Shot Heard ‘Round the World: Tahrir Square march in support of Occupy Oakland

29 10 2011

When folks say “The whole world is watching,” this is an example of what they’re talking about.

“As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.”

There is a rare beauty in the humanity of this historical moment, as we watch it unfold around the globe.  It’s not just that the whole world is watching; it’s that the whole world is actively participating.

Pro-democracy march from Tahrir Square in support of Occupy Oakland

Click for more photos from Egyptian blogger Mohammed Maree, via boingboing.net

And as we’re witnessing, the corporate media can no longer control the narrative.

Although, they continue to try:

#OccupyWallSt sign of the day: "It's Wrong."

Brooklyn-based journalist Caitlin Curran, pictured here, got fired the next day when her boss saw this picture. Via boingboing.net

Curran tells her story, along with Lisa Simeone’s, in a piece on Gawker:  How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job.

Similar to Curran, Simeone was fired as host of the public radio program “Soundprint,” and then NPR canceled distribution of “The World of Opera”, which Simeone hosts, after conservative site The Daily Caller criticized her (and NPR) for supporting Occupy D.C.  The national media watch group FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) has an action alert petition in response to NPR’s appalling attack on Freedom of Speech, as well as an outline of the facts and ethical issues.

Fear is a natural response to moving closer to the truth. — Pema Chödrön

There’s a reactive violence in these firings not unlike the escalated police violence in Oakland on Tuesday, rooted in fear, as traditional, coercive means of controlling whose truths get told increasingly give way to a multiplicity and transparency which refuse to be contained.

It’s feeling more and more like this is the Truth that Shall Set Us Free.

Update:  In follow-up to the firing of Caitlin Curran, “Stop Forcing Journalists to Conceal Their Views From the Public,” authored by Conor Friedersdorf, the journalist whose words are quoted in the poster held aloft by Curran. The Atlantic, 10/30/11, via boingboing.net.

“Forbidding newspaper reporters and public radio producers from being regular citizens only empowers the enemies of the press”

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31 10 2011
asiansart

Correction: links fixed to Tahrir Square photos

http://boingboing.net/2011/10/28/tahrir.html

31 10 2011
asiansart

In follow-up to the firing of Caitlin Curran:
“Stop Forcing Journalists to Conceal Their Views From the Public”
authored by Conor Friedersdorf, the journalist whose words are quoted in the poster held aloft by Curran. The Atlantic, 10/30/11, via boingboing.net.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/stop-forcing-journalists-to-conceal-their-views-from-the-public/247571/

Forbidding newspaper reporters and public radio producers from being regular citizens only empowers the enemies of the press

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