Nonviolent conflict is a way for people to fight for rights, freedom, justice, self-determination, and accountable government, through the use of civil resistance - including tactics such as strikes, boycotts, protests, and civil disobedience. Learn more...
Matthew Bennett, The Spain Report, September 10, 2014
In an interview yesterday with Catalunya Radio, Oriol Junqueras, the leader of Republican Catalan Left (ERC), called for Catalans to undertake a campaign of civil disobedience, "like Martin Luther King did", if Madrid refuses to allow Catalans to hold a vote on independence on November 9, adding that Catalonia should declare independence if enough people vote 'yes'. "More than 80 percent of citizens say that we must have a vote", said Mr. Junqueras, speaking two days before Catalonia's annual Diada Day celebrations, asking: "What will they do, come and take away the ballot boxes [while] the voting stations are full of people?"
Vivienne Matthies-Boon, MERIP, September 5, 2014
"The system of fear is back," whispers an Egyptian political activist. "It is showing its teeth, saying 'I'm baaack.'" The cross-ideological ties of the late Mubarak years are badly frayed. An April 6 leader says: "We used to be in dialogue with the Islamist youth. But now, because of the frustration and rage with the current regime, they no longer listen and talk to us. We cannot control them anymore." There is a renewed crackdown on civil society, which the media also accuses of working on behalf of "foreign elements." As one activist sums up, "We have to go into hibernation, to regroup and reflect on all that has gone wrong over the last three years. Then, hopefully, one day we can reemerge stronger."
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, September 12, 2014
Forty-three veterans of one of Israel's most secretive military intelligence units - many of them still active reservists - have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents. The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs. They allege that the "all-encompassing" intelligence the unit gathers on Palestinians - much of it concerning innocent people - is used for "political persecution."
Peter Pomerantsev, The Atlantic, September 9, 2014
"If previous authoritarian regimes were three parts violence and one part propaganda," argues Igor Yakovenko, a professor of journalism at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, "this one is virtually all propaganda and relatively little violence." The point of this new propaganda is...to keep the viewer hooked and distracted-to disrupt Western narratives rather than provide a counter-narrative. "Once the norms of journalism are dismissed," George Packer writes, "a number of constraints and assumptions fall away." As the consensus for reality-based politics fractures, that space becomes ripe for exploitation.
James Pomfret, Reuters, September 11, 2014
Few were surprised when China's highest law-making body announced an electoral package on Aug. 31 that said any candidate for Hong Kong's chief executive in the 2017 election had to first get majority support from a 1,200-person nominating panel - likely to be stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists. For Beijing, Western-style democracy conjures up visions of "colour revolutions" and the "Arab Spring", of chaos and instability that could pose a mortal threat to the ruling Communist Party. Yet the pro-democracy movement is vowing to press on with its campaign of civil disobedience. It is threatening to lock down Hong Kong's main business district with sit-ins in October, protesting what they call "fake" Chinese-style democracy.
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