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Hong Kong Chief Executive: Democracy Would Empower the Poor
As talks between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government began on Tuesday, the region’s current chief executive C.Y. Leung spoke out against free elections on the grounds that it would empower the poor. In his first interview with foreign media since the pro-democracy movement began, Leung...
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'White on Pumpkin Crime': Mainstream Riot Coverage from Ferguson, Missouri to Keene, New Hampshire
"These are no angels," Twitter user Isaiah A. Taylor said of the photograph that showed six young white men on top of an overturned car, beer cans aloft, as the crowd on the ground seemed to cheer them on. Over the weekend, crowds who attended the annual pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire...
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The Imperative of Revolt
TORONTO—I met with Sheldon S. Wolin in Salem, Ore., and John Ralston Saul in Toronto and asked the two political philosophers the same question. If, as Saul has written, we have undergone a corporate coup d’état and now live under a species of corporate dictatorship that Wolin calls “inverted...
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Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Undeterred Amid Police Crackdown
Twenty Hong Kong protesters were reportedly injured early Sunday as a result of what they say is continued police brutality. The violence comes ahead of meetings between protest leaders and Hong Kong government officials on Tuesday. Demands for free elections in 2017 have sparked thousands of...
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Climate Activist Argues Resistance Is Necessary to Protect the Public Trust
On October 23, Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,” is scheduled to go on trial for having locked himself to a construction excavator in Tushka, Okla., on Earth Day 2013, as part of the Tar Sands Blockade campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He intends to argue that resisting the pipeline was...
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As Workers Protest, Walmart Changes Tune in Minimum Wage Fight
As the Fight for 15 continues to grow, Walmart preempted a planned protest on Thursday by workers in several cities by promising to pay its employees more than the minimum wage—eventually. Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon told reporters on Wednesday that the company plans to upgrade its hourly pay for...
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'Not Drowning, Fighting': Pacific Climate Warriors Blockade Australian Coal Port
Declaring themselves " Pacific Climate Warriors ," representatives from a dozen Pacific Island nations—sitting atop traditional outrigger canoes, kayaks, and other small boats—staged a full-day blockade of the Newcastle Coal Port in Australia on Friday as they sent a message to the government of...
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In Response to Violence and Raids, Protesters Blockade Hong Kong Police Headquarters
After an hour-long stand-off in front of police headquarters in Hong Kong, officers allowed more than 100 protesters to enter the station in groups to file reports on the alleged police beating of political activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu. In the most violent police raid on Hong Kong protest zones yet...
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Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking
Great movements -- from women's suffrage to civil rights -- begin with a small group of people standing up and saying no to injustice. Such a movement is currently emerging around our most basic human rights: access to clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. This new movement aims to halt...
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'Fight Back': Protesters Stage 'Moral Monday' Civil Disobedience Actions in Ferguson
As hundreds of protesters marched to the steps of the Ferguson police station to demand an end to police brutality and racism, activists throughout the city prepared for a series of planned demonstrations in what organizers are calling a "Moral Monday" style of civil disobedience. Activist and...
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