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Asef Bayat, Mada Masr, January 25, 2015
Despair and disenchantment are nothing to be embarrassed about. They come as natural reactions when expectations are betrayed and dreams shattered. What is not natural, however, is disengagement. The fact is, Egypt has experienced an “event,” an extraordinary social happening that has impregnated this land with open-ended possibilities. Things, in other words, are far from over. Active citizenry is bound to subvert the ability of the authoritarian state to govern, because the state rules through norms, relations, and institutions. Challenging these would by definition diminish the state’s legitimacy and impair its ability to govern.
Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2015
A Ukrainian army officer held by Russia has been moved to a hospital after losing more than 60 pounds during a hunger strike to protest her arrest. She had been accused of complicity in the death of two Russian journalists covering fighting between separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine. “Moscow wanted to break Nadya and organize a Stalinist-type show trial in Moscow to back up their theory that the Ukrainian military commits atrocities,” said her sister. Ukraine’s parliament named her as one of its delegates to the assembly of the Council of Europe, which demanded that she be released within 24 hours.
Michelle Chen, The Nation, January 23, 2015
Last January, the Cambodian garment industry seemed to be coming apart at the seams: protesters thronged the streets, several died after security forces opened fire and union leaders were detained for weeks without trial. A year on, the unrest had subsided and workers were getting a modest wage hike. But the systematic suppression of unions continues to breed bitter outrage. A recent wildcat strike and protests show the desperation of workers has reignited once again. Labor activists haven’t forgotten the sacrifices of last year’s protests.
Max du Preez, Mail and Guardian, January 30, 2015
Twenty-five years later, the motives of the 'last apartheid president, Willem de Klerk, can only be understood in a larger context. By the end of 1989, this was the situation: apartheid ideology was in tatters and the economy was getting worse with more sanctions and boycotts. Students, academics and business people had all hit the streets. The noose of international isolation, financial sanctions and pressure from within and without tightened markedly. On February 2, 1990 De Klerk took his quantum leap.
Arslan Saidov and Claire Bigg, The Guardian, January 28, 2015
Students from several Kiev universities collaborated on a video which urges Moscow students not to believe Russian media reports about Ukraine. The video is trying to challenge misconceptions which are further pitting the countries against each other as Kiev battles a Russian-backed insurgency in the east of Ukraine. The video also goes on to counter claims from Russian-state media that the Euromaidan protests in Kiev were a U.S. funded coup. Instead, they say, last year’s protests were held to denounce the “total corruption…media censorship and police lawlessness” under then-president Viktor Yanukovych.
APPLY NOW - Fletcher Summer Institute 2015
The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied. Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles.
New President for International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
News Release - Washington, D.C., January 29, 2015
For the first time in its history, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) has had a change in leadership. Our new president, Hardy Merriman has stepped into his new role as of January 1, 2015, succeeding Jack DuVall who has served as president since the founding of the organization in 2002. Hardy Merriman has been vice president of ICNC, helping to provide strategic direction for the organization’s programs and activities, and serving as a voice for ICNC through his many speaking roles and writing engagements throughout the years. Peter Ackerman, the founding chair of ICNC, stated “In Hardy Merriman, we have a new president with extensive knowledge, experience and vision to lead ICNC into a new decade of growth. He is one of the top thinkers on civil resistance who combines both practical and theoretical knowledge. His nearly 13 years of work in the field has been marked by deep competence and versatility – from leading workshops for activists, presenting to scholars and publishing writing for diverse audiences.”
WEBINAR - Dynamics and Factors of Transition from Violence to Nonviolent Resistance
Véronique Dudouet, Senior Researcher and Program Director, the Berghof Foundation
Based on a newly-published edited book Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation. Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggles, this webinar will provide some insights on the interplay between civil resistance, armed insurgency and conflict transformation. Particular focus will be placed on the phenomenon of armed groups shifting their conflict-waging strategies from violent to nonviolent means, especially in contexts which cannot be resolved by force but are also 'unripe' for conventional de-escalation methods such as negotiation and political integration. Relying on evidence from such various settings as South Africa, Palestine, Western Sahara, West Papua, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Egypt, the webinar talk will review the dynamics of organizational and strategic shifts from armed to unarmed conflict.
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