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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)

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A Night of Hope in Berkeley

It wasn’t quite Berkeley in 1964, but it wanted to be, and that might be the ultimate significance of the thousands-strong gathering Tuesday night in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus.

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Timothy Krause (CC-BY)

Why the First Amendment Won’t Protect Occupiers

Those who believe the courts will come to the rescue have bought into the popular mythology surrounding the amendment’s depth and reach.

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What a Mess

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Only a Coward

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Kenny Sun (CC-BY)

The Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street

We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

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Slideshow: Occupy Wall Street the Day After Eviction

Photographer Jeff Pappas sends us these photos from a Burger King near Z Park the day after the NYPD trashed the encampment.

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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)

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AP / Seth Wenig

This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak.

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‘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)

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War Is Started

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Adam Gabbatt

New York Police Trash Occupy Wall Street

Hundreds of New York police officers rolled into Zuccotti Park just after 1 a.m. Tuesday with a dump truck and orders to clear the park, arrest the defiant and throw away their possessions. (more)

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Oakland Mayoral Adviser Tells Keith Olbermann Why He Quit

Dan Siegel was a friend and legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, but he resigned his post the same day police cleared the Occupy Oakland encampment.

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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)

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The Great American Stickup

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Cops Send Occupy Oakland Protesters Packing

Around 5 a.m. Monday, officers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment and ousted protesters from the city’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, arresting 32 people who refused to leave and obliging movement members ... (more)

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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!”

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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‘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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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)

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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)

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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.

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The People v. Goldman Sachs

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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