Nonviolent action around the world – 19 January 2010 (Part 2)

January 19, 2010
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CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN
Honduras: Whither amnesty?
By:  WW4 Report, January 16, 2010
Honduran authorities have offered insults to Costa Rican president for questioning amnesty planned for military officers who led coup against President Zelaya, as confusion about terms of the amnesty remains.
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SOUTH AMERICA
Peru grants asylum to Venezuela protest organizer
By:  AP, January 18, 2010
Peru has granted asylum to a Venezuelan activist charged by President Hugo Chavez’s government with inciting violence during a protest. Perez led a protest against a new education law that critics said could lead to indoctrination in schools.
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Ecuador: Amazon tribes sue Chevron in U.S. Federal Court
By: EON, January 14, 2010
Representatives of Amazonian indigenous groups in Ecuador went to U.S. federal court in New York today to enjoin Chevron from initiating a closed-door international arbitration against Ecuador’s government designed to eliminate the company’s potential $27 billion liability for contaminating a huge swath of rainforest and devastating the local population.
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EUROPE
Disenchanted Ukrainians take anger to the polls
By: Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC News, January 16, 2010
Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday in the first presidential election since the Orange Revolution five years ago. Then, the results of a fraudulent poll were overturned by mass street protest. It looked like a victory for freedom and democracy over control from Moscow. But five years on, there is widespread disappointment.
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Ukraine’s colorful elections
By: Leigh Turner, The Guardian, January 15, 2010
Five years after the “Orange Revolution” deepened and strengthened democracy in Ukraine, 18 presidential candidates are subjecting voters to a barrage of colorful and competing imagery ahead of the two rounds of voting on January 17 and February 7. The variety is a sign both of the openness of the campaign and of its importance.
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Russian Deputy’s speaking rights suspended for ‘unethical’ inquiry
By: RFE, January 15, 2010
The Russian Duma has stripped a Communist Party deputy of his speaking rights for a month due to an “unethical” financial inquiry. The Duma’s 308 deputies of the ruling United Russia faction — from a total of 450 deputies — voted on January 13 to suspend Nikolai Ryabov’s speaking privileges.
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Russia MPs back human rights reform
By: BBC News, January 15, 2010
Russia’s lower house of parliament has backed a long-delayed reform to the European Court of Human Rights. Before Friday’s vote Russia was the only one of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states that had not ratified Protocol 14.
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Russia called ‘repressive’
By: Reuters, January 13, 2010
Russia and most countries in the former Soviet Union “continued to pursue a repressive course” in 2009, according to the latest annual survey of human rights and civil liberties published by Freedom House. The organization’s executive director, Jennifer Windsor, lambasted the human rights record of Russia in the same breath as that of China and Iran, all examples of areas that witnessed an “erosion of some of the most fundamental freedoms” in the past year.
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MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Palestinian activists urge Hamas to probe own Gaza war crimes
By: Amira Hass and Tomer Zarchin, Haaretz, Januaury 18, 2010
Eleven Palestinian human rights organizations have called on the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas government in Gaza to endorse the Goldstone report by investigating Palestinian violations of international law allegedly committed during operation Cast Lead.
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Israel jails Palestinian nonviolent activists
By: Mel Frykberg, IPS, January 18, 2010
Israel has long argued that Palestinians should pursue their political objectives in a non-violent way. However, several prominent Palestinian peace activists have recently been arrested and jailed for doing just that. Abdallah Abu Rahme, 39, the coordinator of the Bi’lin Popular Committee, which has challenged Israel’s illegal expropriation of Palestinian land both in an Israeli court and a Canadian one, has been charged with “illegal arms possession, stone throwing and incitement.”
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Iran rejects protest resignation of consul in Oslo
By: AFP, January 18, 2010
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday confirmed Iran’s consul general in Oslo has resigned but said Tehran did not accept his resignation and still considers him a ministry employee.
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The struggle for genuine democracy in Iran
By: Khodadad Kaviani, Seattle Times, January 18, 2010
The slogan “Where is my vote?” is really about building an Iranian democracy based on just laws, writes guest columnist Khodadad Kaviani. Democracies around the world can support this civil-rights movement by withholding diplomatic recognition from the Ahmadinejad government.
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Iran threatened by female activists
By: Michael Theodoulou, The National, January 17, 2010
Iranian security forces recently beat and arrested some 30 “mourning mothers” holding a peaceful weekly vigil in a Tehran park to demand news of their sons and daughters who had been killed, disappeared or detained in the unrest following June’s disputed presidential election.
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With Iran on the brink, a young woman asks where the western media is
By: Sahar Irani, Big Journalism, January 16, 2010
I cannot use my real name. If the freedom of expressive condemnation practiced in this article were associated with my name I would never be permitted to return home.  This is an everyday reality for an Iranian-American.  I live in America with my family and enjoy all the freedoms and privileges contained within the American dream.  These are the freedoms that my fellow Iranians are fighting for.  I use these rights to voice my thoughts and to condemn those who will not acknowledge our struggle.
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Iran to try 16 over protests on Ashura
By: Washington TV, January 15, 2010
Iran will soon put on trial 16 people arrested in connection with anti-government protests on the Shiite holy day of Ashura last month. The report, which did not identify the detainees who are to be put on trial, said one would face the charge of “moharebeh”, or waging war against God, which carries the death sentence.
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Report: Iran to screen protest e-mails
By: CNN, January 15, 2010
Iranian authorities will observe and control text messages and e-mails that encourage protesters, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported Friday. Messages that encourage demonstrations will be screened, and organizers of illegal protests will face heavy penalties, the Iranian Labor News Agency reported, citing Tehran Police Chief Ahmadi Mogadham.
