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U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Terror Rules at Bahrain’s Hospitals

Bahrain’s hospitals are becoming centers of terror and distrust as government officials use them to identify, torture and arrest protesters, doctors and nurses for their involvement in the ongoing uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa family.

Posted on May 22, 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 READ MORE


Veterans Say No to NATO

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mikhail Metzel

Moscow Protests Get Ugly

Police in Russia’s capital began cracking heads Sunday once some of the 20,000 Russians marching against Vladimir Putin made a turn for the Kremlin. Putin resumes the presidency Monday after a four-year interlude as prime minister.

Posted on May 6, 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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Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



Jessierocks (CC-BY)

Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

Young people the world over demonstrating against economic injustice are met with state-sanctioned violence and insults in the mainstream media, rather than informed dialogue, critical engagement and reformed policies.

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AP / Vincent Yu

An Angry Chinese Village Goes to the Polls

It seems the voice of the people has been heard in the Chinese village of Wukan, where residents voted to elect a committee of local leaders after winning a protracted battle for self-determination against Chinese authorities.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Déjà Pooh

Is there no more convincing proof that there is nothing like a presidential campaign to demonstrate just how profoundly detached we are as a nation from recognizing why ours is a functioning democracy in reputation alone?

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AP / Kostas Tsironis

All Hades Breaks Loose in Greece

On Sunday, after months of economic and political turmoil, Greek citizens fed up with paying for mistakes made by their country’s power elite took to the streets by the tens of thousands to signal their disapproval of the austerity measures the government pushed through late that night.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Egypt Gives an Inch on Election Date

Monday brought a mixed bag of news out of Egypt. First came the update that 19 Americans working in nonprofit organizations in the North African nation were still in line to be tried for funding-related reasons, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning sounds about Egypt’s future funding from the U.S.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


Oakland Police Arrest 400 and Counting

Clashes between protesters and police in Oakland have once again focused the Occupy spotlight on the city.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bassem Tellawi

More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE



syphlix (CC-BY)

Little Old Ladies Shut Down BofA Branch

Bank of America staffers in San Francisco shuttered the doors of their branch this week when a group of women aged 69 to 82, bearing signs in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and calling themselves the “wild old women,” approached the building in walkers and wheelchairs to protest high fees, low taxes on banks and foreclosures. No arrests were reported.

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AP / Ahmed Ali

Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

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AP / Mikhail Metzel

Public Figures Challenge Putin’s Power

Two high profile figures associated with the Kremlin joined tens of thousands of Muscovites in the streets Saturday to once again protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prolong his tenure as the nation’s leading figure in the upcoming presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Guangdong

Villagers in Southern China have accused authorities of seizing their land and killing a village representative in custody. The BBC reports that residents of Wukan in Guangdong province, one of China’s red-hot economic zones, are in a standoff with police.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Mass Protests Are Not a Threat to Putin … Yet

The largest anti-government protests in more than a decade have created a new political dynamic in Russia, but there is no real alternative to Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mikhial Metzel

Russians Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Election Fraud

Thousands of Russian youths, newly politicized by what they see as a violation of human rights, stood with a crowd of up to 50,000 people in central Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square to challenge election results that keep Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in power.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.

More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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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



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



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



bbc.co.uk

Egyptian Election Goes Forward Despite Setbacks

How do you take a revolution to the polls? Some Egyptians apparently found the electoral potential of Monday’s vote, their country’s first since President Hosni Mubarak’s regime was brought down, to be wanting and boycotted the whole production, but many others were willing to deal with the lines and ... (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


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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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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



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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



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptians Take On Military Council in New Protest

Last February, ushering in the storied Arab Spring, Egyptians poured into the streets to clamor for change—regime change, which led to the ousting of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. On Friday, protesters again flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square, this time to call on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ... (more)

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


‘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)

Posted on Nov 15, 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



Wikimedia Commons / PSUMark2006

Paterno’s Exit Sparks Student Riot

Angry at school officials and the media for ousting football hero Joe Paterno, thousands of Penn State students poured into the streets of their college town Wednesday night, clashing with police, chanting and taking their frustrations out on local property and a news van.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Keystone XL: Ring Around the Rose Garden

More than 10,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., last Sunday with a simple goal: Encircle the White House.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Investigators and Activists Target Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, just two days before thousands of protesters encircled the White House, the State Department inspector general’s office said it would launch an investigation into the vetting process for a controversial oil pipeline that would snake its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 7, 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



AP / Khalil Hamra

So Much for Progress in Syria

Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance. (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 / Kostas Tsironis

Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 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



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)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/ luccast85 (CC-BY)

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)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

While the international media zoomed in on Libya on Thursday, another important story was unfolding in Athens, where two days of strikes and protests failed to sway parliament members from passing a bill of austerity measures the Greek government insisted was necessary to avoid an even more catastrophic economic mess.

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