A Master Class in Occupation by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
Oct. 31, 2011

Why am I here

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NEW YORK CITY—Jon Friesen, 27, tall and lanky with a long, dirty-blond ponytail, a purple scarf and an old green fleece, is sitting on concrete at the edge of Zuccotti Park leading a coordination meeting, a gathering that takes place every morning with representatives of each of Occupy Wall Street’s roughly 40 working groups.

“Our conversation is about what it means to be a movement and what it means to be an organization,” he says to the circle. A heated discussion follows, including a debate over whether the movement should make specific demands.

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OWS in a bind: Doesn’t want to mention the S-word By William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
30 October 2011

If You See That Capitalism Kills...

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Although many on the established Left are claiming OWS as their own, latching on to the anti-capitalist theme that figures prominently, at least in some locations, it’s clear that the focus of the OWS ‘movement’ varies greatly from place to place. Thus where it all started, in downtown Manhattan, the focus is very much on capitalist criminals rather than criminal capitalism. But little or no mention of the dreaded word- socialism, ironically for fear of alienating even those who occupy, never mind what the rabid corporate/state media does with that which shall remain nameless.

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“To be a voice for Shahidullah” by Kathleen Kirwin + Turning Decay To New Life by Bruce Gagnon

by Kathleen Kirwin, Esq.
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Dandelion Salad
The Revolutionary Legal Front
Oct. 28, 2011

Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker ...

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“As the father of a young son, I went to the White House on March 19 to be a voice for Shahidullah.” From the closing argument of Defendant Art Laffin in DC Superior Court.

Yesterday marked a watershed day in my 27 year legal career. It did not occur as I deftly cross-examined a witness, nor while waxing eloquent in front of a jury. Rather, it transpired as I sat in the back row of courtroom 219 in the DC Superior Court while watching and listening to the final day of testimony and closing arguments at a trial where 19 American citizens argued for justice. Continue reading

US Military Confirms Washington’s Secret New War in Somalia Despite Official Denials by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
29 October 2011

East African “Drone Alley” – a harbinger of Western power projection across the African continent

US military sources have confirmed that the Obama administration is engaged in a new war in the famine-hit Horn of Africa region.

The disclosure in the Washington Post [1] comes only days after other prominent Western media outlets, including the New York Times and the Financial Times, carried denials from the US government that it was involved in directly supporting Kenyan forces that invaded Somalia on 16 October.

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Killer Cola: Coca Cola Exposed!

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Updated: added another video July 27, 2012

Note: video is no longer available

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Killer Coca Cola’s Random Facts:
*Worked with Nazis
*Coca Cola agents killed protesters
*The drug from the coca plant cocaine was used in the drink.
*Depleted water from small villages across the world
*Continued to allow illegal child labour
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Trade Theory Financialized by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
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http://michael-hudson.com
October 26, 2011

Trade and Payments Theory in a Financialized Economy

by Michael Hudson (UMKC)
Paper delivered at the Boeckler Foundation meetings, Berlin, October 29, 2011, #D3.

Summary

Ricardian trade theory was based on the cost of labor at a time when grain and other consumer goods accounted for most subsistence spending. But today’s budgets are dominated by payments to the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sector, and to newly privatized monopolies. This has made FIRE the determining factor in trade competitiveness.

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