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...
By: Ivan Marovic, openDemocracy, December 6, 2013
A spectre is haunting the Internet, the spectre of Otpor. Many powers of the blogosphere have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Putin's media outlets, crackpot conspiracy theorists, even some people on the left. Different autocrats want to discredit Otpor because they are afraid their people may use civil resistance against them. Discrediting popular movements as not genuine, as imported, never works. Blaming foreigners for your internal troubles is like blaming your mother-in-law for your marital problems. But I'll put it bluntly: you can't criticize Otpor without endorsing Milosevic and his fascist regime.
By: Al Giordano, Narco News, December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela began, by his own words, as an expressly Gandhian leader. "I followed the Gandhian strategy for as long as I could," he later reflected, "but then there came a point in our struggle when the brute force of the oppressor could no longer be countered through passive resistance alone." However the movement evolved, returning to its Gandhi-influenced roots, and set about organizing and educating to build public support. It wasn't the gun that defeated Apartheid - and those who claim it was are being willfully ignorant of the authentic history of events - but, rather, the strike, the boycott, the training of participants in how to organize such things, and a full arsenal of nonviolent civil resistance tactics that won the day.
By: Rene Wadlow, FOR, December 4, 2013
Howard Clark, long time co-editor of Peace News and "coordinator" of War Resisters International (WRI) died November 28, 2013. Howard was tuned to broad social change - "Nonviolent Revolution" became a subtitle on the Peace News masthead and "Making Nonviolent Revolution" was Howard's most widely circulated booklet within WRI, starting in 1977 with the third edition in 2012. Howard worked closely with Gene Sharp and George Lakey. After Howard retired as coordinator of WRI in 2006, in part to get married and follow his wife to Spain, he was elected chair of WRI, a post he held at his death. His drive and analytical mind will be missed.
By: Girish Gupta, NY Times, December 5, 2013
A conflict has surfaced between the Guyanese government and calypso singers, who accuse it of repressing their often politically charged music by keeping it off the airwaves. Lester Charles's song so angered the government minister for transport and hydraulics, Robeson Benn, that he stormed into the state radio station's offices demanded that it be banned, along with an array of other competition-winning calypsos.
By: Uri Friedman, The Atlantic, December 5, 2013
On one of the first days of Euromaidan, someone on Twitter asked me why we are protesting. I wrote: "When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom. We are protesting to restore the meaning of the words justice, freedom, human rights, choice." But that was one week ago, when the biggest desire of Euromaidan was to sign an association agreement with the EU. After last Saturday, when young students and older people were brutally beaten by riot police, the mood of protesters completely changed. Right now we want to be a democratic state, we want to feel like masters of our own country. Yanukovych thought he could play with the destinies of 45 million people; we are showing that he can't.
Civil Resistance and Military Dynamics: Examining Security Force Defections in the Arab Spring
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of New Mexico
Recent studies have emphasized that security force defections can greatly improve the odds that civil resistance movements will achieve their goals. Yet we still know relatively little about why defections occur and the long-term consequences for nonviolent struggles. In this webinar, I describe a variety of security force responses and the factors that shape whether security forces remain loyal, defect, or divide internally. To illustrate these dynamics, I explore several cases from the Arab Spring including Egypt, Bahrain, and Syria. I conclude by examining some problems that may arise when defectors join the opposition and the ways that civil resisters can maintain control of their movement.
The James Lawson Institute 2013
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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. Drawing strategic lessons from this and numerous other past and contemporary nonviolent civil resistance movements, the James Lawson Institute will engage participants in depth about a wide variety of aspects of organizing and activism in North America. Topics to be discussed include:
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