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Shirley Zhao, Ernest Kao and Jeffie Lam, South China Morning Post, August 31, 2014
After China's National People's Congress standing committee slapped tight restrictions on Hong Kong's 2017 chief executive election procedures on Sunday, pro-democracy forces in the city have vowed to embark on long-term fight against Beijing's decision. Organisers of Occupy Central, a civil disobedience movement calling for democratic elections by "international standards", gathered several thousand supporters outside the Hong Kong government headquarters in Tamar on Sunday. They declared Occupy Central would soon enter it next stage, calling for thousands of protesters to stage sit-ins on main roads and "wave after wave" of protests and paralyse Hong Kong's financial centre.
Today's Zaman, August 31, 2014
The government was harshly criticized in a new report, by former AK Party deputy İdris Bal, for intimidating critical media outlets and journalists through tax fines and court cases, thereby dealing a huge blow to the freedom of the press. According to another recent report by the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions (DİSK) about media workers, 981 members of the press were dismissed in the first half of the year, some due to government pressure. Due to increasing government pressure over the media since the Gezi Park protests that broke out at the end of May last year, Freedom House, for its part, downgraded Turkey from the "Partly Free" to "Not Free" category in its separate "Freedom of the Press 2014" report.
Sami Capulcu, openDemocracy, August 22, 2014
When the focus is, 'Did we get more people on our march than last time?' or 'Did we get more media coverage?', there's a problem. The strategic step to convert people and energy on the streets into material gains for Palestinians is never taken, replaced with the easier 'raise even more awareness'. 'Awareness' is not the same as 'political action'. Meaningful change in our society doesn't trickle down from the top. It rises up like a tidal wave when we act together.
Claire Davenport, DW, August 31, 2014
Some might say more sanctions is a lame move - especially given Russia's retaliatory moves. But Russia risks isolating itself from its most lucrative source of finance - Western markets. While these sanctions will hurt and may deter Russia from deeper engagement in Ukraine, they also show that the EU is starting with the end in mind: to re-engage with a Russia that has not become a pariah state. And if Putin will stop at nothing, even risking hemorrhaging output, rising unemployment and political isolation, then perhaps this is what Russia's elite needs to see: that it's time to let moderates climb to power.
Macau News, August 26, 2014
High-profile political activist Jason Chao Teng Hei, one of the key organisers of the "civic referendum", said he was "not afraid of being jailed" and insisted that he would continue to help locals exercise their right to express their views on the city's political development by taking part in the online version of the "referendum" - labelled illegal and invalid by the government. Chao, a computer programmer who is a key member of the grassroots Open Macau Society, was questioned by officers. The "civic referendum" originally included e-voting at five street locations but the three groups decided to scrap it after the police told the activists to stop the "illegal" activity.
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Four Leading Activists and Scholars to Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Nonviolent Resistance
“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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