Nonviolent conflict is a way for people to fight for rights, freedom, justice, self-determination, and accountable government, through the use of civil resistance - including tactics such as strikes, boycotts, protests, and civil disobedience. Learn more...
Brian Martin, openDemocracy, October 22, 2014
Shaazka Beyerle's new book Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice is the first major treatment of how popular nonviolent action can be a powerful approach for challenging corruption. She documents fascinating episodes of popular action being used as a tool to target corruption after in-depth investigations of people’s anti-corruption campaigns in 16 countries. Her book reports on 12 of them, including ones in Korea, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Afghanistan and Uganda, and the result is a rich compendium of information about popular anti-corruption struggles, with ideas worth exploring and developing further. Curtailing Corruption leaves readers with an important message: people power - organised collective action by citizens - can be a powerful force against corruption, often far more effective than formal processes run by government agencies and international bodies.
George Soros, NY Review of Books, November 2014
Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge. Russia is presenting an alternative that poses a fundamental challenge to the values and principles of the EU, which is based on the use of force that manifests itself in repression at home and aggression abroad. Western authorities have also ignored what I call the “new Ukraine,” which was born in the successful resistance on the Maidan, which was led by the cream of civil society. But the new Ukraine has to contend with Russian aggression.
Mona Eltahawy, NY Times, October 23, 2014
Coinciding with President el-Sisi’s address to the UN General Assembly, advertisements introducing a “New Egypt: Peace, Prosperity & Growth,” were posted last month in Times Square. But the “New Egypt” in these ads is as much an illusion as Mr. Sisi’s address to the General Assembly, in which he cited a respect for human rights and a country where journalists worked and expressed themselves freely. In reality, almost four years after those mesmerizing scenes from Tahrir Square, human rights abuses are ever prevalent in Egypt and these three different billboards tell the story of the dissent and unrest that still seethe beneath the surface.
Bryan Farrell, Waging Nonviolence, October 22, 2014
This past summer in Cape Town, Bryan Farrell met handfuls of inspirational peace and justice activists from around the world. In Farrell's short interview with Mkhuseli Jack, we learn of Mkhuseli's birth into a situation akin to slavery and how he became a revered figure of the anti-apartheid struggle. His leadership of the Consumer Boycott Campaign in the city of Port Elizabeth during the 1980s played a major role in destabilizing the regime. In this podcast, you’ll hear about his incredible personal journey, and the infectious optimism that continues to fuel it, and be treated to a 60-voice African choir singing the South African National Anthem.
Doron Shultziner, openDemocracy, October 22, 2014
The dramatic Hong Kong democracy movement caught¬ the world’s media by surprise, and even its student initiators did not expect the widespread participation that it has gathered. As the umbrella movement nears its one-month anniversary, it has already made several important achievements, but it also faces challenges inasmuch as the Chinese leadership appears unwilling to compromise and public protests take their toll on participants and their energies. Can the umbrella movement win and if so how? Doron Shultziner analyzes the current situation in Hong Kong, noting the achievements thus far and deliberating possible ways forward for the movement.
WEBINAR: Explaining the “Umbrella Revolution” for Political Rights in Hong Kong
While Hong Kong has only a partial democracy, people are free to protest. While the police sometimes make arbitrary arrests, the independent judiciary inherited from the colonial era routinely releases activists. This constitutional structure presents a very open political space unseen in the rest of China and yet makes it difficult for activists to mobilize the largely contented population. Against this backdrop, the unprecedented use of riot police and the firing of tear gas seemed to have galvanized popular support for the protesters campaigning for genuine democracy, and it has increased sympathy for their nonviolent actions. In this webinar, professors Michael Davis and Victoria Hui discuss the unfolding “Umbrella Revolution” occurring in Hong Kong.
ICNC/Rutgers-Newark Online Course on Civil Resistance
Graduate credits available upon request
October 14 - November 18, 2014
ICNC and the Rutgers University Graduate School-Newark are accepting applications for the online course, "Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict." This online course is designed to provide an in-depth and multi-disciplinary perspective on civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world with the use of nonviolent tactics and strategies. We will look at issues of political power, effectiveness of nonviolent resistance, misconceptions about nonviolent conflict, role of skills in civil resistance, strategies and tactics and tactical sequencing, phenomenon of backfire, and dilemma actions.
“Pressing Your Case: Nonviolent Movements and the Media”
From Kiev to Cairo, from Selma to Soweto, the media affect the outcome of any civilian -based struggle. This ICNC-supported educational video series explores how nonviolent campaigns and movements can generate interest by the mainstream media. Through interviews with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as other resistance leaders and scholars from around the world, “Pressing Your Case” offers original and useful expertise for organizers and activists.
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