Archive for the ‘ Video ’ Category

MELTDOWN: AFTER THE FALL (OF CAPITALISM)

In the final episode of Meltdown, we hear about the sheikh who says the crash never happened; a Wall Street king charged with fraud; a congresswoman who wants to jail the bankers; and the world leaders who want a re-think of capitalism.

The financial crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing over 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the brink of insolvency.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum calls himself Dubai’s CEO. He claims to run his government according to strict business principles, but now many are quietly questioning his judgement and his leadership.

In depth coverage of US financial crisis protests

In the years before the meltdown, Dubai had the biggest real-estate bonanza in the world. During the crash, the market tumbled, losing 50 per cent of its value, leaving Dubai virtually insolvent. But this did not deter the sheikh.

In January 2010, Sheikh Mohammed threw a massive party to mark the opening of the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – using PR strategies to suggest that the real estate crash was a good thing for the emirate.

As one world leader handles the crisis through denial, other leaders try to re-think capitalism. Even though the causes of the 2008 meltdown are now clear, there is no magic formula to stop it from happening again.

The world has to start planning for the next crisis, even as we recognise that this one is not over yet.

Advertisements

A Day in the life of Protestor–Russia Today Report

Some of the U.S. mainstream media outlets have called the Occupy Wall Street protesters unorganized slackers who don’t know what they’re really doing out on the streets. RT’s Anastasia Churkina takes a look at what a day in the life of a demonstrator is really like.

 

Some of the US mainstream media outlets have called the Occupy Wall Street protesters unorganized slackers who don’t know what they’re really doing out on the streets. RT takes a look at what a day in the life of a demonstrator is really like.

When not maced in the face or dragged around during police arrests, a peaceful tone prevails at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Hundreds of people have been out on the streets of New York’s financial district for over three weeks, all day and all night. Sleep here is scarce with the camp abuzz around the clock.

“It’s only really the dead of night, maybe for three hours, maybe from 3 to 5, when it really calms down some,” said Rick DeVoe, a volunteer with the Occuyp Wall Street press team.

The crowds have been consistently growing.

“I just took the train down from Buffalo, New York to show support,” said student Dave Koszka.

A daily schedule has kept the occupation in order.

“Breakfast is 9 a.m., we have a General Assembly meeting or working group meeting, so that working groups can address the things that they might need for that day,” said outreach group volunteer Ronnie Nunez.

Volunteers at these groups are busy all day long. The media center live streams video of developments from the ground. Others spread information and petitions on paper.

“We don’t want to give any more tax cuts for millionaires. The economy is not in any position right now to give millionaires a tax cut when everyone is suffering. We can’t pay teachers. We can’t pay for people’s healthcare. Basically, people don’t have jobs,” said activist Amy Miller.

The Occupied Wall Street Journal published by the people, for the people, is spread around.

“We had a media blackout so no one knew about it. You’d talk to common people, and they’d be like, ‘we don’t know what’s even happening,’" added Koszka.

A big screen with messages set up by occupiers reflects growing global support.

“What we have here is now over 250,000 people have signed a pledge of support for the occupiers saying we’re with you, we stand with you, we are united in the fight for real democracy and against corruption and for a government that’s truly accountable to the people and not corrupt elite,” said global campaigner Mia Cambronero.

The kitchen is constantly abuzz with people preparing meals for other occupiers. Those working in sanitation are busy keeping the camp clean. Comfort and medication area volunteers give out warm clothes and emergency assistance.

“As the matter for rest rooms, we make due. There are surrounding areas to use the facilities. As far as intimacy, in the crowds, you know, it’s dark at night, so I couldn’t imagine wondering about what’s going on under everyone else’s covers,” described protester Cory Thompson.

Daily needs brushed aside, self-education has occupied many.

“I spend a lot more time reading, versus like television or playing video games,” said newspaper stand volunteer Michael Wallace.

When they are not marching the streets of the Financial District, they demonstrate at the camp. Those with a creative streak paint and draw sketches to document the revolution.To relax some play chess or take yoga and meditation classes.

