finally seeing more on Twitter from Beruit, but little live coverage elsewhere.
…the new progressive era will need a fresh and gutsy generation of candidates to seek election victories not through wealthy campaign financiers but through free social media. A new generation of politicians will prove that they can win on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and blog sites, rather than with corporate-financed TV ads. By lowering the cost of political campaigning, the free social media can liberate Washington from the current state of endemic corruption. And the candidates that turn down large campaign checks, political action committees, Super PACs and bundlers will be well positioned to call out their opponents who are on the corporate take…Those who think that the cold weather will end the protests should think again. A new generation of leaders is just getting started. The new progressive age has begun.
I’m really intrigued by this. The next several months (and year or two) will only tell if we can see the culture in Washington change. More importantly, it’ll tell us if the culture of the everyday America changes - is Occupy Wall St. a movement that will demand change and a better America or go with the season? The Arab ‘Spring’ has certainly had lasting power, but it’s seemed to take Americans the longest to finally start standing up for governmental change. Reports of protests from Europe and South America (for mostly financial and austerity reasons) then the Arab world (for social rights reasons) flooded our browsers and television screens for months, yet here, where much of the economic disaster began years ago, we’re just now seeing people get angry.
There’s just so much world news at the moment, it seems easy to get lost and confused as to what’s important.
There’s the U.S. credit downgrading and the subsequent stock market plummet.
So how do we, as news consumers, determine which news is worth our time and which isn’t nearly as important? The riots in the U.K. have some contextual importance and British leaders will have to take a hard look at what the true driving forces are behind the behavior of these hooligans. The truth is, however, there really isn’t much reason British youths have for burning down their cities – not when you compare it to the political protests of the Arab world that are managing to stay peaceful even under violent attacks by military and police.
It’s silly to think the U.K. riots are worth taking part in. And yet, just today I saw a Facebook comment mentioning how bad tonight’s riots are supposed to be – “no ones seen nothing yet, tonights supposed to be mad.”
What are these kids trying to prove? What are they mad about? Are they starving? Have they run out of water? Is their government murdering them all? NO. I understand there’s an underlying unrest due to recent austerity measures in the U.K. that’s hit the lower classes hard. But there are much better ways to handle their unhappiness than stealing a new TV and setting the nearest church on fire.
Take a lesson from the Arab world for once – peaceful protest can still be shouted around the world.
Here’s hoping this uncomfortably hot Summer and recent national disappointments don’t send the same wave of riots through the U.S.
Still, National Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli said the students would not stop fighting.
"The right to a roof over one’s head should be assured to everyone in Israel, whether they are students or not," Shmuli said.
Tel Aviv University Student Union head Ran Livneh spoke out more sharply against Netanyahu’s plan, calling it “an attempt to bribe the student unions throughout Israel.”
"We will not accept the things we accepted throughout the years; we will not stick a knife in anyone’s back," he said.
The student unions announced they would continue blocking traffic and taking over construction sites and abandoned buildings.
Both groups said they were “not alone in the struggle,” and that their protest was important for all segments of the population.
The various groups in the Jerusalem tent protest issued a joint statement following Netanyahu’s press conference, hinting that the prime minister’s intent was to split the protesters by offering solutions to students: “The steps the prime minister announced are not enough to solve the housing problems in Israel. The planned reforms to the Planning and Building Law and the housing committees preserve the failing, anti-social policies,” the statement said.