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Chinese Cops Bust Poet Over Umbrella

Item confiscated from Wang Zang's home amid Hong Kong protests

(Newser) - A Chinese poet could reportedly face three years in prison, and it's all because of an umbrella. Wang Zang posted a picture of himself online holding an umbrella—and, it should be noted, sporting a one-fingered salute—after said rain shields, also used to block tear gas, became a... More »

The Keystone XL Controversy Is Just Stupid

Political symbolism makes a mundane issue hotbutton

(Newser) - A bipartisan energy bill is expected to go down in flames in the Senate today, thanks to yet another confrontation over the Keystone XL pipeline, the AP reports. Which probably annoys Claire Casey at the Daily Beast . "No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up... More »

Folk Icon Pete Seeger Dies at 94

Lifelong activist spearheaded folk revival

(Newser) - Pete Seeger, a towering presence in American folk music and activism for many decades, has died after 94 years—and more than 100 albums. The bearded, banjo-playing protest singer gained fame with the Weavers in the '40s and is best known for popularizing songs like This Land Is Your ... More »

Malala Thanks Supporters: 'I Can See You'

Pakistani teen activist will keep working for education

(Newser) - Malala Yousufzai has released a video expressing her appreciation for prayers directed her way from around the world after she was shot by the Taliban. Following multiple surgeries , "today you can see that I am alive," she says in the clip, via NPR . "I can speak, I... More »

Right Gears Up for 'Papa John's Appreciation Day'

Anti-ObamaCare event inspired by support for Chick-fil-A

(Newser) - Chick-fil-A redux? ObamaCare opponents plan to flock to Papa John's today to support the company's stance against the law. More than 18,000 people have confirmed their attendance on a Facebook event for "National Papa John's Appreciation Day." CEO John Schnatter "has received intense... More »

Cambodian Activist, 71, Sentenced to 20 Years

Sonando accused of attempting to overthrow government

(Newser) - Cambodian-French radio broadcaster and activist Sonando, 71, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempting to overthrow the country's government, according to a Phnom Penh court. Some 13 others were also found guilty of inciting a rebellion among villagers, Reuters reports. Sonando pleaded not guilty to the... More »

Bring Green Movement Back to the Suburbs

Revive environmentalism by making climate change a local issue: Essay

(Newser) - This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring—but these days, the environmental movement seems to have lost its steam. Pollution ranked as the No. 1 problem in the US in a 1970 survey; today, it hardly ever makes the top five. Writing in the New ... More »

Decade After Her Death, US Activist's Case Nears End

Pro-Palestinian Rachel Corrie killed by bulldozer

(Newser) - It's been almost ten years since a 23-year-old American activist was killed by an Israeli bulldozer—and after 15 hearings, her court case could finally end tomorrow. The family of Rachel Corrie has spent some $200,000 on a civil lawsuit against Israel's military that has dragged on... More »

Don't Let Pussy Riot Be the New Kony 2012

Keep the focus on activism, not punk rock: Joshua Foust

(Newser) - The world's anger at Russia over its treatment of Pussy Riot seems to be moving in the wrong direction. Yes, we should decry the country's clampdown on activism. What we shouldn't be so concerned about is the fact that the victims, in this case, happen to be... More »

What China's Blind Activist Said When He Landed

Chen Guangcheng calls arrival in New York City 'sentimental'

(Newser) - A blind Chinese activist said yesterday that leaving his homeland and arriving on US soil was strangely nostalgic, the New York Times reports. "I don’t really feel that happy, but rather sentimental,” Chen Guangcheng said near the New York University apartment where he will live. “After... More »

Egypt Inspired by Nameless Facebooker

User known only as 'El Shaheed' fueled protests

(Newser) - The protests rocking Egypt have been fueled in part by a man who died before they began: Khaled Said, who was reportedly killed by police last summer. That’s the name that heads a Facebook page that has been helping to organize the demonstrations—but the page’s creator, who... More »

Cyber Stalkers Attack Human Rights Sites

Volunteers aid hackers in worsening problem: research

(Newser) - In a sort of cyber-censorship, those who disagree with a human rights group have an increasingly easy answer: Hack its website. Hackers are increasingly targeting such groups, researchers find, using DDoS attacks to inundate a website with data in order to shut it down—sometimes for weeks. Between August 2009... More »

Anti-War Activist Pies Sen. Levin

Student arrested after pieing senator over 'war crimes'

(Newser) - Sen. Carl Levin was served with a pie in the face by a Michigan State student activist during an informal Q & A session held in a local deli yesterday. The 23-year-old, who tossed the pie after a fellow anti-war protester made a speech criticizing the Democratic senator over "... More »

What Tea Partiers Need to Do Next

Rove suggests 'citizen's pledge' to strengthen movement

(Newser) - Democratic attacks on the Tea Party movement show they're scared, and with good reason, writes Karl Rove. With public opinion still against ObamaCare, the movement needs to keep its momentum going, Rove urges in the Wall Street Journal . He suggests tea partiers sign a "citizen's pledge" demanding to know... More »

Dems' Reaction to Angry Right Is Ridiculous

Left is exaggerating, exploiting tensions, writes Jonah Goldberg

(Newser) - People like the Alabama militia leader who advocated breaking the windows of Democratic politicians are "wrong, reprehensible and clownish," but the Democratic reaction is just as bad, writes Jonah Goldberg. Some overheated commentators have gone so far as to draw parallels between that incident and Kristallnacht when there's... More »

Coffee Party Founder Calls for Friendlier Process

Annabel Park down on Tea Party approach

(Newser) - At first glance, the Coffee Party might seem like just a reaction against the Tea Party movement, and it did start that way. Founder Annabel Park recalls ranting against the "disproportionately effective " effort, saying, “We should just start our own party, call it the Coffee Party or... More »

Tea Partiers Are the New Hippies

Anti-establishment activists using '60s tactics: David Brooks

(Newser) - The anti-establishment types in the Tea Party movement remind David Brooks of another group of protesters who wanted to bring power back to the people and stick it to The Man. The Tea Partiers have adopted many of the tactics the New Left used in the 1960s, from street theater... More »

Make Way for the Cherry Coke and Whiskey Parties

Because there's more to life, and politics, than coffee and tea

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement's not going away and its Coffee Party counterpart has already made its media debut, but America's about a lot more than two measly beverages. Gawker 's Adrian Chen lists a few parties that don't exist, but probably should:
  • The Long Island Iced Tea Party. Members hate
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'Coffee Party' Brews Up Progressive Answer to Tea

Activists say civil discourse beats tea partying

(Newser) - Citizens who say tax protests and rage against government aren't their cup of tea have started a caffeinated movement of their own. The Coffee Party movement "gives a voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government," says founder Annabel Park, who became the movement's de facto... More »

There's Not More Extremists, Just More Internet

The fringes aren't more prevalent, but they are more visible

(Newser) - With all the left- and right-wing "extremism" out there, the media love pushing the narrative that "the country is coming apart at the seams! The center is dying!” But it’s not true, writes Nate Silver. A glance at long-running polls show Americans identify with the fringes... More »

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