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2012 March 31

viagra mail order uk” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />Lawyer Says Zuccotti Park Demonstrators Broke No Law

By COLIN MOYNIHAN – When hundreds of police officers entered Zuccotti Park early on Nov. 15, they dismantled tents and other structures that had been erected by Occupy Wall Street protesters in defiance of rules established in September by the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties.

The police also arrested dozens of protesters who refused to leave the park, charging them with offenses that included trespassing and disorderly conduct, as officers set up metal barricades around the park’s perimeter.

On Friday, a defense lawyer argued in Criminal Court in Manhattan that such charges filed against two of his clients should be dismissed.

While it might be appropriate for Brookfield to establish rules governing behavior in the park, the lawyer said, the company could not order people out of the park, because an agreement with the city required it to be open to the public 24 hours a day. More…

Egypt’s constitutional panel meets amid protests

euronews – 2 days ago
Wednesday’s first meeting of the panel charged with drawing up Egypt’s new constitution brought out protesters complaining about the domination of Islamists

A Slow-Motion Drama About the Occupiers of 1871

By Rebecca Rothbaum – On recent weekend mornings, the neighborhood around Zuccotti Park has been waking to an odd time warp: Occupy Wall Street protesters have returned, only this time in 19th century attire and with a distinctive preference for German songs instead of “mic checks.”

The small crowd of about a dozen men and women — plus one accordionist — are performers in a slow-motion production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Days of the Commune,” a play about an uprising that temporarily took over Paris in 1871. The show was selected for its historical resonance with New York’s contemporary protest movement.

After getting started earlier this month, it will unfold in one-scene increments each Saturday and Sunday morning through May. That schedule stretches out the drama over the same timespan as the Paris uprising and Occupy Wall Street’s Lower Manhattan encampment, both of which endured for about three months.

“To me, it’s really about the promise that ordinary people armed with utopian ideals can change the world,” said Zoe Beloff, the play’s director and a media studies instructor at Queens College. Videos of the scenes are posted online and will be included in a November exhibit at the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Art Gallery in the director’s native Scotland.More…

Lawyers, hundreds of protesters make case against constituent

Ahram Online – 3 days ago
Hundreds of energetic protesters on Tuesday stood outside of Egypt’s State Council in Dokki, Cairo, chanting for hours against the constitutionality of the

Boy dead, dozens injured in Egypt protests

UPI.com – 6 days ago
An Egyptian protester holds a national flag in front of security forces in downtownEgypt, on February 3, 2012. Egyptian Health Ministry said Friday that

State Department issues travel alert for Egypt

CBS News – 1 day ago
Several Americans have been arrested during the protests. The US Department of State “strongly urges US citizens to avoid all demonstrations in Egypt,

Occupy Wall Street Meets Doctor Doom

Richard Brodsky – In the strange politics of 2012, the strangest wrinkle may be the growing convergence between high-powered establishment financiers and Occupy Wall Street. Earlier this week there was a convocation of bankers, lawyers, academics and financial leaders in the august halls of a major Manhattan law firm. Its central purpose was to examine federal regulatory responses to the Great Financial Meltdown.

What emerged was a cri de coeur about the future of the American economy. Its central thesis was that the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the top 1% (of banks) was a danger to the other 99% (of banks), to our economy, our liberty and our democratic values. I expected to hear this at Zuccotti Park. It was a genuine surprise to hear it on 5th Avenue.

The group that met was made up of very smart people, with a variety of social and political views. Among of string of piercing presentations, two stood out. First, Henry Kaufman, the storied “Dr. Doom” of years past, who made an international reputation predicting interest rate shifts and the economic realities behind them. He laid out how mega-banks:

Restrict capital from getting to small business

Encourage market manipulation and rapid shifts on interest rates by decreasing the number of market participants

Concentrate political power as well as wealth, and provoke government into massive and unworkable regulatory schemes

In the end, Kaufman described these banks as “public utilities” with government entwined in daily operations as the only regulator capable of controlling their excesses. More…

Tibetan Protests in Delhi
New York Times (blog)
By DANIEL POLITI Rafiq Maqbool/Associated PressA Tibetan exile shouted slogans as Indian police cracked down on demonstrators protesting a visit by China’s president to New Delhi this week. When Jampa Yeshi doused himself in gasoline and lit a match,
Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters marking Land Day
CNN
Jerusalem (CNN) — One man died and dozens more were injured Friday as Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators clashed in Gaza and the West Bank during protests to mark Land Day, Palestinian medical sources said. Protesters hurled rocks as Israeli
Clashes, protests erupt across Syria, further complicating Annan’s peace mission
Chicago Tribune
BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes and protests broke out across many parts of Syria Friday, further complicating a peace mission by UN envoy Kofi Annan who urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the country’s yearlong crisis.
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