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Mong Palatino, The Diplomat, April 17, 2014
In a rare protest, several Myanmar newspapers and journals blacked-out their front pages on April 11 after a provincial court sentenced a video reporter to one year in prison for trespassing and disrupting the work of a government official. For Toe Zaw Latt, bureau chief of the Democratic Voice of Burma, the case negates the government boast about the supposed rise of press freedom in the country. "These are not good signs for press freedom, if journalists have to face a lawsuit for covering news during office hours. We are worried that these actions might be a sign of restrictions in press freedom again, as it was in the past," he said.
Colin Daileda, Mashable, April 17, 2014
No matter the country, protesters show up to clashes outfitted with gear designed to protect them from the state's military and/or police. "I think that there is a perception that wearing armor or carrying light weapons makes the protesters look more credible and forceful," Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. "Interestingly, though, the evidence suggests the exact inverse. In many places, the use of armor or weapons may repel sympathizers who see participation as more risky when protests take on this character, thereby undermining the power of the movement."
Justin McCurry, The Guardian, April 17, 2014
Music is deeply rooted in Okinawa's tragic place in Japan's history and the conduit for its modern grievances against the glut of US military bases on the island. As Barack Obama prepares to visit Tokyo to meet Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, later in April, the anti-war message of sanshin players such as Shoukichi Kina and Misako Oshiro is back in vogue. "Our job as musicians should be to celebrate the good and do something about fixing the bad," said Kina, who some have called Okinawa's answer to Bob Marley. "That's why I hate the military bases here, but I love Americans."
David M. Herszenhorn and Andrew Roth, NY Times, April 17, 2014
President Vladimir V. Putin was on national television brashly declaring Russia's historical claims over Ukrainian territory and reiterating a threat to use military force. He repeatedly referred to eastern Ukraine as "New Russia" - as the area north of the Black Sea was known after it was conquered by the Russian Empire in the late 1700s. Dropping previous pretenses, he calmly acknowledged for the first time that Russian troops had been deployed to occupy and annex Crimea. Mr. Putin's televised remarks made clear that his view of an independent Ukraine as a historical accident had not changed.
The Guardian, April 15, 2014
Four Chinese rights lawyers claim to have been tortured by police after protesting outside a detention center in northeast China. They had joined several people shouting to demand information about relatives believed to have been detained because they were members of Falun Gong - banned as a cult, though they claim to be a peaceful spiritual movement. The lawyers' claims raise doubts about commitments by Chinese authorities to curb the use of torture and to establish rule of law and ensure due process for those accused of wrongdoing.
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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