Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Governments must act on Arms Trade Treaty

Filed under: Africa files,Disarmament,Human Rights,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:30 PDT

Whilst a meeting at the UN takes place, delegates must ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.

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UN to vote on Libya ban from Human Rights Council

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,International Law: War,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:19 PDT

The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to suspend Libya’s membership in the Human Rights Council, the latest international move aimed at pressuring leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down.

A yes vote would mark the first time a sitting member is removed from the council.

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Why does Vietnam fear a nonviolent, 69-year-old physician?

Filed under: Middle East,Nonviolence,Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:14 PDT

It’s not every day that a Washington Post op-ed has its truth proven within a few hours of publication, but author Nguyen Dan Que had that dubious satisfaction on Saturday.

In Saturday’s Post, Dr. Nguyen, a noted Vietnamese democracy advocate, wrote, “While the world’s attention is riveted on the Middle East, democracy continues to struggle to take root in other regions

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Lessons and Signs of Hope Amidst the Carnage in Libya

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:55 PDT

The civil insurrection in Libya has been far more violent, and forces loyal to the dictator far more violent still, than the recent successful unarmed revolutions against the dictatorships in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt. Still, there are signs of hope and important lessons to be learned in the ongoing struggle against the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi, whose days appear to be numbered.

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The Power of Nonviolent Resistance

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:49 PDT

A widely read New York Times story last week connected the nonviolent resistance in Egypt with the academic work of an American scholar, Gene Sharp. He is the author of the seminal 1973 three-volume study, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, as well as decades of further publications translated into thirty languages.

What are Sharp’s ideas, and how do they help us understand events in Egypt and elsewhere?

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Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:49 PDT

BOSTON — Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here. His name is Gene Sharp. Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at 83, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man.

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