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Perry Link, New York Review of Books, July 16, 2014
The former British colony of Hong Kong reverted to China on July 1, 1997, and on every July 1 since then Hong Kong citizens have marched in the streets asking for democracy. The demonstrations on this year's anniversary, however, were on a much larger scale. As part of the protest, 1,000 people sat down in Hong Kong's central district in a disciplined exercise of civil disobedience, leading to 500 arrests. Among them was Albert Ho, a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council and chair of the Hong Kong Democratic Party from 2006 to 2012. Says Ho, "The passion comes from a determination that Beijing honor its promise to implement universal suffrage in the election of Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017...and the desire is now so strong that if Beijing breaches its promise and fails to deliver democracy in 2017, Hong Kong will likely become 'ungovernable'."
Timothy Garton Ash, NY Times, July 18, 2014
The impacts of Russian action in Ukraine reach beyond its neighbors. Putin calls into question the authority of the government of a sovereign territory, and then blames it for the result. Once upon a time, there was the Brezhnev Doctrine, which justified as "fraternal help" such actions as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Now we have the Putin Doctrine. It is impossible to overstate the degree to which this is a threat to the whole post-1945 international order. Across the world, countries see men and women living in other countries whom they regard as in some sense "their people." What if, as has happened in the past, Chinese minorities in Southeast Asian countries were to be the targets of discrimination and popular anger, and China (where, on a visit this spring, I heard admiration expressed for Mr. Putin's actions) decided to take up the mother country's burden?
Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Laurence Cox, openDemocracy, July 23, 2014
Not enough attention has been paid to alternative media by social movements and the importance of media use to internal communication. Another problem has been a tendency to analyze online political participation separately from off-line participation and to ignore the relationships between digital media and other media in on and off-line participation. Activists know that managing to get a topic on Twitter does not necessarily translate into people on the streets. So there is a danger of using things like Twitter as a proxy for movement participation.
Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, July 22, 2014
Protesting on the streets of Moscow - or any other part of Russia, for that matter - could land you behind bars, after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law into effect criminalizing repeated street protests. The law was one of a few measures Putin signed that are expected to increase the Russian government's ability to control public discourse and the free exchange of information. Under the new laws, protesters found guilty of "holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" multiple times during a six-month period will be eligible for a panoply of penalties, including fines ranging from $17,124 to $28,540 or two years of salary and up to five years of forced labor or prison.
Sami Aboudi, Daily Star, July 16, 2014
The Kuwaiti government has threatened to revoke the citizenship of people suspected of trying to "undermine the stability" of the oil-rich monarchy. The warning is part of an "iron fist" policy adopted by the Cabinet Monday night, following protests earlier this month over the arrest of a prominent opposition politician. Nasser al-Abdaly, who heads an association to promote democracy, said the move was intended to deter people from expressing any opposition to the government. Kuwait has suffered bouts of political crisis in recent years amid disputes over election procedures and charges of corruption and mismanagement by former parliament members and opposition politicians against senior government members and loyalists, including members of the ruling family.
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Four Leading Activists and Scholars to Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Nonviolent Resistance
“Pressing Your Case: Nonviolent Movements and the Media”
From Kiev to Cairo, from Selma to Soweto, the media affect the outcome of any civilian -based struggle. This ICNC-supported educational video series explores how nonviolent campaigns and movements can generate interest by the mainstream media. Through interviews with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as other resistance leaders and scholars from around the world, “Pressing Your Case” offers original and useful expertise for organizers and activists.
The James Lawson Institute
In the 1960s, the 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. In the years that followed he was involved in strategic planning of numerous other major campaigns and actions and was called “the mind of the movement” and "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The James Lawson Institute (JLI) looks at these past movements, and numerous contemporary ones around the world, from a strategic perspective, and engages participants in depth about a wide variety of aspects of organizing and activism in North America. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2014.
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