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Sí Se Puede – Just Not Yet

Spain’s parliamentary elections of December 20th produced uncanny results. While the ruling center-right Popular Party (PP), obtained 28.7% of the vote and the greatest number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, 123 of a total of 350 seats, it lost 63 seats and its absolute majority. The second-placed social democratic PSOE with 22.0% of […]

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Looking for Magic

by Norah Booth One of this year’s December 1 World’s Aids Day Tucson events was Invisible Theater’s dramatic reading of Looking for Magic, a play by Beverly King Pollock, 92. Pollock’s two sons died from AIDS in the early 1990’s. Originally performed as a full production in Pittsburgh, Pollock told the sold-out audience writing the […]

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Picture of Syriza election rally

European Spring? Hope for the US?

The resounding electoral victory of the Radical Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in Greece on January 25th may mark the beginning of important changes in Europe. SYRIZA has won 36.3% of the vote and 149 seats in the 300-member Parliament, defeating the right-wing New Democracy Party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. SYRIZA quickly formed […]

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November 15 Demo against fiscal cliff giveaways

Demo against fiscal cliff giveaways must only be opening salvo

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On Thursday, November 15, a small demonstration of some fifteen protestors was held outside the Federal Courthouse building downtown, where John McCain’s office is located, to demand that he “stand with working Americans and support a fair deal, not a grand deal” in the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations. The demonstration, which had […]

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The shifting geography of protest: a global digest

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The distinguished sociologist Imannuel Wallerstein recently wrote of the “rapidly and constantly shifting geography of protest” that has been sweeping the world since the onset of the Great Recession. In his reckoning, one protest “pops up here and then is either repressed, co-opted, or exhausted,” after which another protest pops up somewhere […]

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A Primer to the Fiscal Cliff

SOURCED ONLINE AND OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The fiscal cliff explained “Fiscal cliff” is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect. Among the laws set to change […]

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