Democracy

Jika González

 

After a month of occupations, protests and marches, Occupy Wall Street has gone national and global. On October 15th, events were held across 82 countries in unison outcry for social and economic justice. But as the Occupy Wall Street movement grows, it is imperative for it to continue to become more and more inclusive. The participation of minorities and marginalized groups is crucial for this movement to continue forward.

Shaun Randol

Sunday, October 16, 2011, was a spiritual day for me at Occupy Wall Street. I began the day at the famous Community Church of New York, where Unitarian Universalist minister Bruce Southworth delivered his sermon, "Excellence!" using the Occupy worldwide movements as as fulcrum. What's happening down at OWS, he said, is an explosion of morals. (That's a good thing!)

Shaun Randol

October 15 saw an explosion of sympathetic Occupy Wall Street marches and occupations in 1,500 cities around the world (and on all seven continents - see Occupy Antarctica here).

World Policy Journal

by Pauline Moullot and Valentine Pasquesoone

Shaun Randol

Like many of you, I have been following the Occupy Wall Street movement since its inception, which is now entering its fourth week. My initial reaction on hearing of the occupation was one of caution; I assumed—and I am sure I am not alone—that this was another case of young, white, privileged college students staging a demonstration out of genuine concern, but able to do so because they knew Mom and Dad would keep putting money into their checking accounts.

Shaun Randol

Though media and public interest in the organization has waned recently, WikiLeaks continues to publish a torrent of diplomatic and other sensitive material. In this essay, Shaun Randol argues that, from top to bottom, the anti-secrecy organization has permanently altered how international affairs are conducted: emboldened citizens worldwide can now act in arenas normally reserved for a powerful, elite few.

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by Harry W.S. Lee. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

In a prison-issued white sarong, the artist enters, blinded by a black bag over her head, stumbling her way on tiptoes, her legs trembling from hunger and fear. On the floor, she struggles to devour rice and the water through the black bag, venting out heavy gasps, punctuating with groans—a disturbing sight almost too private to be public.

Emily Cody

 

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

BEIJING “你们会说英语吗?“(Can you all speak English?) Kevin S. Osborne, a recent graduate from Seattle University asked before joining his partner in talking about efforts to forge Sino-US partnerships to address climate change (in English). The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) club was holding one of its regular educational meetings for its members on a Friday night in a Beijing University classroom.

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by Frank Spring. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

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