Occupy Wall Street: Economic Inequity and the Missing Political Left
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Occupy Wall Street is only two weeks old and 200 strong, but it's trying to use Facebook and Twitter to organize nationwide. Is it part of worldwide discontent with the global economy? Why hasn't America's Left produced a counterpart to the Tea Partiers on the Right? Also, an American-born al Qaeda leader is killed in Yemen, and Bank of America is striking back against finance reform by charging customers for using their debit cards.
Banner image: Demonstrators opposed to corporate profits on Wall Street march in the Financial District on September 26, 2011 New York City. Hundreds of activists affiliated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations have begun living in a park in the Financial District near Wall Street. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
American-born al Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen ()
Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen today by an American drone strike. He was the first American citizen deliberately targeted and killed by the US government since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Speaking at a retirement ceremony for Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama called Awlaki's death a "significant milestone," and "a tribute to our intelligence community and the efforts of Yemen and its security forces, who have worked closely with the United States over the course of several years." Scott Shane is national security reporter for the New York Times.
Occupy Wall Street: What's the Message? ()
It's a far cry from Tahrir Square in Cairo, but Occupy Wall Street has been camped out for two weeks in Zuccotti Park between the New York Stock Exchange and the site of the former World Trade Center. The self-described "leaderless resistance movement" includes about 200 college students, recent graduates and others protesting a whole set of economic issues, from a lack of jobs to the ties between government and big business. They've endured pepper spray from a senior New York Police commander and enjoyed visits from celebrities, including Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore. They're a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and they're trying to organize nationwide. Will they ever compete with the Tea Party? What's the connection to economic unhappiness in other parts of the world?
- Allison Kilkenny: Citizen Radio
- Peter Goodman: Huffington Post, @petersgoodman
- Marvin Holland: Transport Workers Union, Local 100
- Richard Freeman: National Bureau of Economic Research
- Michael Kazin: Georgetown University
Bank of America's Debit Card Charge ()
The Bank of America says new financial regulations are costing big money, and it's going to charge ordinary consumers to help make up the difference. It will now cost $5 a month to use debit cards instead of cash at shops, restaurants and gas stations. Illinois' Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was a supporter of finance reform, has accused the Bank of America of trying to "pad their profits" by "sticking it to their customers." Ylan Mui covers consumers and the economy for the Washington Post.
- Ylan Mui: Washington Post
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