Recent developments and atmospherics may presage closer cooperation between Russia and Turkey, and probably with some intent.
Recent NSA revelations bring up some grave concerns about civil liberties. But they also raise other profound questions -- about the privatization of our military, our inflated expectations for digital technology, and the increasingly cozy relationship between Big Corporations (including Wall Street) and Big Defense.
There is a convergence of progressive excitement and energy unseen since anytime since the 1960s. It is more than coincidence that such moments happen. They usually happen because of a few key people who are the connective tissue behind the different movements.
On Sunday, June 2, I interviewed Occupy Wall Street activist and co-founder of the Paul Robeson Freedom School Justin Wedes, who is on the ground in Turkey for the Occupy Gezi protests.
How would you like to invest $10,000 and watch it grow over twenty years into $1,461,920? Well that's what happened at the giant hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, which made a 30 percent return for 20 years in a row.
We have to learn to set aside our pet issues like gun control and abortion, which are only used by the media and the politicians to keep people divided.
Here's the nicest thing I can say about Fast & Furious 6: It's not in 3D.
It is this March Against Monsanto action which will confirm Occupy's political and social relevance beyond Zuccotti Park.
In short, what would happen to our overall feeling of self-worth if a major movement emerged to take on the Wall Street plutocrats and their Washington enablers? What if unemployed workers were part of a mass movement for jobs and justice as they were in the 1930s?
If we're going to fight a binary struggle, it should be populist versus corporatist. That's the only real division in this country right now. Are you on the people's side, or on big money's side?
What we need is something to take the place of Occupy; a sort of honesty movement to bring about greater transparency and accountability in government.
It's as if the entire economic recovery is going into the pockets of the rich. And that's no accident. Here's why.
What is it within a system, or movement, that discourages or drives away such people? Is this a healthy or unhealthy sign for Occupy?
Since 2007, Wall Street has evicted four million families -- approximately ten million people -- from their homes. Millions more are ensnared in ongoing foreclosures.
What a change from the heady days of fall 2011, when the "occupying" in OWS was in full bloom. It cannot be, I would think, that their raison d'être has disappeared.
The ruling-party governor of Istanbul banned May Day demonstrations today at central Taksim Square, the traditional and recently revived site of May Day gatherings.