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Today's Zaman, April 22, 2014
Workers' unions and professional chambers that are insistent on holding rallies for May 1, celebrated in Turkey as Labor and Solidarity Day, in Taksim Square should forget about it, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said. He reiterated his government's earlier position that unions would be able to hold rallies in İstanbul's Yenikapı Square, or Maltepe Square if space was an issue. Civil society organizations and workers' unions have announced that they will be in Taksim Square in defiance of the ban.
Tania Branigan, The Guardian, April 21, 2014
Pyongyang's media portray a nation unified in its devotion to its leader. In reality, the lifeblood of the system - the people's faith in it - has finally leached away, citizens interviewed have said. In comparing China and North Korea, says Chae Un-ee, a migrant worker, that "You can sell whatever you want and go to foreign countries and do whatever you want...There is no control." Last month's UN report concluded: "The key to the political system is the vast political and security apparatus that uses surveillance, coercion, fear and punishment... Public executions and enforced disappearance to prison camps serve as the ultimate means to terrorise the population into submission."
Luke Harding, The Guardian, April 21, 2014
Pro-Russian groups have seized a string of town halls across eastern Ukraine demanding a referendum. The pro-Ukrainians at the rally in eastern city Khartsyzk on Monday claimed that separatists in the east enjoyed only minority support. A majority in the Russian-speaking Donbass region were actually in favor of Ukrainian unity, they said. Peaceful residents regarded the appearance of "little green men" in Slavyansk - allegedly undercover Russian soldiers - with horror. Despite the harassment of civic activists who support Ukraine, about 200 students, professionals and pedagogues joined the rally.
Ibrahim Al-Assil, FOR, April 21, 2014
Two civil resistance groups, I Am Syrian and the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, sponsored an exhibit called "Stories of the Revolution." The display took place in two rounds during March and April, in part of Aleppo outside regime control, despite the city's ongoing devastation by the regime attacks. Syrian activists know that telling the stories of their struggle is not only crucial to the contest for power, but is empowering for the traumatized population of Syria.
Andrew Higgins, Michael Gordon, and Andrew Kramer, NY Times, April 20, 2014
Photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine suggest many of the mysteriously well-armed gunmen there are Russian military and intelligence forces. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings. This confirms international speculation that Russia has been closely involved with separatist movements in Ukraine.
APPLY NOW: 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.
ICNC Stipend for Ph.D. Thesis
ICNC announces its first Ph.D. Stipend Award in support of dissertation writing on civil resistance. In 2014, up to three Ph.D. thesis stipends, each in the amount of $10,000, are offered on an open, merit and competitive basis. Ph.D. students who have completed at least the first year of the Ph.D. studies at a recognized university and have at least two more years to finalize their doctoral dissertations are encouraged to apply. The Ph.D. thesis or its important parts must be relevant to civil resistance studies. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2014.
The Fletcher Summer Institute
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, MA
The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the only executive education program in the advanced, inter-disciplinary study of nonviolent conflict and civil resistance. FSI is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles. It provides both a firm academic grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of the use of nonviolent struggle in a variety of conflicts for a wide range of goals.
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