Category Archives: World

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

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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

Globe against the greedy: protests spill worldwide

Protests against economic mismanagement and corporate greed are going global. In addition to the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping the US, protesters from over 70 European and Asian nations are set to hold co-ordinated mass rallies on October 15. Continue reading

Burma is a Facist Disneyland : Aung San Suu Kyi

If the Western world can conjure up images of Burma, it’s thanks in large part to
last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary Burma VJ, which detailed the 2007
nonviolent uprising by thousands of Buddhist monks and ordinary Burmese
citizens against the ruling military junta. Constructed from footage smuggled Continue reading

A New Way Around Internet Censorship?

by NPR Staff NPR
China is stepping up Internet censorship, telling hotels and cafes they need
to monitor public Wi-Fi usage or face fines and punishments.

China is already one of the most heavily censored places in the world — along
with places like Burma (Myanmar), Iran and many Middle Eastern countries. Continue reading

Arab autocrats incredulous as people revolt

By David Gardner in London

Published: April 3 2011 18:18 | Last updated: April 3 2011 18:18

Bashar al-Assad’s much-trailed presidential address to Syria last week was supposed to be about reform. Instead, he repeatedly conflated the protesters who have convulsed the nation with shadowy conspirators plotting to sow sectarian strife. It was a classic of the Arab strongman genre. Continue reading

Purging the Bad Guys: A How-To Guide

Why the post-Communist transitions of Eastern European governments
hold some surprising lessons for the fledgling democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

BY MICHAEL J. JORDAN | MARCH 29, 2011

If anyone can understand the rush of change that revolutionaries in Egypt and Tunisia are experiencing right now, it’s their counterparts in post-communist Eastern Europe. This region gorged on change, evolving — painfully — from dictatorship to democracy. After decapitating the leadership, East Europeans know what comes next. The purge.

It’s begun in Egypt and Tunisia, with a despised target in the crosshairs: secret police. Continue reading

Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest on Wednesday:

Yemen: Britain pulls staff ahead of Friday protest
Britain said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing part of its embassy team from Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of protests expected on Friday. “In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and the high risk of increased tension in Sanaa and likely protests on Friday 25 March which might result in violent clashes, part of the British embassy team in Sanaa is being temporarily withdrawn, leaving a small core staff in place,” Britain’s Foreign Office said. Britain’s Foreign Office said it was calling on British citizens in Yemen to “leave now” as the government would find it very difficult to offer consular assistance in the event of further violence. Yemen’s parliament granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest. Saleh offered to step down by the end of the year to try to appease mounting demands for his resignation. Continue reading

Sharp: The man who changed the world

Gene Sharp’s writings on nonviolent protests have helped oust Slobodan Milosevic and Hosni Mubarak.
Gene Sharp’s writings on nonviolent protests have helped oust Slobodan Milosevic and Hosni Mubarak. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2009)

February 22, 2011

Gene Sharp, an 83-year-old East Boston resident, has struck fear into some of the world’s worst dictatorships. Continue reading

From Iran to Libya, will Obama ride this democracy train of protests?

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board
posted February 16, 2011 at 11:09 am EST

The rapid ricochet of popular revolts from Egypt and Tunisia into
Iran, Libya, Bahrain,Jordan, and Yemen should not let President Obama rest easy.

Rather than merely react to this democratic wave, he must lay out a
strategy to promoteand guide it. Moral pronouncements are not enough. Continue reading