Sunday, October 16, 2011

David Graeber on the Occupy Wall Street Protest & Forgiving Debt of the American Poor


DemocracyNow.org - As President Obama prepares to outline a deficit-reduction plan that includes tax increases, as well as cuts to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, anthropologist David Graeber proposes a radical solution: cancel the debt of the nation's poor. "Debts between the very wealthy or between governments can always be renegotiated and always have been throughout world history. They are not anything set in stone," says Graeber, author of "Debt: The First 5,000 Years," on Democracy Now! today. "It's generally speaking when you have debts owed by the poor to the rich, debts becomes a sacred situation, more important than anything else. The idea of renegotiating them becomes unthinkable." On the Occupy Wall Street protest, Graeber says, "If you look at who showed up [in Egypt and Spain], it was mostly young people, and most of them were people who had gone through the educational system who were deeply in debt and who found it completely impossible to find jobs. ... The system has completely failed them ... If there's going to be any kind of society worth living in, we're going to have to create it ourselves."

'Occupy' anti-capitalism protests spread around the world

Thousands march in Rome, Sydney and Madrid as Occupy Wall Street protests go global

Aerial view of Madrid's Puerta del Sol 15 October



People Arrested for trying to empty their accounts NYC Citibank @ Occupy W.S.


This video shows people getting arrested trying to withdraw their money from Citibank in New York. These people did nothing illegal as far as we can see.

Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests

The often violent response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign that is growing in the United States and elsewhere is affecting the freedom to inform. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of reporters in recent weeks, especially in New York where the police assume the right to decide who are journalists.
On the eve of major worldwide demonstrations planned for 15 October, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities not to resort to repressive methods, which constitute acts of censorship.

The first time Wall Street was occupied

"They lay there, clinging to one another and trying to shield the more vulnerable parts of their bodies from the blows of the nightsticks, while the police hauled them apart and dragged them bodily into waiting patrol wagons."
- NY Times, March 31, 1948

19th Century Law Banning Masks Used to Arrest Wall Street Protesters

The Occupy Wall Street protests continue into their fourth day of free pizza and anti-capitalism shenanigans. And the NYPD has come up with a weird way of cracking down—with an old law that outlaws masks at protests.

Brussels 'Indignants' vow to maintain pressure

Leading "Indignants" vowed Saturday to pressure EU leaders for another week, as a giant march ground Brussels to a halt after a months-long walk that inspired the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

Occupy Brussels, indignados, 15/10



15O - GLOBAL DAY - EP 1 - It's a new day for Asia & Oceania


Tokio, Seoul, Taipai, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Manila with a early wake up in the protest camp of Israel to a road trip until the Syrian border.

Protesters in Lisbon surround parliament

About 40,000 people marched in Portugal on Saturday as part of a global day of protest against the financial elite and hundreds broke through a police cordon around the parliament in Lisbon to occupy its broad marble staircase.

Andy from The Yes Men visits OccupyLA


Andy Bichlbaum from the corporate prankster group The Yes Men (who've been regulars at Occupy Wall Street) came 3,000 miles to show some love to OccupyLA!

The Whole World Is Watching - Occupy Berlin 15.10.11


A peaceful demonstration gets rowdy when German Police begin harassing the protestors. Stealing blankets and tents, ripping down signs and hurting the innocent.

15O - Iceland I (with English subtitles)


15O protest on Austurvöllur, Iceland 2011.

Julian Assange at 15O London



Sausage The Riot Dog Coming To America?

Sausage The Riot Dog (the quaint media image of him at least) may have to paddle across the Atlantic to combat the impositions of failed government, but in the meantime, perhaps we can apply a few lessons from his playbook, and focus our energies into something that truly matters…

Occupy Istanbul


Where child sacrifice is a business

The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear.

Mainstream Media’s Coverage of Libya Disturbing

The mainstream media’s conspicuous silence about the racially motivated human rights abuses perpetrated against black Libyans and immigrants, by the NATO-backed Transitional National Council (TNC) forces in Libya, is disturbing. Similarly, the high civilian casualties of the current intense fighting in the city of Sirte seems, to a large extent, to be underplayed. Yet organisations such as Human Rights Watch have acknowledged that civilian abuses have continued and called on forces on both sides that are fighting in Sirte to minimize harm to civilians and treat all prisoners humanely.

Palestinian hunger strike continues despite Israeli prisoner swap



Germans Condemn Police Use of Spyware

\A group that calls itself the Chaos Computer Club prompted a public outcry here recently when it discovered that German state investigators were using spying software capable of turning a computer’s webcam and microphone into a sophisticated surveillance device.

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Anima Mundi trailer


Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed? Anima Mundi is an innovative documentary about the planetary animal called the Earth and the human animal we deny, we deny at our own peril, yet a peril that is perfect in design.

FEATURING

David Holmgren -- co-founder of Permaculture
John Seed -- Deep Ecology
Stephan Harding -- Gaian Ecology
Vandana Shiva -- Human Rights
Michael C Ruppert -- Peak Oil (as seen in the movie Collapse)
Michael Reynolds -- Earthships (as seen in the movie Garbage Warrior)
Noam Chomsky -- Activism
Dr Mark O'Meadhra -- Integrative Medicine
Dr Christine James -- Psychology
Permablitz -- Permaculture

More Americans than Chinese can’t put food on the table

The number of Americans who lack access to basic necessities like food and health care is now higher than it was at the peak of the Great Recession, a survey released Thursday found. And in a finding that could worsen fears of U.S. decline, the share of Americans struggling to put food on the table is now three times as large as the share of the Chinese population in the same position.

Move to China for a job? Unemployed cope by leaving US

"I just got tired of how the economy was going back home. I just figured things had to better somewhere else," said Francine, a former real estate agent in Las Vegas who recently moved to Xi'an, in central China, for work.

Budapest mayor defends appointment of extreme-right theater directors

The Hungarian Jewish community federation of Hungary Mazsihisz called the move “an advance for circles with Nazi ideology”.

Debris of 'Doomsday' Comet Elenin to Pass by Earth Sunday

The moment long feared by conspiracy theorists is nearly upon us: The "doomsday comet" Elenin will make its closest approach to Earth Sunday (Oct. 16). Or what's left of it will, anyway.

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