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Saroja Coelho, DW, December 3, 2013
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Syria and Spain have dropped the most compared to last year's ranking, while Denmark and New Zealand have very low levels of perceived corruption just as they did last year. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are perceived as highly corrupt. This year's index ranks 177 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. DW speaks with TI's Alejandro Salas about the index and why certain countries' ranks have improved while others have deteriorated.
Thomas Fuller, NY Times, December 2, 2013
Thai officials announced a new and novel tactic. Riot police officers cleared away barbed wire, put down their shields and opened the doors to a police compound that the protesters had vowed to besiege. Protesters who entered the compound were greeted politely by the police, and they even posed for photos together. As the protests appeared to wind down, the police also opened the gates to the prime minister's office. Whereas before, Thai police had aggressively stepped up their defense of government buildings in Bangkok, firing a hail of rubber bullets and tear gas and using water cannons.
Juan Cole, Informed Comment, December 1, 2013
Activist Ahmad Maher turned himself in to Egyptian police on November 30th. He and the April 6 organization played a major role in the 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak and went on to organize many protests insisting that the military should go to its barracks. He called for protests against the recently-passed Draconian anti-protest law, hence his arrest.
Sonya Diehn, DW, December 1, 2013
Opponents of the Ukrainian government are putting increasing pressure on President Viktor Yanukovitch, forming blockades aimed at preventing government officials from entering their offices at city hall and other locations on December 2nd. They also built tents in central Kyiv for around 5,000 of those who took part in massive protests on December 1st The country reports that more than 150 people were injured in clashes between the demonstrators and police officers. Andreas Umland - a political scientist currently teaching at the University of Kyiv - suggested that the police action was in fact a test by the government to see how far it could go. If this was indeed the case, the policy has seriously backfired.
Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, November 30, 2013
Will we see popular forces that brought down the Mubarak regime mobilize yet again to oppose the current government's draconian laws that aim to control and stifle political protests? It is not yet clear if those demonstrators who have taken to the streets in half a dozen Egyptian cities in the past few days represent a wide cross section of the Egyptian population, or only a small stratum of activist progressives. Will Egypt now see its fourth popular revolt against autocracy in the past three years?
Civil Resistance and Military Dynamics: Examining Security Force Defections in the Arab Spring
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of New Mexico
Recent studies have emphasized that security force defections can greatly improve the odds that civil resistance movements will achieve their goals. Yet we still know relatively little about why defections occur and the long-term consequences for nonviolent struggles. In this webinar, I describe a variety of security force responses and the factors that shape whether security forces remain loyal, defect, or divide internally. To illustrate these dynamics, I explore several cases from the Arab Spring including Egypt, Bahrain, and Syria. I conclude by examining some problems that may arise when defectors join the opposition and the ways that civil resisters can maintain control of their movement.
The James Lawson Institute 2013
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Reverend 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 for the US Civil Rights Movement. Drawing strategic lessons from this and numerous other past and contemporary nonviolent civil resistance movements, the James Lawson Institute will engage participants in depth about a wide variety of aspects of organizing and activism in North America. Topics to be discussed include:
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