EEUU encarcelará a todos los que protesten
SI LA PROTESTA ES PACÍFICA SOLO SON 10 AÑOS DE CÁRCEL: Las manifestaciones de Ocupa Wall Street estallan con nueva fuerza tras la aprobación de una polémica ley que, entre otras cosas, prevé hasta diez años de cárcel por una protesta pacífica. Según los activistas, esta medida amenaza la libertad de expresión. Foto: Obama muestra orgulloso su Premio Nóbel de la Paz??
The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.
- By Frank Rich
- Published Jul 3, 2011
Illustration by Eddie Guy
After 9/11, Rudy Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live to give New Yorkers permission to laugh again. But Mayor Bloomberg never did tell us when we could resume conspicuous consumption after the crash of 2008. And so, as we stumble through the second year of the official “recovery,” it’s been an improvisational return to high-end carousing in Manhattan.
A case in point was the late-May celebration of the centennial rededication of the New York Public Library. Surely no civic institution could be a more unimpeachable beard for a blowout. The dress code—no black tie—was egalitarian. The Abyssinian Baptist Church Gospel Choir, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and that cute chorus from P.S. 22 in Staten Island—Glee diversity on steroids—were in the house along with some 900 invited guests, marquee names included (Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen). Bloomberg delivered a pre-dinner benediction from an altarlike perch on the main reading room’s balcony. “Free and open access to information may be the single most important component of any democratic society,” he said.
But it was impossible to banish toxic trace memories of the financial meltdown. Some two weeks earlier, the mayor had restricted the “free and open access” he now extolled. His fiscal 2012 budget called for slashing $40 million from the library system, a cut that would have mandated four-day weeks and the shutdown of a dozen branches.