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Cover-Up at the Cathedral

Critics of the financial industry and some clergy members are upset over suppression by St. Paul’s Cathedral of a report that would appear to reveal a shared denial of responsibility for the financial crisis within the London banking community. (more)

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Dismal Reports From Two U.S. Inequality Studies

The 1 percenters targeted by those leading the Wall Street occupation had a profitable run between 1979 and 2007. Their average after-tax income grew 275 percent in that period, while income for the 60 percent of the population in the middle of the earning scale grew by just under 40 percent. (more)

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Occupy Wall Street Gets Real on MTV

MTV is developing reality shows inspired by Occupy Wall Street; the tea party turns its back on Michele Bachmann; and a British cleric resigns rather than retract his support of the Occupy London protests. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

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Fighting Corporations and a Death Sentence

Four years after a health insurance company decided her life wasn’t worth saving, 18-year-old Miran Istina, who suffers from myelogenous leukemia, has dedicated her struggle to the global fight against the corporate control of politics. (more)

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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)

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Relief in Europe, Inequality in America

An emergency economic summit in Europe brought direly needed relief to Greece and neighboring nations, but will it last—and is it enough? Meanwhile, on our side of the planet, a report from Congress showed that the richest 1 percent of Americans more than doubled their share of national income in the last 30 years.

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Oliver Stone on Occupy Wall Street: ‘Grab the Power’

The collaboration between director Oliver Stone and one-man political think tank Tariq Ali began not three years ago, but their mind-meld has already produced three projects spanning multiple continents and eras. Stone gave a talk in Los Angeles last weekend … (more)

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AP / Noah Berger

Occupy Oakland Defies Mayor, Pitches Camp

Do the mayors of, say, Oakland, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles have each other on speed dial this week? That’s kind of what it looked like, with tensions between those city leaders, aided by creative interpretations of public property regulations, and their respective Occupy movements ratcheting up this week. Updated

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AP / Thomas Watkins

The Great Depression Right Outside Our Doors

While Occupy Wall Street and similar movements around the country take aim at financial institutions and their political cronies for taking the country into recession, let’s not forget those at the very bottom who were victims of economic depression long before the current collapse.

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Occupy Oakland Calls for Citywide Strike

Tuesday night’s showdown between Occupy Oakland protesters and police, during which former Marine and two-tour Iraq vet Scott Olsen was critically injured, has spurred movement organizers and local activists to put out a call for a strike across Oakland on Nov. 2.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed

It is class warfare. But it was begun not by the tear-gassed, rain-soaked protesters asserting their constitutionally guaranteed right of peaceful assembly but rather the financial overlords who control all of the major levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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The Vatican Meets the Occupiers

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park?

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Truthdig / Peter Z. Scheer

L.A. Has a Change of Heart, Decides to Evict Occupiers

Despite showing support early on for the protesters occupying their lawn, the people who run L.A. City Hall have decided the occupation “cannot continue indefinitely.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa complained to the Los Angeles Times, “The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working … our trees are without water.” (more)

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OWS: A Visual Primer

Social movements come with their own unique aesthetics, often drawing raw material from past protest traditions and performances, as well as from the font of plenty that is popular culture, and repurposing it in inventive new ways for the cause at hand. The movement that began with Occupy Wall Street has brought a bounty …  (more)

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Protesters Set Their Sights on Wal-Mart

A member of Occupy Seattle is coordinating a statewide protest against Wal-Mart slated for Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. (more)

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Labor Lawyer: Look to Keynes to Fix Economy

Wall Street’s occupiers are asking the big questions about the U.S. economy. What can we do to create jobs, eliminate poverty and free the nation from the grip of debt? American labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan points to early 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes for some clues. (more)

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Oakland Cops Press Assault on Protesters Through the Night

Oakland police repeatedly fired tear gas and what appeared to be flash-bang grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to retake their camp Tuesday night. Police deny using flash-bangs, accusing protesters of throwing fireworks. However, local news footage contradicts that claim. Updated (more)

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How the Rich Subverted the Legal System

As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious.

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Occupy/Abandon

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Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.

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AP / Ben Margot

Oakland, Atlanta Officials Take It Up a Notch Against Occupy Movement

Tuesday morning’s arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters, along with the recent display of police prowess that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visited upon the occupy encampment in his own city, add up to signs of trouble that could threaten the peaceful tone of the movement, at least as The Christian Science Monitor … (more)

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Money Wars: Goldman Sachs vs. OWS

In this clip from Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” we hear the story of Goldman Sachs’ recent move to back out of a fundraiser for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union after the financial giant caught wind that the event would pay tribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement. But, as Amy Goodman and investigative reporter … (more)

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Chris Hedges and Amy Goodman Talk OWS on ‘Charlie Rose’

Finally, some smart discussion about Occupy Wall Street on a high-profile talk show. Here we have Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and “Democracy Now!” anchor Amy Goodman going beyond sound bites and bullet points to give Charlie Rose their takes on OWS—what it means, why it’s happening and who’s taking part.

