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Bernard-Henri Levy and George Soros, NY Times, January 27, 2015
A new Ukraine was born a year ago in the pro-European protests that helped to drive ex-President Yanukovych from power. The spirit behind hundreds of thousands who gathered in the Maidan is stronger than ever. The transformation has been a rare experiment in participatory democracy. The new Ukraine, however, faces a potent challenge from the old Ukraine. The latter is solidly entrenched in a state bureaucracy that has worked hand in hand with a business oligarchy. And the reformers are also up against the manifest hostility of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, who wants at all costs to destabilize Ukraine.
Teng Biao, The Guardian, January 24, 2015
China’s civil society has little cause for optimism in the year ahead. The country is now seeing the worst crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars in decades. But pro-democracy and civil rights activists are still optimistic. There is the expansion of the internet and globalization, and the rise of civic awareness and social movements. The existing ideology continues to lose its appeal, and the existing model of development is facing growing crises. Despite the pressure, civil society in China is prepared to fight for its survival, growth and transition into a free, democratic country.
Andrew Blick, openDemocracy, January 23, 2015
Even after eight centuries, the Magna Carta remains central to our understanding of our rights and the way we are governed. Its fame rests on having helped found the rule of law, the concept that those who govern are subject to the same principles as those they govern. Part of Magna Carta’s influence, via the American revolution, was development of the written constitution, an idea that hasn’t returned to Britain. But present divisions over human rights, the EU and devolution, and the threat of a break-up of the Union, may force us to recast our system.
Leslie T. Chang, The Guardian, January 27, 2015
The online newspaper Mada Masr formed before the military coup in 2013. Amid a growing crackdown on free expression, its staff have risked their lives to continue reporting. Its reporters spoke about how the hazards of practicing journalism were affecting their coverage. They rarely go to protests these days; the risk of getting shot at or arrested is too high. But they are tackling subjects whose narrative, until now, has been dominated by the government, such as persecution of human rights activists. “If Mada didn’t exist,” founder Lina Attalah said, “I would be very reluctant to stay in this country.”
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, Global Voices, January 24, 2015
A demonstration against the rise in public transportation fares organized by the Free Pass Movement (MPL) has once once again ended in violence. A total of 20,000 people gathered for the protest, according to the organizers. From the very beginning of the demonstration, tension was present with at least 1,000 police officers surrounding the protesters. Many videos are coming to light with scenes of violence perpetrated by the police, including the use of tear gas, the firing of rubber bullets and the reported use of bombs.
APPLY NOW - Fletcher Summer Institute 2015
The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied. Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles.
New President for International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
News Release - Washington, D.C., January 29, 2015
For the first time in its history, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) has had a change in leadership. Our new president, Hardy Merriman has stepped into his new role as of January 1, 2015, succeeding Jack DuVall who has served as president since the founding of the organization in 2002. Hardy Merriman has been vice president of ICNC, helping to provide strategic direction for the organization’s programs and activities, and serving as a voice for ICNC through his many speaking roles and writing engagements throughout the years. Peter Ackerman, the founding chair of ICNC, stated “In Hardy Merriman, we have a new president with extensive knowledge, experience and vision to lead ICNC into a new decade of growth. He is one of the top thinkers on civil resistance who combines both practical and theoretical knowledge. His nearly 13 years of work in the field has been marked by deep competence and versatility – from leading workshops for activists, presenting to scholars and publishing writing for diverse audiences.”
WEBINAR - Dynamics and Factors of Transition from Violence to Nonviolent Resistance
Véronique Dudouet, Senior Researcher and Program Director, the Berghof Foundation
Based on a newly-published edited book Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation. Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggles, this webinar will provide some insights on the interplay between civil resistance, armed insurgency and conflict transformation. Particular focus will be placed on the phenomenon of armed groups shifting their conflict-waging strategies from violent to nonviolent means, especially in contexts which cannot be resolved by force but are also 'unripe' for conventional de-escalation methods such as negotiation and political integration. Relying on evidence from such various settings as South Africa, Palestine, Western Sahara, West Papua, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Egypt, the webinar talk will review the dynamics of organizational and strategic shifts from armed to unarmed conflict.
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