The General Assembly meetings pull everyone together. Held during the day and then at night, that’s where the big decisions are made through direct democracy, as protesting continues for one cause – to change a corrupt economic and financial system.

“99 percent of the country don’t have control of the wealth as they should – it’s not evenly distributed. One percent of the country owns 42 percent of the wealth,” said hip-hop artist and poet Talib Kweli to RT.

The day of a protester is packed. The mind occupied with revolution. The people out on the street want to bring real change to America through protest – the only way they see left.

Occupy Wall Street Protest "This Isn’t A Joke! Media Would Be Well Advised To Take This Seriously"

Mainstream Media Biased Coverage of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Demonstrations

by Debbie Menon

It has taken a while for mainstream media to cover the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.  What took them so long ? Is the media spinning the why and wherefor and main purpose of the demonstrations?Now three weeks into the protests has the coverage begun, or has the world, or a window of it, come to them ?

Here’s a recap of analysis of this weeks’ coverage.

This story from RT discusses the Mainstream Media biased reporting and what they have been focusing on and what they have not, with Marcel Cartier, a rapper and activist who was at the demonstrations. He shares what it was like. He is joined by Chris Chambers, a journalism professor at Georgetown University, who gives some insight on why the media avoids covering the protests.

In response to the host’s question if whats been going on is the start of a Revolution movement, Marcel Cartier,who is part of a coalition called ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), said:

What we see right now is the embryo of a very broad fight-back movement which has the potential to grow into something large….It started spontaneously…I initially joined a spontaneous march the day after Troy Davis’ legal lynching, at Union Square, and we were brutally attacked by the police… the NYPD brought out their batons, rubber bullet guns, tear gas and had no regard for the fact that it was a peaceful protest…it is then that we continued the march and ended up going down to Wall Street…that is what gave the wall street protests its militancy…it really showed the fear they had of people really organizing…I hope that it is a beginning of a Revolution movement…what we need to do is organize, organize, organize, in order to get there…

In response to the host’s question about why media is only reporting on the ugly aspects of the protests, Christ Chambers  said:

You have to look at the core bias of the networks. I mean they do benefit from this from corporate ownership of the media since the 1980s…but that’s pretty structural and pretty much something that we all expected. What’s underneath this is a basic bias in this country against this kind of grass roots movement when it’s not from, say, the right wing.

Look at the treatment you have right now…even Stephen Colbert…you’d think they’d be very sympathetic to this. They’ve treated this almost like a 3-ring circus and they’ve focused on the people wearing the funny hats, the “hippie” aspect of it…you know, the smelly, hippie people sleeping in a park and then protesting. That kind of bias builds up and that plays well to the average American who’s still wondering what’s going on.

 

According to OccupyTogether, protests are being planned for several international cities using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Over the Weekend, more protests sprung up in American cities: Washington DC,  Los Angeles, Boston, Albuquerque. In NYC, over 700 protestors were arrested (including Natasha Lennard, a freelance journalist reporting for the New York Times) on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Independent Journalist Luke Rudkowski Interview

New York Observer: Exclusive “Occupy Wall Street” Unaired Fox Footage

 

Jesse LaGreca being interviewed by a Fox producer for a segment on Greta van Susteren’s show.

For some reason, it didn’t make the cut…

The New York Observer has the full story and the transcript of the interview here.

To stay up to date with the progress of the protests and to join in or organize your own, here are some resources:

  • Occupy Wall Street – the official and original website of the movement.
  • Occupy Together – an offshoot of OWS, serving as a hub for protests that are springing up around the US and internationally.
  • We Are the 99% – a Tumblr blog where people can send in photos of themselves holding signs that declare how they are affected by the current financial situation.
  • #occupywallstreet – the Twitter feed with real-time updates.
  • Occupy Wall St. – the Facebook page.
  • occupytv – the movement’s YouTube channel where you can find coverage you won’t see in the MSM.

FOX NEWS LIES! FOX NEWS LIES! Geraldo Driven Out Of Occupation Wall Street Protest!

