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    Mississippi to vote on reversing abortion rights by redefining ‘person’

    MISSISSIPPI– Mississippi voters will be allowed to vote on an initiative that seeks to reverse abortion rights by redefining the term “person” to apply at the moment of conception. The state’s supreme court refused to block the amendment, which will now appear on the general election ballot on 8 November. A majority of the justices said they [...] Read more

    St Paul’s Dean Graeme Knowles resigns over protests

    LONDON– The dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned, saying his position had become untenable. The Rt Rev Graeme Knowles said the past fortnight had been a testing time. It follows weeks of protests outside the cathedral by anti-capitalist protesters, which led to the building being closed for several days. The news comes [...] Read more

    Graffiti art honours Egypt’s revolution

    ALEXANDRIA– Since revolution swept through Egypt earlier this year, street art has appeared across the Arab country. As part of a graffiti project initiated by the Goethe Institute, German street art collective Ma’Claim has been invited to paint several murals in Alexandria, the hometown of Khaled Said, whose alleged murder by two policemen in the [...] Read more
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    ASUC to discuss bill in support of protests against potential tuition hikes

    CALIFORNIA—Shortly after the University of California student regents presented on the financial crisis facing the university, a bill supporting rallies protesting potential tuition hikes was proposed to the ASUC . SB 118 — also called the “Bill in Support of the November Days of Action” — supports a walkout and noontime rally on the UC Berkeley [...] Read more

    Occupy Las Vegas plan protests, zombie walk

    LAS VEGAS—People occupying the lot near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road spend their days planning—they’re planning a local concert, a zombie walk for Halloween and more protests. The Occupy Las Vegas group plans to hold a series of demonstrations outside banks and the Vegas version of France, the Paris hotel and casino. Group members upset about [...] Read more

    Board cuts $350,000, awaits data on dispatch issue

    BUFFALO—Orchard Park Town Board members reached no conclusions Wednesday night on whether to move police and emergency dispatching to another municipality. But the board did make about $350,000 in cuts to the proposed 2012 budget, eliminating 3 percent raises for many workers and cutting funding to cultural organizations. Among the changes agreed to: • Forgoing raises [...] Read more
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    Tahrir Square takes U.S. embassy in Cairo in solidarity with protesters in Oakland,

    CAIRO— Friday 28 October at the third evening of Tahrir Square to the headquarters of the U.S. embassy in Cairo in solidarity with protesters in Oakland, California to protest the use of U.S. police last Wednesday violence and methods of repression, beatings with the use of tear gas and sound bombs and clashes between demonstrators [...] Read more
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    MSA University students stage strike to protest high fees

    EGYPT- Open-ended campus sit-in at Modern Science and Arts University ‎enters third week as students demand lower tuition fees, better ‎educational facilities Students at Egypt’s Modern Science and Arts (MSA) University have now been on strike for one full week, boycotting lectures and classes to protest high tuition fees, a lack of administrative transparency and [...] Read more

    Gov. Rick Scott to reallocate funding to STEM majors

    Florida- UCF’s liberal arts programs may experience deep cuts this upcoming year due to the governor’s plan to reallocate university funding. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott made several statements implying that degrees such as anthropology are less valuable to the job market than other majors and should not receive as much state funding as science, technology, engineering [...] Read more

    Students arrested during Occupy protests

    CHICAGO- For over a month now, protesters have been congregating in the city of Chicago to voice their opinions on various political topics as part of the Occupy Chicago movement. Last weekend, these peaceful demonstrators ran into trouble with the Chicago Police. Approximately 175 arrests were made over the nights of Oct. 15 and 16 [...] Read more
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    The Guerilla Girls support OCCUPY MUSEUMS

    NEW YORK- Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerrilla Girls tell ANIMAL: “We support all the Occupy groups and that includes Occupy Museums! We wish we could have been there yesterday.” While the Guerrilla Girls were busy with activist workshops in Chicago this week, we spotted this protestor at Zuccotti Park referencing the collective. The organizer Noah Fischer takes a [...] Read more

