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Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2014
In Hong Kong, debate on election rules has spawned the Occupy Central with Peace and Love Movement. People are mad about sky-high housing prices, a growing rich-poor gap, controversial development plans, and an influx of mainland visitors. But lesser issues have been subsumed into a larger conflict about how responsive leaders are to citizens' needs. Objections to rules about elections have led to civil disobedience, such sit-ins, protests, referendums and interrupted graduation ceremonies.
Slawomir Sierakowski, openDemocracy, July 28, 2014
It is time to revive the political ideas of Jacek Kuroń, the Polish opposition leader of the 1960s and ‘70s, without whom Lech Wałęsa’s Solidarity would never have come into being. Today Poland’s transformation is helping to mobilize Ukrainians, giving them a goal for their democracy. Meanwhile the politics of liberal democracies has been reduced almost entirely to political necessities, which are used to justify procrastination, opportunism, and the supplanting of political views by results from opinion polls. The current crisis is further evidenced by outbursts of anger that fail to evolve into social movements. Kuron’s advice? "Instead of burning committees, set up your own."
Zoltan Simon, Bloomberg, July 28, 2014
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wants to abandon liberal democracy in favor of an “illiberal state,” citing Russia and Turkey as examples. Orban, who was re-elected in April for a second consecutive four-year term, has clashed with the EU as he amassed more power than any of his predecessors since 1989, replacing the heads of institutions including the courts with allies, tightening control over media and changing election rules to help him retain a constitutional majority. He is distancing himself from values shared by most EU nations even as his government relies on funds from the EU for infrastructure-development financing. Orban said civil society organizations receiving funding from abroad need to be monitored as he considers them to be agents of foreign powers.
Rob Harbison, The Ecologist, July 28, 2014
Since the 1980s, Cambodia has lost 84 percent of its primary forests and the remote Cardamom mountains are the country's last great treasure. Indigenous people and eco-activists are now protesting a grandiose dam project proposed by the government. A protest camp hurriedly set up in March to stop Chinese dam builders from starting construction has been successful at repelling them on several occasions, and the effort is attracting youth groups and monks. Building of another dam has been carried out in secrecy at a high security Chinese compound off limits to most Cambodians and foreigners.
Nikolay Nikolov, openDemocracy, July 24, 2014
After the longest anti-government protest in Bulgarian history, continuing on a daily basis for almost 14 months, Prime Minister Oresharski’s cabinet resigned. The so-called ДАНСwithme (pronounced ‘dance with me’) protest erupted last June after the newly formed cabinet’s decision to appoint an oligarch – who owned a majority of online and print media outlets – to head the National Security Agency. Tens of thousands responded to an invite on Facebook and gathered at ‘Independence Square’. The message was simple – the government must resign, as it clearly is not accountable to the citizens.
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“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.
The James Lawson Institute
In the 1960s, the Reverend James Lawson organized and led one of the most effective campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance in the 20th century: the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins for the US Civil Rights Movement. In the years that followed he was involved in strategic planning of numerous other major campaigns and actions and was called “the mind of the movement” and "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The James Lawson Institute (JLI) looks at these past movements, and numerous contemporary ones around the world, from a strategic perspective, and engages participants in depth about a wide variety of aspects of organizing and activism in North America. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2014.
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