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AP/Louls Lanzano

Amid the Storm, Bill McKibben Reflects on the City He Loves

The author and environmental activist fears for New York City because of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to its subway system, which he describes as “the city’s very roots.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Sykes

Atlantic Coast Wakes Up to the Nightmare

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard on Monday, killing at least 33, leaving millions without power, destroying homes, causing rampant flooding, impacting air travel and bringing several major cities to a grinding halt.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Elizabeth Williams

Bombing Suspect in FBI Sting Is Charged

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man could face life in prison after attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning with a fake 1,000-pound bomb supplied by federal agents, authorities said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



A Damning Look Inside NYPD’s ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policy (Audio)

Stop-and-frisk is already considered a controversial tactic employed by the New York Police Department, but a recently released recording sheds light on just how discriminatory the practice can actually be. In the secretly taped audio, a 17-year-old named Alvin is heard being roughed up, threatened and demeaned by three officers as they stop and frisk him, all “for being a fucking mutt.”

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AP/Kathy Willens

Giuliani: Obama Moved ‘Too Fast in Overthrowing Mubarak’

It was America’s 44th president, not 2 million protesters occupying Tahrir Square, who tossed the Egyptian dictator out of office at the height of the Arab Spring, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said backstage at the presidential debate in Denver last week.

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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Voter Drive Dust-Up, GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Prostitution Link, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the real percentage of Americans who receive financial help from the federal government and the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren gets nasty.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason DeCrow

Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later

The Occupy movement is celebrating its first anniversary Monday with a full slate of protests and a side of party hats. At least 100 arrests have been reported thus far.

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Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

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Campaigns Pause for 9/11, Zadroga Act Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings on the 11th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks, including what President Obama and Mitt Romney did to remember the day.

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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

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Tornado Touches Down in NYC

A tornado struck a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, making a general mess of the area and knocking out power but reportedly causing no deaths or injuries.

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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Teachers Struggle for Tenure Under New Rules

With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a mission to “end tenure as we know it,” nearly half of the city’s eligible teachers were denied the status that educators’ advocates embrace as essential for defense against discriminatory firing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Graham Nash Still Really Gives a S#!*

The first time Graham Nash made me want to talk back to grown-ups was in the summer of 1977. 

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Goldman Sachs to Invest Millions in Inmate Rehabilitation

Goldman Sachs has announced its intention to invest $9.6 million in a prisoner rehabilitation program at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail in a move that could net the company a $2.1 million return.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD vs. Occupy: Cops Out of Control

After eight months of study, legal researchers at NYU and Fordham University this week turned out a damning review of the NYPD’s behavior in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Street Priest

Daniel Berrigan, undaunted at 92 and full of the fire that makes him one of this nation’s most courageous voices, says there is one place where those who care about justice need to be—in the streets.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD May Be Using Warrant Squads to Monitor Protesters

OWS communications coordinator Shawn Carrié was walking home at 9 p.m. on May Day when nine plainclothes police officers approached him, took his belongings, placed him in handcuffs and put him in a van. He was questioned about his involvement in Occupy Wall Street and then spent the next 13 hours in jail.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



wilhemlja (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Manhattan Rents Reach for the Sky

In spite of a still-bleak economy, the average cost of rent in Manhattan sits at an all-time high of $3,148 a month. And with a 1 percent vacancy rate and just over 2,200 rentals slated for construction this year, landlords will continue to dominate the market.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Junior Murdoch Splits for the Big Apple

Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



bogieharmond (CC-BY)

For OWS, a Confrontation Within the Confrontation

An Occupy Wall Street protester’s attack on an activist and journalist who filmed fellow activists letting air out of the tires of police cars has highlighted a division within the movement between those who want to protect protesters engaged in illegal acts and others who want to report the straight truth.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE


Zuccotti at Midnight on the Eve

Occupiers rang in the New Year on Saturday night with a game of tug-of-war with the NYPD at Zuccotti Park. Instead of rope, however, activists and police officers struggled over the metal barricades that have surrounded the area since late September. Dawn Sunday saw the barriers replaced and the park closed to the public.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / bogieharmond (CC-BY)

Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Moment

Whither Occupy Wall Street? That’s the question that’s been on the forefront of the young movement’s agenda since police forced participants out of New York City’s Zuccotti Park last month.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

Chris Hedges first gave this speech in New York’s Liberty Square calling on Trinity Church to open the property it owns on 6th Avenue and Canal Street to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s a response from within the church, plus an update on OWS’ plans for the space.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



