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Indian Summer in Siberia and an ‘Arab Spring’ in New York

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“There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear”

There is a strange irony in the representations and, perhaps, the self-perception of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations now entering their fourth week, with perhaps 1,000 arrests already logged in New York City alone.  And the movement seems to be spreading like wild-fire, with sympathetic actions flaring nationwide, from California to Maine. Apparently, the organizers see their occupation in the image of those revolutionary movements that have taken place recently across MENA, the so-called the “Arab Spring” uprisings.  You know, like the one in Egypt, where the military has now taken control of the regime (only without Mubarak) and is savagely subduing any workers who protest.  You may recall the lovefest a few months back, when the Egyptian people and the army were one.  But, what did they expect?

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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