A group of eight squatters entered the north London library last week through an open window. They have now reopened the library to residents with the help of local volunteers. The Guardian spoke to both the squatters and community volunteers campaigning to keep the local library open.
Rioters stormed the U.S. embassy in Yemen on Thursday morning, breaching the wall of the embassy and setting fire to vehicles as security forces reportedly opened fire. Security forces managed to gain control of the compound in Sanaa by using the live ammunition, tear gas and water cannons, injuring several people, although protests continued outside the embassy walls. Protests have broken out throughout the Muslim world over an amateur U.S. film that depicts the prophet Muhammed as a fraud. In Cairo, protests continued for the third day on Thursday outside the U.S. embassy, with at least 10 people injured in overnight clashes. In Libya, the U.S. ambassador and three others were killed on Tuesday by riots over the film outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
U.S. officials say that it is "too early" to say who carried out the fatal attack in Benghazi, but members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees believe that it may well have been the work of al-Qaeda:
The attack in Libya that also killed three other U.S. personnel bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda and may have been carried out by the group’s North Africa affiliate to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., said Michigan Republican Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee.
“It certainly appears to me the significance of this date was important,” Rogers told CNN yesterday. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who heads the Senate intelligence panel, also told the network the attack may have been premeditated.
It may have been the work of al-Qaeda because “the weapons were somewhat sophisticated, and they blew a hole in the building and started a big fire, and that’s how the ambassador died, in a fire,” Feinstein said.
There is also a possibility that the attack was "planned," and that the protest was either a ruse, or the attackers took advantage of the protest as a distraction from their activities :
The chaotic scene was described by senior Obama administration officials, Libyan government officials and witnesses. Details about the attack were still emerging late Wednesday. Key facts remain unclear, particularly how Stevens died and how his body wound up at a Benghazi hospital.
Even as evidence was being assembled, the early indications were that the assault had been planned and the attackers had cannily taken advantage of the protest at the consulate.
“Was this a spontaneous act of violence, was this capitalizing on the opportunity posed by [a protest], or was this separate and apart from al-Qaeda?” asked Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House intelligence committee. “Any of those are possible,” Schiff said, but accounts of the attack and the firepower employed “indicate something more than a spontaneous protest.”
In response, the Pentagon has ordered two warships to the Libyan coast which carry Tomahawk cruise missiles, although they have no specific mission at this time.
Via Occupy Seattle:
When – Mon, September 17, 6pm – 10pm
Where – Westlake 400 Pine (map)
Occupy changed the conversation.
It placed greed front and center in the public debate. In solidarity with #OWS and Occupy’s 1 year anniversary, let’s bring it back to it’s roots.
Join us. Sept. 17th at 6PM in Westlake Park.
“Right now, with every dollar we spend, we give corporations more and more influence over our politics. Over our healthcare, our government, our society, and our future. With every dollar we give them more and more influence over our daily lives.
We think this is wrong. Money isn’t speech. And it definitely shouldn’t be a corporate megaphone with which to corrupt our system of government, bribe our politicians, and buy special treatment.
Our actions as consumers continue to fuel this problem. Without change, we will continue to live in a system that forces us to sell our voices, and in effect to buy our own silence. We must take responsibility for the part we continue to play. We must change as much as we expect change.
We’ve been taught to sell out our own voices. We’ve been taught to be consumers rather than fully alive human beings. We’ve been taught to be silenced. And that that silence is the hidden price we must all pay for being consumers.
Buying their goods shouldn’t mean selling our voices. Buying their goods shouldn’t mean selling ourselves. We feel it’s time people started drawing attention to the silencing power of money as speech. As consumers, as voters, as citizens, as a society, as people, and as human beings, we can all agree, money shouldn’t talk.
Together let us reclaim our voices with silence.”
This is a silent flash march into the shopping areas of the downtown core. Once there, we will be silently walking / flooding into several actual shopping centers & stores. We’ll also be meeting up at certain times to regroup and hold brief 1/2 hour silent vigils.
Small printed versions of the above statement for you to hand out will also be available if someone wishes to engage you in positive dialog about this action or wants a more information about the action and you do not wish to break your silence.
