News for 2011-10-19

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] America’s Real Industrial Policy: Maximize Profits at All Cost
The Occupy Wall Street movement—which has gained the support of 54 percent of Americans, according to a Time poll—has, remarkably, apparently inspired free-marketeer House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to address America’s Pakistan-level inequality in speech on Friday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] OWS Protesters May Demand "Robin Hood" Tax
The magazine that sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement is now trying to rally it around a single, clear demand: a “Robin Hood tax.”
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[field_image_caption-raw] GM Crops Promote Superweeds, Food Insecurity and Pesticides, say NGOs
Genetic engineering has failed to increase the yield of any food crop but has vastly increased the use of chemicals and the growth of "superweeds", according to a report by 20 Indian, south-east Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups representing millions of people.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Have Corporate Media Warmed to Occupy Wall Street?
NEW YORK - Media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests started out exactly as one might expect. There was little coverage at first ( FAIR Action Alert , 9/23/11 ), and as it expanded, much of it consisted of snide dismissals of demonstrators' ignorance, hygiene and so on.
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[title] From Public Art to OWS: Living As Form. Laura Flanders at the Creative Time Summit
Just days after the start of Occupy Wall Street, Laura Flanders delivered this keynote presentation on public space and public protest, to the Creative Time Summit in New York. We're working on a transcription. Want to help? Write GRITtv@GRITtv.org . [thumbnail image: Todd Blaisdell ]
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[field_image_caption-raw] Unpaid Student Loans Top $1 Trillion
Giving validation to Occupy Wall Street protests over the increasing burdens of student debt, a new report indicates that the amount of total amount of outstanding student loans will exceed $1 trillion for the first time ever this year. In addition, the amount of student loans taken out last year...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Two Awlaki Teenage Relatives Killed in Yemen Attack: Family
SANAA - Two relatives of an assassinated U.S.-born militant cleric who were killed in an air strike last week in southern Yemen were teenagers out for dinner with friends when they were hit, their family said in a statement on Tuesday. Yemeni officials said on Saturday about 24 people, including a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greece Shut by General Strike Before Austerity Vote
ATHENS - A massive general strike brought Greece to a standstill on Wednesday and thousands of angry protesters took to the streets, while parliament prepared to vote on deep public sector cuts and riot police braced for violence. Protesters began massing outside parliament as the day began and...
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[title] Prisoner Swap: The Winners and Losers
Five years ago Palestinian fighters launched a raid that ended in the capture of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Their goal was to exchange him for the freedom of some of the thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails. That swap took place on Tuesday, with 470 Palestinians and the Israeli soldier...
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[title] Occupy Wall St. Turns Global
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Movement Heats Up US South
ATLANTA, Georgia - As the Occupy Movement spreads like wildfire across the United States and around the world, protests in the U.S. South are facing unique challenges. Occupy protests have sprouted up in countless cities across the U.S. South, including Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Columbia, South...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Wall St. Pepper-Spray Cop Anthony Bologna Loses 10 Vacation Days for Violating NYPD Rules
NEW YORK - NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was disciplined Tuesday for pepper-spraying two female protesters in the notorious YouTube video seen around the world. The NYPD found that Bologna violated departmental guidelines and docked him 10 vacation days, or the equivalent amount of pay,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yemeni Unarmed Protesters Killed by Loyalist Gunmen
For the fourth day in a row unarmed protesters have been shot dead in Yemen's capital Sana'a after government loyalists opened fire on another mass demonstration calling for president Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation. Tuesday's attack, which resulted in the death of seven people and more than 50...
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