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Scott Olsen

A Message From Scott Olsen

The young Iraq War veteran who was hospitalized after Oakland police attacked Occupy protesters in the city is still working to get his speech back, but he is able to write and he posted on Google+: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. … You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



timothy.actwell (CC-BY)

Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 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



Peter Woodbridge (CC-BY)

OWS Prepares for Winter Hibernation

As members of the OWS encampment in New York City head into what promises to be a brutal winter, activists with differing notions about where the movement should go next can all agree on one thing: survival. (more)

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


Relax, Everything Is OK

The 20th-century French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote: “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” For the unfortunate few deprived of the experience, a few megaphone-wielding British agitators took to the streets of London to make things clear. (more)

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Careful What You Tweet For

A federal judge ordered Twitter to reveal user data for a WikiLeaks case; and two questions arise in the media: Were J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lovers, and how will the Occupy movement respond to the 2012 presidential elections? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


‘Outed’ Oakland Cop Supports Occupy Movement, Criticizes Police

Although his cover was blown in a video circulated last month, Oakland cop Fred Shavies says in this interview that he didn’t see his job as “infiltrating” the Occupy Oakland movement—at least not in a bad way. He does criticize his fellow officers, though, in terms of ... (more)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Robert Reich

He’s a product of the most influential institutions of our country and has served in three administrations. But despite being entrenched within the system for the majority of his career, Robert Reich uses his powers for good, and that’s why he’s our Truthdigger of the Week. Update: Transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters

Something amazing happened: For 10 whole seconds, the local reporter on my TV screen actually talked about the realities of the recession.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



Moyan Brenn (CC-BY-ND)

It Seems Wall Street Is Occupying Us

The good news of the day is that Bill Moyers is coming back to television next January. The bad news is that Coca-Cola seems to be winning its battle to fill the Grand Canyon with empty plastic bottles.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Berkeley Police Clash With Students

This disturbing video shows riot-ready police facing off with students protesting on Wednesday at UC Berkeley. The students were reportedly attempting to set up camp on school grounds, which initially didn’t go over well ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Batali vs. the Bankers

Mario Batali, feel the wrath of the 1 percenters. The ginger-haired and orange-shod celebrity chef and owner of fancy New York eateries Babbo and Del Posto caused an uproar among Wall Streeters when he talked about bankers, Hitler and Stalin in the same sentence.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



OWS Censored on Twitter’s Trends? Who Cares?

America is putting too much weight on Twitter Trends; Sarkozy is caught talking smack about Netanyhu; meanwhile, Google+ lost its chance to outshine Facebook. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Reich and Robert Scheer at Occupy L.A. Teach-In

Last weekend former Labor Secretary Reich and Truthdig Editor Scheer, who, in his own words, got a little wound up, were among the luminaries teaching in at the Occupy L.A. encampment.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Why Are Police Treating Protesters Like Terrorists?

From Zuccotti Park to Nashville, counterterrorism cops and homeland security officials are spying on and intimidating Occupy protesters. It may have something to do with the way the Patriot Act can be read to classify civil disobedience as domestic terrorism.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


‘We Are Legion’: Hacktivists on Film

Whatever else might be said about groups like Anonymous and LulzSec—and the MSM says plenty without saying much—they don’t play. Assuming the position of the rogue hacktivist, their members take on big targets in business, government ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



Peter Z. Scheer

Occupy Wall Street Organizer Puts L.A. in the Hot Seat

Everyone moves to Los Angeles eventually, so it was only a matter of time before the epicenter of the occupation movement, which has shifted at times between New York and Oakland, would find its way to La-La Land. David DeGraw, who is said to have coined “we are the 99 percent” and was among the first campers in Zuccotti Park, told ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



China Censors Search for ‘Occupy’

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


The People v. Goldman Sachs

Last Thursday, Chris Hedges, Cornel West and others held a mock trial of Goldman Sachs in Zuccotti Park.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



[casey] (CC-BY-ND)

The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy America

You’ve seen Wall Street, you’ve seen Oakland, but have you seen Occupy Honolulu? Well, you’re about to now. It is part of the MSM, but CBS has put together a slideshow featuring Occupy protesters that’s worth a look.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bebeto Matthews

Finding Freedom in Handcuffs

The wealthy and the powerful behind the glass at Goldman Sachs laughed and snapped pictures of us as if we were creatures in a cage, which in fact we soon were.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street

If the New York mayor only read the fine news service that carries his name he could not claim that “It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis.”

