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Alec Luhn and Shaun Walker, The Guardian, March 1, 2015
They came with placards and plaintive cries of “shame” – a vast column of mourners snaking through central Moscow to commemorate Boris Nemtsov. It was the biggest Moscow demonstration since the protests of 2011-12, which shook Putin’s leadership to the core. But as tens of thousands paid their last respects, the mood was one of quiet dismay rather than explosive anger. Opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov stated: “I think this killing has…forced people to rethink the reality in which we live. The tragic death of Boris should be a turning point in our society, for those people who are not indifferent to what is happening in our country.”
Abdallah Abu Rahma, Haaretz via International Solidarity Movement, March 2, 2015
The achievements of the village of Bil’in a resistance movement is the result of a collective effort that everyone can take pride in — Palestinians, activists from abroad and Israeli activists. We take pride not over the large number of protests but rather over the fact that we set a goal for ourselves and have accomplished it. We are simple people and are not large in number, but from the first moment, we refused to accept the reality the occupation was imposing on us. And everyone agreed on a common goal: persistent opposition to the fence, until it came down.
Minivan News, February 28, 2015
Asking the Maldives to abide by commitments under UN conventions does not amount to “undue interference,” UK High Commissioner to Maldives John Rankin has said. “It is legitimate for one country to [remind] another country to abide by the undertakings which together we have signed up to,” he explained. The government has been on the defensive following widespread international condemnation of the denial of legal representation to former President Mohamed Nasheed following the opposition leader’s arrest and prosecution on alleged terrorism charges.
Boris Georgievski, DW, February 27, 2015
In recent weeks an opposition party has published a series of wiretapped conversations between ministers, the chief of secret police, state prosecutor, journalists and media owners showing political control over institutions, judiciary and media, all under the auspices of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. He alleges that the wiretapping was ordered by an unidentified "foreign intelligence service" as part of a coup attempt. Social Democrats have been boycotting parliament, saying that the elections were rigged by the ruling conservatives. This, coupled with the wiretapping allegations has plunged the country into its worst crisis in decades.
Ukraine: West should favor support for long-term, civilian-led struggle
Maciej Bartkowski, The Hill, February 26, 2015
The best strategy for Ukraine to win a protracted struggle with Russia and safeguard its democratic transition is containment and strategic withdrawal in favor of a long-term, civilian-led struggle. The plan must aim to improve the capacity of public institutions to strengthen civil society's engagement in executing and monitoring reforms. Containing the violence will allow Ukrainians to mobilize for civil resistance much in the way the nations of Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa struggled against the Soviets and their local proxies, which helped democratization.
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WEBINAR - From Selma to St. Louis: Civil Resistance in Ferguson and Beyond
February 26, 2015 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Police brutality and militarization have reached crisis proportions for people of color in the United States. Youth, students, clergy, educators, lawyers, civil rights leaders, and hundreds of community grassroots coalitions and national organizations have come together to nonviolently resist repressive violence and a lack of accountability through mass organizing, rallies, teach-ins, protests, speakouts, and marches. Consciousness and mobilization are spreading and scaling-up, particularly on college campuses. The narrative and discourse about policing and laws are changing in cities and towns across the nation. What is the vision of this peaceful civil resistance movement? What strategies, goals and methods are being tried in the Ferguson-St. Louis area of Missouri? How can the movement ensure nonviolent discipline among its participants? What is this movement seeking as redress against police repression and overreach? What is the movement's real adversary? How must the movement define its interactions with the police? This webinar will aim to address these questions in addition to discussing community dialogues and truth telling hearings (see http://www.thetruthtellingproject.org/) that have been organized in St. Louis, Missouri for March 13-15th, 2015, following a historic 50th Anniversary march on the bridge in Selma Alabama.
APPLY NOW - ICNC RESEARCH MONOGRAPH SERIES
2015 Call for Applications
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) announces its second Research Monographs Awards series. The goal of the award is to advance research and study in the field of civil resistance. In particular the award is intended to support work that enhances the strategic practice of civil resistance, improves understanding of civil resistance by members of the international community, and develops robust conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature, dynamics, power and impact of civil resistance movements.
In 2015, up to two awards, each worth $5,000, will be offered to scholars, educators, or practitioners who have substantial knowledge of the literature of the field of civil resistance on an open, merit, and competitive basis to write monographs on under-researched or under-published topics relevant to the field of civil resistance studies. The authors will be expected to deliver their draft monographs within 6 months after the awards are announced and the work is commissioned (once the appropriate documents are signed by all parties).
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