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Goodbye to the ‘Middle-Class’? A Lesson for Labor From Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street has given our timorous, unimaginative and politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood. It would be a miraculous transformation indeed if organized labor suddenly embraced greater direct action, democratic decision-making and rank-and-file militancy.

SOPA: The bill that could kill the Internet

As the U.S. House Judiciary Committee begins hearings today on the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), both supporters and opponents are ramping up their campaigning, with big names getting involved. And so they should. SOPA’s stakes are no less than the future of the internet itself -- not to mention the strength of the U.S. Constitution, which SOPA may contravene.

Number Of Journalists Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Raid Rises To Ten

As the number of activists arrested during the NYPD’s raid on Occupy Wall Street Tuesday morning continues to rise, so do the number of journalists arrested while documenting the eviction. As of early Wednesday morning, just 24 hours after the surprise raid, more than 250 activists were listed as arrested along with at least ten journalists. And from the photos and videos we’ve seen, it is clear that police had no doubt they were arresting journalists.

Associated Press Staff Scolded for Tweeting Too Quickly About OWS Arrests

A high importance e-mail went out to Associated Press employees early Wednesday morning to remind them of Twitter rules in the wake of staff arrests at yesterday's local protests. "In relation to AP staff being taken into custody at the Occupy Wall Street story, we’ve had a breakdown in staff sticking to policies around social media and everyone needs to get with their folks now to tell them to knock it off," went one version of the e-mail sent from on high.

OWS Revives the Struggle for Economic Equality

The young men and women who launched Occupy Wall Street haven’t yet made our nation one whit less unequal. But these Occupiers have, all the same, overachieved magnificently. They have thrust inequality back into the national limelight ­after an absence of generations. “Disputes over what constitutes economic fairness,” proclaims Bloomberg Businessweek, “are moving to center stage.” Marvels the Financial Times, “America wakes to the din of inequity.”

Journalists arrested in Occupy Wall Street sweeps

Journalists have been detained by police while covering Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. Associated Press writer Karen Matthews was taken into custody Tuesday along with AP photographer Seth Wenig and Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak. When they were detained, they were covering protests at a property in lower Manhattan hours after police cleared a park of the main Occupy encampment.

Documentary 'Under Fire' Shows That War Is Hell for Journalists

"Only two journalists were killed covering World War I. Almost 900 have been killed in the past two decades." That staggering statistic is highlighted in "Under Fire: Journalists in Combat," a documentary that opened on Veteran's Day that explores the increasing dangers and psychological costs of covering war. "We're like prophets of destruction, of death, of suffering," cinematographer Jon Steele says during the film. "And like most prophets, we don't end up too well."

'No guarantees' that hacking stopped after arrests

News International said this morning that it could give "no guarantees" that phone hacking did not take place at the News of the World after the tabloid's royal correspondent Clive Goodman was jailed in 2007 along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. The inquiry heard yesterday from its counsel Robert Jay QC that police believe hacking may have occurred at the title as late as 2009 and begun in 2001. Jay called the practice a "thriving cottage industry" at the tabloid.

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