Some say without media coverage, protests and demonstrations can’t grow. The MSM won’t have much choice but to bring the protests more front and center if the momentum keeps building says blogger Carlo Alcos. Jeff Gates was right when he called on the US Military Veterans groups to mobilize. The numbers could be boosted in a big way when organized groups like the US Military Veterans groups and the Labour Union groups show their support.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100  has committed; they alone have a member base of 38,000.

Source: Veterans Today

Peppergate: Occupy Wall Street Participants Pepper Sprayed by New York Police Department

The New York Daily News was first to report online that over 50 arrests were made by the New York Police Department on September 24, 2011 in connection with the "Occupy Wall Street" protest movement. The same story mentioned "unconfirmed reports that mace may have been used" and the online story contained an embedded video which described the barricading of demonstrators behind mesh netting. USLaw.com’s original slow motion analysis of the same video revealed a senior New York Police Department officer deploying a pepper spray canister in an unorthodox manner on the group of women being ‘kettle netted’ by a half dozen officers:

The New York Times, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, NY Observer, Tech Dirt, The Atlantic, The Guardian,TIME, UPI, Village Voice, and other mainstream media published and broadcast USLaw.com’s analysis, creating a national conversation about the treatment of demonstrators by the New York Police Department with particular attention on the actions of the senior officer wielding the pepper spray canister in the video, who was identified by a witnessing photographer. The police department’s initial reaction was to condone the officer’s actions as being ‘sparing’ and ‘appropriate’ while discrediting the video’s integrity. The officer was also said to have justified the use of gas as an attempt to arrest men fleeing from the area. USLaw.com respoded to the department’s accusations and the officer’s reported rationale by publishing further analysis of the original video and additional videos that captured the incident from multiple angles. Pressure exerted by continued media scrutiny– in part driven by USLaw.com’s analysis and the sharing of a video revealing a second pepper spray deployment– caused Commissioner Ray Kelly to initiate an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. to do the same.

USLaw.com has interviewed several individuals seen in the videos, collected numerous firsthand accounts, and analyzed four raw videos that capture the events before, during, and after the gas deployment. We have developed theories about the motivations of various demonstrators and police officers seen in the videos. Until publishing this additional analysis, we are sharing produced versions of the following eyewitness videos which were shared on youtube:

Precipitating Events

 

Immediate Aftermath
Second Deployment of Pepper Spray

 

Another Controversial Police Action Near Union Square on 9/24

Source: USLAW.COM

Incidents of pepper-spray, beating and manhandling of peaceful protestors by New York Police

 

On September 17, 1,000 protesters marched through the streets, with an estimated 100 to 200 staying overnight in cardboard boxes (tents being prohibited by the NYPD). By September 19, seven people had been arrested by the New York Police Department.

Day Five

(September 21, 2011)

On Day Five of the peaceful occupation of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, multiple peaceful protesters were VIOLENTLY arrested by the authorities. Total arrests have now reached 20 since we began #OccupyWallStreet, according to The New YOrk Times. WeAreTheOther99 can independently CONFIRM on 9/21/11 at least two young men were taken into custody on unspecified charges. Multiple reports of several others off camera and a young female protestor… Working sources to confirm full names and pending charges. We will update as soon as confirmation is possible…UPDATE 5:32 PM EST: At least one male protestor released, working to confirm status of all other arrests today.
HUNDREDS of peaceful protestors chanting "The Whole World is Watching!!" reverberate throughout all of lower Manhattan… American Flags distributed to tourists and construction workers… Several office workers sitting on benches and eating lunch engaging in dialogue with protesters..
Blue collar workers and teachers and tourists have been taking pictures together, in front of our assembled homemade signs… The Movement is spreading, it cannot be stopped now… Reports of HUNDREDS of American Flags being delivered soon… Peaceful protestors continue to occupy Wall Street. DAY FIVE.

