Why Occupy Bangkok is Working…


While Occupy Wall Street Didn’t

activistpost-Bd2xC2lCQAAs05b‘…The protests which have been ongoing for months, have effectively hobbled the regime. Its collapse is now inevitable.’

‘They have done so because they have institutions standing behind them, from media, to military, to courts, and large, influential political parties, as well as genuine, indigenous NGOs – all combining and coordinating against the regime and its foreign backers to equal or best every move they make.

‘None of this was present at Occupy Wall Street. The Western media was easily able to first turn it into a “left/right” wedge issue, then turn the “right” against the “left,” before labeling the protesters as “fringe left,” just before police swept protesters from the streets in swift, coordinated, and utterly unopposed operations across the country. The little political and institutional backing the movement did receive was merely superficial opportunism and theater to perpetuate America’s false “left/right” political paradigm – some backing from establishment institutions like George Soros’ Open Society, was designed in fact to undermine, not support the movement…’
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Was ‘The Day We Fight Back’ a flop?
That was what Lance Ulanoff claimed at Mashable: ‘The Day We Fight Back was a flop, because it failed to live up to the “we” part.’ But ‘Fight for the Future‘ claims otherwise:
‘…The Day We Fight Back was huge — a historic step toward ending the NSA’s dragnet spying programs. 90,000 phone calls to Congress, hundreds of thousands more emails sent. #StopTheNSA trended on twitter, and by the time the dust settled, an astonishing array of websites helped more than 37,000,000 people see the banner.

‘Below are some numbers that quantify how we did* on Tuesday…’

The City that Aims to Be “Car Free” in 20 Years
‘…this is exactly what is happening in the German town of Hamburg. The city council recently disclosed it has plans to divert most of its cars away from the city’s main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order create what will someday be a large green network, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes; this is expected to smooth inner city traffic flow.

‘In all, the northernmost city is planning to lay out new green areas that will bridge existing parks, community gardens, and cemeteries with another. The aim is to bring together the outer skirts of Hamburg and allow pedestrians and cyclists to reach every area of the city by foot.

‘When the plan is completed, the grand city of Hamburg will be able to pride itself on having over 17,000 acres of green spaces, which will make up 40% of the city’s area…’
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World’s largest Solar Power Plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi
‘You might think that as one of the world’s top oil producing nations, the United Arab Emirates would have little use for solar energy. But that hasn’t stopped the Middle East state from unveiling the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation anywhere in the world.

‘The 100-megawatt solar-thermal project in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the country and, it is hoped, displace approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 per year…’
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