“Egyptians are back in business!” chanted one of the protesters walking down Tahrir Square. As of writing, it has been over 36 hours of constant battles. Tahrir was the trophy, as it has ever been for the past ten months. Throwing rocks, batons, tear gas, rubber bullets and occasional live ammunition aimed at head and […]Read More The Egyptian Revolution, Part 2?
Tonight I was down at St James park approximately from 8pm to 1am. I left because the legal observers were confident the raid would not happen tonight. I had some interesting conversations, met some good people, and was generally impressed with the show of support – about 700 people down there, and a good feeling […]Read More #Occupy Toronto on the supposed Eviction night
This has been the year of the Arab Spring, the year of revolts halfway around the world instantly reaching you on twitter, and the year where we no longer doubt the capacity of internet based social media to organize real groups of people in the “first world” who then manifest as physical presence in the […]Read More Addiction and Burnout of a Digital Revolutionary
I am not an expert on the #occupy movement. I’ve spent some time at the occupy toronto site, and I’ve visited and spoke with various people at the encampment in Kingston and in Zuccotti park in New York City. Still, I’d like to say something in response to a consistent complaint made about the movement […]Read More “But what are their demands!” or, a response to a standard story about #occupy
Much of me feels I shouldn’t even be at a computer right now – rather that I should be back at #occupy, participating in trainings and discussions about tactics of resistance in anticipation of the eviction of the movement from the park, the notice of which was delivered this morning at 12:01 am. But, in reality, I had to […]Read More Some thoughts on the pending struggle at #occupytoronto
From a worthwhile to read, and quite frightening article from Al-Jazeera And that’s the most prosaic of the new policing toys that are becoming available. Reporter Ando Arick analysed the new generation of weaponry in an article in Harper’s called “The Soft-Kill Solution – New Frontiers In Pain Compliance“. He recounts a 60 Minutes investigation into a new […]Read More Al-Jazeera on the Militarization of North American Police
I’ve been busy with thesis work lately, soon I’ll put together some readable pieces on some questions in political philosophy I’m wrestling with. Also, yesterday this song spilt out of me, right after reading that Ford is asking the #occupytoronto protestors to leave the park. As for remembrance day, I wrote this fairly satisfactory piece a few […]Read More An excuse, a song, and some remembrance day references
The #Occupy movement has created a semantic hybridity which post-modernists are sure to love – “Occupation” now has an ambiguous double sense in that it can refer to the Occupation of Palestine, or the Occupation protests in America, Europe, and the rest of the world. A question which is relevant to all of these situations […]Read More Non-Violence in #Occupy and Occupation