    Artists Space Occupied Briefly

    NEW YORK—On Saturday, during a talk about conceptual art at the gallery, Georgia Sagri, a Greek artist, suddenly rose and shouted out, “This is an occupation,” witnesses said. About a dozen other people joined Ms. Sagri in declaring the gallery, Artists Space, an autonomous zone. They handed out fliers and taped pieces of pink paper to [...] Read more

    More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People

    NEW YORK– A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The automation of more and more work once done by humans is the central theme of “Race Against the [...] Read more
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    Bringing art discourse to the deaf

    NEW YORK– A panel discussion held tonight at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York explores a new book that bridges the gap between visual art and sign language. The Dictionary of Contemporary Art in Italian Sign Language, edited by the Education Department of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Turin Institute [...] Read more

    The Smithsonian and New-York Historical Society Race to Preserve Occupy Wall Street’s Art and Artifacts

    NEW YORK– The Occupy Wall Street protests are already making for a historical movement — and museums aren’t about to let that moment slip away from them. Major historical institutions including the New-York Historical Society and the Smithsonian Museum of American History have been sending representatives to the protests to collect ephemera for preservation, assembling the building blocks for future [...] Read more
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    Arts coming to Canadian Parliament Hill

    OTTAWA—Representatives from Canada’s arts community will be on Parliament Hill next week to meet with politicians and ask them for one thing: Don’t cut funding to the arts. But they’re also not asking for any increases in federal arts funding, aware that economic realities won’t likely permit increases in funding. “Because Canada is in a relatively more [...] Read more

    Anonymous Was A Woman,Ten Women Artists Receive Large Grants

    Anonymous Was A Woman announced the ten artists selected to receive the Foundation’s sixteenth annual awards. The “no strings” grant of $25,000 enables women, over 45 years of age and at a critical juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. 2011 Award Winners: Eleanor Antin (Artist); Linda Besemer (Painter);Dara Birnbaum (Visual [...] Read more
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    Greece Shut by General Strike Before Austerity Vote

    ATHENS - A massive general strike brought Greece to a standstill on Wednesday and thousands of angry protesters took to the streets, while parliament prepared to vote on deep public sector cuts and riot police braced for violence. Protesters began massing outside parliament as the day began and groups of workers assembled at rallying points throughout [...] Read more

    Occupy Frankfurt: The Anti-Bankers Movement Spreads to Germany

    Frankfurt- Thousands of people protested outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread across much of the world. A diverse group of people including students, the unemployed, the elderly, and young families with children protested corporate excesses and government austerity [...] Read more
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    The Inequality in US Arts Funding

    U.S.A– The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has published a report that spotlights arts funding and has this to say: Each year, foundations award about $2.3 billion to the arts, but the distribution of these funds does not reflect the country’s evolving cultural landscape and changing demographics. In a report authored by Holly Sidford and [...] Read more

    Violence erupts as Chile students launch fresh protests

    Chile- Students demanding free higher education on manned barricades Tuesday in a new round of protests that were greeted by police armed with tear gas and water cannons, police said. “There are various place in the capital where the barricades have been set on fire,” a police official said, asking not to be identified. In [...] Read more

    The Future Is Machine-Readable

    TUSCANY– Robots and automated cars will soon require our cities to become machine-readable. The real model for tomorrow’s city is a tiny medieval town in the Tuscan countryside called Peccioli. With a quarter of the town’s residents above pensionable age, even the populace seems antiquated. Yet Peccioli is at the forefront of Europe’s technological revolution. [...] Read more

    Julian Assange Joins Protesters as Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

    LONDON– Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail and fighting extradition to Sweden, showed up to Occupy London Stock Exchange and addressed the crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral where, according to reports, he discussed crimes at Guantanamo Bay and money laundering in the Caymen Islands and in London. “This movement is not about the destruction [...] Read more
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    Australia parliament passes divisive carbon tax

    AUSTRALIA– Australia’s lower house of parliament has narrowly passed a bill for a controversial carbon tax. The legislation would force about 500 of the biggest polluters to pay for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit. The tax is central to the government’s strategy to combat climate change, but the opposition says it will cause [...] Read more

    In Canada, ‘Occupy Bay Street’

