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Julian Sayarer, openDemocracy, July 2, 2015
The elections of 2015 should be seen as the final act of the Gezi protests. They are testament to the triumph Turkish protesters won. In conversations, the clauses “before Gezi” and “since Gezi” have become commonplace, lingual evidence for the watershed then reached. The recent elections are evidence that grassroots movements can be converted into actions that will force their relevance upon established political structures. Given the high-handed, condescending tone that politicians often take towards these movements, the Turkish elections are of profound significance.
Wolfgang Ischinger, Today's Zaman, July 3, 2015
Addressing the challenges facing Ukraine requires policymakers inside and outside the country to help stabilize its economy, protect its territory, and create space for reforms. The power of European values should not be underestimated. The young Ukrainians who protested in the Maidan square -- not against Russia but against a corrupt elite that was robbing their country -- must be supported. The EU has the opportunity to have a large impact by providing a visa-free travel program, creating more grants for Ukrainian students, and increasing support for NGOs.
Latin America: Socialist governments challenged by new pluralism
Jorge Leon, openDemocracy, July 2, 2015
In Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador, discontent is currently surfacing via street protests, and so we are witnessing a comeback of a more pluralist dynamic in these weak democracies, where both societal and party opposition have been so far under-represented in the institutions. Opposition forces are better than the government at renewing themselves through fresh groupings, both at the national and local level. The surge of this new pluralism is setting a limit to the authoritarian temptations of those who believe that their idea of government allows them to get away with almost anything.
Edward Wong, NY Times, July 1, 2015
The Chinese government has announced that it had enacted a new law that requires supporting Chinese national security in culture, cyberspace, at the North and South Poles, and in outer space. It also amounts to a sweeping command from President Xi Jinping to maintain the primacy of Communist party rule across all aspects of society. “It is as much to do with protecting the Communist party and punishing those that criticize the leadership as addressing national security,” said a researcher at Amnesty International.
Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast, June 28, 2015
Yulia Marushevska, 25, became famous after she did a passionate video in English during the Maidan uprising. ”I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets,” she said to a global audience. “There is only one reason: They want to be free from a dictatorship." The video has been seen by more than 8.3 million people. Her self-appointed mission reaching out to the world continued through last year. She became La Pasionaria of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising, taking its message to the US Congress and the EU Parliament, reaching out to dozens of politicians from over 100 countries.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
Description: In the 1960s, the Reverend Dr. 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, which added significant momentum to the US Civil Rights Movement. In the years that followed he was involved in strategic planning of other major campaigns and actions and was called “the mind of the movement” by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year, Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat received the 2015 James Lawson Award. Steadfastly leading nonviolent resistance since 2004, Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee against the Israeli Wall and Settlements, which campaigns against Israel’s plan to replace the village of Bil’in with Israeli settlements. As dominant narratives of Israel and Palestine have focused on the threat of violence on both sides, Burnat has exercised outstanding leadership in nonviolent resistance, achieved victories for his community, and remained steadfast in his commitment to nonviolent means. While he, his family, and friends have been subject to life-threatening violence for their actions, Burnat insists: “We are not against the Jews. We are against the occupation.”
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) seeks a Coordinator, Digital Initiatives, who:
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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