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‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupy This and That

In this week’s installment of “Left, Right & Center,” panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Chrystia Freeland take stock of the unemployment crisis in our country, which is a gigantic enough topic as it is. But wait—there’s much more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Occupy L.A.: Decamped but Not Deterred

Despite being swarmed and ejected by LAPD officers early Wednesday morning, members of the Occupy movement’s Los Angeles contingent are regrouping and figuring out how to put their collective power to best use in other similar demonstrations in the future.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Dan Steinberg

You Can Arrest an Idea

Count the liberal mayor of Los Angeles as one of those apologists for suppressing truth in the name of civic order.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



jonny2love (CC-BY)

Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, citizens from around the country should gather at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Let’s call this macabre gathering—with luck and even worse times, it should be mammoth—“We Surrender” or “Restore Debtor’s Prisons” or “De-Fault Is Ours” or “Collateralize Us.” And plan on a mirthful day of mourning.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Police Clear Occupy Camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

In the end, after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a show of less force when it came to the city’s approach to its own Occupy movement, a giant squad of more than 1,000 police officers descended on the downtown encampment around City Hall early Wednesday morning, arrested around 200 people ... (more)

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Occupy 2012

In its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Let’s Talk About Inequality, Baby

Occupy has opened up the conversation about economic inequality in the U.S.; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has had her hand in more than just the UC system; and a woman says she had an affair with Herman Cain for more than a decade. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Dan Rather Says ‘Big Money Owns Everything … Including the News’

In a recent speech, Dan Rather, once one of the few voices trusted to moderate our in-home information supply, called the current state of the news business “upside down and backwards.” Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Rather issued a call to get back to proper journalism, and he suggested that the job would fall to independent journalists.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Big Profits During Bailout

Here we have some news that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown believes “can unite the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.” Sound implausible? Well, Bloomberg News’ parent company went to court to access 29,000 pages of documents from the Federal Reserve, from which the outlet gleaned ... (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Miley Cyrus and OWS Share a Headline for Fun and Profit

It’s bound to happen, when a movement like Occupy Wall Street takes hold on a national scale, that some famous people in the entertainment business will attach themselves to the cause, and that their bids for legitimacy as self-styled political activists will be met with skepticism, if not worse.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Shane

Wolf’s OWS Report Sparks Debate

Did Naomi Wolf get her facts straight in her Guardian report about American mayors acting in cahoots with the Department of Homeland Security in their recent crackdowns on OWS encampments, or did she engage in a little journalistic extrapolation? Those aren’t the only two options here, but at least one noteworthy ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

LAPD Uses a Lighter Touch While Evicting Occupiers

Hoping to avoid the kind of bad press that other city governments and police forces (ahem, Oakland) recently earned for their ham-fisted mistreatment of Occupy outposts, the Los Angeles Police Department took a slightly different tack early on Monday morning in its attempt to oust Occupy L.A. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Livestream: Evicting Occupy L.A.

The deadline for Occupy L.A.’s stay around City Hall has passed. Watch live to see what happens.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Nov 27, 2011 ENLARGE



Violent Response to Occupy Is No Surprise

The violent police assaults in response to the Occupy movement are proof that Occupy has hit a political nerve; Britain is preparing for the demise of the euro; meanwhile, the student wing of Occupy tries to encourage higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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The Fascism Hiding in Hollywood

Comic artist Frank Miller’s recent tirade against the Occupy movement gives us a glimpse into the mind of a man made important by an entertainment culture that pushes death, selfishness, uncritical obedience to authority and simplistic notions of good and evil. Guardian columnist Rick Moody has a word for such fare: cryptofascist. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Chalk One Up for the 99%

On the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline, notched its first major political victory in the unlikeliest of places: Ohio.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Officers Defecting to Protesters

Ten months after Mubarak’s fall, Egyptians are risking imprisonment and death in Tahrir Square once again to demand an end to military rule and the election of a civilian government. Some members of the military, disgusted by the murder of their fellow citizens, are standing with them. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Here Comes the Capital Strike

From his seat in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced in mid-September that American business owners would continue to hold the nation’s wealth (and thus the public welfare) hostage until government granted them the “low-tax, deregulated world they wanted,” writes journalist and author Thomas Frank in Harper’s online. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laurie Penny

