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Untie Our Hands: An Alien Tort Claims Act Campaign

September 26, 2012 / 2 comments

A web site has appeared at untieourhands.com lobbying on behalf of Shell Oil Company in the Kiobel V. Royal Dutch Petrolium (Shell) case. The site uses the slogan “Untie Our Hands” as a rallying cry to free corporations from responsibility for the harm they cause overseas while they engage in resource extraction.

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Images and Metaphors of Occupy: On the Year Anniversary

September 17, 2012 / 0 comments

Reading the online news today, I found mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) anniversary using images and metaphors to frame Occupy as unstable and barely intact. Media reporting alone might lead some readers to believe that Occupy has “returned” (from where? when did it leave?) resulting in “chaos” in the Financial District….

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Occupying Facebook

November 8, 2011 / 0 comments

In “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street,” Caren & Gaby (2011) propose that “Facebook is potentially less relevant to the Occupy movement than to other movements, and is likely to become less relevant as the movement develops.” Although Caren & Gaby call members of Facebook groups online “occupiers” and refer to…

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We are the Indonesian 99%

Indonesian Cyberactivists and #OccupyWallStreet

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On October 17th, 2011 Anita Rachman of the Jakarta Globe published an article with the headline “Occupy Jakarta? We Might if We Knew We Were Being Invited.” In the article, Rachman suggests that the lack of events organized by a Facebook group called “Occupy Jakarta” demonstrates there is no “real” Occupy movement in Jakarta. Writing…

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Activists preparing to protect the Dale Farm Travellers' site from bailiffs work on scaffolding near Basildon

Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Land, Housing & Eviction

September 20, 2011 / 1 comment

This post represents the beginning of some research I’m doing on the Irish Traveller community at Dale Farm. The working title is “When Nomads Fight To Stay: Land Zoning, Globalized Activism and Forceable Eviction at Dale Farm” On July 4th, 2011, decades of legal battles came to a head with an eviction order for around…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 2 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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Quantum Activism

November 11, 2009 / 5 comments

Dr. Amit Goswami, professor emeritus of physics at University of Oregon, has a media rich web site where he discusses a “science of consciousness.” He calls himself a “quantum activist.” Just as modernist empirical science constructed a vision of reality as material, could the quantumn revolution construct reality as spiritual/religious? Share this:

NYU and the Military Dictatorship in Burma?

February 20, 2009 / 1 comment

Using a tactic that was also used by the military dictatorship in Burma, New York University has cut off internet access to students who are occupying the school. This is another example of corporate powers disabling network access to prevent social justice. Hopefully, some students in the occupation have access to the network via 3G…

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Art at what cost?

April 22, 2008 / 0 comments

Discerning Brute blogs about Guillermo Vargas Habacuc’s plan to starve another dog as part of an exhibition. As artists and viewers of art, we must take a firm stand against this exhibition. Not a stand against any form of art, but a stand against cruelty and slavery, torture and murder. Discerning Brute is right on…

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Euphemism for “Burnt Slave Bones in your Food”.

April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

“Natural Charcoal” I contributed a little story about a food producer and their sugar refinery to The Discerning Brute. You can read it here. I verified that the Domino refinery in question does not use cow bones. I read something recently that claimed it takes something like 7,800 cows to produce the ‘bone char’ for…

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Electronic Communication and Social Justice

October 2, 2007 / 0 comments

Dr. Mala Htun discusses the crucial role that electronic communication plays in the social justice movement for Burma. Share this:

Electronic Communication from Burma

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Burma Protests by Refusing Electronic Propoganda

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“In Myanmar’s main city of Yangon, residents launched a new form of dissent, switching off their lights and TV sets for 15 minutes during the nightly government newscast starting at 8 p.m. The ”silent protest” began Monday and continued Tuesday, even when state television showed pictures of the Gambari-Than Shwe meeting, which included Deputy Senior…

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Tech Activist Listserves

September 17, 2007 / 0 comments

riseup.net has a great collection of tech activism listserves. Highlights include: nomesh-tech New Orleans Mesh Networking – Technical Support & Discussion farma Renewable energy sources campaign for the Zapatista communities leftistpython Leftist and combative object oriented programming fpl-fbv Forum on the Patenting of Life – Forum sur le brevetage du vivant vgranjeros List for the…

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