Occupy Wall Street & the World Newslinks 25-27 October 2011

27 October 2011 — williambowles.info

27 October 2011
Amidst police crackdown, widespread public support for Occupy movement

World Socialist Web Site Today at 16:22
Recent polls show widespread popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic aims, centered on opposition to inequality and corporate domination of politics. The growth of support comes as local governments, implicitly backed by the Obama administration, are moving to shut down demonstration…

Occupied New Orleans: A Brief History
Dissident Voice Today at 16:01
New Orleans is no stranger to occupation. The swampland between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain has been occupied for nearly three centuries, beginning when Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville first took the Chitimacha settlement in 1718. It was then turned over to the Spanish crown in 1763, back to the French in 1801, sold to the Americans in 1803, occupied by the north during the latter years of the Civil War, and open to exploitation by oligarchs and financiers ever since.

Dissident Voicing
Dissident Voice Today at 16:01
A protest sign in NYC, ‘FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL AT HOME.’ Home is Liberty Park, a 33,000-square-foot plot where hundreds have camped nightly for over a month. During the day, they march together, their bodies merged into a common thrust, while at night, they lie together. Some are barely covered, while others are entirely wrapped, like collateral damage of yet another stupid war. Be careful or you’ll step on an arm, leg or even head.

Marine Down in Police Attack on Occupy Oakland
Dissident Voice Today at 16:00
Marine Scott Olsen made it through two tours in Iraq without an injury, but back home in the United States he was critically wounded by a police riot. Heavily-armed police injured Olsen and other unarmed citizens on October 25 when they attacked the non-violent Occupy Oakland.

Drug War Profiteers: Book Exposes How Wachovia Bank Laundered Millions For Mexican Cartels
Democracy Now! Today at 13:53
As protests continue against Wall Street and the nation’s biggest banks, we speak to British journalist Ed Vulliamy, author of ‘Amexica: War Along the Borderline.’ Vulliamy exposes how one bank, Wachovia, made millions in the Mexican drug war. At the time, Wachovia was the nation’s fourth-largest bank — it has since been taken over by Wells Fargo. ‘You can’t drive around Mexico with hundreds of billions of dollars in cash in a truck. It has to be banked,’ Vulliamy said. ‘What I found was that it is coming into the United States, into the banking system.’ [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

Egyptian Youth Activists: We Are Happy to See Occupy Wall Street Movement Stand Up For Justice
Democracy Now! Today at 13:32
A pair of Egyptian police officers were sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for the beating death of 28 year-old man. The 2010 killing of Khaled Said helped to spark the Egyptian revolution that ultimately toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Issue #3 ‘The Occupied Wall Street Journal’ to read/download
Links – International journal of socialist renewal Today at 11:33
October 22, 2011 — Occupy Wall Street Media — Occupy Wall Street (#OccupyWallStreet) is the beginning of a whole new kind of democracy: a bottom-up people’s democracy led by the 99%. It is a bold vision for the future that is beginning to inspire the nation. However, to pull it off, we’re going to need a robust people’s media unbeholden to corporate money. If we want people’s democracy then we’ve got to build a people’s media — the two are inseparable.

No place for sexism in Occupy
Recent articles from SocialistWorker.org Today at 06:00
I hope the sexist ‘Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street’ video sparks a discussion about the links between women’s oppression and corporate greed.

NYPD vs OWS: Crackdown but no backdown
Russiatoday.ru Today at 04:27
New York police officers have been arresting Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who took to the streets Wednesday to decry a crackdown against fellow protesters in Oakland, California, RT correspondents reported.

‘I’m Getting Arrested’ phone app created for OWS
Russiatoday.ru Today at 02:47
Inspired by the latest events in the United States, Android developer Jason Van Anden decided to make his own contribution to the Occupy Wall Street movement and developed a special application aimed at helping…

26 October 2011
Happy 10th Birthday, USA PATRIOT Act.

UNREDACTED Yesterday at 22:43
Almost two-thirds of Americans approve of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Nearly half approve of the USA PATRIOT Act. Fortunately, some of its laws flaws are receiving some much needed attention on its 10th birthday. The Patriot Act, which was enacted 45 days after September 11 attacks, was designed to give intelligence agencies more power to […]

John Streamas, “Occupied Japan and Occupying Wall Street”
MRZine.org Yesterday at 21:38
And the rage is there. Today, as I write this in late October, many have been arrested in protests all over the nation, but little violence has been reported. How then can we know about the rage? Sometimes rage boils over and erupts, but sometimes it simmers. For the last several years the rich have been getting conspicuously richer, and we have abided it.

