Nonviolent action around the world – 26 February 2010 (Part 2)

February 26, 2010
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AFRICA
Africa: Bridging the knowledge divide, people and power
By: Mutumwa Mawere, ZimOnline, February 25, 2010
The story of power, influence and control in post-colonial Africa is a complex one reflecting the commonly shared ignorance of the majority about how to use existing and new tools to access, harness the energy and innovation of front-line professionals in Africa and the diaspora, local government, citizens and communities.
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Uganda: Women stage electoral commission demo at parliament
By: Gerald Bareebe and Katherine Haywood, All Africa, February 25, 2010
At least 30 female opposition supporters yesterday caught security off-guard and staged a sit-down demonstration at Parliament, demanding an overhaul of the Electoral Commission.
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Zimbabwe: Youths protest against sanctions & ‘pirate’ radio
By: Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa, February 24, 2010
Exiled radio stations, labelled pirates by the Robert Mugabe regime have once again come under attack from ZANU PF during a protest march by hundreds of youth members through the streets of Harare on Wednesday. The group, which had been bussed in from all over the country, were also protesting against the targeted sanctions still imposed on the Robert Mugabe regime.
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Guebuza confident that Lesotho will overcome crisis
By: All Africa, February 24, 2010
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who is the current chairperson of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Troika for Politics, Defence and Security, is confident that the SADC strategy drafted by the Troika summit in Maseru on Sunday and Monday will help Lesotho overcome the prolonged crisis that followed the February 2007 parliamentary elections.
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Ivory Coast opposition makes new demand
By: Al Jazeera, February 24, 2010
Ivory Coast’s two main opposition parties will join a newly formed government only when the country’s independent electoral commission (CEI) is reinstated, an opposition leader has said.
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Niger coup is West Africa’s latest democracy deficit
By: Lauren Gelfand, WPR, February 23, 2010
Following a trend that has become depressingly familiar in West Africa over the past 18 months, army officers seized power  in Niger on Feb. 18, removing President Mamadou Tandja from office. The coup ends a political crisis that began last year, when Tandja used a popular referendum to try to indefinitely prolong his term beyond its December 2009 limit.
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Cote D’Ivoire: Uneasy calm after wave of protests
By: IRIN, February 22, 2010
An uneasy calm has been restored in cities across Côte d’Ivoire following fresh protests over the past few days, according to aid workers. The latest protests in the central-western city of Gagnoa left five dead and a dozen injured on 19 February.
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NORTH AMERICA
US: Internet freedom beyond circumvention
By: Ethan Zuckerman’s Blog, February 22, 2010
Secretary Clinton’s recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies. It makes sense that the State Department would look to support existing projects to circumvent internet censorship.
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CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN
In solidarity with Pedro Brizuela in Honduras
By: Al Giordano, The Field, February 25, 2010
Yesterday afternoon between two and three o’clock gunmen knocked on the door of the home of Claudia Larisa Brizuela in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. When she answered the door, they assassinated her on the spot. Claudia, 36, was a member of the civil resistance movement in Honduras, and the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, union organizer, political strategist, radio host, columnist and good friend and collaborator of Narco News.
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Cuba: Dissidents bid final farewell to hunger striker
By: Patricia Grogg, IPS, February 24, 2010
Several dozen anti-government opponents gathered Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ladies in White, a Cuban dissident group, in the capital, to hold a “symbolic wake” for Orlando Zapata, a political prisoner who died on the 85th day of a hunger strike.
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Cuba: Castro ‘laments’ death of hunger-striking dissident
By: BBC News, February 24, 2010
Cuba’s leader Raul Castro “laments” the death of a detained activist who had been on hunger strike for nearly three months, its foreign ministry says. It marks a rare expression of sorrow by Cuba’s leadership, although Mr Castro was then quoted as attacking the US.
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Peru protects mining company instead of citizens: Interview with Mario Tabra Guerrero
By: Yásser Gómez, Upside Down World, February 24, 2010
Today, while those in power wage a campaign of  media disinformation to prepare the scene for the 2011 presidential elections, peasant communities of Ayabaca, Piura continue to fight multinational mining corporations. With government support, these companies continue to explore for and exploit mineral deposits, ignoring residents’ concerns about the environment and the water supply. Upside Down World interviewed Mario Tabra Guerrero, one of the leaders in this fight.
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SOUTH AMERICA
Venezuela: Chávez furious as OAS rights watchdog accuses him of endangering democracy
By: Rory Carroll, The Guardian, February 26, 2010
President Hugo Chávez vowed to withdraw Venezuela from the top human rights body in the western hemisphere last night after it accused him of endangering democracy and intimidating opponents.
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Organization of American States report rebukes Venezuela on human rights
By: Juan Forero, Washinton Post, February 25, 2010
The human rights branch of the Organization of American States issued a blistering 300-page report Wednesday against Venezuela, saying that the oil-rich country run by President Hugo Chávez constrains free expression, the rights of its citizens to protest and the ability of opposition politicians to function.
