From Democracy Now!
National Day of Action Kicks Off Third Month of OWS
Protests are being held across the country today as part of a national day of action marking the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here in New York, organizers have been distributing posters reading "Shut Down Wall Street! Occupy the Subways! Take the Square!" The massive day of action comes just two days after New York police raided the Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square and tore down the encampment. On Wednesday, the Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy addressed Occupy Wall Street protesters at the Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square Park.
Arundhati Roy: "The Occupy movement has joined thousands of other resistance movements all over the world in which the poorest of people are standing up and stopping the richest corporations in their tracks. Few of us dreamed that we would see you, the people of the United States, on our side, trying to do this in the heart of empire."
95 Arrested at Bank of America in San Francisco
In San Francisco, 95 protesters were arrested on Wednesday after occupying a Bank of America branch in the financial district. The demonstrators pitched a tent inside the branch before they were detained. The action came as part of an Occupy march through downtown San Francisco to denounce tuition hikes and budget cuts at University of California schools.
This third headline is related of course, but somewhat detached from the OWS movements. However, it goes to shows that as unfortunate as it is, President Obama is just another face in the crowd of so called leaders of hegemony and empire. With so much happening on the ground at home, with so many of the poorest people, the 99%, those who need the most assistance calling for help at home right now, why is energy being placed on establishing a permanent military presence in Australia? Why? Because that's what empires do, especially when they're worried about an impending change in the guard that is inevitable, and arguably has already happened...
U.S. Establishes Permanent Military Presence in Australia
The Obama administration has unveiled plans for a permanent military presence in Australia. Starting next summer, the U.S. will deploy 250 marines for six-month tours, eventually reaching a force of 2,500 troops. Speaking before the Australian parliament, President Obama said the U.S. military presence in the Pacific is "here to stay."
President Obama: "So here’s what this region must know. As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and mission in the Asia Pacific a top priority. As a result, reductions in U.S. defense spending will not—I repeat, will not—come at the expense of the Asia Pacific. My guidance is clear, because we plan and budget for the future. We will allocate the resources necessary to maintain our strong military presence in this region. The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay."