At first they claimed a media blackout. But now, Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting wall-to-wall press.
BY NICK ADAMS
President Obama is looking to imposing tougher sanctions on Iran--
That’s after evidence suggested the nation was involved in an alleged assassination attempt of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
KSAZ says the president isn’t going to take it easy on Iran.
“President Obama says Iran is going to pay a price for its involvement in a plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. The President says the county must be held accountable for its involvement with a terrorist plot.”
The administration is considering ways to hit the Iranian economy. KCPQ reports -- the idea on the table now is taking fiscal sanctions against the Bank of Iran.
“The Obama Administration says it is actively considering sanctions against the bank for the alleged terror plot by the Iran government. The U.S. Treasury Department says it might make the move if other countries could be persuaded to do the same.”
But are tougher sanctions the right answer? Waleed Pharis, a Middle East terrorism analyst, suggests other possible tactics on Fox News.
“Most importantly, is that the game changer in Iran isn’t going to be additional sanctions that are needed, but the game changer is going to be to partner with the opposition. To create conditions for an Iranian Spring -- that’s the long term effort we need to have.”
But with all the talk about punishment, the question remains -- was the Iranian government really involved in the plot? President Obama says he has enough evidence. But the head of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security Commission says it’s a baseless accusation. Fars News Agency has his comments.
“Given the chaotic conditions and the Wall Street protests in the US... they (US authorities) badly needed to create a false atmosphere to change the climate and divert the public opinion in the US and the international community.”
Add to that -- a Persian Gulf analyst tells Al-Jazeera, it simply doesn’t make sense for Iran to be involved.
“The history of doing it by blowing up a restaurant in Washington doesn’t fit because that could invite, theoretically from the Iranian standpoint, U.S. military retaliation which the Supreme Leader clearly doesn’t want.”
A scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute writes on his blog-- Iran has plenty of reasons to be upset at the U.S. and Saudi Arabia -- but Iran has never done something like this before. He says the U.S. should be careful about retaliating.
“...at a minimum both the public and the Congress should demand more detailed evidence before taking any rash or irreversible action.”
Reuters reports if the U.S. has the proof of the alleged ‘murder plot,’ it can win over the support of the U.N. Security Council to push actions against Iran.
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Occupy Wall Street may have started small, but now it spans the globe. ABC has details...
REPORTER: “...protests in Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts and Oregon -- and the message being translated around the globe. In Tokyo protesters are fighting inequality. Filipino demonstrators cried ‘US troops out now,’ and about 300 Australians chanted the cry that started on Wall Street.”
PROTESTER: “We are the 99%!”
Anger at what protests call corporate greed and political complacency is the common thread -- but other grievances vary from place to place. The Telegraph talks to one protester in Japan...
“I’m obviously against social disparity and poverty just like with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and I’m interested in the subject. But our more pressing issues are against nuclear power and Trans-Pacific partnership and that’s our main message.”
And in London -- demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts and “corporate greed.” CNBC reports...
“A crowd of a few thousand protesters … noisily gathered outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Saturday, less than 100 meters away from the London Stock Exchange. … Protesters ... carried placards reading, ‘If voting could change anything, it would be illegal,’ and ‘Bankers got a bailout, we got sold-out...’”
A writer for the Washington Post says the fact these protests aren’t going away, and are actually spreading, could be a troubling sign.
“What worries me is the echo of the 1930s, a similar period of economic change and dislocation. When the traditional business and political leaders seemed to have failed during the downturn of the ’30s, populist indignation veered sharply right and left -- toward dangerous movements that expressed national indignation at the point of a gun.”
According to the Occupy Wall Street Web site, demonstrations will continue until they achieve their goals.
“United in one voice... it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.”
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The city of Rome really was burning on Saturday as a group of hooded protesters took to the streets with rocks, bottles, and fireworks in hand. Euronews has more.
“What started off as a peaceful protest against government cutbacks and economic inequality has turned into rioting in the streets of Rome. Earlier in the day on Saturday, demonstrators gathered in the shadow of the coliseum to show their support started by movements by the ‘Indignados’ in Spain and the Americans in Occupy Wall Street. However, fears about a repeat of trouble and protests from last December have come true.”
Part of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have spread worldwide, the Italian protest was not intended to be violent -- even on the “global day of rage.” According to MSNBC, Rome’s mayor blames a small handful of rioters for the trouble.
“Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno blamed the violence on ‘a few thousand thugs from all over Italy, and possibly from all over Europe, who infiltrated the demonstration.’”
A writer for Time says the violent protesters are actually an embarrassment to the now worldwide movement.
“Judging by comments on blogs and social media, many of the protest's young sympathizers share the mayor's analysis, condemning the violence as counterproductive … Indeed, the rest of the protest movement around the world looked on the Roman violence with dismay.”
The protest was originally planned to be a peaceful demonstration against the Italian government and the crumbling economy. The country’s debt burden is second only to Greece and its people are suffering from high unemployment rates, high taxes and high health care costs. (Video source: Al Jazeera)
But one reporter told the BBC the protests won’t be able to address any of these problems if the government shuts them down.
“I think that the government will not take any message from that. They have just closed the doors with any kind of argument at the moment. As you can hear above me, you can hear the helicopter--they’re still trying to find people. So this isn’t a moment for dialogue.”
The damage is already estimated to cost more than $1.4 million.
BY JENNIFER LONG
Forget Occupy Wall Street, there’s a new protest in town. Ryan Gosling fans are protesting People Magazine’s choice to name Bradley Cooper as 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive. This Youtube video shows the group in front of People headquarters voicing its opinion.
“Bradley Cooper is just fine but Ryan Gosling is divine.”
The BuzzFeed organized the movement OccupyPeople and also created a petition that urges the magazine to admit it was wrong. Here’s a look from Change****...
“We believe People Magazine made a huge mistake by choosing Bradley Cooper as the 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. 2011 was clearly the year of Ryan Gosling and we demand that People Magazine give Ryan his own magazine cover. Together, we can right this wrong.”
So far more than 1800 people have signed the petition and bloggers agree. A writer for the Washington Post says...
“... this is clearly Gosling’s year... The guy starred in three great films in 2011, is an Oscar contender (yet again!), broke up a street fight, felt embarrassed about it, brought his dog on national TV and somehow managed to stay completely likable.”
But -- what’s done is done. A blogger for Zap2it writes...
“There's no reason to rail against the actual title-holder, Bradley Cooper... we're forgetting one important fact: Bradley Cooper is damn sexy... Let him have it.”
Anchors on KABB are shocked – Not because Gosling wasn’t picked, but because there are more important things.
“I mean come on ladies you know we’ve got big problems in the world, this is supposed to be fun who cares?”
And anchors for the DailyBuzz go further – What does this say about the Occupy Wall Street protest?
“Seriously? Come on y’all let it go. Next year maybe.
When you see people who have taken the time to protest the sexiest man alive, doesn’t that seem to discount the occupy protesters?
A little bit.
Saying you know, things are so bad in this country?
People Magazine stands by its decision.
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Singer Miley Cyrus celebrated her birthday by taking up a cause that many citizens of America have been taking up. The Occupy Wall Street protests. Just weeks after she was mocked by unknown critics about her weight, Miley placed herself right in the middle of the ongoing protests and released a video.