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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE


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Big Enough to Fail

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: an indie look at the downfall of Washington Mutual, political surrogacy on the campaign trail, filmmaker Amy Ziering on rape in the military, and youth voter outreach at the world’s largest dance party.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Giffords Aide Wins, Jamie Dimon Testifies and More

A look at the day’s political events, including the Arizona special election winner, JPMogran Chase CEO Jamie Dimon heckled and Sheldon Adelson’s latest multimillion-dollar donation.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



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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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Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    



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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


‘The World Tomorrow’: Occupy

In the seventh episode of “The World Tomorrow,” Julian Assange and key Occupy figures from both sides of the Atlantic met in a hollowed-out Deutsche Bank building to talk about the movement’s inception and the challenges it has faced so far.

Posted on May 29, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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FBI: Inventing the Terrorist Boogeyman

Protesters coaxed by federal agents into plotting terrorist attacks are imprisoned without bond while known terrorists are allowed to walk free the day of their arrest. The difference? Political ideology: The entrapped “criminals” are associates of the Occupy movement, while the actual terrorists are merely well-established violent white supremacists.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



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2 NATO Protesters Arrested, Charged With Terrorism

Two men involved in the NATO summit protests in Chicago are being held on separate terrorism charges. One is accused of making a false threat about blowing up a highway overpass. The other is charged with discussing the making of a pipe bomb.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE


Scenes of Protest and Dedication From the NATO Summit

On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars led thousands of people in a march on the NATO summit in Chicago, at the end of which 50 former soldiers renounced the wars by throwing their military service medals toward the building where leaders were gathered.

Posted on May 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Psychopaths Are Loose on Wall Street (Updated)

One percent of the adult human population qualifies as clinically psychopathic, exhibiting a lack of empathy and a knack for telling lies and getting away with it. That compares with 10 percent of wheeler-dealers on Wall Street, according to a recent study. American critic William Deresiewicz is not surprised. Update: The 1-in-10 figure is unsupported. See here.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE


Chomsky on Human Rights, Communities of Dissent and More

Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.

Posted on May 14, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Twitter Defends Occupy Marcher’s Right to Privacy

Despite a judge’s order to hand over the tweets of The New Inquiry Senior Editor Malcolm Harris, who was arrested in October marching with Occupy protesters across the Brooklyn Bridge, Twitter is fighting for the principle that its users own their communications and should determine what to do with them.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Reich Explains the ‘Austerity Trap’

“When you have high unemployment and a lot of underutilized capacity, the idea is you cut public budgets? That’s insane. Because that leads to a shrinking of the entire economy, when the real problem is … the ratio of debt to the size of the economy overall,” says the former Labor secretary. “If you shrink the economy, that ratio becomes worse and worse.”

Posted on May 8, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Plutonomy and the Precariat: On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline

After the first few years of the Great Depression there was a sense that “we’re gonna get out of it.” It’s quite different now. For many people in the United States, there’s a pervasive sense of hopelessness, sometimes despair. I think it’s quite new in American history. And it has an objective basis.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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The People’s Bishop

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested for the second time as part of the Occupy protests. His moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 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



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Introducing the OWS ‘Guitarmy’ (Video)

New York saw what was probably the city’s first ever “guitarmy” this May Day, a march by hundreds of OWS-affiliated musicians led by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello from midtown’s Bryant Park to Union Square, where they were joined by Immortal Technique, Das Racist and Dan Deacon to fire up protesters with song.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Organizers, Not Occupiers: The Young People Working in the Shadows of a National Movement

By chance, the revelation of how Apple evades millions of dollars in taxes broke three days before May Day, when workers of the world traditionally protest such injustice.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



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What to Expect on May Day

Wondering where to go and what will happen during Occupy Wall Street’s May Day protests? You’re not alone. With the knowledge that Occupy events rarely go according to plan, Natasha Lennard at Salon tries to lick the revolutionary chaos into manageable order.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Slavoj Zizek: The Problem Is Capitalism

