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Peace, disarmament, active nonviolence. Interview with Alex Zanotelli

www.shekina.it Alex Zanotelli is an Italian priest and a Comboni missionary, the founder of several movements that promote peace and justice in solidarity. He is also one of the promoters of the Arena of Peace and Disarmament which will take place on April 25 in Verona and which will bring together the entire peace and nonviolence movement, both secular and religious, and those promoting solidarity and volu ...

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Iran & Israel. All You Need Is Love

In a heartwarming short movie, a group of Israelis were interviewed on what their wishes for Iran were. The answers reveal a citizenry tired of the escalation between the two countries. Designed by the One Wish Project, this video aims at capturing the genuine attitudes of the street in Israel regarding the conflict with Iran. Far from the fear-mongering and rhetorical escalation that usually characterizes ...

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Toxic bedfellows. Lessons from Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and oh, so many other places

“The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour.  Right wing ultranationalists and their “liberal” collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich. Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now making common cause with Neo-Nazi Right Sector, ...

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Refugee protests in Germany (photo documentation)

Since their protest march through Germany from Würzburg to Berlin in the year 2012, Yusuf Beyazit is following the refugees who fight for their rights, with his camera. He has organized many exhibitions together with other photographers in order to promote solidarity. Beyazits photos can be found here And his webside is here ...

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Idle No More — no more is it just for Canada

By Imani Altemus-Williams for Waging Nonviolence What began with four women organizing local teach-ins and rallies in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, last fall has grown into a global grassroots movement of indigenous and non-indigenous allies fighting for the sovereignty of indigenous people, the honoring of treaty rights, and the protection of land and water. Because these communities are determined to fight the ...

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Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘heckle therapy’ offers a lesson in nonviolent self-defense

By Bryan Farrell editor at Waging Nonviolence. It takes a lot of courage to be a stand-up comic — one person in front of a room of people who are waiting to be impressed. And when they aren’t, a few of those people will then turn to heckling. More than simply having thick skin, however, a comedian must learn how to deal with such conflict. Some choose to respond in kind, only with perhaps more clever insult ...

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5 movies that show the power of nonviolent resistance during World War II

  Bryan Farrell for Waging Nonviolence Hardly a year goes by without at least one Hollywood film that takes place during World War II. And when Hollywood isn’t making them, other countries are. In fact, there hasn’t been a year since the war ended without several movies featuring events from that period. And it’s hard to imagine a time when that will change. After all, who doesn’t like a good story of ...

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Transforming anger into nonviolent power

By Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Anger is reasonable and justified in the face of abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with it As Leymah Gbowee stood in front of a crowd of women at her church in Monrovia, praying for an end to the civil war that was raging in Liberia, she had no idea of the consequences that were about to unfold. A specialist in healing from trauma, Gbowee and her ...

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We need local movements, not more expensive NGOs — just look at India’s Gulabi Gang

By Andres Jimenez for Waging Nonviolence Sampat Pal is an unlikely hero. She is a single mother of five, born to a poor and conservative family of Indian farmers and was able to undergo only basic formal education during her youth. Yet she is the founder of one of India’s most successful social movements. It is known as the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, after the traditional pink saris worn by its members. The ...

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WNV Series Living Revolution Living Revolution A revolution comes in stages — Occupy or otherwise

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence All of us hold an idea about how progressive change might happen, whether or not we spell it out explicitly. For some it’s an elaboration of grassroots alternative-building, for others it starts with flooding legislators with advocacy. One way or another, we all have one. But, while reading Nathan Schneider’s important recent piece on the Occupy movement in The Nation, ...

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