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Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

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By: Center for Media and Democracy | Press Release:  MADISON, WI – May 20 – DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation of thousands… Read More

On Wednesday in Ottawa, Occupy This!


I just received an invite from an activist friend to attend the Ottawa launch of Judy Rebick new book on the Occupy movement and solidarity-building, Occupy This! The book excites the activist in me already, even before I’ve read it. Excites me because of… the author. Rebick is a Canadian journalist, political activist, and feminist.… Read More

Chris Hedges: Movements have a life

“The fundamental task of the security and surveillance state … is to sever a movement that articulates the truth as Occupy did from the mainstream,” says Truthdig columnist, author and activist, Chris Hedges. He says the goal of the security and surveillance state is to serve the movement from the mainstream, and to make the… Read More

Chris Hedges: What Happened to Canada?


By Chris Hedges | TRUTHDIG But that was the old Canada.I was in Montreal on Friday and Saturday and saw the familiar and disturbing tentacles of the security and surveillance state. Canada has withdrawn from the Kyoto Accords so it can dig up the Alberta tar sands in an orgy of environmental degradation. It carried out the… Read More

SOPA defeat: Don’t celebrate just yet

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by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 20, 2012: On Wednesday, the Internet won resoundingly against censorship. A grassroots-style online campaign torpedoed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) an intended internet killing law before the US Congress. And yet, this is not the victory to celebrate.

Occupy Wall Street: The Movie

Soon, we’ll get better understanding of the passion underlining the Occupy Wall Street movement. Via the big screen. But not from Michael Moore or some other leftty big-shot Hollywood film-maker. From film-savvy activists on the front lines. The activists are reportedly working on a collaborative film chronicling the movement’s beginnings. The film’s preliminary trailer:

Jack Layton, Canadian Newsmaker of the Year

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: It is a fitting tribute to a fine Canadian and global citizen. Editors and news directors participating a Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country nailed it when they named the man newsmaker of 2011. In 2011, no other Canadian dominated the news headlines like the late NDP leader, Jack Layton.… Read More

Quote of the year: We are the 99 per cent

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School has declared We are the 99 per cent, the political slogan of the Global Occupy movement, the heavy weight champ of the quotes for 2011. It’s another unavoidable public recognition of the Movement. Last week, Time Magazine declared The Protester 2011′s Person of the Year.