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Guess Which One is Oakland?

Protests around the world

Protests in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Oakland. Can you tell?

From Oakland to Atlanta, police are unwisely "using heavy-handed tactics to disperse the growing Occupy movements," says Andrew Belonsky at Death + Taxes. Instead of dampening the unrest, they're only reinvigorating activists. "Police are now playing into the narrative and actually giving life to the movement," Heather Gautney, a Fordham University sociologist, tells The Christian Science Monitor. What we saw in Oakland may even force it to a new level, where it becomes a movement about "people's rights to express themselves."

So do we as a country have the moral authority to tell other countries what to do? 

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