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The Difference Between You and Your Government...

Marjane Satrapi, Iranian-French graphic novelist, author of Persepolis:

"If I have one message to give to the secular American people, it’s that the world is not divided into countries. The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk together and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you. And our governments are very much the same...

"The secular people, we have no country. We the people — all the secular people who are looking for freedom — we have to keep together. We are international, as they” — the fanatics of all religions — “are international.”

From an interview conducted in 2005:

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Student Disrupts Speech by U.S. Climate Envoy Todd Stern in Durban

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2011, the United States delegation obstructed any meaningful negotiations over the growing climate change crisis, not only refusing to act but preventing other countries from taking steps to save the planet.

As Todd Stern, the top US negotiator, began to speak at the U.N. summit for first time, Middlebury College student Abigail Borah interrupted the proceedings, saying, "The US government does not speak on my behalf."

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Miley Cyrus Dedicates Video to Occupy Protesters

Liberty WalkMiley Cyrus, the young pop singer, released this video in November 2011. She set her song, "Liberty Walk" to images and video from the Occupy protests around the country and around the world, opening with the words,  "This is dedicated to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in."

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Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama

Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte, at 84 years old, is still making headlines.

On Thursday, CNN talked with the actor/humanitarian/activist at the Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills. He was there to promote his upcoming HBO documentary “Sing Your Song," which chronicles his longstanding career and work alongside many notable civil rights activists.

But what caught our attention during the interview were his outspoken words on President Obama and the current budget impasse.

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Cornel West Flunks the President

Cornel WestDr. Cornel West (one of thousands of signatories to World Can't Wait's Crimes Are Crimes statement) was interviewed in The New York Times Magazine Sunday July 24, 2011. He said in part:

You have 30 seconds of private time with the president — what do you say to him?
I would say: “Look at that bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office and recognize that tears are flowing when you let Geithner and others shape your economic policy, when you refuse to focus on poor and working people or when you drop the drone bombs that kill innocent civilians. Tim Geithner does not represent the legacy of Martin King.” 

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Jimmy Cliff at Glastonbury 2011 singing We Don't Want Another Vietnam in Afghanistan

Jimmy Cliff"Stop the war" sang Jimmy Cliff at Glastonbury 2011, changing the title of his 1960s anti-war hit Vietnam to Afghanistan. Bob Dylan called Vietnam the best protest song he ever heard. Jimmy Cliff's many hits include Wild World, You Can Get It If You Really Want It, I Can See Clearly Now, Wonderful World Beautiful People. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

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