New York ISO member on Occupy Wall Street
Green Left Weekly issue #782 Yesterday at 19:24
This is a recording of a Skype interview from October 19, 2011 with US Socialist Doug Singsen about Occupy Wall Street. Singsen is a member of the International Socialist Organisation in New York.

OWS co-founder warns against ‘totalitarian nightmare’
Russiatoday.ru Yesterday at 19:20
The question Occupy Wall Street activists should be asking is not what concrete results they want to achieve, but what the result will be if they don’t do anything, says Alexa O’Brien, who helped organize the first OWS…

Occupy Wall Street Wednsday 10.26.11
The Wild Wild Left – Front Page Yesterday at 18:09
For more Info, other editions in this series can be found HERE and up-to-date OWS Basic Info is HERE

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Occupation targets banks
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 17:37
The Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown Minneapolis, targeted banks in the past week to protest student debt and home foreclosures.

Sacramento, California: “Democrats are tied to the corporations that caused the crash”
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 17:37
Nearly 100 protesters filled downtown Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park this past Saturday to voice their opposition to Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street movement at a crossroads
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 17:37
Attempts to channel mass political discontent back within the political system have been combined with a growing wave of arrests, including a brutal crackdown on protesters in Oakland, California.

Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: Equality and the Fight for Socialism
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 17:37
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings throughout the United States on the political significance and implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Obama’s vaunted housing plan misses the mark: as usual, too little, too late
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 17:35
With special analysis provided by Andre Damon (see below) 
NOW THAT THERE’S A RE-ELECTION campaign to worry about Obama, the supreme con artist, is suddenly popping all over the place mouthing all sorts of fiery populist rhetoric.  The usual suckers will fall for that act, of course, but the man is still who he is, a profoundly compromised politician in the service of plutocratic interests. As far as Obama is concerned, photo ops and soundbites can still advance the cause, ergo, this sudden spate of  ’help the people’ initiatives.

Occupy Obama
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 17:22
How to Turn Up the Heat on Democrats
Obama and his ‘business as usual’ Democrats and faux left demagogs are a huge obstacle to the birth of real progressive politics in the US.  They must be opposed at all times and removed from the equation.

Toward a Non-Violent Revolution
Consortiumnews.com Yesterday at 17:01
Like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, the French Revolution began as a rejection of an unjust system where the few were obscenely rich and the many had little money or power. Where it went off-track was in its embrace of violence, a lesson today’s revolutionaries must heed, says Gary G. Kohls. By Gary G. Kohls I was reading a book about Adolf Hitler, entitled The Psychopathic God, when I ran across a meaningful quote from a French Revolution-era author, diplomat and orator named Honore…

OpEds: Occupy Wall Street movement at a crossroads
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 16:47
EVENTS CONTINUE to demonstrate that sooner rather than later the protest movement may need to organize itself into a tougher, better organized party of the working people.

The Greanville Post Yesterday at 16:04
Mark Vorpahl, Worker’s Action
The bottom line for our time is: Believe NOTHING the powerful tell you, especially when the message comes from their main shills, like Barack Obama

From Tahrir to Wall Street: Egyptian Activist Asmaa Mahfouz Speaks at Occupy Wall Street
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 15:40
Egyptian activists show their support for the American Occupy movement: ‘Don’t be afraid of the Government!’ is the message.

Riot police target Occupy Wall Street demo with tear gas
Morning Star Yesterday at 15:14
Riot police attacked citizens participating in an Occupy Wall Street sit-in outside Oakland City Hall with tear gas and stun grenades in the early hours on Tuesday.

Occupy Harlem! No One Has Suffered More Than Us From Plutocracy
Black Agenda Radio Commentaries Yesterday at 13:5720111
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The Occupation of Harlem kicks off on October 28. ‘Black activists have a duty to engage the Occupation phenomenon as full actors, as the voices of the men, women and children that have suffered the most wrongs at the hands of Wall Street.’ Frederick Douglass is a guide to how African Americans should engage the white-iOccupy Harlem! No One Has Suffered More Than Us From Plutocracynitiated OWS phenomenon. ‘If it is an awakening, then our voices need to be in the ears of all those who are waking up, Blacks, whites, Latinos, everyone.’

