Monthly Archives: October 2011

As winter closes in, protest is no lark for the Occupy movement

The Occupy Boston protest camp in Dewey Square marked its first month yesterday, a day after a bitter Nor’easter lashed the encampment with sheets of rain and a coating of snow. This much I’ve figured out: Protest for these folks … Continue reading

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Troubling images as Oakland, Calif., cops crack down on Occupy

It’s tough to assess an event that happened 3,000 miles away. But the photos and videos from Oakland, Calif., this morning look far more fitting for the streets of Syria than for an American city. ‘   In other video … Continue reading

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Marking a modest milestone

This is my 250th post on News Prints. It comes near the end of the blog’s 25th month. When I began writing on Oct. 1, 2009, it was as part of the phantom “staff” of a universal blog called True/Slant, … Continue reading

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The Right turns nasty over Occupy Wall Street

Perhaps the surest sign that the national Occupy movement has gained at least some traction is a shift in the strategy of the Right, which has moved from dismissing the protesters to demonizing them. A couple of recent polls showed widespread … Continue reading

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A 92-year-old icon of the ’60s marches with Occupy Wall Street

Pete Seeger epitomizes peaceful protest.  With gentle smile, banjo and an arsenal of folk music — songs like If I had a Hammer and We Shall Overcome — he has long stood for both community and personal freedoms. So I … Continue reading

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Occupy’s first legacy: Re-establishing the power of The Commons

Analysis of the Occupy Wall Street movement typically has centered on its message and the belief of most analysts that it lacks specificity and focus. But perhaps, as New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman notes in an essay today, “the encampment … Continue reading

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The words used in news can report — or distort: Part II

The lead headline in at washingtonpost.com this afternoon reads: “‘Occupy’ demonstrations turn violent, go global.” To me that implies that the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States turned violent today.  From what I read, it did not. The … Continue reading

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