Demo against fiscal cliff giveaways must only be opening salvo

November 15 Demo against fiscal cliff giveaways

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

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map of Earth

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

Grey text over white background that reads, "No image of the fiscal cliff available as it is an illusion conjured up by the Debt Relief Commission"

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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Anti-austerity update: A general strike in Greece while Spanish police launch a brutal attack on demonstrators

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After a brief lull, anti-austerity protests in Europe were dramatically ratcheted up last week, especially in Greece and Spain. In Greece last Wednesday there was a 24 hour general strike to protest a new package of cut-backs and take-backs that shut down the entire country. In addition, over 300,000 demonstrators marched in …

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Austerity = Dramatic Rise of Radicalism in Greece

Protesters in Greece 2012

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Though the front-page headline of last Monday’s Arizona Republic confidently proclaimed that “Pro-bailout conservatives win Greek election,” the reality of last week’s election was far more complicated. The election, in fact, seemed to confirm that the extreme austerity program that has been imposed on Greece by the European Union, the International Monetary …

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