THE BLOODY AND CYNICAL INTERVENTION in Libya to reestablish a relationship of colonialism in Africa—not to mention grab at gunpoint the enormous oil deposits in that region and elsewhere— is permitting glimpses behind the hypocritical mask worn by the sanctimonious leaders of the “Free World.” Here’s Clinton and Cameron gloating on the occasion of Gaddafi’s lynching. The Clinton clip is especially jarring, showing the actual face of American liberalism: comfortably ensconced in the folds of the capitalist system, insulated from real harm by many layers of power, this upper-middle-class matron, acting as if she was at some cocktail party, and surrounded by sycophants, is happy to be filling the imperial script. It’s quite obvious Clinton—after all formally a high US government official— does not mind at all the sordid death of someone Washington thought expendable. It says something about Democrats who continue to revere the Clintons as some sort of progressive duo, and the true nature of the American government.
By David Graeber, Naked Capitalism
Editor’s Note: David DeGraw of Amped Status is widely credited as the originator of “We are the 99%.” The piece below represents one viewpoint of the origins and successes of Occupy Wall Street.
Just a few months ago, I wrote a piece for Adbusters that started with a conversation I’d had with an Egyptian activist friend named Dina:
All these years,” she said, “we’ve been organizing marches, rallies… And if only 45 people show up, you’re depressed, if you get 300, you’re happy. Then one day, 200,000 people show up. And you’re incredulous: on some level, even though you didn’t realize it, you’d given up thinking that you could actually win.
As the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads across America, and even the world, I am suddenly beginning to understand a little of how she felt.
SOURCE— Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
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.
But then something happened. Following incidents of police abuse, including the unprovoked pepper-spraying of several demonstrators on September 24, media coverage began to pick up (FAIR Activism Update, 9/29/11). NPR executive editor Dick Meyer explained that the protests were not covered early on because they “did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective.” But within a day or so, NPR was covering the protests, as was the rest of the media.