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Forum Post: collecting ideas on occupy--- iran

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 1, 2012, 1:12 p.m. EST by k1mohtadi (0)
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hi, i am a iranian activist and writer/translator. we are working on a project a book on the oocupy movement, mainly focused on occupy wallstreet. the book will contain a chapter on the theoretical concepts of the movement mainly focusing on the significations and potentials of "we are the 99 %". the second chapter will discuss the strategies and tactics invented and used by the occupy movement. this chapter will also contain the speeches or pledges, pamphlets and so forth. for the third chapter we hope to conduct an interview with one of the main figures (theoretically speaking) of the movement. for the last chapter we will write the only persian article and discuss the relation between occupy movement and our situation in Iran, what we can learn from the movement and how we can contribute. the rest of the articles will be tranlslations from the original texts.

i was hoping that you could help me with intoruducing articles and people (maybe academics) who could guide us with this project.

in solidarity Kayvan Mohtadi



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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22863) 5 years ago

Here are two very good articles that, for me, summarize what this movement stands for very well:



Also, the video of Sergeant Shamar Thomas standing up to the NYPD on behalf of the occupiers stands out:


Other academic types are Chris Hedges, Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, and Cornell West, to name a few.

Good luck with your project.

[-] 2 points by Savimbi (-10) 5 years ago

The current Cornel West interview posted on the board would be a good place to start, in terms of academic analysis...

Good luck and God bless the people of Iran... Don't take shit - from anybody!

[-] 1 points by SteadyRock (63) from New York, NY 5 years ago

i wondering if you doing this for free as idealistic volunteer or perhaps you got paid by one of the hundred independent organization for freedom of speach, human rights and democracy in middle east. movement is corrupt leaderless and subtrolled by feds. and also OWS doesn't have support from overseas. you want to read the origins of occupy movement by Naom Chomsky

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

“America’s economic collapse was fed by Wall Street greed in the form of a $6 trillion housing bubble. This brought large budget deficits. Some who were at the center of the housing crash are pushing for deep cuts to social programs to cure the budget deficit.

“The CEO of Goldman Sachs, which received a $10 billion direct bailout and tens of billions of dollars in loans at below market interest rates, has preached about cutting Social Security benefits and increasing the retirement age.

“While Wall Street was bailed out with hundreds of billions of tax dollars from Main Street, Main Street Americans lost more than 40% of their wealth from 2007 to 2010. Nearly one in six U.S. residents is officially poor -- the highest rate in 50 years. Twenty-two percent of U.S. children live in poverty. We are today facing an economic situation that resembles the years leading up to the Great Depression.

“The prevailing budget plan calls for deep cuts in spending on education, environmental protection, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid –while corporations and the top 1% would get tax cuts of nearly $3 trillion over the next decade. This is not how to protect a Democracy.”

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago

"prevailing budget"? Which budget are you referring to? Sounds like the House passed Ryan budget, Is that what you are referring to?

Cause that will never pass the progressive soldiers arrayed against it.

[-] 0 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

I do not see how ideas of OWS will stand up to the iranian president. The Green Revolution, unfortunately was disregarded by the West and it was crushed.

[-] -2 points by Coyote88 (-24) 5 years ago

I for one am not your friend or collaborator.