Brennan Cavanaugh (CC-BY)

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



Runs With Scissors (CC-BY)

NYC Campaign Fundraiser Arrested on Alleged Fraud

A fundraiser for New York City Comptroller John C. Liu was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of misrepresenting the origins of campaign donations. The arrest bodes poorly for Liu—the city’s chief officer in charge of revenue and audits, pictured above—who is considered a possible successor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Olbermann: Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

America has a rich and unique history of protest. In fact, says Keith Olbermann in this “Special Comment” segment of Tuesday’s “Countdown,” it’s an intrinsically American tradition. Olbermann also puts Tuesday morning’s police raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment in a context that ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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N.Y. Judge Sides With Mayor on No Camping Rule

Setting up camp doesn’t fall under First Amendment rights in New York City, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and also Justice Michael D. Stallman of the state Supreme Court, who ruled after Tuesday’s eviction that Occupy Wall Street protesters could return to ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Inside the Zuccotti Park Raid

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 scene ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Bebeto Matthews

OWS Protesters Regroup after Zuccotti Park Evacuation

Citing health and safety concerns, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg defended his decision to eject the Occupy Wall Street encampment from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, protesters fought back on the legal level with a ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



ericwagner (CC-BY)

Protest Planet: How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism

If you are wondering why outraged young people around the globe are chanting such similar slogans and using such similar tactics, it is because they have seen more clearly than their elders through the neoliberal shell game.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bebeto Matthews

Wall Street: You’ve Got Hate Mail

Some 400 Occupy Wall Street protesters got into costume Friday, but the occasion wasn’t an early observance of the beloved pagan-inspired holiday that is Halloween. Rather, the messengers from among OWS ranks paid visits to big bank headquarters in Manhattan to deliver mail from Americans ... (more)

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Seema K K (CC-BY-SA)

Bloomberg’s Zuccotti Park Cleanup Plan Sparks Skepticism

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

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



_PaulS_ (CC-BY)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE


West Banksy in New York

A contemporary art gallery in New York opened an unauthorized show of works by England-based renegade graffiti artist Banksy on Aug. 25 that has incensed art critics, Banksy fans and residents of the West Bank in the Middle East. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



New York City Office of Emergency Management

Facing Hurricane Irene, NYC Officials Order Evacuations

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, New York City and state officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 250,000 people in flood-susceptible communities and announced plans to shut down much of the coastal region’s transit system, including subways, by noon Saturday.  (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amy Sancetta

The Bloombergs, (Barely) Fictionalized

It’s an old cliché that new writers should write about what they know, and by all appearances Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Mike and professional equestrienne, has done just that in her debut novel, “The A Circuit.” Read along as she doesn’t try very hard to convince a New York Times reporter that her first book is much of a departure from her life ...

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / IowaPolitics.com

Rudy Giuliani, International Public Safety Guru?

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been retained as an adviser by Peruvian presidential candidate Keiki Fujimori, who is hoping to toughen her reputation on fighting crime in the South American country.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / bixintx

IMF Head Charged With Sex Attack in N.Y.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, director of the International Monetary Fund and the French left’s most promising presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a Times Square hotel maid. (more)

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Bloomberg: Bye-Bye Teachers

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that his city does not have the tax revenue needed to continue paying some 6,000 of its teachers.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


Sucks to Be in NYC

The holiday 2010 season is destined to go down in wintry infamy for countless would-be travelers, and even residents just trying to get around already in New York City. Here’s a few of them giving their appraisal of the snowy situation in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Bloomberg Defends ‘Freedom to Worship as We Wish’ in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a look back through his city’s religious history as he took the podium Tuesday in support of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser

She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons/Physicistjedi

Patching Up Picasso’s ‘Actor’

A visitor at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art made her mark, unexpectedly, on Pablo Picasso’s turn-of-the-last-century painting “The Actor” by accidentally falling into it Friday and adding a 6-inch rip not intended by the artist to the lower right corner of the canvas. Big oops!

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Bloomberg
Flickr / Holly Van Voast

Bloomberg Dug Deep Into His Own Pockets to Win Third Term

This is just the kind of news that doesn’t bode well for the state of democracy in America: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shelled out $102 million of his own money in his recent successful (albeit close) run for re-election. That shakes out to about $183 per vote, and the final tally may still rise.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
theblacksentinel.wordpress.com

Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Coming to America (to Be Tried for Terrorism)

Upsetting many Republicans and some family members of victims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters will be tried in federal court in New York City, not far from Ground Zero, and that death penalties are likely to be sought.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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