Tens of Thousands of Russian Protesters Pressure Vladimir Putin

By Thomas Grove and Guy Faulconbridge

Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters on Saturday called for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun and an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, increasing pressure on the Russian leader as he tries to win back the presidency. Continue reading

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Burmese monks stage rare protest

Zoe Daniel

Five monks have locked themselves inside a building at a religious compound
in Burma in a rare protest against the hardline government.

The monks have locked themselves in a building in the city of Mandalay
and have draped banners outside bearing the messages: “We want
freedom”, “free all political prisoners” and “stop civil war now”. Continue reading

Jordan Steps Up Pressure on Syria

A Wall Street Journal Roundup

King Abdullah of Jordan became the first Arab leader to publicly suggest Syria‘s
President Bashar al-Assad should resign, adding to international pressure against
his government to end its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Continue reading

Journalists detained at NYC Occupy protests

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Journalists have been detained by police while covering
Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. Continue reading

General Strike Shuts Port of Oakland and Downtown Banks

Huge, enthusiastic, crowds swarmed through downtown Oakland with half a dozen major marches on banks and corporations that shut down Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank, Bank of America and many others.  Police stayed clear of the strikers who ranged freely, from Broadway to Grand Avenue and around the Lake.  By late afternoon the crowds had swelled to over 10,000.  Waves of feeder marches continued to pour into the Oscar Grant Plaza, including 800 children, parents, and teachers  who had gathered at the Oakland Main Library. Continue reading

Oakland, NYC occupiers see violence, legal action

By Augie Martin and Michael Martinez, CNN

updated 8:29 PM EST, Thu November 3, 2011
A masked protester smashes a window at a Wells Fargo bank during the citywide general strike Wednesday. Police said a small group vandalized some Oakland businesses, including banks and a grocery store.
A masked protester smashes a window at a Wells Fargo bank during the citywide general strike Wednesday.
Police said a small group vandalized some Oakland businesses, including banks and a grocery store.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: “I plead not guilty,” one NYC protester says after court
  • NEW: Police made unfair arrests in NYC, attorney says
  • 64 charged NYC protesters go to court; 14 don’t show up
  • Oakland is again the violent center of the Occupy movement

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Oakland, California (CNN) — Two major hubs of the Occupy movement — Oakland and New York City — recovered Thursday from West Coast violence and East Coast court actions, with both fronts continuing their protest camps despite their encounters with the law. Continue reading

Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Oakland, Calif. (NY Times)


Police tear gas Occupy Oakland protesters (San Francisco Chronicle)

Matthai Kuruvila, Justin Berton,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers
10/25/11

(10-25) 22:13 PDT OAKLAND — Police fired tear gas at least three times Tuesday night into a crowd of several hundred protesters backing the Occupy movement who unsuccessfully tried to retake an encampment outside Oakland City Hall that officers had cleared away more than 12 hours earlier. Continue reading

Libya’s prime minister says Moammar Kadafi is dead (L.A. Times)

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi
REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — Libya’s provisional prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, said Thursday that ousted leader Moammar Kadafi has been killed.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital, Tripoli, according to the Associated Press. “Moammar Kadafi has been killed.” Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street #OWS: the American Dream 2.0


Protesters shout slogans while holding banners in Los Angeles. (FREDERIC J. BROWN – AFP/GETTY IMAGES) So much of what is broken today in the United States, as illustrated by the ever expanding #occupy protests, is mirrored in the Great Depression of the 1930’s. But it is equally the case that some of what will heal the brokenness of this country can be found in lessons from that era. These come together in the term the “American Dream” as it was coined by James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. Continue reading