 

September 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement Reports 80 Arrested Today in Protests – Brutal Tactics
At least 80 people were arrested on Wall Street today in the eighth day of protests against corporations, according to the group Occupy Wall St, which reported police used tasers and mace to control the crowd today.
The New York Police Department could not confirm how many arrests had been made because they were still being processed, a spokesman said.
A video has circulated of a police officer throwing a protestor to the ground. The reason for the violence is unknown — the video shows the man standing in what seems to be a non-threatening manner before the attack.
Another video shows police officers shoving male and female protestors off the street, and using a large orange net to move the crowd.
The group claimed today on its website that several arrested protestors were locked inside a police van this morning, one with a "possibly life-threatening" concussion.
The website reported at least one protestor was arrested for taking photographs. An NYPD spokesman said police were not targeting those with cameras.
Photographs that did make it into the blogosphere showed signs that read, "A Few Prosper, Billions Suffer," and "Debt = Slavery."
The protests began on Sept. 17, when hundreds of protestors gathered at Bowling Green Park in Manhattan, home of the iconic charging bull in New York’s Financial District, as they prepared to "take the bull by the horns," as a flyer advertising the event said.
"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%," said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.
According to statements on the website, the movement, an offshoot of online magazine AdBusters, is angered by what it calls the principle of "profit over and above all else," which it says has dominated not only America’s economic policies, but also the way in which Americans view culture and humanity.
Posts on the website compare the group’s efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, dubbed the Arab Spring.
"On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months," one statement says. "Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants."
As has become the norm of such protests, this movement has been fueled by social media fire, with supporters taking to Twitter under the hash tag #occupywallstreet. The major hacking group Anonymous has also thrown in its support, live streaming the day’s events.
"History teaches us that when the rich get too rich and the poor get too poor there is always a revolution. Let’s hope this is the start of change!" wrote a reader with the username "Takebackourgovernment" on the movement’s website today.

Pepper Spray by NYPD on peaceful female protestors

The original slow motion video analysis of NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna mace deployment near Union Square on September 24, 2011 as relayed by New York Times, CBS, UPI, The Guardian, Village Voice, and broadcast on MSNBC.

Pepper spray and batons have been used against thousands of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in New York. People, angry with their government for favoring banks and corporations while doing little to help THEM, have been rallying all over the country for the third week running. RT talks to Stephen Lendman, radio host, author and blogger joins us now live from Chicago.
Police Club, Pepper Spray #occupywallstreet Protestors @ Wall Street 10.05.11
Interview with Julie Lawler and Damien Crisp – COUPLE WHO IGNITED OCCUPY WALL STREET movement. Julie Lawler and Damien Crisp were pepper-sprayed and beaten describe their involvement from Day 1.I met Julie a few hours after the attack.They were beaten and pepper-sprayed– but not arrested. (It is illegal for a police officer to use pepper-spray unless he intends to make an arrest) Julie was already back in Liberty Square, her face still stinging with pain from the attack. Everyone was on edge. The police surrounded us, and we knew there was nothing protecting us from another assault… This was well before the media caught the story, even before Police Spokesman Paul Browne denied that Commander Anthony Bologna had abused his power- and none of us knew that it would generate even a word in the press, let alone a firestorm and jump-start Occupy Wall Street

 

NYPD used pepper spray, batons, and brute force to move protesters away from the entrance to Wall Street after many tried to push through police barricades. Rumors immediately circulated that police provocateurs dressed as protesters were to blame for the incident.

The Alex Jones Show – Occupy Wall Street Special – Oct 02, 2011

 

Alex calls in a special report on the Wall Street occupation against the banksters from the road at 2PM CST. Alex notes that the movement is suspiciously linked to the Democrats and Soros and designed to sideline any real reform. At 4 PM CST, Alex presents a special Sunday premier rebroadcast featuring Jesse Ventura on his lawsuit against the TSA, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on Gardasil and vaccines, author John Perkins on the globalist loan sharking system, and a recap of last week’s news.

 

 

Alex calls in a special report on the Wall Street occupation against the banksters from the road at 2PM CST. Alex notes that the movement is suspiciously linked to the Democrats and Soros and designed to sideline any real reform. At 4 PM CST, Alex presents a special Sunday premier rebroadcast featuring Jesse Ventura on his lawsuit against the TSA, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on Gardasil and vaccines, author John Perkins on the globalist loan sharking system, and a recap of last week’s news.

%d bloggers like this: