Nonviolent action around the world – 2 March 2010 (Part 1)

March 2, 2010
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ANNOUNCEMENT
FSI 2010
ICNC is now accepting applications for the 2010 Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University. This week-long Institute, now in its fifth year, will run from June 20 – 26 and brings together international professionals and journalists from around the world to learn from top practitioners and scholars about strategic concepts and present applications of civil resistance.
The application deadline has been extended to March 15, 2010 !
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MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Sanctions against Iran should not target civilians
By: Bernama, March 2, 2010
Russia could consider agreeing to new sanction against Iran if the international diplomatic efforts failed to settle the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme on condition that the sanctions should not target Iranian civilians.
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Iran ‘not co-operating’ says new IAEA chief
By: BBC News, March 1, 2010
Iran is not co-operating with the UN nuclear watchdog’s investigation into the country’s nuclear programme, the new head of the agency has said.
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Reformist newspapers banned in Iran
By: BBC News, March 1, 2010
The authorities in Iran have closed down the country’s biggest-circulation reformist newspaper, Etemaad, accusing it of breaching media laws.
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Iran: Prosecutor warns protesters ahead of ancient fire festival
By: LA Times, February 28, 2010
Two weeks before a cherished Iranian holiday that’s celebrated by setting off fireworks and lighting bonfires, Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dowlatabadi delivered an ominous warning to those seeking to turn the celebration into a protest event.
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Pressure on northern Iran students continues: Eight prison sentences upheld
By: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, February 28, 2010
Student activists have informed International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that an appeals court has upheld the prison sentences for eight Babol Norshirvani University student activists. According to the court document, Mohsen Barzegar, Iman Sadighi, and Nima Nahvi have received sentences of 10 months in prison and one year’s deprivation of education.
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Egypt: A blogger sent to a military court for a post he published a year ago
By: Noha Atef, Global Voices, February 28, 2010
For the first time in Egypt, a blogger is to be sent to a military court because of his writing online. Ahmad Mostafa (student) wrote on his blog Maza Asabak ya Watan (What Weent Wrong With You oh My country?!) about a student from the War School, who was expelled and his dad asked to sign a statement saying: “my son was not able to adapt to the military life”.
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Iraqi Christians protest slayings
By: Reuters, February 28, 2010
At least 1,000 minority Christians, many holding olive branches, marched in protest near the restive city of Mosul on February 28 to urge the Iraqi government to act decisively after a series of killings.
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Israel police storm holy site to quell protest
By: Aron Heller, AP, February 28, 2010
Israeli police forces stormed the most contentious holy site in Jerusalem on Sunday to disperse masked Palestinian protesters hurling objects at visiting foreign tourists they believed to be Jewish extremists.
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Israel: Knesset takes steps to silence human rights organizations
By: B’tselem, February 28, 2010
Human rights organizations in Israel are facing a dangerous trend of restriction of their activity, which has even gone so far as to challenge the very legitimacy of their work. Along with a slanderous campaign against the New Israel Fund, and following a series of outrageous statements made by Israeli officials against the activity of human rights organizations, an attempt is now under way to restrict their activity by legislation.
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Palestine: Cultivating resistance
By: International Solidarity Movement, February 28, 2010
Last week, two small, rural outposts were awaiting two payloads from a 4×4 that was snaking its way along the winding, West Bank roads of the South Hebron hills. The first was the material to construct some alternative energy sources for these small communities, the second was an international presence that would aid them in the fight for their legitimacy.
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Palestine: Weekly protest video round-up
By: Palestine Monitor, February 27, 2010
Heavy rain prevented popular resistance marches scaling the peaks of Bi’lin last week, but up and down the country demonstrators made their feelings known.
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IPSC boycott Israeli goods protest
By: Palestine Video, February 27, 2010
On Saturday 27th February 2010, members and supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign took to the streets of Dublin asking consumers and retailers to boycott Israeli Apartheid products in solidarity with the Palestinian people who continue to suffer incalculable misery at the hands of the Israeli state. The action marked the beginning of international Israel Apartheid Week.
