s economy has been growing quickly, but activists say democracy is suffering because prosperity is being hoarded by a small group of corrupt elites [EPA] 2010 was the year of scams in India – the 2G telecom swindle, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh and plenty of others. 2011 has emerged as the year of the fight against corruption – [...]
Police, a camera, a thousand words and a video. Is this where we are all going? Sworn to punish and oppress?
A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but Narces Benoit’s decision to videotape a shooting by Miami police landed him in jail after officers smashed his cell-phone camera. It was 4am on May 30 when Benoit and his girlfriend Erika Davis saw officers firing dozens of bullets into a car driven by Raymond Herisse, a [...]
Petraeus is expected to start his new job in September [Reuters] The US Senate has voted unanimously to confirm General David Petraeus to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Petraeus, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Leon Panetta, who is leaving the CIA to become [...]
A US plan for Syria that leaves a Dictator in charge. A very usual US way of looking at politics. Meanwqhile a million people are on the streets demanding he goes
Syria‘s president Bashar al-Assad has mentioned proposed changes in public, but some fear he is trying to buy time and brush up his image. Photograph: AP The US is promoting a “roadmap” for political reforms in Syria which would transform the regime of Bashar al-Assad but leave him in place for now – despite demands for [...]
The Politics of Militarization and Corporatization in Higher Education War Colleges By HENRY GIROUX While there is an ongoing discussion about the increasing corporatization of higher education—extending from the attempted buying of faculty positions by right-wing billionaires such as the Koch brothers to the increasing casualization of faculty labor and the commodification of knowledge, what [...]
Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages & We’ve Almost Lost Nebraska By Harvey Wasserman http://warisacrime.org/node/58321 Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about [...]