    TORONTO- Protesters took to the streets of Canada’s financial capital Saturday, kicking off “Occupy Bay Street,” as demonstrators around the world converged on cities from London to Sydney, copying the Occupy Wall Street protests that have convulsed New York and other U.S. cities. The protesters were relatively small, with police on site estimating crowds of [...] Read more

    Cornel West arrested while protesting outside the Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON—Princeton Professor Cornel West, one of the most outspoken supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, was arrested Sunday in front of the Supreme Court while protesting corporate power. According to a report from The Associated Press, West was one of 19 people arrested for refusing to leave Supreme Court property. The October2011.org movement, the [...] Read more
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    Occupy Wallstreet Park Cleaning Postponed due to Political Pressure

    NEW YORK— Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that pressure from other elected officials led the real-estate company that owns Zuccotti Park, the makeshift home of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to postpone its plans to clear the plaza for cleaning Friday. Protesters and authorities appeared to be headed for a showdown early Friday until it was [...] Read more
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    EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION: Prevent the forcible closure of Occupy Wall Street!

    NEW YORK—Tell Bloomberg: Don’t Foreclose the Occupation. Please join us at 6AM FRIDAY for non-violent eviction defense. Occupy Wall Street appears to be gaining momentum, with occupation actions now happening in cities across the world. But last night Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD notified Occupy Wall Street participants about plans to “clean the park”—the site [...] Read more

    Todd White of Spongebob Squarepants and Art World Fame Accused of Fraud with His Own Work

    CALIFORNIA—​Todd White, the SpongeBob Squarepants illustrator who either took out a Huntington Beach gallerist with a team of ninjas or is protecting the free world from art fraud and copyright infringement, now has the suit against him rising to class-action status. The plaintiff, Gallery HB’s Margaret Howell, who started the legal tug-of-war with her original allegations of violence, [...] Read more
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    Call for NYC Student Assembly in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet

    NEW YORK—An invitation was recently put out for all University, College, and High School students to participate in a weekly student assembly to be held Saturdays at Noon at Washington Square Park. This Saturday Oct. 15th, after the Assembly many  will be joining a series of day-long actions happening across the city. These weekly assemblies [...] Read more

    Boston mayor says he sympathizes with Occupy protesters, but they can’t tie up the city

    BOSTON— Mayor Thomas M. Menino today defended the arrests of scores of Occupy Boston protesters in a section of the city’s Greenway park, saying he agrees with them on the issues but they couldn’t be allowed to “tie up the city.” “I understand they have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but we have a city [...] Read more
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    Pushing the limits of mind control

    U.K- The inner workings of the brain can now be read using low cost hardware. The headset, which was developed by the Australian company Emotiv, for the games industry, has been around for some time. But it is only now that companies such as IBM are beginning to harness the wealth of data that it [...] Read more

    OccupyWallStreet’s Art Exhibition: Celebration and Harsh Realities

    NEW YORK- Last Saturday,  No Comment, an art exhibition in response to Occupy Wall Street at the historic JP Morgan Building opened. Sandwiched between the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall, this exhibition was the closest the protesters have gotten to actually occupying a Wall Street building with their signs and messages of economic [...] Read more

    Irony Be Damned, Israel Will Build Its Museum of Tolerance Atop a Muslim Graveyard

    JERUSALEM- Despite opposition from Palestinian leaders who say that a 12th-century Muslim cemetery is located underneath the site, the Israeli interior ministry has authorized construction to begin on the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. A new design by Chyutin Architects will cost $150 million less than the original Frank Gehry plan and was [...] Read more

    Women celebrating Nobel win attacked in Yemen

    YEMEN- Forty women were wounded in Yemen’s second largest city when regime supporters attacked an all-female street celebration of the Nobel Peace prize win of Tawakkul Karman. The women were attacked on Sunday evening (local time) in the city of Taez as they marched in support of Ms Karman, the first Arab woman to win [...] Read more
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    Occupy LA protests enter second week