• 6:00pm – Meet at Westlake park. Please bring a dollar bill with you. We’ll have some tape & spirit gum on hand. If you can bring some extra to share, even better.
• 6:30pm – Silent flash march begins. Details of the exact schedule and timings for the march to follow. We will also have small cheat-sheets available with a map and the times for the silent vigils.
In keeping with the message of the dollars tapped over our mouths, a silent flash march means remaining as quiet as possible. Please no chanting, singing, talking, drums, etc. We make our point by making eye contact with as many of the people we pass as possible and holding it just a little too long. For that reason also, please do not bring signs to hold or flags to wave. If you’re planning on entering shops, you might want to leave the Occupy labeled gear at home. It may tip off some businesses that have “banned” occupy gear and prevent you from moving freely.
Not only will our silence be a powerful statement, it will hopefully also be the key to our ability to enter those spaces that we might otherwise have to avoid.
A new video teaser for Occupy Wall Street's anniversary from Peter Menchini. Bring a copy of your student loans or mortgage to burn. September 17, 2012. 5pm 555 California St, San Francisco.
An idiot speaks:
When Donald Rumsfeld is your only cheerleader, it's time to pack up and go home.
Today is Thursday, September 13, 2012 and your morning open thread begins below.
During a segment on Tuesday criticizing the Obama administration for its messaging on the economy, a Fox & Friends graphic claimed that the "real unemployment rate" had increased from 7.8% in 2009 to 14.7% now.
However, the graphic -- which showed the rate nearly doubling since Obama took office -- was actually comparing today's "real unemployment rate" with 2009's official unemployment rate.
After being presented with the Fox graphic, Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham said: "Other than Fox News, where are you really seeing those statistics?" Indeed, who else has faux news?
The most recent official unemployment rate is 8.1, which is only 0.3 percent higher, and not nearly enough to lead to mass right-wing nut hysteria on the internets.
The so-called "real" unemployment figure, which also includes part-timers looking for full-time work, currently stands at 14.7 percent and has been steadily declining for the past three years.
When Media Matters pointed out this inconvenient fact, "Fox & Friends" hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson, were forced to acknowledge their *cough* "mistake."
Pakistani officials confirmed that more than 280 people died after a fire broke out in a garment factory in Karachi on Tuesday—the same day that at least 25 people died in a shoe factory fire in Lahore. Witnesses said the Karachi building was still smoldering on Wednesday as officials said 40 firefighting vehicles were needed to tackle the fire. The Karachi fire chief said the victims died from smoke inhalation and suffocation, while others were injured after attempting to escape the fire by jumping from the building. Officials said the windows of the factory were blocked by metal grilles and were also full of combustible materials, including chemicals and piles of clothing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Besides the metal grilles on the windows, doors were locked shut, there were no fire exits, no fire alarms, no sprinklers, and workers who complained were terminated.
This brings to mind the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City in 1911 when 146 garment workers, died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling to their deaths. The youngest was just 11 years old.
The impacts of that tragedy are still felt to this day, as it led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and with it a century of reforms thanks to labor pioneers and safety advocates.
From Framed Crooks:
"Last September 17th, as part of a wave of global protest, people from across the country raced to the heart of New York's financial district to occupy Wall Street. In the face of big banks foreclosing on our homes, killing our jobs, buying up our democracy, and turning our environment into just another toxic asset, you showed up, and we became the 99%." And we continue on: http://s17nyc.org
Activists gathered Sunday in Leesburg, Virginia, to protest covert negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership. "People think Citizens United was bad?" one demonstrator said. "You ain't seen nothing yet. The TPP is the most dystopian agreement that could possibly exist."
The TPP, a so-called "free trade" agreement, represents a threat even greater than the Citizens United ruling. Of the agreement's 30-something chapters, only two have to do with trade and the rest are a list of corporate giveaways. The TPP is being negotiated in secret and not even members of Congress and the Senate have access to the text. If implemented, this agreement will hardcode corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This document should set alarm bells ringing.