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Peter Krause and Ehud Eiran, Washington Post, July 11, 2014
Amid increasing Israeli missiles fired into Gaza and Palestinian rockets fired out of it, one can quickly lose sight of what pulled the parties into this conflict in the first place. Killings, like those of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian teen, may unfortunately seem commonplace to outside observers, but these killings were carried out by radical flanks that pulled their respective movements into a fight neither wanted. Although the leaderships of Israel and the Palestinians did not order these killings, it also true that these attacks are symptoms of a broader phenomenon: Radical flank groups that are willing to take risks to capture territory or coerce the enemy to the potential benefit of their movements, but whose extreme rhetoric and actions can also blacken their reputation and chain-gang them into undesirable conflicts.
Simon Allison, The Guardian, July 11, 2014
In a continent infamous for repressive dictatorships, Equatorial Guinea is among the very worst. Opposition to the status quo, meanwhile, is virtually non-existent: torture and intimidation of the government’s critics is common place, while any attempts to organise outside official government channels are crushed. There is not a single human rights organisation or anti-corruption organisation in the country. Tutu Alicante, executive director of EG Justice, is that rarest of things: an Equatorial Guinean willing to publicly oppose his government. For his troubles, he has lived in exile since the age of 19 – nervous of what will happen to him and his family should he ever return. His organisation fights for democracy and against the human rights abuses of the Obiang regime – although most of the time, Alicante struggles to keep Equatorial Guinea on the international agenda.
William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News, July 10, 2014
For many Turks, last summer’s Gezi protests were a kind of milestone - a before and after monument against which to measure everything else. Once the dam broke, Turkey’s political conversation was changed irreversibly; the protests and the government’s clumsy response meant that the narrative of Turkish politics would never be the same again. The protests - in which more than three million Turks hit the streets in all but one of the country’s 81 provinces - had political origins, but in essence they were a social rather than political phenomenon. Onur Bakıner writes that “the protests reflected frustration toward the entire political class and exclusionary political institutions.” Indeed, the idea that any one political party would be able to harvest the diverse energies and motivations of the protesters and direct them into a single platform is fanciful. The significance of Gezi may well prove to be seismic, but the effects of the protests should be looked for anywhere other than in the established political parties.
Andrew Boyd, openDemocracy, July 11, 2014
Whether religious or artistic, a playful thought experiment, or a serious attempt to be true to one’s values in the face of state violence, pre-figurative engagement allows us to experience for ourselves (and demonstrate to others), that another world is necessary, possible. Consider the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960s. They were not only brave acts of resistance against the racism of the Jim Crow South, they also beautifully and dramatically prefigured the world the civil rights movement was trying to bring into being: blacks and whites sitting together as equals in public spaces. The young students didn’t ask anyone’s permission; they didn’t wait for society to evolve or for bad laws to change. They painted a picture of how the world could be, and the vicious response from white bystanders and police only proved how important it was to make it so.
Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence, July 9, 2014
Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one. Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages, a number that is increasing at a brisk rate. What is striking about this is not just the seeming suddenness of the reversal. It is that the rapidly expanding victory around same-sex marriage defies many of our common ideas about how social change happens. For the tradition now known as “civil resistance,” the triumph of same-sex marriage in the United States is a remarkable example of what happens when a critical mass of people withdraws its willingness to cooperate with an existing state of affairs, and when the support of social institutions for an idea or a regime falls away.
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“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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