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Iran police chief says SMS, e-mails under control
By: Washington TV, January 15, 2010
Iran’s police chief warned protesters on Friday not to use text messages and e-mails to organize anti-government rallies, saying those who do so will be punished. Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam, commander of the Law Enforcement Force, said that those who called on the population to participate in “illegal” demonstrations would not get any concessions by the security forces.
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Prominent Egyptian bloggers and activists arrested
By: Andrew Albertson, Project on Middle East Democracy, January 15, 2010
At least twenty leading bloggers and democracy activists were detained by Egyptian authorities today and reportedly charged with “illegal assembling and disorderly conduct/causing unrest.” The group includes Bassem Samir of the Egyptian Democratic Academy, who is scheduled to visit Washington from January 17-23 as one of six representatives of conferences held in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society.
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Building a different Middle East
By: Joel Beinin, The Nation, January 15, 2010
Like every other woman in her village Umm Hasan wears a headscarf. Her husband and other male relatives are not on the scene. But this is not an obstacle to her animated interactions with the sixteen Israelis and foreigners she has never previously met but welcomes into her home. Among the visitors are a German and a Serb who are making a film about Palestinian hip-hop.
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Jordan: Web site law with possible prison sentence for offending journalists
By: Meedan, January 14, 2010
Websites in Jordan are to be subjected to a law that if broken stipulates penalties for journalists ranging between fines to imprisonment.
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Iran: regime turns against dissident clerics
By: Michael Allen, Democratic Digest, January 13, 2010
Further evidence of the Islamic Republic’s intensifying repression of Green movement activists comes with the arrest by four Ministry of Intelligence agents  of Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Khalaji, father of Washington Institute Iran scholar Mehdi Khalaji, at his home in Qom.
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Czech activist in Palestine deported after raid
By: Christian Falvey, Radio Praha, January 12, 2010
At 3 o’clock in the morning on Monday Israeli immigration police and soldiers stormed the apartment of a Czech NGO worker in the West Bank city of Ramallah and arrested her. According to the Israeli authorities, her crime was having overstayed her tourist visa and she was promptly deported.
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Frightening night raid targets nonviolent Palestinian protest
By: Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, January 12, 2010
Incredible footage by Haitham Al Khatib of Israeli soldiers coming into the Palestinian village of Bilin at 3 in the morning last night to arrest Yaseen Mohammad Yaseen, described as a 21-year-old participant in the Bilin protests.
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Iran’s opposition spreads to heartland
By: Borzou Daragahi, LA times, January 10, 2010
Reporting from Beirut – Mohammad knew he had to be careful in approaching his old classmate Hamed, the one from the conservative Iranian family. They come from a small city, after all, and word gets around.
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Guide to nonviolence in practice
By: Craig Zelizer, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, January 17, 2010
One of the key questions around the globe today, is what is the role or the possible impact of non-violence and non-violent action in helping to end violent conflict and build peace? In many of complex and challenging conflicts in the world, where civilians are increasingly the targets and victims of violence, does non-violence have a positive role to play?
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10 Actions for Peace in 2010
By: Craig Zelizer, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, January 15, 2010
Craig Zelizer has put together a list of 10 possible recommendations to help make the world more peaceful and encourage others to contribute their own lists. This list has been revised from earlier postings.
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BOOK & FILM REVIEWS
Cyberconflict and Global Politics: New media, war, digital activism
By: Patrick Philippe Meier, IRevolution, January 16, 2010
Athina Karatzogianni has just edited another informative book, this one on “Cyberconflict and Global Politics.” Patrick Meier blog-reviewed her previous book on “The Politics of Cyberconflict” after meeting Athina at Politics 2.0 back in 2008. This blog posts consists of book notes for Patrick Meier’s dissertation research.
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Despite odds, controversial Tibet tale told
By: Bruce Fessier, The Desert Sun, January 12, 2010
“The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle For Freedom” is the film China didn’t want us to see. But it’s more than a look at the Dalai Lama’s trials and tribulations, as its synopses says. It really examines the concepts of Tibetan independence, for which 200 Tibetans were killed in protests against China in 2008, and “meaningful autonomy” under China
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OPM resist in West Papua highlands
By: BBC News, December 17, 2009
This film shows, the extremely committed West Papuans, in their desperately brave efforts, in resisting the brutal & illegal Indonesian occupation of their land.
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Information of the West Papua movement
By: Auspete, YouTube, October 9, 2007
This is part 1 of an excellent and rare TV documentary about West Papua. A year on from its original UK screening it still has not been broadcast in any other country.
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IN PAST NEWS
Turkey: Workers show up late to work in support of Tekel demonstration
By: Today’s Zaman, December 26, 2009
Workers belonging to the Confederation of Turkish Labor Unions (Türk-Is) showed up to work one hour late on Friday in solidarity with the employees of Tekel, Turkey’s alcohol and tobacco monopoly, who had been laid off.
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Philippines: Aging and beaten, guerrillas explore new battlefronts
By: Jocelyn Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 26, 2009
A week before the 41st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), government troops handed over Romblon to local authorities, saying the Maoist revolution in the island province is over.
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Israel: 500 demonstrators protest house evictions and ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah
By: International Solidarity Movement, December 25, 2009
Some 500 demonstrators gathered at the top of the street that Jewish settlers are taking over in Sheikh Jarakh in East Jerusalem. The demonstrators, who came part by bus from Tel Aviv, part in cars from the Bil’in and Ma’asara demonstrations and part in an organized march from West Jerusalem, sang songs and beat their drums in solidarity with the Palestinians kicked out of their homes by the settlers.
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