This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.
Making noises about sanitation, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has given notice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park that they’re going to have to give way to some cleaning machines on Friday. Might there be another, not-so-squeaky-clean agenda at play here? Updated
If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.
Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously ... (more)
Mike Hellstrom, a construction and private sanitation worker for more than two decades, has been involved in union work for 27 years, and he’s tired of watching his friends and colleagues lose their benefits and earnings after laboring for their entire adult lives. (more)
Here at the Truthdig office, we’ve been listening a lot to Ry Cooder’s new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” With songs like “No Banker Left Behind,” which was inspired by a column by our own Robert Scheer, the album is refreshingly political, with roots in the tradition of protest music. Here’s your chance to win a copy. (more)
Wall Street protesters joined progressive and community groups Tuesday on a march to the homes of several New York City billionaires to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers extend a surcharge tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, and New York City physician Bertha Bauer stands with them. (more)
Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)
Nobody can say he didn’t call it, or at least call for it, as provocateur filmmaker Michael Moore explicitly declared at the end of his last documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” that he would come out from behind the camera and wait for others to join in his cause of opposing Wall Street greed before making another play for the big screen. (more)
Long before Occupy Wall Street took form, and long before the corporate media caught on, two of our top columnists at Truthdig foresaw the economic calamity that still grips our country. Chris Hedges devoted his time and energy warning Americans about the disastrous symbiosis between big business and our government, both in his columns and in the streets. Meanwhile, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer covered the buildup to the meltdown for over a decade, naming names and taking no prisoners in his latest book, in his own columns and in his zinger of an acceptance speech at the 2010 Webby Awards -- held, as it happened, in the heart of Wall Street.