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

March 2, 2010
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EAST ASIA
China police ordered to resign over detainee ‘torture’
By: BBC News, March 1, 2010
A Chinese police chief has been ordered to resign and a deputy chief has been fired amid allegations that a man died in custody after being tortured.
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China: My dear husband Liu Xiaobo, the writer China has put behind bars
By: Tania Branigan, The Guardian, February 28, 2010
Liu Xiaobo, author of the Charter 08 call for reform in China, was jailed for 11 years last December. In a remarkable interview, his wife, Liu Xia, talks of their love and the passion for literature that has sustained them.
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China insider sees revolution brewing
By: John Garnut, Sydney Morning Herald, February 27, 2010
China’s top expert on social unrest has warned that hardline security policies are taking the country to the brink of ”revolutionary turmoil”.
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China: Hunger strike on death row
By: RFA, February 26, 2010
Three Chinese death-row inmates who say they were tortured into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit have staged a hunger strike to draw attention to their case, amid a new U.N. warning that the death penalty carries too high a cost to societies that use it.
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China: Hunger strike by death row inmates underlines use of torture, failure of courts
By: Shao Jiang, Amnesty International, February 26, 2010
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, CHRD, has learned that three death row inmates are staging a hunger strike in a Jiangxi prison to draw attention to their convictions, which have been upheld despite a lack of evidence and shocking abuses perpetrated by police assigned to their case.
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Pretoria seized North Korean Weapons
By: Joe Lauria, Gordon Fairclough, and Peter Wonacott, WSJ, February 26, 2010
South Africa told the United Nations in a confidential report that it seized arms traveling from North Korea by way of China, marking at least the third time a government interdicted North Korean weapons shipments since the U.N. last summer adopted harsher sanctions against Pyongyang.
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China: Evicted artists protest after attack in Beijing
By: Andrew Jacobs, NY Times, February 23, 2010
Nearly two dozen artists protesting the forced demolition of their homes and studios marched through the ceremonial heart of the capital before the police intervened and prevented them from reaching Tiananmen Square, the artists said Tuesday.
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AFRICA
Ethiopia’s questionable human rights record and its impact on election 2010
By: Gadaa, February 28, 2010
BBC 4 Radio’s “The World Tonight” program has aired a special report on Ethiopia’s “questionable” human rights record on Friday 26th February 2010 in UK. The report covers on the human rights abuse leading up to the 2010 Election and questions the relationship of the British government with this dictatorial regime.
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Morocco: What fish may do for Western Sahara
By: David Cronin, IPS, February 27, 2010
Legal advice stating that European vessels have no justification to fish off Western Sahara – a territory occupied by Morocco – has provoked a row between the main political institutions in Brussels.
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Nairobi: The grannies fight back
By: International Law Grrls, February 19, 2010
From the troubled shantytowns of Nairobi comes an inspiring story of women working together to protect themselves in a lawless zone.
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Algeria corruption case ‘part of political struggle’
By: Lamine Chikhi and Christian Lowe, The Star, February 9, 2010
A corruption investigation into Algeria’s state energy firm is a warning signal from some in the state apparatus who believe part of the ruling elite has captured too much power, a former prime minister said.
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Tunisian court rejects journalist’s appeal
By: The Nation, January 30, 2010
A Tunisian court today rejected an appeal by anti-government journalist Taoufik Ben Brik against his six-month prison sentence for assault, his lawyer Radhia Nasraoui told Reuters. Ben Brik was found guilty in November last year of assaulting a woman motorist.
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NORTH AMERICA
US: Frederick woman recalls her part in civil rights movement
By: Nicholas C. Stern, Frederick Newspost, February 28, 2010
When Barbara Foster learned that Andrew Young would speak this month at her alma mater, Indiana State University, she immediately made plans to attend. Forty-five years ago, Young was among the directors of a weeklong nonviolent resistance training program in Atlanta. Foster attended, along with about 600 other American college students.
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US: Let these women pray
By: Asra Q. Nomani, Daily Beast, February 27, 2010
In an uprising reminiscent of the lunch-counter protests of the 1960s, women at one of Washington D.C.’s most popular mosques are copying the tactics of the civil-rights movement, and refusing to follow rules that ban them from praying with the men. Asra Q. Nomani reports on the arrest, threats, and outrage that followed.