The problem facing humanity today—especially those taking to the streets in protest—is an economic system that encourages and rewards greed, says the Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. And leaders who tell us to look elsewhere are merely creating distractions.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupiers Shift to the Sidewalks

Expelled from their encampment at Zuccotti Park last November, protesters with Occupy Wall Street have taken to sleeping on the sidewalks of the financial center in lower Manhattan.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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UC Davis Officials, Officer Critiqued in Occupy Protest Report

After UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s handling of last fall’s crackdown on Occupy protesters by campus police—the one that inspired an artful meme drawn from shameful circumstances—drew fire, university officials ordered a task force to investigate the pepper-spraying incident of Nov. 18 and issue a report.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Suicidal State’ and the War on Youth

Everywhere we look, the power of the rich and powerful operates to create a “suicidal state” in which regulations meant to restrict their corrupting power are shredded; shamelessly and without apology, they use their unchecked power to lay off millions of workers while simultaneously cutting the benefits and rights of those on the job in order to dramatically increase corporate profits.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


The Critic and His Critics: Hedges vs. the Black Bloc

Truthdig’s Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese of Occupy DC spoke in Washington in early April to call on Occupiers everywhere to grow the movement through the use of nonviolent tactics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Pepper Spray Sends 2 to Hospital During College Protest

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday evening after Santa Monica (Calif.) College police officers allegedly pepper-sprayed a crowd of students and others protesting tuition increases outside a meeting of the college’s board of trustees. An investigation to determine who released the spray is under way.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Million Hoodie March: It’s About a ‘Right-or-Wrong Thing’

In all, the Million Hoodie March was an on-the-ground call for an end and an online call for a new beginning.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Reportedly Beat Occupier, Ignored Her Apparent Seizure

Occupiers are accusing New York police officers of beating and neglecting a woman who had a seizure after being handcuffed during the breakup of the movement’s six-month anniversary party in Zuccotti Park on Saturday night.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Infiltration of Political Movements Is the Norm in America

Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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A Look at the New ‘Anti-Occupy’ Bill

The radical corners of the Internet have been ringing loudly over a piece of legislation passed with near unanimous support last week that protesters are calling the “anti-Occupy” bill. The new law mostly updates a set of rules already in place, however.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Anonymous

Our picks for this week’s Truthdiggers are a little unusual in that we don’t really know who they are—at least not specifically. But we do know them by their collective, if faceless, alias: Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tribute to One of Occupy’s Intellectual Predecessors

C. Wright Mills, the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ago at age 45, warned that America was becoming a nation of “cheerful robots,” corrupted by an economic elite and heading toward a third world war.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage

Ralph Nader believes that the call to raise the minimum wage has the potential to divide the Republican Party, which has not been split on any major issue in Congress since Obama took office.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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OWS Calls for May Day Strike

Occupy Wall Street has boldly called for a general strike of the 99 percent on May Day—May 1. “*No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping,” read the text approved by the OWS General Assembly. The action is scheduled to overlap with a day intended to call attention to the plight of immigrants.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The .0000063% Election

At a time when it’s become cliché to say Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation, electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1%. Or, to be more precise, the .0000063%.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Fashion Week

Fashionistas are a funny lot, sometimes unintentionally so, and often given to talking about the rag trade and all things stylish in highfalutin’ terms. Here we have some from that set—and a couple of outliers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—holding forth about the nuanced relationship between fashion and OWS.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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OWS Might Get a Super PAC

How’s this for diversity of tactics? To the dismay of many of his cohorts, Occupier John Paul Thornton in Alabama is attempting to fight fire with fire by petitioning the Federal Election Commission for approval to form an Occupy Wall Street political action committee. If he succeeds, he’ll be eligible to raise as much dirty money as his corporate-backed opponents.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Cancer in Occupy

The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


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