Changing the old system.
Activist Post - 12/07/13, Devon Douglas-Bowers
These protests show that the people will not sit idly by and let the government serve them on a platter to corporations, or, even worse, neglect to uphold the promises they took to protect the population. These movements represent a mass awakening of humanity which has the potential to radically change the entire landscape of society on a global scale.
We must be willing to fight for as long as it takes to alter society so that rather than serving industry or a small societal elite at the expense of the many, society fosters a climate of peace: peace with each other, peace with the environment, and encourage education and cooperation for the good of all, while respecting the autonomy of the individual. Most importantly, though, we must foster peace within ourselves and not be afraid to engage with those in our immediate area on the issue; for if not, we will risk the continuation of this broken system and lose what may have been a great chance to change the current situation for the better.
The Guardian - 12/09/13, James Ball
To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency's impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs.
USAToday - 12/09/13, Ann Zaniewski , Detroit Free Press
And then it was gone, swallowed up by Lake Huron that day in 1861, claiming the lives of all 33 on board.
But Monday, veteran shipwreck hunter David Trotter, 72, of Canton plans to announce he and his crew found the side-wheel steamer in July at the bottom of Lake Huron — the latest in the nearly 100 vessels Trotter has discovered in more than 35 years of Great Lakes shipwreck hunting.
NPR - 12/09/13, Scott Neuman
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011
Federal prosecutors announced Monday the indictment of 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an array of charges stemming from a sweeping investigation into inmate abuse and corruption.
"These incidents did not take place in a vacuum — in fact, they demonstrated behavior that had become institutionalized," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. "The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff's Department considered themselves to be above the law."
Source: Global Research - 12/08/13, Vicky Pelaez
Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.
AlterNet - 12/07/13, By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
The above photograph from the NYC Light Brigade came at the end of an incredible day of action on December 5 when fast food workers in 100 cities walked off their jobs and joined with supporters in their communities to protest poverty wages. The photo proclaims “ALL OF US” with people holding signs that identify different members of the community; and proclaims “THIS IS OUR MOMENT.”
The New York Times - 12/06/13, Andrew E. Kramer
Ukrainians passed under a religious icon Friday at a rally against integration with Europe. Protests have grown since President Viktor F. Yanukovich halted free trade talks with Europe. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
Protesters may be occupying government buildings and staging loud rallies calling for the government to step down, but behind the scenes an equally fierce — and perhaps more decisive — tug of war is being waged among a very small and very rich group of oligarchical clans here, some of whom see their future with Europe and others with Russia. That conflict was ignited, along with the street protests, by Mr. Yanukovich’s decision to halt free trade talks with the European Union last week.
The Guardian - 12/08/13, Philip Oltermann
The European parliament is lining up Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link this month, in spite of resistance by British Conservatives, a Green MEP has announced.
CNN - 12/09/13, Kocha Olarn
Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation's parliament Monday and called for new elections. But the move did little to appease anti-government protesters who remained on the streets by the thousands.
Between 100,000 and 150,000 demonstrators rallied in Bangkok, with protest leaders saying their goal Monday is to storm Shinawatra's office, known as Government House.
PressTV - 12/07/13, YH/HMV
The Italian weekly magazine L'Espresso revealed on Friday that the Italian communications have been targeted through the US’s Special Collection Service (SCS) sites located in Rome and Milan during the period.
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