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Dispatches from the edge: Israeli crackdown
By: Conn Hallinan, The Portside, February 27, 2010
A heavy-handed crack down on Israeli dissidents is drawing sharp criticism by human rights organizations and at least a mild judicial slap on the wrist for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. The authorities are targeting such groups as B’Tselem, New Israel Fund (NIF), the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), as well as foreign activists in the occupied West Bank.
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Ex-UN nuclear chief: Change in Egypt is inevitable
By: Sarah El Deeb, AP, February 27, 2010
The former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency who has emerged as an opposition leader in Egypt appealed to the government Saturday to heed calls for change before frustration over a stale political system ruled by one man for nearly 30 years spirals out of control.
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Nonviolence in Palestine
By: Notes From Amedinah, February 26, 2010
Last night I had a very interesting conversation with a friend about the use of non-violence in the Palestinian resistance.  My friend, whose father was an active member of the non-violent movement in the US, believed that the Palestinians who used any form of violence against Israel – from throwing stones to launching missiles – were undermining the Palestinian cause.
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Iraq: Rebirth of a nation
By: Babak Dehghanpisheh, John Barry and Christopher Dickey, Newsweek, February 26, 2010
Something that looks an awful lot like democracy is beginning to take hold in Iraq. It may not be ‘mission accomplished’-but it’s a start.
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Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah meets Ahmadinejad in Syria
By: BBC News, February 26, 2010
The head of the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has made a rare public appearance in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Sheikh Nasrallah attended a dinner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Iranian parliamentarians want journalists, activists released
By: RFE, February 26, 2010
A small group of reformist members of Iran’s parliament want the government to release imprisoned journalists and political activists before the Persian New Year on March 21, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.
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Another puzzle after Iran moves nuclear fuel
By: David E. Sanger, NY Times, February 26, 2010
Imagine the surprise of international inspectors almost two weeks ago when they watched as Iran moved nearly its entire stockpile of low-enriched nuclear fuel to an above-ground plant. It was as if, one official noted, a bull’s-eye had been painted on it.
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Iran: Prisoners spend their days in line
By: RFE, February 23, 2010
Blogger and journalist Zhila Baniyaghoub writes about the condition her husband, “Bahman Amouei,” and other political prisoners face in Tehran’s overcrowded Evin prison. Amouei is among the hundreds of journalists and activists arrested in the postelection crackdown.
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Will El Baradei run for president of Egypt?
By: Abigail Hauslohner, Time, February 20, 2010
Egyptian activists, most of them young, were out in force in the midday sun on Friday, Feb. 19, their flags and posters raised high, their chants rippling across the pavement at the arrival terminal of Cairo International Airport. They had come out in a startling show of support for a candidate who has yet to declare his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt.
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Iran: From protest to politics
By: David Hayes, Open Democracy, February 19, 2010
The contest between Iran’s state and the opposition movement that arose after the presidential election of June 2009 is now at a critical point. How confident is the regime, where is the “green movement” going, and what should the international community do? Open Democracy writers examine the impasse.
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Shine a light for Palestinian freedom
By: Artists Against Apartheid, February 15, 2010
Elton John is scheduled to perform in Apartheid Israel on June 17th, 2010.  This performance would undermine the international cultural boycott of Israel, which was initiated by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), as a means of non-violent resistance to Apartheid and Colonialism.
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Egypt: 3,000 years of nonviolent resistance
By: Judith Mahoney Pasternak, War Resisters League, February 2010
“We are dying,” wrote a group of 12th-century B.C.E. workers to their bosses, in a collective plea for their overdue pay. When they got no response, they committed history’s first known act of nonviolent resistance.
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Egyptian clerics debate permissibility of using Facebook and other websites
By: MEMRI, February 2010
In early February 2010, the Qatari daily Al-Raya reported that the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee had issued a ruling against Facebook, stating that anyone entering this site was committing an offense against the shari’a.owever, the secretary-general of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, Sheikh Sa’id ‘Amer, denied that such a fatwa had been issued.
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CENTRAL ASIA
Tajikistan: OSCE says Tajik elections failed democratic standards
By: RFE, March 1, 2010
Europe’s main election watchdog says Tajikistan’s parliamentary and local elections on February 28 failed to meet basic democratic standards. In a statement, the OSCE said its hundreds of observers had “highlighted serious irregularities on election day, including a high prevalence of family and proxy voting and cases of ballot box stuffing,” claims seconded by opposition politicians.