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US: Activists protest Hebron closures
By: Sarah Lazare, Al Jazeera, February 27, 2010
On a normal Thursday evening, a group of protesters transformed San Francisco’s busiest shopping district into a scene which reflected the realities of Palestinian life in Hebron in the West Bank.
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US: Raging grannies sing for immigrant rights
By: YouTube, February 22, 2010
The Raging Grannies joined us in Pittsford and Greece, New York to sing this song to rev us up for our meetings with Representative Lee and Representative Massa on Wednesday, 2.17.10.
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CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN
Cuban media acknowledge jailed dissident’s death
By: AP, February 27, 2010
State media reported the death of a jailed, dissident hunger striker on Saturday, acknowledging four days after the fact a story that most Cubans had already heard through word of mouth.
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Cuban dissidents ‘declare hunger strike’
By: BBC News, February 27, 2010
Several Cuban dissidents say they will refuse food in protest at the death earlier this week of a jailed government opponent. Opposition group the Cuban Commission for Human Rights said four jailed dissidents would reject solid food.
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Dissident’s death ignites protest actions in Cuba
By: Mark Lacey, NY Times, February 26, 2010
The death of a jailed Cuban dissident this week after a long hunger strike has led to a surge of criticism of the Cuban government and prompted several other dissidents to announce that they will begin forgoing food to press for political change in a nation that allows little public dissent.
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SOUTH AMERICA
Venezuela: “The IACHR is neither Chávez’s enemy nor opponent”
By: El Universal, February 26, 2010
The Venezuelan government considers that a report on Venezuela from the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) forms part of a “smear campaign.” However, the author of the document, Commissioner Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, thinks that the report is “balanced,” because it “shows problems in the field of civil and political rights, but also acknowledges significant strides in terms of economic, social and cultural rights.”
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EUROPE
Spain asks Venezuela to explain alleged rebel link
By: BBC News, March 1, 2010
Spain has demanded an explanation from Venezuela over claims that it assisted two rebel groups which plotted to kill Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe.
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Russia is pressed for data on killing
By: Reuters, February 28, 2010
A media rights watchdog on Saturday urged Russia to publish details of its investigation into the killing of a human rights worker after the Russian press reported that suspects had been identified.
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UK: Mass protest outside UK Border Agency, the first of many?
By: No Borders South Wales, February 27, 2010
Friday’s protest outside the UK Border Agency in Cardiff was the largest one to date with over 200 people, mostly refugees. The demonstration lasted three hours and featured speeches, chanting, dancing and a lot of energy. The demonstration was organised by Refugee Voice Wales with prominent members of Zimbabwean, Congolese, Kurdish and other community groups taking a leading role.
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France: Activists call for large-scale boycott to support immigrants
By: Perrine Mouterde, France 24, February 27, 2010
In an attempt to demonstrate the importance of immigrants to the French economy, rights groups are advocating a “no work, no consumption day” on March 1. The message is being spread on the Web, but will it work?
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European parliament warns Belarus on rights
By: European Parliament, February 15, 2010
MEPs insist on five conditions to improve relations between Belarus and the EU in a resolution adopted in Strasbourg. Freedom for political prisoners, media NGOs and political associations are the main points underlined by the European Parliament to renew the period of six months during which travel restrictions imposed on certain Belarus Government officials have been lifted.
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Student coalition rallies for budget transparency
By: Max Godnick, Daily Herald, March 1, 2010
The Open the Books Coalition held a teach-in and a rally this weekend in protest of the University’s confidential investment policy. The coalition, a joint effort between Students for a Democratic Society, the Student Labor Alliance and Brown Students for Justice in Palestine, was created to fight for a transparent endowment that the community would play a role in crafting, said Susan Beaty ’10, who moderated the teach-in.
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A new way of thinking
By: Mike Kaulbars, News Junkie Post, March 1, 2010
“Is the climate change movement splintering?” asks the Guardian headline.  Really it’s just a rhetorical device for reporting on the soul searching that has been going on within the movement as to how to move forward after Copenhagen. It is a much needed discussion given the disappointment of Copenhagen and the subsequent success of the right wing Denial machine.
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Cartoonists outline death penalty controversy
By: Human Rights Tribune, February 28, 2010
The Swiss and American artists were in Geneva this week to present a capital punishment cartoon exhibition on the sidelines of the Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty.