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE



Irrational Israel Intimidates Iran

Israel’s attempts to threaten Iran are insane; the Sky Watch tower in Zuccotti Park causes more than a little unease; and a new app hints at a future in which phones will replace cash and credit cards. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE



Phillip Stearns (CC-BY)

Protesters Arrested Outside NYC Courthouse on Bank Transfer Day

At least 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday as police used nets to clear a sidewalk in front of a state courthouse in Lower Manhattan to make way for nonexistent pedestrians. (more)

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE



nypost.com

Murdoch’s Post Declares War on OWS

This week, the media magnate’s notorious New York tabloid ran three consecutive covers that together branded Wall Street protesters as lazy, vicious beasts. Salon suggests the insults probably mean the occupiers are doing something right. (more)

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 READ MORE


Chomsky Has Some Advice for the Occupiers

Noam Chomsky had a simple message for protesters at Occupy Boston last month: To change their country, they must first get the public on their side. Then they can make big demands. (more)

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Dani Canto (CC-BY-SA)

The Power of Protest Contest: Find Out Who Won

We have a winner, folks. Or make that two: a winning song and the Truthdig reader who named the tune. It wasn’t easy to settle on just one out of all the possibilities—and we’ll give nods to some of those after the jump—but it was fun.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Cain Survive? Will Obama Go Negative?

This week, a series of accusations about past indiscretions threatened to slow the Cain Train’s roll. Can GOP presidential contender Herman Cain ride it out? More important, can Greece emerge in one piece from its current economic catastrophe? (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Reich on OWS Strategy: Hit ’Em Where It Counts

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich took stock of the current status and future possibilities of Occupy movements around the country on Thursday’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” suggesting that the network of affiliated protest groups ... (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Truthdigger of the Week: Scott Olsen

This week, Truthdig salutes Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who served his country abroad and at home within the Occupy Oakland movement, as our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Chris Hedges Arrested in Front of Goldman Sachs

The New York Daily News reports that at least 15 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested after about 300 marched from Zuccotti Park to the front door of Goldman Sachs. Among them was Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE


Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



David Goehring (CC-BY)

Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself

The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE


Exposing the Worst of the 1 Percent

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is preparing a multimedia onslaught to expose those 1 percenters who use their monetary and political powers to the disadvantage of others—sometimes millions of others, as in the case of Bank of America ... (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Protest’s Tone Changes Overnight in Oakland

The day started with a general strike in Oakland, Calif., and by sundown the Occupy movement had scored a symbolic and practical victory in peacefully closing down the busy Port of Oakland. But around midnight and early into Thursday morning, protesters and riot police were clashing at the main encampment by City Hall. What changed? (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

99 Percenters Shut Down Port of Oakland

It’s one of the nation’s busiest ports, but Wednesday night the giant cranes that inspired the imperial war machines of “The Empire Strikes Back” sat idle after thousands of marchers forced a halt to commerce. A day earlier we learned that Iraq veteran Scott Olsen lay injured only two blocks from ambulances and rescue personnel ... (more) Updated

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE


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Shrieking Tree (CC-BY)

Oakland Still Unprepared to Respond to Protest Injuries

As Occupy Oakland moves forward with its call for a general strike Wednesday, the city is still unprepared to respond in a swift, coordinated manner if altercations between protesters and police result in injuries, an Alameda County official in charge of medical preparedness said.

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‘Democracy Now!’: Oakland Gears Up for General Strike

On Wednesday, Occupy Oakland demonstrators were preparing to launch a citywide strike, nodding to a similar moment in Oakland’s history and preparing for pushback from local police and employers of striking workers. Amy Goodman takes a look at the buildup to the strike in this clip from “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Wall Street Bares Its Soul

As the biography on his website reads, funk/soul/R&B singer and songwriter Charles Bradley is “no stranger to hard times.” Raised on the streets of Brooklyn, Bradley lived much of his life as an itinerant cook and part-time musician before suffering the death of his brother by gunshot. (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent

U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are appearing more and more on the front lines—the front lines of the Occupy Wall Street protests, that is.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Class Struggle

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK, the columnists had an in-depth discussion about the Occupy movement and the ruling class, which Hedges said is “totally divorced from what’s happening.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Oakland Police: ‘We, Too, Are the 99%’

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association announced “we are confused” in an open letter to the city’s residents Tuesday. The letter blames Mayor Jean Quan for ordering the clearing of the Occupy Oakland encampment that resulted in a young Iraq War veteran’s brain injury and national attention.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



Halloween and Radio Unreality

A radio show decades ago is misremembered as having caused widespread panic on Halloween; Congress has become just another form of legalized bribery; and the left-wing San Francisco Chronicle has been covering that city’s Occupy movement like a right-wing paper. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

A Master Class in Occupation

In the park and other Occupied sites across the country, middle-class men and women, many highly educated but unschooled in the techniques of resistance, are taught by those who have been carrying out acts of rebellion for years.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



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3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


OWS Prepares to Occupy the Winter

The surprising October snowstorm Saturday showed that winter’s chill is fast descending on protesters encamped in New York City’s Liberty Plaza. Will they stay or will they go? We’ll find out in the weeks to come, but for now, Wall Street’s occupiers and their supporters seem determined to keep the movement alive. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


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