BBC documentary looking into the extent of poverty in America that has grown out of control to become an issue that U.S political parties blame each other for, rather than providing solutions. 40 million Americans are classified as being in poverty.
(RussiaToday) Police in Oakland, California, have used tear-gas and flash-grenades as a 2,000-strong Occupy Oakland march turned violent, with some protesters claiming that rubber bullets had been also fired into the crowd. At least 300 people were arrested, police say.
The demonstrators attempted to take over a vacant building to use as their headquarters. As they began tearing down perimeter fences around the HenryJ. KaiserConvention Center, police declared an unlawful assembly and used force, according to the Oakland Tribune newspaper.
(RussiaToday) With harsh US rhetoric and tensions around Iran’s nuclear program snowballing by the hour, American polls nonetheless show that most Americans think a war with Tehran would be a grave mistake. But do the leaders care?
Despite Iran’s recent consent to return to negotiations over its atomic work, the Obama administration says war with Tehran is still on the table. Even harsher statements come from some of Washington’s hawks like Newt Gingrich, who spoke of breaking the Iranian regime within a year.
(RussiaToday) A vast new protest wave has swept through New York, as some 20-thousand people marched demanding better jobs and economic opportunities. The demonstration was organised by labour unions, but the rhetoric borrowed liberally from the Occupy movement, which has been protesting in the U.S. for months.
(Propaganda Lalaland) ACAB. It really shows something when peaceful demonstrators are met with tear gas and eviction (methinks the pigs need to be confronted with more than signs and cameras). The police are clearly a tool of the elite class to protect property and power. What other reasons would they have to attack peaceful protests against the capitalist state? It’s fucking disgusting.
(boston.com/metrodesk) By Andrew Ryan, John R. Ellement, John M. Guilfoil, Akilah Johnson, Brian R. Ballou, and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today defended the arrests of more than 100 Occupy Boston protesters on the city’s Greenway park, saying he agrees with them on the issues but they couldn’t be allowed to “tie up the city.”
“I understand they have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but we have a city to manage,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m open to suggestions, but civil disobedience will not be tolerated.”
The early morning arrests of the protesters, who have gathered downtown in recent days to criticize the financial industry and social inequality, began at about 1:20 a.m.
“The message they are saying … is the middle class of America is having a difficult time. That’s the issue they are trying to get across,” Menino said.
“I agree with them on the issues. Foreclosure. Corporate greed. These are issues I’ve been working on my entire career. But you can’t tie up a city,” he said.
He said protesters had crossed two lines, first, by marching on the North Washington Street Bridge and threatening to tie up traffic and, second, by expanding their campground to a newly renovated area of the Greenway that the city had asked them to stay off.
Occupy Boston said today in a statement that police had “brutally attacked” protesters.
“Today’s reprehensible attack by the Boston Police Department represents a sad and disturbing shift away from dialogue and towards violent repression,” the group said on its website.
(AlJazeera) The #OccupyWallStreet protest is the voice of a generation and could spark a popular revolution in the United States.
What is occurring on Wall Street right now is truly remarkable. For more than two weeks, in the sanctum of the great cathedral of global capitalism, the dispossessed have liberated territory from the financial overlords and their police army.
They have created a unique opportunity to shift the tides of history in the tradition of other great peaceful occupations from the sit-down strikes of the 1930s to the lunch-counter sit-ins of the 1960s to the democratic uprisings across the Arab world and Europe today.
While the Wall Street occupation is growing, it needs an all-out commitment from everyone who cheered the Egyptians in Tahrir Square, said “We are all Wisconsin”, and stood in solidarity with the Greeks and Spaniards. This is a movement for anyone who lacks a job, housing or healthcare, or thinks they have no future.
Our system is broken at every level. More than 25 million Americans are unemployed. More than 50 million live without health insurance. And perhaps 100 million Americans are mired in poverty, using realistic measures. Yet the fat cats continue to get tax breaks and reap billions while politicians compete to turn the austerity screws on all of us.
(TheYoungTurks) on Oct 3, 2011 Ana Kasparian (of The Young Turks and TYT University) speaks to protesters at Occupy LA, a Los Angeles event inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.