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Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street: Compassion is a radical act

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Naomi Klein, a reporter whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and The Guardian, among others, as well as in her best-selling books “Shock Doctrine” and “No Logo,” has been reporting on today’s key activist causes: Occupy Wall Street and the Keystone Pipeline.

Klein sat down for an interview with Thom Hartmann to explain her participation in the social justice and environmental movements.

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Klein said that she was moved to join Occupy Wall Street when she saw a photo of a young woman holding a sign at the protest that read, “I care about you.” This, she said, was a radical act because of its subversion of the American cultural norm.

“I found it very moving. There was another sign that was part of the same photo essay that I was looking at of somebody else holding up a sign that said ‘compassion is a radical act’,” Klein said. “I’m increasingly convinced that all of the change that we want…none of this is going to happen unless we really shift the underlying values of our culture. The idea that these young people would be holding up signs that say ‘I care about you’ on Wall Street is such a radical act. If you think about what this culture teaches us to do — it really is to not care about each other, to harden our hearts to each other.”

In addition to her work at Occupy Wall Street, Klein was also arrested during a protest in front of the White House, opposing the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to the U.S.

“I’m very immersed in this, and very aware of the clock ticking and how little time we have to get this right,” Klein said of her social and environmental causes.

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Watch the interview in two parts, embedded below via YouTube.

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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw

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The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.

The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.

“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.

The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.

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WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear

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Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.

Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.

In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.

Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.

Watch some of the video clips below.

Outside the White House right now:

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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’

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As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.

“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.

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