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Will James Cameron support real-life Ecuador struggle against Chevron?
By: Han Shan, Huffington Post, February 24, 2010
Cameron gave a powerful speech about how he’s “on a mission” to support environmental causes. He specifically noted how moved and inspired he was by a screening of Avatar in Quito for a group of Shuar and Achuar indigenous leaders and community members from the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador – people that Amazon Watch and our allies have worked to support.
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Resisting mining: Repression and uprising in Argentina
By: Marie Trigona, Upside Down World, February 23, 2010
Residents in Northern Argentina have protested the opening of an open pit mining site in the town of Andalgala in the province of Catamarca.  A recent police crackdown on the protest has sparked a popular uprising of citizens saying, ‘no to the mine’. Following massive protests in response to police repression this month, a judge temporarily halted further mine works planned to open in 2012.
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EUROPE
Italy’s harmful conviction of Google
By: LA Times, February 20, 2010
In September 2006, four students at a school in Turin, Italy, beat and humiliated an autistic classmate. A fifth student captured the incident on her cellphone camera, then posted the digital footage to Google Video. It spent two months as one of the site’s most popular clips before Google took it down at the request of Italian police.
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Greek protesters clash with police during strike
By: BBC News, February 24, 2010
Clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Greece, as up to two million people continue to strike over austerity measures. Police fired tear gas at a group of some 50 protesters on the edges of the rally. It is the second general strike in two weeks and coincides with growing anger at the EU’s response to the crisis.
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Death penalty opponents see executions on the wane
By: Reuters, February 24, 2010
An increasing number of countries are abolishing the death penalty and even the most active users of capital punishment are taking steps to restrict it, a congress of abolitionists heard on Wednesday.
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Ira Chernus on the ideas of American nonviolence
By: Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence, February 24, 2010
As a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as through essays in many newspapers and websites, Ira Chernus has spent decades bringing the tradition of nonviolence to bear on concrete current events, particularly American and Israeli foreign policy. What drives him most of all, though, is his fascination with nonviolence as a profound intellectual tradition, and the passionate thinkers whose minds and imaginations inspire the more visible work of public, performative activism.
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New School conference on Iran’s politics of resistance
By: Bryan Farrell, Waging Nonviolence, February 23, 2010
Just over a week ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a conference at The New School called “Iran: Politics of Resistance.” Many great scholars on Iran, both American and Iranian, took part in three panel discussions throughout the day. I was only able to attend the first one-which focused primarily on the Green Movement and whether it can accurately be called a full-fledged revolution-but the others looked to be just as fascinating. Fortunately, they are now all online.
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Tracking “economic disobedience”
By: Eric Stoner, Waging Nonviolent, February 23, 2010
Last week, the Boston Globe had an interesting piece about how the research of Boston College sociology professor Lisa Dodson led to her new book, “The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy.” As she was interviewing managers at stores that employed low-wage workers, she began hearing their discomfort with making enough to live well, while their workers were seriously struggling to make ends meet.
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Human rights education in the school systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A compendium of good practice
By: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, February 19, 2010
This tool includes descriptions and actual samples of successful education initiatives in the fields of human rights and democratic citizenship education, as well as educational practices aimed at fostering mutual respect and understanding from Europe, North America and Central Asia. It covers key elements of successful human rights education, such as normative frameworks, the learning environment, teaching and learning tools and professional development for educators and evaluation.
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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW
‘Women In Shroud’ documentary wins major award
By: RFE, February 21, 2010
“Women In Shroud,” a documentary coproduced by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda broadcaster Mohammad Reza Kazemi, was awarded by the Cinema For Peace initiative that promotes humanity through film. The film explores the injustice toward women in Iran’s legal system and the “Stoning of Soraya M.”
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NOTICES
2010 World Vision Peace Prize
By: Peace and Collaborative Development Network, February 2010
Nominations are now accepted for the 2010 World Vision Peace Prize. The Peace Prize is given in honour and memory of Steve Williams, World Vision UK’s Senior Policy Advisor on Peace and Conflict, who served as a great advocate for peace and justice in his professional and personal life before his sudden death in December 2007.
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IN PAST NEWS
Indonesia’s 1969 takeover of West Papua not by “Free Choice”
By: National Security Archive, July 9, 2004
“You should tell [Suharto] that we understand the problems they face in West Irian,” national security adviser Henry Kissinger wrote President Nixon on the eve of Nixon’s July 1969 visit to Indonesia. On the 35th anniversary of West Papua’s so-called “Act of Free Choice” and Indonesia’s first direct presidential elections, the National Security Archive posted recently declassified documents on U.S. policy deliberations leading to Indonesia’s controversial 1969 annexation of the territory.
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