Every social movement needs to guard against the inevitable attempts of mainstream media sources to warp its message, defend its targets and recast its members as lazy, crazy or fringy malcontents. Luckily for the Occupy movement, British journalist Laurie Penny is more than capable of taking on, and taking down ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sakuma

When We Fight Back

Morality in the land of the free is a curious mix of Tinkertoys and torture racks. We have just witnessed a full week of brutal coordinated police assaults upon peaceful protesters. The Occupy movement must therefore rise to a new level of coordinated and class-conscious actions against the corporate state.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Thanks for What?

On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of the harvest as one in three Americans descends into poverty.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


British Journalist Squares Off Against Former Goldman Partner

A rich banker who appears to have learned none of the lessons of 20th-century economic history. A newscaster who snickers at an impassioned argument. And a reporter dismissed as a young girl who will one day learn better. This exchange between a former Goldman Sachs executive, a BBC correspondent and British journalist Laurie Penny ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Russell Simmons, OWS Crusader

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons has thrown in as one of the high-profile 1 percenters to support Occupy Wall Street, speaking and tweeting his allegiance since the movement’s early days. There are even rumors that he may be one of the power players involved with a shadow affinity group ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



Devin Smith (CC-BY)

Pulling Accounts From the Unaccountable

Occupy protesters decided to march on local branches of the too-big-to-fail banks, so participants could close their accounts, and others could hold “teach-ins” to discuss the problems created by these unaccountable institutions.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


Black Friday









Posted on Nov 22, 2011 ENLARGE


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Posted on Nov 22, 2011 ENLARGE    



Joe Wolf (CC-BY-ND)

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War

University students, who face tuition hikes and state cuts to public education, find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis, and which profoundly endangers democratic values.

Posted on Nov 22, 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



© Jeff Pappas

Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


It’s Time to Occupy the Majority

Will the Occupy movement play into the hands of its enemies by living up to the stereotypes they are trying to create? Or will it instead move to a new phase that builds on its success?

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE



bogieharmond (CC-BY)

Still Occupied

Occupy Wall Street may not occupy Zuccotti Park anymore, but it refuses to surrender its place in the national discourse.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE


Wall Street Complacent









Posted on Nov 20, 2011 ENLARGE



jburwen (CC-BY)

Tahrir Square All Over Again

Egyptian security forces killed at least three demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday as troops moved against huge crowds protesting the military’s attempts to grant itself permanent governmental powers a week before the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE



Packmatt (CC-BY)

Introducing the ‘Near Poor’

The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category—“near poor”—is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE


Lobbying Firm Proposes ‘Hit Job’ on OWS

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes brings us a memo written by a Washington lobbying firm staffed with former aides of Republican Speaker John Boehner offering American bankers a near $1 million publicity blitz against Occupy Wall Street and its congressional supporters. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Wall Street Arrests









Posted on Nov 19, 2011 ENLARGE


Occupy Congress









Posted on Nov 19, 2011 ENLARGE


The Pepper Shot Heard ’Round the Web

In what could turn out to be a recruiting coup for the Occupy movement, a clip showing a UC Davis campus police officer blithely pepper-spraying a group of seated students is stirring outrage from all corners of the Web. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



zio Paolino (CC-BY)

‘Go. Leave. You Can’t Be Here’

Neither Brookfield Properties nor the NYPD wants journalists asking questions about an unmarked truck that has been pointing a surveillance camera at protesters in Zuccotti Park for the past few weeks. So much so that a police officer declared journalist Nick Turse’s note-taking at the site to be illegal and ordered him to leave.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupied by Occupy

“Special guest,” or rather returning regular, Arianna Huffington joins moderator Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and the right-leaning Matthew Continetti for this week’s show, in which the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fate of the euro (and Europe), and the future of health care reform are but three meaty topics on the menu.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / _PaulS_ (CC-BY-SA)

OWS: The Start of Something Big

The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t just some lefty rejoinder to the tea party, even though the two political phenomena have been subject to comparison over the last two months, but at least one prominent tea partyer joins a host of scholars and analysts in suggesting that OWS is about far more than ... (more)

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


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