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The Takeaway

Global Protests Driven by Disillusionment and the Economy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From London and Athens to Israel and India, and now, Wall Street, protesters all over the world are taking to the streets, and their complaints are not that different. Income inequality, unemployment, austerity measures imposed by governments thought to be inept and removed from the will of the people have fueled protests around the globe. Like the protests of the Arab Spring, which have toppled authoritarian governments in the Middle East and Northern Africa this year, these protesters utilize social media to organize, and shun traditional political institutions.

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WNYC News

Protesters Dig in as Park Owner Seeks Their Eviction

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Following 80 arrests over the weekend, organizers of an anti-Wall Street demonstration are now facing possible eviction from the Lower Manhattan park that has been their unofficial base of operations for the past 10 days.

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WNYC News

After 80 Arrests, Protest Enters Second Week

Sunday, September 25, 2011

About 80 people were arrested when protesters camped out near the New York Stock Exchange for more than a week marched to Union Square over the weekend, police said.

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WNYC News

About 80 Arrested in Union Square Protest

Saturday, September 24, 2011

About 80 people were arrested near Union Square on Saturday afternoon when demonstrators clashed with police during a protest led by the group Occupy Wall Street, police said. SEE PHOTOS.

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WNYC News

Live Blog: Protests Outside the United Nations

Friday, September 23, 2011

Get the latest from our reporter outside the United Nations headquarters where demonstrators are expected to gather as Palestinians, determined to ask the United Nations to accept them as a member state, were poised to make their bid Friday.

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WNYC News

Look | Protesters Get Bullish on Wall Street

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Hundreds of demonstrators are still camping out and rallying in the financial district as their protest against Wall Street greed.  Zuccotti Park at Broadway and Liberty Street has become the base of operations for a core group of protesters, many of who have been camping out since Saturday.

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WNYC News

Live Blog: Protests Outside the United Nations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Get the latest from our reporters outside the United Nations headquarters where protesters are expected to demonstrate while all 193 U.N. members hold multilateral discussions of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

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WNYC News

NYPD Plays Key Role in Securing UN for General Assembly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The NYPD plays a central role in helping secure the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, including working closely with the Secret Service and policing dozens of protests sponsored by a myriad of groups all looking to make their case in the court of international public opinion.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Troops Open Fire on Eid Worshipers

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reports coming out of Syria this morning claim that security forces opened fire on worshipers at mosques in the southern and central regions of the country after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. At least seven people are known dead at this time. Amer Al-Sadeq, of the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union, has the latest update from Damascus.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Year of Protest, Except Here?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The world witnessed many protests around the globe this year but none here in the US. Sudhir Venkatesh, professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University, author of the "Underground" column for The Daily and author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets discusses why protests around the world have not spread to the US (yet?).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protests, Technology and Crackdowns

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

During the UK riots, the British government asked Blackberry to block messages sent between protesters. Recently in San Fransciso, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials shut down cell service to curb a planned protest. Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of the popular blog technosociology.org, discusses whether blocking social media is a legitimate law enforcement tool in a time of social unrest.

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The Takeaway

Bay Area Rapid Transit Vs. Protesters, Round 2

Monday, August 15, 2011

After a homeless man was shot dead by Bay Area Rapid Transit system police last month, outraged citizens planned protests for last Thursday at a BART station, planning to organize via their mobile devices. To prevent the demonstrations, BART cut off cell phone service to its passengers. Many called this action censorship, and retaliated. The hacker group Anonymous broke into the BART website, defaced it and released user information to the public. Another protest is set to take place at a BART station today. How will BART handle it this time?

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The Takeaway

Ramadan Continues, Amid Violence in Syria and Egypt

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today is the fifth day of Ramadan — the holiest month on the Islamic calendar during which, typically, life in the Middle East slows down. Businesses close early, and families and communities gather every night to break their fast. But this year has been strikingly different. The Syrian government has used the holy month to intensify its violent crackdown on protesters, with tanks entering the town Hama every day since the weekend. Meanwhile in Egypt, hundreds of armed troops stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier in the week, beating protesters with electric batons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Moroccan Spring

Thursday, July 14, 2011

As Moroccans continue to protest, Laila Lalami, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, author of the novel Secret Son and regular writer about Morocco for The Nation and Foreign Policydiscusses the difference between unrest in Morocco and the protests across North Africa and the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Defaulting May Not Be A Greek Tragedy

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Demonstrators continue to protest in the streets of Athens today, amid violence and tear gas. Many Greeks are not happy with their government's upcoming vote on austerity measures, which would mean higher taxes and many spending cuts. If Greece's government does not pass the austerity measures, though, they would be at risk of not receiving a €12 billion bail-out, and becoming the first eurozone country to default.

 

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The Takeaway

Greeks Stage Two-Day Strike Against Austerity Package

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tens of thousands of Greeks are gathering in the streets of Athens today, as part of a 48-hour strike to protest an austerity package that includes deep spending cuts and higher taxes, and would need to pass in order for Greece to obtain a bail-out from the European Union. Parliament will vote on the austerity package tomorrow. Polls show eighty percent of Greeks are apposed to the package. 

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Features

Pride Draws Hundreds of Thousands to New York City

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Many New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender couples are reveling in the fact that soon they won't have to drive to Connecticut, Massachusetts or Vermont to get hitched. Friday night's news is perfect timing for the weekend's Pride celebrations, which mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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The Takeaway

Yemen in Upheaval as Leader Goes to Saudi Arabia

Monday, June 06, 2011

Jubilant crowds took to the streets in Yemen over the weekend, celebrating the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Following a rocket attack on his compound on Friday, Saleh was flown to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Saturday to have wood splinters surgically removed from his chest. Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has taken over for the interim, and international leaders are calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. But it's unclear whether the man who ruled the country with an iron fist for 33 years will try to return – and if not, what will happen in the power vacuum.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Obama in Europe, Economy and Oprah

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Barack Obama arrives in Ireland today, as he begins is week long trip to Europe. His stops include the UK, France, and Poland. Jason Stallman, editor for the national desk at The New York Times, looks at what we can expect in the week ahead on this trip. 

As the president journeys through Europe, a number of key economic indicators is set to be released, including GDP figures. Charlie Herman, economics and business editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, crunches the numbers for us and tells us if good things are ahead for our economy.

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The Takeaway

Harsh Crackdowns Continue to Escalate in Syria

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Syria has worsened. Plain clothes police have been pulling protesters off the streets and throwing them into vans, and threatening imprisonment to those who have video of protests on their cell phones. We get an update on the situation in that country from Anthony Shadid, reporter for The New York Times. Shadid explains that Syria's government is "in survival mode and it has signaled it's intention in brute force." Is it time for international intervention?

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