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#Occupy - What do they want?

Last week's discussion at the Frontline Club - with OurKingdom associate editor Aaron Peters and others - looking at the aims and potential of the global occupations movement.
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7 November 2011

Last week's discussion at the Frontline Club - with OurKingdom associate editor Aaron Peters and others -  looking at the aims and potential of the global occupations movement.

Chaired by Kevin Marsh, Director of OffspinMedia and former Editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

With:

Harry Cole, a political journalist and media commentator. He set up Tory Bear in 2008 whilst studying at Edinburgh University. He is now News Editor of Order-Order.com and writes for The Daily Beast and Total Politics and The Commentator. Twitter: @MrHarryCole

Naomi Colvin, supporter of OccupyLSX.  She set up UK Friends of Bradley Manning, the UK support group for the accused Wikileaks whistleblower. Twitter: @auerfeld

Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and economist. He is the author of The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government. Twitter: @RichardJMurphy

Aaron Peters, a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-editor of Fight Back!, host of Resonance FM's 'Novara' and student activist. He is also on the National Committee of NCAFC, one of the organisations behind last years students walkouts and street actions. Twitter: @aaronjohnpeters

Julian AssangeWikiLeaks editor-in-chief.

Daniel Ben-Ami, journalist and author, he has contributed to numerous national, specialist and international publications. He is author of Ferraris For All and Cowardly Capitalism.

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