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Rev. James Lawson discusses nonviolent resistance strategies at the School of Authentic Journalism
By: Edwin Alvarez, Narco News, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 4, in the Felipe Carrillo Puerto University Theater, Mérida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, marked the first session of the School for Authentic Journalism. At the end, the main speaker, Rev. James Morris Lawson, elaborated and expanded upon the concept of nonviolent resistance. He expressed his gratitude and honor for having the opportunity to be in the journalism school at the invitation of Alberto Giordano, the school’s director.
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The state of the internet
By: Jesse Thomas, February 22, 2010
Watch the video to see the statistics of the state of the internet around the world.
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NEWS IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Iran: L’opposition a rendez-vous le 16 mars
By: Courrier International, March 1, 2010
“L’objectif du Mouvement vert est aujourd’hui d’alerter l’opinion publique iranienne”, a déclaré Mir Hossein Moussavi, chef de file de l’opposition iranienne, sur le site Kalemeh. Il a appelé à des élections “justes et libres”, alors que le Mouvement vert conteste toujours la réélection du président Mahmoud Ahmadinejad en juin 2009.
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DOCUMENTARIES
Zimbabwe: For Mugabe’s children, life gets tougher and tougher
By: Rachel Shields, The Independent, February 28, 2010
Grace is just one of “Zimbabwe’s forgotten children” who are the subject of a revealing documentary produced by the Bafta-award winning South African film-maker Xoliswa Sithole, which will be screened at 9pm tomorrow night on BBC4. The film examines the lives of some of the country’s poorest children, growing up without an education, grappling with poverty and starvation, and either orphaned by Aids or caring for parents who are sick with the disease.
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US: Monk’s protest efforts lead him to Oscars acclaim
By: Cassaundra Baber, Utica OD, February 27, 2010
A Utica resident is a key figure in an Oscar-nominated documentary about civilian protest in one of the world’s most repressive nations. In September 2007, U Gawsita led fellow monks and tens of thousands of Burmese residents through Rangoon in Myanmar (formerly Burma), in opposition to the country’s longstanding military regime.
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New documentary on the largest global demonstration for peace in history in the making
By: Eric Stoner, Waging Nonviolence, February 26, 2010
A team is working on a full-length documentary, called “We Are Many,” about the day when 20,000 Spaniards protested the impending war against Iraq. Although it’s not set to come out until late 2011 or early 2012, they have already completed a very nice trailer for the movie (above).
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NOTICES
Screening: Ten tactics for turning information into action
By: OSI, March 1, 2010
OSI is screening 10 Tactics, a 50-minute film documenting inspiring info-activism stories from around the world, with ¬interviews and case studies highlighting dozens of campaigns. This film, produced by the Tactical Technology Collective, provides original and artful ways for rights advocates to capture attention and communicate a cause.
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Calling anti-corruption youth organizations, join the global youth anti-corruption forum
By: Craig Zelizer, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, March 1, 2010
The Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC) connects and supports youth organizations fighting corruption through sharing experiences, ideas and resources! GYAC also engages with musicians to produce global songs against corruption and with journalists to provide media coverage. Apply in time to join us at the Global Anti-Corruption Forum in Brussels in May 2010!
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International tribunal on crimes against women of Burma
By: IPS, February 26, 2010
On March 2nd the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma will put into words the crisis facing this country. For the first time ever, 12 courageous women from Burma will share their stories with the international community. The women’s testimonies will be heard by a high-level panel of ‘judges’, including Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams. In telling their stories the women represent thousands of other untold stories from across Burma – stories of fear, anguish, resistance, escape, perseverance and hope for change.
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El-Hibri Peace Education Prize recognizes outstanding peace educators based in the United States working on Peace Education/Social Justice in the Middle East
By: Craig Zelizer, Peace and Collaborative Development Network, February 24, 2010
The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize recognizes outstanding peace educators based in the United States by awarding $10,000 annually to an individual or organization making valuable contributions to peace education and social justice in the Middle East. Winners will be selected based on nominations and interviews with references who can speak to their contributions to the field of Peace Education. Nomination deadline: June 6, 2010
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IN PAST NEWS
Vietnam mining project sparks protests
By: Al Jazeera, December 11, 2009
A massive mining project in central Vietnam has created one of the biggest civil protest movements the country has ever seen. Domestic media outlets are banned from reporting on the proposed Bauxite mine, which critics say threatens major environmental damage, for little economic benefit.
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