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Occupy Democracy: guest at UK Uncut blog

This is a guest blog from Occupy Democracy. Find out more about the project, and see a full list of workshops here. Follow @occupydemocracy and #occupydemmocracy to stay up to speed. Our time is now. In Hong Kong, hundreds of people are fighting courageously for the right to a real vote. They know that a system where candidates are decided by the state is no democracy. In Scotland, 45% of people rejected We ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

  Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs. **Map of the Thirty Years’ War | Author: Map_Thirty_Years_War-fr.svg: historic air | Wikimedia Com ...

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Hong Kong: seventeen years and nothing…

Things are not looking too bright in Hong Kong. The press is releasing news of ‘sources’ saying the main figures of the Occupy Central campaign are to be arrested. These include the three Occupy Central proponents Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming, also Jimmy Lai Chee-ying (Next Media) and Lee Cheuk-yan (unionist), the latter who proposed blocking of Central Government Offices. The source sa ...

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UK – Creating Real, Voter-Driven Recall

Please excuse the non-personal nature of this email but I have had many people contact me on this. You may have already had a reply from me saying I was reviewing the amendments and discussing the Bill with colleagues and reading various views.  Despite 38 degrees suggesting that MPs who didn't sign up don't trust their voters, I can confirm I have delayed signing up not because I don't trust my voters, but ...

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Occupy Democracy: keep protest away from Parliament, or else…

A number of arrests, amongst them Green politician Jenny Jones who is also the deputy chair of London assembly’s police and crime committee,  have followed an attempt to establish a 9 day open discussion about Democracy in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Occupy London website invites other protesters to attend by stating "WE DID NOT VOTE TO PRIVATISE THE NHS. WE DID NOT VOTE FOR FR ...

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Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Linda Sartor is not afraid to die. Dedicated to nonviolence, she spent 10 years after September 11, 2001 traveling to conflict zones throughout the world as an unarmed peacekeeper, with roles ranging from protective accompaniment to direct interpositioning between parties when tensions were running high. She documents her work across the world — in Israel/Palestine, ...

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Tanzania’s ‘New Citizens’ to Get Land, Voting Rights

  Human Wrongs Watch Dar Es Salaam, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* – Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has hailed the move. Most of the former refugees have been living in camps in the western Ta ...

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Singapore: democracy from another angle

Lionel Mok was inspired to pen these words because of the Occupy Central protests and his awareness of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech, on Sunday, August 17, 2014, plus his experience there in Singapore, and his comments are highly topical under the conditions of protest now current in Hong Kong. “Singapore is the best run country I have ever been to. The apparent calm and harmony on the surface bel ...

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Evo Morales wins 3rd term as Bolivian President according to exit polls: some reactions

"La Paz, Bolivia (CNN) -- Incumbent Evo Morales declared victory in Bolivia's presidential vote Sunday. Official results have not been announced, but a national exit poll placed Morales in the lead with 61% of the votes. Victory would mean Morales, of the Movement for Socialism party, would lead the country until 2020 in his third consecutive term as President." BBC "Bolivia election: Leaders congratulate M ...

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