Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Protester is the face of Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 22:04 PDT

Time magazine’s cover of the 2011 Person of the Year.A steely eyed woman with a bandanna wrapped around her face stares out from the cover of Time magazine.

The magazine chose “The Protester” as its annual person of the year — a nod to political revolutionaries in Egypt, in Greece and on Wall Street — and the image is meant to evoke the throngs who took to the streets worldwide to call for change.

But the origins of the image lie much closer to home. The woman pictured is Sarah Mason, a Highland Park resident and an active member of Occupy L.A.

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Holding Libya Together: Security Challenges After Qadhafi

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:54 PDT

As a recent uptick in violence vividly illustrates, the fate of militias that ousted Qadhafi’s regime must be carefully addressed lest they jeopardise Libya’s transition.

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Pay Attention To Nonviolence

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:53 PDT

In many ways, 2011 was a year when the people finally had their say. From Cairo to Wall Street, throngs of frustrated yet invigorated civilians poured into the streets and took their societies’ futures into their own hands. Though unpredictable, these movements grabbed the world’s attention, and helped remind us that great change comes most often through the courageous actions of ordinary people.

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‘Women’s Peace Table’ launched

Filed under: gender,Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:45 PDT

THE Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) formally launched on December 8 the Women’s Peace Table that will connect the formal peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the women not only in Mindanao but also the rest of the country.

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Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Sustainable Peace in Libya

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:39 PDT

The issue of transitional justice in post-conflict Libya is increasingly important in the last few weeks with the capture of Seif Gaddafi, and the reports of 7000 foreign prisoners held in Libya with no proper legal processes taking place yet.

In many cases where there has been an armed conflict between two parties in one country, there has also been some effort towards establishing different forms of transitional justice to re-establish law and order post the conflict period.

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How Not to Deal with Protesters: A Death in the West Bank

Filed under: Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 21:36 PDT

The protests at the village, called Nabi Saleh, are a weekly affair. Every Friday for the last two years, at the conclusion of noon prayers, villagers walk down the hill the village stands upon toward the spring that long supplied it water. And every Friday, they are stopped by Israeli soldiers near the junction with the much better road leading to the houses built for the Israeli settlers who moved onto the adjacent hillock 35 years ago, and now claim the spring as theirs.

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