"The public needs to know that money is still being funneled through HSBC to directly buy guns and bullets to kill our soldiers. Fines are not acceptable. I want a criminal indictment of HSBC executives," [Stern] asserts. "And if I die because of this, my life will have been worthwhile."
To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...
On February 21, 2012, Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock band, festooned in primary colored ski masks called, 'balaclavas' stormed the s...
Can this new mutuality of efforts comprise a new path which might be taken by people on the left and the right of the spectrum? That rare "common ground?"
When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.
Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.
The Congressional Budget Office last year warned that the increase in payroll taxes coupled with the $85 billion Sequester would cut the growth rate for 2013 in half. That's happening. Instead of furloughing public employees, the government should be adding new public jobs. Obama's tour to promote a recovery from the "middle out" is a good start, but there is nothing in his agenda that would fundamentally change the pitifully slow recovery. His proposed grand bargain on taxes would cut the corporate tax rate in exchange for closing loopholes, yielding net new revenues in the short run but no new revenue over time. Instead, we need corporations to start paying their fair share. The claim that corporate America is over-taxed is nonsense. For Obama to embrace this idea plays once again to right-wing ideology.
The question is, do taxpayers want to have their public monies in a bank that has been proven to be defrauding them?
Perceived consensus -- even if it's just a perception -- can motivate a movement's rank and file to embrace social change and stay focused. By contrast, the desire for uniqueness can undermine individuals' ability to capitalize on whatever consensus actually exists.
North Carolinians say the Moral Monday protesters are now more popular than the state legislature. North Carolina's Moral Mondays could pave a new way for the South to become progressive again.
Sure, it's a bit premature to compare our situation to an Orwellian future, but this is how it starts. And, short of a droid shutting down the Death Star, how can we stop these politicians from squeezing out even more of our freedom and privacy in the name of God or National Security?
Well, maybe it's time for Wall Street to contribute, rather than siphoning off our wealth. How about a sales tax on all transfers of stocks, bonds, and derivatives in order to fund tuition-free higher education at public institutions?
Through the late 80s and 90s, protests everywhere from Berlin to Seattle revealed a common target of public unrest: globalization. Jobs and industries...
Circumstances demand that we come forward with a long-term vision for becoming masters of our collective fate and a strategy for achieving that vision, rather than reactively lurching from election to election, war to war, crisis to crisis.
Occupy and Tahrir pointed us back to some powerful concepts like redefining majority interests, and powerful tools, from click activism to mass mobilizations. We (or someone) need/s to figure out how to figure out how to use them.
Marriage in the U.S. is as richly complicated as America is. It is to this complexity that I will lift a celebratory glass: to all those who boldly explore the unknown territories of happily-ever-after in a nation of dreamers, risk-takers, lovers and fighters of the good fight.