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AP / Mary Altaffer

Denunciation and Disruption: The Vision That Drives Occupy Wall Street

The occupiers have made it known in a most disrespectful manner that the parasite class is not welcome anymore. That’s a good start.

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The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

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The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

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When Newspapers Act Like Banks, Communities Suffer

“Why not occupy newsrooms?” That’s the question posed by David Carr, writing in The New York Times about the obscene salaries and bonuses (tens of millions of dollars in some cases) paid to newspaper executives in compensation for “picking the carcass clean.” (more)

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AP / Eric Gay

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

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Let Them Eat Kelp

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A Businessman Occupies Wall Street

I met David Intrator during the fourth week of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the night before Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brookfield Properties and the New York Police Department were due to clear the park and shut down the demonstration. (more)

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Columbia Sociologist on Past Social Movements and More

Sociologist Todd Gitlin, former president of Students for a Democratic Society and a Columbia University professor, compares OWS to other American uprisings, discusses the media’s early coverage of the protests and considers the fate of the movement’s signature leaderless form. (more)

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 READ MORE



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You Too Can Befriend a CEO!

Members of the angry and increasingly vocal American majority can now bring their grievances to the 1 percent more directly with Occupy the Board Room, an OWS-associated website that invites the rest of us to pursue “friendship” with 180 corporate board members and executives. (more)

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Cornel West Arrested at OWS in Harlem

Princeton University professor Cornel West was among a few dozen protesters arrested at a solidarity march in New York on Friday as OWS activists locked arms with members of progressive groups in front of a Harlem police station. The crowd of a couple of hundred was protesting the practice of “stop-and-frisk,” which allows officers to stop and search city residents on the street. (more)

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AP / Isaac Brekken

No Hope for the Jobless if a Republican Wins

Almost 20 miles from the Occupy L.A. encampment and 265 miles from the Las Vegas Republican presidential debate, the state employment office in Norwalk, Calif., was a sad, quiet reminder of what the presidential campaign should be about—unemployment that is dooming the prospects of this generation and its children.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy

His Majesty King John Hickenlooper, the sovereign governor of the Kingdom of Colorado, handed down an edict closing the grounds of the Capitol palace to the public and ordering his praetorian guard to arrest the peaceful Occupy Denver protesters assembled at the castle gates.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Radio Host Fired for Protesting Wall Street

Lisa Simeone was fired Wednesday from “Soundprint,” an independently produced documentary show that airs on NPR stations, because she is on the steering committee for the October 2011 Movement. Simeone had been with the program for 15 years. (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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From ‘V’ to OWS: One Mask’s Story

Occupy Wall Street protesters have worn it, as have Anonymous hactivists, chief WikiLeaker Julian Assange and that guy who shared the screen with a shorn Natalie Portman in “V for Vendetta” (that would be Hugo Weaving, who also appears in another cult conspiracy movie, “The Matrix”). But where did the dapper and sinister ... (more)

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Occupy the Nation

Occupy Wall Street is working on convening a national General Assembly; Rick Santorum pledges to repeal federal funding for contraception; meanwhile, Amazon attempts to rid the world of publishers. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

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AP / Andrew Burton

Let Them Eat Keller

Funny, he doesn’t look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are “bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

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A Billion Points of Light

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Protesters Invigorated by Show of Public Support

Despite a continuing barrage of defamation attempts by the mainstream media and right-wing political advocacy groups, Wall Street’s occupiers seem to be enjoying a rising popularity with the public, especially fellow New Yorkers. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Pro-Israel Group Tries to Smear the Protesters

A right-wing, pro-Israel group called the Emergency Committee for Israel has released a commercial that portrays the ongoing protests against the cozy relationship between government and corporations as anti-Semitic. (more)

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10 Non-Jobs: Career Alternatives in a Broken Economy

Here are 10 survival schemes, ranging from adventurous to asinine. Hey, beggars can’t be choosers—and we’ll all be begging soon enough.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Naomi Wolf Arrested in New York

Truthdig contributor Madison Shockley reports that the author and political consultant was arrested after leaving a Huffington Post event in lower Manhattan honoring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street

President Obama left unsaid in his dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that King, were he alive, would most likely be protesting Obama administration policies.

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Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements More Alike Than Not

Both movements are essentially populist protests. The OWS people want to break the power of finance and the rich in America. So do tea party voters.

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AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman Sachs Sags in Third Quarter

Even bad news has a way of turning around fast for Goldman Sachs. The financial giant was forced to concede Tuesday that it did not, for once, defy the laws of market physics as it has done even in the throes of the ongoing recession (you can keep your sketchy recession timeline, New York Times), and that it had ... (more)

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges in Times Square

Occupy TVNY has this interview with Chris Hedges, who, during the major global protests on Saturday, compared Occupy Wall Street to the other movements he’s covered around the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE


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