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Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian, April 19, 2015
Russian writer Vladimir Voinovich said that Russia needs a revolution – not a violent one, or a Ukrainian-style orange one, but a revolution that “should take place in people’s minds…Not only Putin is to blame, the society…allows him to do whatever he wants.” There is another Russia. It is represented by the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and the people who come to lay flowers on the bridge where he was assassinated. While some must have been frightened by that murder, a brave few have redoubled their defiance.
David A. Graham, The Atlantic, April 21, 2015
After a popular uprising brought down Hosni Mubarak, Mohammed Morsi served as the first democratically elected president of Egypt. But today a former general leads the government, and a court has sentenced Morsi to 20 years in prison. The Muslim Brotherhood's political party is again banned, and for Mubarak, charges against him have been dismissed and his sons have been let out of jail. The revolution has taken a 360-degree turn back to where it started. It's hard to know whether the Morsi verdict represents the ratifying of a return to the old system. For the time being, it shows that nothing is final in Egyptian politics.
Kerry Brown, openDemocracy, April 22, 2015
For those who strenuously try to preserve neutrality about political issues in China, the case of jailed journalist Gao Yu is the hardest to comprehend. Her crime was reportedly to have leaked a document, simply titled "Document Number 9." There is nothing in Document Number 9 that might have threatened national security or citizens' lives. The only basis for noticing it was that the document was evidently embarrassing for whoever in the party machinery authorised it.
Michael Welton, CounterPunch, April 24, 2015
It is not easy to imagine how “public space” can be carved out of totalitarian rock. Civil society is an “arena of deliberative exchange in which rational-critical arguments rather than mere inherited ideas…could determine agreements and actions." Jacek Kuron of Solidarity wrote of the “self-limiting revolution” whose goal was the “constitution from below of a highly articulated, organized, autonomous, and mobilizable civil society” These days the Left is jaundiced about the Velvet Revolution and the buoyant air has been squeezed out of the Arab Spring. But when the ice melts from history’s window, we do see something of what is possible when we stop being afraid.
Gabriel Domínguez, DW, April 23, 2015
A new Amnesty International report warns of a "climate of fear" spreading in the Maldives. It accuses the authorities of muzzling peaceful protesters, silencing critical media and civil society, while at the same time abusing the judicial system to imprison opposition politicians. The most well-known case is that of former President Mohamed Nasheed, sentenced in March to 13 years in prison. “The international community must wake up and realize that behind the façade of a tourist paradise, there is a dark trend in the Maldives where the human rights situation is rapidly deteriorating," said Abbas Faiz.
WEBINAR - Civic Struggle in Venezuela amidst 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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