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Dmitry Florin, openDemocracy, April 30, 2015
While the political opposition attempts to attract greater numbers, citizen protests on other issues are gathering force, with Russian citizens simply going out and demanding their rights. Focused on issues like mortgages with impossible rates of repayment and foreign currency debt, people are banging spoons on plates and doing hunger strikes. Perhaps one day the Russian opposition and the citizens who aren't afraid to go out on the streets will meet.
Shafaa Hameed, Minivan News, April 30, 2015
Former first lady Laila Ali has lodged a petition with the United Nations requesting a judgment declaring former president Mohamed Nasheed’s detention illegal and arbitrary, and that it violates the Maldives’ obligations under the international covenant on civil and political rights and the universal declaration on human rights. One of the lawyers, Amal Clooney, said that the conviction was “clearly designed to punish him for criticising the government and to remove him from the political scene.” She noted that Nasheed had been “subjected to blatantly political trials" over the years.
Sophie McBain, New Statesman, April 29, 2015
Alaa al-Aswany, one of Egypt’s best-known novelists and activists, was outspoken in opposing Mubarak before he joined the protests of 2011. When at least 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood protesters were killed in 2013, al-Aswany argued that the Egyptian state was in effect waging a war. Today he is “frustrated” by repression but still “optimistic”. His columns for the newspaper al-Masry al-Youm stopped abruptly in 2014. He blames “unwelcome external pressures.” Still, he told me, he won’t give up. “A revolution is basically a human change, not a political one,” he says. “People are no longer the Egyptians they were under Mubarak.”
David A. Bell, The Atlantic, May 2015
While early-19th-century Europe had its share of revolutionary conspirators, the “directing committee” in the French Revolution was as much a figment of the imagination as was the nest of spies and traitors that Robespierre claimed to have discovered. Both fantasies stand in a long line that stretches straight through to our own day. There is nothing unprecedented about the fears of an “invasion” of illegal immigrants that have such a large place in the mind-set of some Americans, or the Russian fears of fascism that Vladimir Putin exploited to generate support for his incursions into Ukraine.
Didi Kirsten Tatlow, NY Times, April 29, 2015
When the Beijing Public Security Bureau recommended that prosecutors charge Guo Yushan and He Zhengjun of the Transition Institute, a policy think tank, with conducting “illegal business activity” by publishing books and periodicals, it named four foreign NGO’s that it said had helped finance the alleged crime. Draft legislation currently before the National People’s Congress may increase controls over the activities of foreign NGOs in China, including the funding of local groups. China has in the past warned that foreign organizations could help foment “color revolutions” subversive to Communist rule.
WEBINAR - Civic Struggle in Venezuela amid Political Polarization
Presented by: Gerardo Gonzalez, Sociologist and Lecturer at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) and the Universidad Metropolitana
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
This webinar talk will analyze the civic struggle in Venezuela that took place in 2014. Using Peter Ackerman and Hardy Merriman‘s Checklist for Ending Tyranny, the presentation will evaluate the skill-based and organizational capabilities of protesters as well as trends of nonviolent conflict in the country last year. It will also examine the interactions between different actors involved in the conflict, tactics employed by protesters, and analyze why organizers failed to meet their goals.
WEBINAR - Nonviolent Resistance against Enforced Disappearances
Enforced disappearance has been used by undemocratic and democratic regimes as well as violent groups for decades. It is considered one of the most severe crimes because it consists of simultaneous violations of various interrelated human rights norms and has widespread pernicious psychosocial effects on the society. Despite the terrible impact, enforced disappearances have not necessarily led to civic disempowerment. On the contrary, the relatives of the disappeared persons have often engaged in strategic collective actions as a way to resist nonviolently the crime and its demobilizing effects.
WEBINAR - Gradualist Democratization using Civil Resistance
Presented by: Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Co-Chair, ICNC Academic Advisors Committee
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Not all successful unarmed civil insurrections against dictatorships take place in a dramatic mass uprising with hundreds of thousands occupying central squares in the capital city. There have also been cases of nonviolent struggles against autocratic regimes that failed to topple the dictatorship in a revolutionary wave, but did succeed in forcing a series of legal, constitutional, and institutional reforms over a period of several years which eventually evolved into a liberal democratic order. These more gradualist transitions have taken place across different regions and against different kinds of authoritarian systems. This webinar will tell the story of pro-democracy movements in three of these countries— Brazil, South Korea, and Kenya —and how they were able to force, over time, autocratic governments to agree to substantive democratic reforms. By focusing on the role of civil society this presentation challenges dominant, top-down, institution and elite-based approaches to democratization.
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