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Archives by Tag 'Occupy movement'
Occupy Fallujah
VICTORIA FONTAN
Hope can be a powerful drive. It can eventually change the world, one little step at a time. Somewhere far away from their capital city, a group of concerned citizens set up to physically occupy a piece of land at the entrance of their town: they humbly call it “the dem...
Can Occupy and Labor Coalesce?
PETER RUGH
On a cold December morning, before sunrise in New York’s Chinatown, about ...
Is Occupy Dead?
STEVEN SHERMAN
For some time, I have been reading essays declaring Occupy dead. They all point to the failure of the movement, since the repression of the encampments, to mount sustained, visible protest. One of Alexander Cockburn’s last ...
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers
DAVE LINDORFF
New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occ...
From Occupation to Liberation
RON JACOBS
Despite a myriad of obituaries for the movement that began in Manhattan in September 2011, the people of Occupy refuse to let it die.  There are hundreds involved in the Occupy Sandy effort in the New York City region following the devastation of Tropical Storm Sandy.  ...
Looking Back on Occupy
L’Échaudée
1. Your assessment of the Occupy movement was very positive. What is the overall perception you have of this movement today? What is left of Occupy? There is not much left of the Occupy movement as such — almost all the encampments were destroyed...
Toward a New Leftist Politics
RON JACOBS
There is no need to despair; no need to retreat; and no need to lash out at the liberals cheering Barack Obama’s re-election. Leave all that to those who voted for Mitt Romney. It is their world that has changed, hopefully forever.  For those on the left, it is time to...
A Chicago Judge Rules in Favor of “Occupy Chicago” Protesters
JULIE HILDEN
On September 27, Chicago Judge Thomas More Donnelly issued a ruling in favor of “Occupy Chicago” protesters who had stayed in Grant Park, an historic public forum, after the park’s curfew—which closed the park from 11:00 p.m. until 6 a.m.—and had been arrested a...
Solidarity in the New Gilded Age
DAVID MACARAY
Assuming that the polls and surveys are correct, and Barack Obama earns himself a second term as president, what are the odds that he will evolve into the kind of pro-union Democrat organized labor always hoped he would be? Given what we’ve seen so far, the odds ...
The Waning of the Modern Ages
MORRIS BERMAN
La longue durée —the long run—was an expression made popular by the Annales School of French historians led by Fernand Braudel, who coined the phrase in 1958. The basic argument of this school is that the proper concern of historians should be the a...
Reflections on New York’s Fattest
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Is there anything less threatening than a morbidly obese cop on motor scooter? Okay, 25 morbidly obese cops on motor scooters–that’s even more unthreatening. When I’m out in the streets chanting, “Show me what a police state looks like! THIS is what a p...
Occupy, Year 2 Begins
VIJAY PRASHAD
Smiles. A mid-September sunny day in New York City draws those with the day off to go to the parks and laze along the avenues, walking by the workers on call, cleaning up after tourists, holding together a city that always seems held together by the sweat ...
Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism
HENRY GIROUX
The United States has entered a new historical era marked by a growing disinvestment in the social state, public goods, and civic morality. Matters of politics, power, ideology, governance, economics, and policy now translate unapologetically into a systemic disinvestment...
Phasing Out the Brothers
ISHMAEL REED
“Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of th...
Oakland: Incubator for Meaningful Local Politics
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland, California. The New York Times Magazine’s recent feature on Oakland — “the last refuge of radical America”— seemed to have one overriding purpose: to convince the rest of the nation that Oakland’s uniquely strong social...
The ILWU Longshore Struggle in Longview and Beyond
JACK HEYMAN
Labor historian, Cal Winslow, imparts his “wisdom” from above in his CounterPunch article (7/25/12), “Victory in Longview, A Year On: ...
The New Police Surveillance State
DAVID ROSEN
Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS) nationwide May Day campaign was undertaken in New York and some 100-plus other cities.  Its goal was twofold.  First, it sought to focus attention on the major banks, the principal culprits in the still lingering fiscal crisis.  Second, it ...
Popping the Media Bubble on Police Violence
JOHN HALLE
In the early morning hours of December 4, 1969, the FBI and the Chicago Police Department stormed Black Panther organizer Fred Hampton’s apartment, spraying Hampton’s bedroom with machine gun fire, concluding their visit with a bullet to his head to ensure t...
Biggest Financial Scandal in Britain’s History, Yet Not a Single Occupy Sign; What Happened?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since what is now going is being described as “the greatest financial scandal in the history of Britain”  — the Barclays imbroglio – I have a question to ask. Where are those tents outside St Pauls? Or ones in solidarity this side of the Atlantic? Where are t...
Occupy Your Couch: Films for the 99 Percent
WILLIAM KAUFMAN
During my graduate-school years in New York City in the mid-seventies to early eighties, Manhattan was the world’s vibrant center of repertory film theaters: each night yielded an embarrassment of the world’s great cinematic riches, meticulously programmed at a dozen ...
The Police and the Occupy Movement
COLLIN HARRIS
As the global wave of rebellion that began in 2011 and eventually spread to the beating heart of Empire, and the new subcultures of resistance it has spawned, continues to grow and diversify, there is an obvious dilemma that will have to be worked out if we are serious ab...
Codependence Day
ROB LARSON
This Wednesday, as millions of Americans picnic in the (increasingly) warm summer weather, there is little affection for the social system that carries the flag of freedom the holiday celebrates. With support for the present Congress recently falling into the single digit...
The Future of Occupy Oakland
C. H. ACHERON and MIKE KING
Like so many others, I now feel that the window is opening once again. And I would like to squeeze myself through it. But we must be careful; the gap is still narrow, and if we look closely, we can see that the window ...
Beyond Harper
MURRAY DOBBIN
Of all the appalling abuses of democracy and ruthless dismantling of the country represented by Bill C-38 (the budget bill which changes 70pieces of unrelated legislation) one stands out of as representative of the right wing dystopia that Stephen Harper has in store ...
What the Occupy Movement Demands of Each of Us
JOSEPH G. RAMSEY
That we work to defeat and to overthrow the rule of the 1% (and the 0.1%) over our lives, our society, and our world; That we devote our lives to ending the oppression, domination, and exploitation of people both near and far; That we defend what remains of ...