Politics

06.04.2011

Ai Weiwei and the Active Art of Dissent

Ai Weiwei was being monitored around the clock by the secret police when **Time Out Hong Kong** gained access to his Beijing studio to discuss the ‘Jasmine Revolution'. This must be the last interview before his disappearance. Although Mr Ai has had numerous run-ins with China's state security apparatus he has never been formally detained or disappeared in this way before. »

05.04.2011

South Africa urges Gbagbo to step down in Cote d’Ivoire

The South African government demanded that outgoing Cote d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the UN as the winner of the November elections. South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane asked Gbagbo to step down for peace in Cote d'Ivoire, said South African Journal Business Report. »

05.04.2011

Haiti: climate of tension alter preliminary results revealed

A climate of tensions and charges of fraud increase today in Haiti after the release Monday of the preliminary results in the elections that gave victory to singer Michel Martelly. The PEC announced that the representative of Peasant Answer Party achieved 67.57 % of the valid votes against 31.74 for Miriande Marigat of Regrouping of the National Progressive Democratic Party. »

05.04.2011

Second wave of the Arab Revolt?

Intentional or not, as there are no documents to support this hypothesis, the attack on Libya has served as a diversion to hamper a possible "second wave" of popular revolts in the Arab world. These are the thoughts of the political analyst Immanuel Wallerstein in Znet, published on 2 April by Rebelión and we circulate it because it is a different - and possible - view. »

03.04.2011

Nonviolent demonstrators denounce tax avoidance by British firms (and get arrested for it)

During the March 26th demonstration in London a group of nonviolent protesters from UK Uncut occupied the Fortnum and Mason luxury store in Piccadilly to bring attention to it's owners tax avoidance strategies. In spite of their not causing any damage the protesters were arrested after being promised by the police they would not be if they agreed to leave peacefully. »

02.04.2011

The Left, West and Military Intervention in Libya

The White House-massaged media spin portrays President Barack Obama's decision to go to war in Libya as a triumph for a triumvirate of liberals -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and Obama adviser Samantha Power -- who have well-established records of advocating the use of U.S. military force for "humanitarian" purposes. »

28.03.2011

Dengist China and Arab Despotism Are Two Different Worlds

The unceasing waves of protests and uprisings against Arab regimes have given rise to a tantalizing question: Why have the winds of change sweeping the Arab world not had any effect on the Chinese people and aroused them against their government? There are many reasons for the absence of tumult in China. These reasons become clear if one takes an unbiased view of the country. »

27.03.2011

Ivory Coast, the ignored crisis

The world team of the humanist organism Convergence of Cultures denounces the growing violence that the non-resolved post-electoral crisis is causing in Ivory Coast, and demands a non-violent solution that lets the country overcome the social fracture. There have been many victims of indiscriminate violence, among them the humanists Lacina, Drissa and Moumouni. »

27.03.2011

Walking in Gandhi’s footsteps in the fight against corruption

When they were just a few years old, they marched with Gandhi against the laws of an oppressing regime. This weekend a few of the veterans from the 1930 salt march took to the streets again. They were protesting against the democratic government for which they had once fought. The latest nationwide battle is against corruption. »

25.03.2011

Syria death toll climbs as protests spread

At least 55 people are believed to have been killed during a week of unrest in and around the Syrian town of Dera’a, Amnesty International said today as protests spread across the country. Security forces opened fire on protesters in al-Sanamayn and carried out arrests in Damascus, according to reports on Friday, a day after the authorities pledged to investigate the violence »

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