Revolution 99% Updates: Trees sitting to molotov cocktails (We didn’t start the fire…)
Presidential candidate Doctor Jill Stein arrested at tar sands protest – (No zip tying to a chair for eight hours this time)
Another arrest today as pipeline protestors in Wood County continued to try to block the building of the Trans Canada pipeline. And this arrest was a presidential candidate. Protestors were back out, interfering with Trans-Canada workers, and they had a high profile member. Doctor Jill Stein, the Green party candidate for president.
“I’m here as a mother but to my mind this was the most presidential thing I could do bring to the American people this discussion that must happen now , the sooner the better,” Stein says.
“She’s a real hero, she’s giving a political voice of a high caliber to this campaign we’re been needing,” said protestor Grace Cagle.
Stein had come to deliver supplies, then joined in and was arrested for criminal trespassing.
“I went to the site to support the tar sands blockaders,” she says.
Law enforcement says there are questions about protestors where they’re coming from , how they are trained.
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“These are people who have traveled a long way to protest this pipeline, they’re not even residents here. Where are they from whose’s funding them who’s sending them here how are they living,” says Wood County Sheriff Bill Wansley. More…
Protesters to rally, march in ‘Solidarity Against Austerity’
By The Oregonian-Protesters are planning to hit Portland’s streets on Saturday to rally and march against “austerity” measures that they argue are causing deep cuts to education, health care and other social services while letting the wealthiest off the hook.
People will gather for the “Solidarity Against Austerity” rally at Holladay Park in Northeast Portland at 1 p.m. with a march scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Other actions are also planned for the day and organizers said they are hoping to draw as many as 1,000 people to participate in the mass demonstration against corporations. More…
Athens: Subway and suburban rail services in Greece’s capital have been halted by a 24-hour strike, as labor unions prepare for a new round of major protests against deeper austerity measures.
Friday’s transport strike in Athens, to protest pay cuts and broader privatization plans, was held ahead of a 48-hour general strike next Tuesday that will halt flights for three hours on that day.
Separate protests are also planned next week that will hit public transport, ferry services, state hospitals, and the ambulance service.
Greece’s coalition government is struggling to push through a new round of austerity measures that is set to impose new wage, pension, and benefit cuts on a public already plagued by 25 percent unemployment.
A junior coalition partner has already said it will vote against the measures in parliament next week, demanding that labor reforms to be included in the draft bill be dropped or brought as separate legislation.
Will the USA Invade Kuwait? For sure Obamber could take out those freedom fighters er.. um I mean Terrosists… With a few Drones. Or just send Hillary Clinton with some free blankets. Worked against the natives here!
The ferment in Kuwait isn’t about poverty or sectarianism – but democracy. Blaiming it on Egyptian Islamists is a risky strategy
It cannot be called an uprising. Nor do demonstrators demand regime change. The dispute is narrowly about preventing a change in the electoral law that would disenfranchise voters. Nevertheless, the demonstrations taking place in Kuwait are real enough. Tens of thousands, a number unheard of in Kuwait, took part in a “march of dignity” and a further mass protest is planned for Sunday despite an announced ban on public gatherings of more than 20 people. The wave of demands for democratic change, which Saudi Arabia fervently hoped had come to a crashing halt with the civil war in Syria, is now lapping around the feet of the Gulf states.
That Kuwait should give rise to such scenes is, on the face of it, a surprise. It is not only one of the wealthiest oil producers in the region, but a state with a raucous parliament to which the current emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, partly owes his position. A former foreign minister, Sabah was not the crown prince when the then emir, Sheikh Jaber, died in 2006. The death created a dynastic crisis, as the crown prince Sheikh Sa’ad was too ill to take the oath. Sa’ad abdicated and Sabah took over, but by the time the abdication came through Kuwait’s parliament had already voted Sa’ad out of office.
The new emir was the victor of a power struggle within the ruling family, but he was also the popular choice. This point is not lost on today’s parliamentarians, who say that, as they backed him, the emir owes them one. It also accounts for the proprietary tone of the slogan: “We will not let you” [take Kuwait into the abyss of autocracy]. More…
UN Chief Concerned Over Bahrain Protest Ban
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed concerns over the recent restrictions imposed on public demonstrations and other public gatherings in Bahrain and urged authorities in the Gulf Kingdom to lift those restrictions without delay.
“The Secretary-General believes these restrictions could aggravate the situation in the country and urges the Government of Bahrain to lift them without delay,” Ban’s spokesperson was quoted as saying in a news release issued on Thursday.
The spokesperson said the U.N. chief also called on protesters in Bahrain to “ensure that any demonstrations are, in fact, peaceful,” and stressd that “recent violence that reportedly killed two police officers is unacceptable.”
Further, he reiterated his earlier appeal to the Bahraini authorities to “abide fully by international human rights standards, including respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and association.”
The Secretary-General “reaffirms his belief that there needs to be an all inclusive and meaningful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, as this is the only way towards greater stability and prosperity for all Bahrainis,” the spokesperson noted.
Ban also called on the Bahraini government to “complete the full implementation” of recommendations contained in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, which the King of Bahrain established in June 2011 to investigate incidents that occurred during unrest in the tiny Middle-East State that year. More…
Occupy Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Here in New York City, Occupy Wall Street and 350.org networks have leapt into action to address the urgent needs of those flooded and without power in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Occupy’s grassroots mutual aid ethos is particularly suited to a catastrophe of this nature, which requires the meeting of people’s needs with people’s capacities. Such efforts have emerged after the storm from Occupy communities in alliance with other community groups sharing food, water, medical and psychological care, clothes, flashlights, clean-up capacity, etc in heavily hit areas in each borough.
The particular difficulty and urgency is to reach those who have little mobility due to age or illness and are stuck many stories up in buildings without power and water. The grassroots methodology is quick to respond, often demonstrably faster than traditional governmental and nonprofit relief groups (the cause the common, of course). As with every area hit by the hurricane, the need is great for supplies, transport, and willing hands and hearts. Because many areas of the city have so quickly returned to a glitzy pace, the contrast between those who have and those who desperately need is all the more staggering. More…