Glenn Greenwald on Occupy Wall Street, Banks Too Big To Jail and the Attack on WikiLeaks
Democracy Now! Yesterday at 13:44
The prominent political and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald comments on the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. ‘This movement is about is more important than specific legislative demands …

The European Debt Crisis: The Creditors are America’s “Too Big to Fail” Wall Street Banksters
GlobalResearch.ca Yesterday at 13:43
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

The MSM’s Fear of OWS
Consortiumnews.com Yesterday at 13:39
Journalism should be about the new and unexpected, but most journalists really prefer the routine and expected,  so their days go easier. And they shy away from questioning the status quo. All of which makes Occupy Wall Street (OWS) a nuisance to the mainstream media (MSM), says Danny Schechter. By Danny Schechter The other night, I ran into a veteran journalist, a writer who I always considered was among the ‘plugged in.’ Yet when I told him I was reporting on Occupy Wall Street, he plugged…

Russell Simmons Still Ain’t Hip-Hop and He Ain’t No Occupier Either!
Black Agenda Radio Commentaries Yesterday at 13:3220111
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by editor and columnist Jared Ball
The experience of the last five weeks shows that Wall Street ‘occupiers’ fear of liberal co-optation is fully justified.’ Media mogul and debit card finance capitalist Russell Simmons escorted Kanye West and Al Sharpton into the Zuccotti Park occupation mix, in yet another attempt ‘by the soft liberal Left to co-opt anything that has any degree of revolutionary potential.’ Cooptation efforts are to be expected. However, ‘If the Simmons and Sharptons of the world are to be combated a more genuine Black leadership must emerge from the ranks of Black people.’

Police fire teargas at Occupy Wall Street protest
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 11:06

Re-energized fight at Verizon
Recent articles from SocialistWorker.org Yesterday at 06:00
More than 1,000 union members and supporters rallied against the phone giant Verizon and marched to Occupy Wall Street.

How the 1 percent rules
Recent articles from SocialistWorker.orgYesterday at 06:00
We know the 1 percent runs Wall Street and Corporate America, but their control extends into the supposedly democratic political system as well.

Occupy Wall Street: What You Can Demand versus What You Must DO
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 05:29
By Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford
Occupy Wall Street activists are under some pressures to come up with demands to make of the powerful. However, ‘in many cases, there is no point in demanding anything from your enemy, except that he drop dead in a hurry.’ If Wall Street is an unadulterated evil as many OWS folks claim – and they are right – then what is to be demanded of the banksters and their friends? That they commit suicide, forthwith? And how do you reform a cancer away? ‘Well before 1999, Wall Street power had passed the point where it could be controlled by conventional regulation.’

Occupy the System
The Greanville Post Yesterday at 05:20
Don’t Protest, Resist

25 October 2011
Allocating the budget: The time has arrived to democratize our taxes

The Greanville Post 25/10/2011 at 23:29
Change Washington’s Priorities? Here’s How!

Goldman Sachs v. Occupy Wall Street: A Greg Palast Investigation
Dandelion Salad 25/10/2011 at 22:00
by Greg Palast Featured Writer Dandelion Salad http://www.gregpalast.com October 25, 2011 GregPalastOffice on Oct 25, 2011 A controversy in the banking community has arisen around the Occupy Wall Street movement. Greg Palast investigates the story behind Goldman Sachs’ recent decision to pull out of a fundraiser for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union in […]

Five-star Occupy Wall Street Chef – broke, but proud
Russiatoday.ru 25/10/2011 at 21:55
As economic gloom and wealth inequality spills Occupy Wall Street protests out onto the streets, RT takes a look at a story of a man who went from being a gourmet chef at a chic restaurant to being a broke volunteer…

Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
GlobalResearch.ca 25/10/2011 at 20:55
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

Long Island couple tries to trademark “Occupy Wall Street”
Russiatoday.ru 25/10/2011 at 17:32
A brand new, durable “Occupy Wall Street” tote bag and matching umbrella can soon be yours — as long as you cut the check to a Long Island, New York couple and no one else.

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