    LA- The Occupy LA encampment at Los Angeles City Hall’s north lawn completed its first week Friday. Several hundred people were present as protesters lined the block with signs denouncing the “one percent” super-wealthy and calling for justice for the 99 percent. Although not large, by the standards of some of the other protests, the [...] Read more

    How to put the art into particle physics

    GENEVA- Cern, the European physics laboratory that operates the world’s largest particle accelerator, the large hadron collider, has unveiled plans to bring together a different set of forces: scientists and artists. As part of its new policy for engaging with the arts, Great Arts for Great Science, Cern has initiated a three-month residency program, over [...] Read more

    Chile: Talks broken, police move in on students

    SANTIAGO— Chile Chilean police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a student march for free public education on Thursday, hours after protesters’ talks with the government collapsed. A huge deployment of riot police surrounded students in the Plaza Italia, Santiago’s traditional gathering place, where student leader Camila Vallejo tried to lead the march [...] Read more
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    Unions give Wall Street protesters some oomph

    NEW YORK — A diverse group of powerful unions joined demonstrations near Wall Street on Wednesday, lending some focus, credibility and potentially hundreds of participants to a group that started out with a few camped-out college students. Among those planning to join the clamor were members of the Chinatown Tenants Union and the Transit Workers [...] Read more

    Vancouver artists getting the boot in city’s aggressive real-estate market

    VANCOUVER— With more artists per square kilometre than any other major city in Canada, it’s also the toughest place for them to find studios because of the expensive, aggressive real-estate market, where never-ending condo developments eat cheap space. Now the city’s politicians and staff say they think they’ve found a solution: Give artists free rein [...] Read more
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    Can Occupy Wall Street Spark Entrepreneurship?

    NEW YORK–The Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City in mid-September have spread their message nationwide, speaking out in cities across the country against big banks and corporations. The “99 %” are calling for health care, food, shelter and a government that won’t be influenced by these big players. And in their [...] Read more

    Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You

    NEW YORK- As Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton spoke in Washington about the Internet and human liberty, a Columbia law professor in Manhattan, Eben Moglen, was putting together a shopping list to rebuild the Internet — one that did not enable governments and big companies to watch every twitch of our fingers. The list begins [...] Read more
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    Quick Takes: UC Berkeley’s “Affirmative Action” Bake Sale

    BERKELEY- Political controversy is  cooking up at UC Berkeley — this time as a result of a College Republican Club bake sale that offers discounted prices to women and minorities. However, the group’s actions were not in poor taste — their primary motive was to satirize parts of Senate Bill 185. SB 185 calls for [...] Read more

    Art Truly Is Long: Museum of Modern Art to Buy ‘The Clock’

    NEW YORK- A blockbuster film is headed to the Museum of Modern Art, and it didn’t even have to make a dent at the box office. The museum announced that it would buy “The Clock” a 24-hour video installation by Christian Marclay that uses a montage of timepieces from movies to count down a day [...] Read more

    Occupy Colleges plans national walk-out Wednesday

    NEW YORK- Occupy Colleges — a movement that stemmed from Occupy Wall Street — is calling for a national campus walkout Wednesday at 12 p.m. to protest rising college debt and a lack of jobs for graduates. “Do not go to school. Go fight for yours and everybody elses rights at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy [...] Read more
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    Dylan Paintings Draw Scrutiny

    NEW YORK - The freewheeling artistic style of Bob Dylan, who has drawn on a variety of sources in creating his music and has previously raised questions of attribution in his work, is once again stirring debate — this time over an exhibition of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery on the Upper East Side. [...] Read more

    An Abandoned Office Tower in a Troubled Paris Suburb to Become a Hub for Artists

    FRANCE - French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand announced Wednesday that the state will purchase an abandoned office tower near Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil outside Paris, to establish a new cultural center with artist residencies. The large-scale project also includes the extension of a subway line to provide service to the location. The Utrillo office tower was [...] Read more

    It started with 12 people on Wall Street, now demostrations across America erupt

    NEW YORK - Major cities across the U.S. are  bracing themselves for more protests against corporate America, as the Occupy Wall Street campaign enters its third week and gathers pace. The demonstrations, which began in New York City two weeks ago, have already spread to Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle. The arrests of [...] Read more