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Kyrgyzstan: Police get suspended sentences in journalist’s death
By: RFE, February 26, 2010
Two Kyrgyz policemen found guilty of beating a journalist so badly that he later died have been given suspended sentences, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.
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Sting in the pay of tyrannical Uzbekistan regime
By: Marina Hyde, The Guardian, February 22, 2010
Once again we must ponder the question “how much money is enough?”, inspired by reports that Sting accepted between £1m and £2m to perform for the glory of the brutal despotic regime in Uzbekistan. The services of Sting – whose personal fortune is estimated well north of £150m – were engaged by Gulnara Karimova, the daughter and anointed heir of dictator Islam Karimov.
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SOUTH ASIA
Sri Lanka’s human-rights and free-speech problems need international attention
By: Peter Mountford, Seattle Times, February 26, 2010
In post-civil war Sri Lanka, where democratic institutions are more imperiled than ever, the international press has a vital role to play – even more important than the diplomatic efforts of our governments – in forcing greater transparency and accountability.
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SOUTHEAST ASIA
Philippines: Reliving people power
By: Jeanne Carmel Puertollano, Noynoy, March 1, 2010
People Power is one of my favorite moments in history because of what it represents – how every Filipino can work together to free this country from an exploitative government. It’s about working for the freedom which our heroes have fought for. It’s about loving this country so much that we’d go all-out to see it free from the forces of evil.
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New guidebook highlights ethnic repression in Burma’s Shan state
By: Tania Campbell, March 2010
The recent publication of a guidebook about Burma’s Shan State highlights the destruction and repression of its culture and people by the Burmese military junta and reveals the darker side of tourism in that region.
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From undercover journalists’ sacrifice, “Burma VJ” wins over 40 international awards
By: South Asia Speaks, March 1, 2010
The extra ordinary effort by the clandestine group led by an untiring, hyper determined democracy activist using the name “Joshua” working from behind iron curtains in Myanmar as undercover journalists to bring to the world, the life and plight of the people of Myanmar sees little parallels in recent media history.
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Burma: Suu Kyi’s appeal rejection condemned
By: Mizzima, February 28, 2010
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday said he is ‘appalled and saddened’ that Burma’s military government has rejected an appeal filed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers against her sentencing in August 2009.
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Burma: Court rejects Suu Kyi appeal
By: Aung Hla Tun, Reuters, February 26, 2010
Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her house arrest, a ruling diplomats said would cast further doubt on the legitimacy of this year’s election.
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‘Citizen Journalism’ the key to ‘Burma VJ’
By: Steve Pond, The Wrap, February 26, 2010
Painstakingly pieced together from pieces of film shot on small cameras and sometimes on cell phones, the film tells the story of an uprising that swept the country in September 2007; led by the country’s Buddhist monks, students and others took to the streets for days of protest that were finally quelled by military force, and by the beatings, arrests and killings of monks. U Gawsita, one of the monks who appears in the film leading some of the protests (with megaphone in photo below), later fled the country and now lives in upstate New York; he accompanied the Danish filmmakers on a recent trip to Los Angeles that included the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
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Little hope for Burma’s political prisoners
By: Larry Jagan, Mizzima, February 26, 2010
The United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana believes there that the country’s political prisoners will not be freed any time soon. “There seems to be no movement on political prisoners since my last trip [a year ago],” the UN envoy told Mizzima in an interview in Bangkok a few days ago. “In fact the government continues to deny that there are any prisoners of conscience.”
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Burma’s looming election sham
By: Simon Roughneen, ISN, February 22, 2010
Burma’s military junta puts on a show of democracy, freeing one opposition figure while many others languish in prison, and contriving to set up front parties to compete in what can only be a sham poll, Simon Roughneen comments for ISN Security Watch.
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Crusader rowing upstream in Cambodia
By: Seth Mydans, NY Times, February 19, 2010
“I’m going to get my votes!” cried Mu Sochua as she stepped into a slender rowboat, holding one side for balance. “One by one.” The most prominent woman in Cambodia’s struggling political opposition, Mu Sochua, 55, is campaigning now, three years before the next election, because she is almost entirely excluded from government-controlled newspapers and television.
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