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Archives from October 2011
Going Down Fighting
SHEPHERD BLISS
Occupy Oakland won a resounding Oct. 26 victory by mobilizing 3000 people to respond to a police riot. They took down the police fence that exiled them from the plaza in front of city hall, set up tents again, and returned to dancing and receiving massage and acupuncture ...
Police Can Also be Traitors
JOE GIAMBRONE
“…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -Amendment 1 This law that I believe all police swear to uphold has been vi...
Martin McGuinness’s Deadly Ambush
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Martin McGuinness says he never killed anyone during his years — however many years it was — in the IRA.That’s as may be. But this week he certainly delivered a killer blow to the presidential hopes of one Sean Gallagher. In a Dublin ...
The Twittersphere Unmasked
MONA CHOLLET
Internet use became commonplace at least 15 years ago, but some people still cannot grasp that it is a user-created medium. The web is presented as a convergence of pre-existing means of acquiring information, but French researcher Dominique Cardon objects to that view; h...
Form in Front of Content
JOSHUA SPERBER
In mere weeks Occupy Wall Street has challenged prevailing perceptions of the U.S. left, the status quo, and the relationship between the two. Overcoming the police suppression and media blackout of its vulnerable beginnings, OWS has absorbed energy and tactics from the M...
A Movie Warns Us
SAUL LANDAU
Occupy Wall Street activists everywhere agree: the system has become dysfunctional. The angst – or anger — among citizens reaches beyond economic collapse and the government’s inability to improve the situation. Frustration and puzzlement persist: why do Preside...
Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman
RON JACOBS
There’s a character in Michael Moorcock’s novel about the 1980s titled  King of the City for whom everything is for sale.  A hippie turned capitalist predator, this character works with national and local British governments in allowing public works...
Joe the Plumber Rides Again
DAVID MACARAY
On October 25, Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber) announced he would be seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress, running as a Republican, representing Ohio’s 9th congressional district.  The 9th is currently represented by Democrat Marcy Kaptur...
Deadline in Bangor, Maine
LAWRENCE REICHARD
Coast to coast, from Oakland to Atlanta, cops are busting up Occupations.  The right is fighting back against what might be the most vibrant, vital, dynamic and fast-growing movement for social change this country has seen since at least the movement against the U.S. war...
The Politics of Envy
ROB URIE
One of the theories of the practice of psychology encountered in college is “egoism,” the argument that all people at all times act in their own self-interest. The theory is circular in that once the premise is accepted, any argument that runs counter to it is presume...
Herman Cain, American Dreamer
MARK T. HARRIS
As a relative unknown seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain’s recent success in the polls has taken the field by surprise. It shouldn’t. Since entering the primary race, Cain had an advantage over other Republicans in that he just hadn’t...
Invaded Under False Pretexts
FIDEL CASTRO
On February 23rd, under the title of “The Cynical Danse Macabre”, I set out: “The policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. ” “Thanks to the treason committed by Sadat at Camp...
The Fight of Our Lives
MAX SCHWARZ
On October 25th James Miller, a professor at the New School for Social Research, weighed in on the Occupy movement in an Op-Ed in the New York Times.  In this piece, Miller warned against extremist, anti-democratic elements who threaten to undermine the nascent movement....
The Moral Movement
MISSY BEATTIE
Some years ago, my husband, youngest son, and I watched Ultimate Fighting—grappling—during which two contenders slammed and choked each other while writhing on a mat.  The contest ended when one of the opponents tap, tap, tapped the mat, in surrender. Barack O...
The Booby Trap
FARZANA VERSEY
All eyes have been on our mammaries the whole of October. Was it breast cancer awareness month or does the Big C stand for the Big Consumer gifted another marketed opportunity wrapped with a pink ribbon? This is not to belittle those who have suffered and the survi...
We Shall Not be Moved
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Until recent events proved otherwise, the hyper-commercialized surface of the corporate state gave the appearance of being too diffuse–too devoid of a center to pose a threat of totalitarian excess. Accordingly, as of late, due to the violent response to OWS protest...
When the Mob Rules
STEPHEN MARTIN
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. Winston Churchill, remarks at a White House luncheon, June 26, 1954 Where was the dead body found? Who found the dead body? Was the dead body dead when found? How was the...
Final Ramblings of a Celebrated Atheist
CHARLES R. LARSON
Portuguese novelist and Nobel Prize (1998) winner José Saramago’s final novel, Cain, mu...
Meet Annette Dasch
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin In the course of the 19th century the designation “virtuoso” become an often ambiguous compliment, if not a downright backhanded one. The word began to refer increasingly to technical prowess that came necessarily at the expense of tr...
Poet’s Basement
Robert Davies, Frank Ford & Jon Taylor
Melons and Mendelssohn by ROBERT A. DAVIES Melons and Mendelssohn mellow days of autumn the end of harvest andante season. And yet our country teeters, weapons plentiful as the fallen leave...
Slavery Footprint
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Oakland on Strike!
MIKE KING and GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
[Mike is reporting from the ground in Oakland, former Oakland resident George contributed political analysis] A major victory has been won. For only the second time in Oakland’s recent political history, mass action in the street has forced the hand of c...
Gaddafi and the Bacchae
PETER LEE
I suppose the Western media caravan has moved on, and there isn’t going to be a lot of interest in the latest ...
Reversing the Lens on Pakistan
CONN HALLINAN
“Terrorism is not a statistic for us.” —Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 pe...
The Long Shadow of Algeria
DAVID PORTER
While Tunisia had its first post-“revolution” election on October 23rd and Egypt will follow on November 28th, an infamous, but relevant, date in Algerian history is also rapidly approaching. January 11th will be the 20th anniversary of the milit...