General Assembly 9/27/11
Liberty Park, NYC, NY, USA
Dr. Cornell West speaks: "Don't be scared to say revolution."
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
From Death and Taxes:
The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 recognize a number of activists, among them Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah together with the April 6 Youth Movement.
Thus the Arab Spring, as it has been termed, is well-represented in the Nobel Peace Prize nominees this year, and with good reason: It was a remarkable grassroots revolution that is still changing the North African and Middle East dynamic and, indeed, the world.
Much of this, however, might not have been possible but for the actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.
Manning allegedly leaked diplomatic cables and video (of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack) to WikiLeaks. Manning had access to SIPRNet and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System from his workstation in Iraq. His reason for leaking the documents? Manning wrote to former hacker Adrian Lamo, “I want people to see the truth… regardless of who they are … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
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The Demand Is a Process
A lot of people have seemed impatient that the movement now occupying Liberty Plaza near Wall Street has not stated an explicit demand. What a visit to the plaza reveals, though, is that what really matters is not a what at all, but a how.
This video was produced by Jaisal Noor.
In other news:
Occupy Wall Street: Police brutality, media blackout
As Occupy Wall Street demonstrations enter their second week, over 80 people were arrested over the weekend and police brutality surges on the streets. Many protesters say the mainstream media is undergoing a black-out since many corporate networks sleep in the same bed with Wall Street.
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Occupy Wall Street Protest Escalates On Eighth Day (VIDEO)
Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination
The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future
Occupy Wall St. 'We all know we're robbed by the banks'
Greek Crisis Exacts the Cruelest Toll
Two years into Greece's debt crisis, its citizens are reeling from austerity measures imposed to prevent a government debt default that could cause havoc throughout Europe. The economic pain is the price Greece and Europe are paying to defend the euro, the centerpiece of 60 years of efforts to unite the Continent. But as Greece's economy shrinks, its society is fraying, raising questions about how long Greeks will be able to take the strain.
Gross domestic product in the second quarter was down more than 7% from a year before, amid government spending cuts and tax increases that, combined, will add up to about 20% of GDP. Unemployment is over 16%. Crime, homelessness, emigration and personal bankruptcies are on the rise.
The most dramatic sign of Greece's pain, however, is a surge in suicides.
Greece: Brutal clashes at Syntagma / State TV channel occupied by students
Clashes at SyntagmaSquare, 27 Sep. 2011
Athens: Police Fires Tear Gas and Beat “Indignant” Greeks (videos)
Protesters and riot police have been ‘playing’ cat and mouse for several hours at Syntagma Square in downtown Athens. Riot police beats protesters and fires tear gas, while the protesters withdraw and come back. Proto Thema newspaper underlines that the police made ‘extensive use of chemicals’ to prevent the protesters from demonstrating right in front of the Unknown Soldier monument at the feet of Parliament.
Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Wall Street Solidarity
Report from the #occupyLA meeting and march. There's another meeting tonight at City Hall's south steps at 6pm. Go if you want to support the NYC occupation, and join an LA solidarity group.
The Rebellious Media Conference in London, 8-9 October
The Rebellious Media Conference, a major event to take place in Central London on 8-9 October 2011, is being organised by a committee that includes Peace News, Ceasefire magazine, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and visionOntv
“War and Shopping” amidst a World in Crisis: The Extremism that Never Speaks its Name by John Pilger
Looking for a bookshop that was no longer there, I walked instead into a labyrinth designed as a trap. Leaving became an allusion, rather like Alice once she had stepped through the Looking Glass. Walls of glass curved into concentric circles as one “store” merged into another: Armani Exchange with Dinki Di Pies. Exits led to gauntlets of more “offers” and “exciting options”. Seeking a guide, I bought a lousy pair of sunglasses: anything to get out. It was a vision of hell. It was a Westfield mega mall.
This happened in Sydney – where the Westfield empire began – in a “mall” not half as mega as the one that opened in Stratford, east London on 13 September. “Everything” is here, reported the architectural critic Jonathan Glancey: from Apple to Primark, McDonalds’s to KFC and Krispy Kreme. There is a cinema with 17 screens and “luxurious VIP seats”, and a mega “luxury” bowling alley. Tracey Emin and Mary Portas lead the Westfield “cultural team”. The biggest casino in the land will overlook a “24-hour lifestyle street” called The Arcade. This will be the only way into the 2012 Olympic Games for 10m people attending the athletics. The simple, grotesque message of “buy me, buy me” will be London’s welcome to the world.
Seeing Through the Illusion of Money: Challenging The Money Power
by Richard C. Cook, Global Research
“Seeing Through the Illusion of Money:From Barter to the Gaia Plan”
Speech to the International Reciprocal Trade Association Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo , Mexico September 20, 2011
Activists meet to defend Internet from state control
(Reuters) - Internet activists will this week make an 11th-hour attempt to stop governments seizing more control of the Web that has fueled Arab revolutions, enabled mass leaks of U.S. diplomatic cables and allowed online piracy to thrive.
Tales of a Beginning Teacher
On his first day of teaching, Brendan Clarke entered his southwest Chicago classroom wanting to teach kids to create rather than imitate, to break the line, rather than stand in line. Two years later, Brendan left to study permaculture and regenerative community design. This is Brendan’s story.
Lesson Learned, Now Let’s Move Forward (ESA)
I have written passionately (and frustratingly) about the Constitutional Council and its making of a new constitution for Iceland in this section before.
It is a passion shared by too few of my countrymen; sometimes I think foreigners take a keener interest in it than we do.
Even so, the Constitutional Council reported on its website that the public had been fairly active, posting 3,600 comments and sending 370 suggestions to its members.
9 examples of crowdsourcing, before ‘crowdsourcing’ existed
Crowdsourcing is the new black. Everyone’s doing it. Iceland is crowdsourcing its new constitution. Microsoft is crowdsourcing aspects of Windows 8. All this hype must mean it’s a new thing right? Surely it has to be a product of the web 2.0 or social media era?
BRITAIN TAKES PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OF ICELAND BY INVADING ISLAND
The Palm Beach Post - May 10, 1940
The Federal Reserve Plans To Identify “Key Bloggers” And Monitor Billions Of Conversations About The Fed On Facebook, Twitter, Forums And Blogs
This is yet another sign that the alternative media is having a dramatic impact. As first reported on Zero Hedge, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a "Request for Proposal" to suppliers who may be interested in participating in the development of a "Sentiment Analysis And Social Media Monitoring Solution". In other words, the Federal Reserve wants to develop a highly sophisticated system that will gather everything that you and I say about the Federal Reserve on the Internet and that will analyze what our feelings about the Fed are. Obviously, any "positive" feelings about the Fed would not be a problem. What they really want to do is to gather information on everyone that views the Federal Reserve negatively. It is unclear how they plan to use this information once they have it, but considering how many alternative media sources have been shut down lately, this is obviously a very troubling sign.
Cycling with Contractions to the Hospital
If you live in Denmark it's not unusual to have heard stories of pregnant women riding their bicycle to the hospital with contractions. We've all heard the stories. Today, however, Copenahgenize is thrilled to provide some photographic documentation.
Bolivian protesters use official as shield
Amazonian indigenous groups in Bolivia have staged massive protests for more than a week against a government highway project imposed on their land.
In an unusual tactic recently used to avoid violent police attempts to crush the protests, demonstrators forced David Choquehuanca, the country's foreign minister, to march against the project with them against his own will.
While the government says the road is being built because its needed for development, the natives fear an invasion of settlers and are struggling to maintain their nature preserve.
Azhar Sukri reports.
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