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Howard Fineman, Huffington Post, April 14, 2014
Government corruption is rampant in Cambodia. Protests continue against Hun Sen who has been prime minister for nearly 29 years. The evil spawn of the marriage of convenience between Adam Smith and Karl Marx is corruptionism. It’s a flat-out and often secret conspiracy between government officials and for-profit business, with the latter paying the former vast sums for the privilege of access to markets, resources and the cheap labor of the citizenry. Russia under Vladimir Putin is one of the most extreme examples. But one of the worst regions in the world when it comes to this problem is Southeast Asia.
Michael MacDonald, Huffington Post, April 14, 2014
A trade agreement to sell Canadian seal meat in China announced more than three years ago has been largely thwarted by animal rights activists, federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says. Shea announced the deal in January 2011 in Beijing, saying that gaining access to the world's most populous country would breathe new life into an industry crippled that year by a new European ban on seal products. Organized groups opposed to the sealing industry have succeeded in spreading misinformation about the slaughter of "baby" seals, a practice that was banned in the 1980s, the minister said.
Khalid El Kaoutit, DW, April 14, 2014
One month before the presidential elections, protests against the government are increasing in Egypt. The activists demand more rights and the release of political prisoners. Around 300 participants clap their hands and shout slogans against the military. The law says that all demonstrations need to be approved by the interior ministry — effectively banning them, the opposition says. Opposition leaders are calling their protest a "marathon," even if the march is less than two kilometers.
Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress, April 14, 2014
About 800 Moroccan protesters, most of whom were women, flooded the streets of the capital city on Sunday to demand their government implement a portion of the constitution that guarantees gender equality. The section of the constitution in question, Article 19, states that “men and women have equal civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and freedoms” and “the state shall work towards the establishment of parity between men and women.” But it hasn’t been fully implemented by Morocco’s Islamic leaders. So hundreds of NGOs have formed the Civil Coalition for the Application of Article 19 to push political leaders to follow through.
Lilia Shevtsova, The American Interest, April 14, 2014
Putin has become a wartime President—a transition he has been gearing up for since the August 2013 trade war with Ukraine. Wartime consolidation will eventually be followed by public discontent. This means that Putin has to plunge into wars or search for new enemies to feed the militarist paradigm. But 50 percent of Russians tell pollsters he should leave office after his current term. Military adventurism will sooner or later backfire: It might be exploited by a new authoritarian leader, or Russian society might seize the moment and free itself from the fortress mentality.
APPLY NOW: 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.
ICNC Stipend for Ph.D. Thesis
ICNC announces its first Ph.D. Stipend Award in support of dissertation writing on civil resistance. In 2014, up to three Ph.D. thesis stipends, each in the amount of $10,000, are offered on an open, merit and competitive basis. Ph.D. students who have completed at least the first year of the Ph.D. studies at a recognized university and have at least two more years to finalize their doctoral dissertations are encouraged to apply. The Ph.D. thesis or its important parts must be relevant to civil resistance studies. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2014.
The Fletcher Summer Institute
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, MA
The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the only executive education program in the advanced, inter-disciplinary study of nonviolent conflict and civil resistance. FSI is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles. It provides both a firm academic grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of the use of nonviolent struggle in a variety of conflicts for a wide range of goals.
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