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10.09.2019

Comparative Political Leadership: Gandhi vs. Contemporary Leaders

Comparative Political Leadership: Gandhi vs. Contemporary Leaders

On 2 October 2019, it will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas K. Gandhi in Gujarat, India. I would like to reflect on the visionary leadership that Gandhi offered the world, briefly comparing it with some national leaders of today, and to invite you to emulate Gandhi’s… »

28.07.2019

Pa’lante Puerto Rico, Pa’lante

Pa’lante Puerto Rico, Pa’lante

Just before midnight on Wednesday, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced in a pre-recorded video message that he would resign, effective Friday, August 2nd. This capped close to two weeks of non-stop protests. In Old San Juan, cries of “¡Ricky Renuncia!” had been ringing out alongside the traditional refrain, “¡Pa’lante!”… »

16.07.2019

New protests against climate change in UK

New protests against climate change in UK

The environmental group Extinction Rebellion returned to the streets of the United Kingdom today to protest against official inaction on climate change, and in solidarity with the activists arrested at last April’s demonstrations. We are here to demand that the legal system assume its responsibility in the face of this… »

09.01.2019

From Demonstration Effect to Revolution?

From Demonstration Effect to Revolution?

For the past eight weeks, the people of France have been mobilizing every Saturday in demonstrations in small and large cities throughout the country, and in smaller groups at roundabouts and tollgates, from where they’re making their grievances and demands heard and beginning to develop different types of actions. Something… »

22.09.2018

Looking Back To Those Martial Law Days

Looking Back To Those Martial Law Days

September 21, 2018. The Philippines commemorates the 46th anniversary of the proclamation of Martial Law, with rallies and events expressing the hope that we never forget those “dark days” in our history, that we never fall back into clutches of dictatorship, and that we safeguard our hard-won democracy. The Marcos… »

29.07.2018

Resistance Is In the Air

Resistance Is In the Air

Last Monday, Elin Ersson, a young Swedish student, boarded a plane at the airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, bound for Istanbul. The plane was crowded as its crew prepared to take off. Ersson stood up in the aisle, protesting that a fellow passenger, an Afghan refugee, was being deported. She was… »

07.04.2018

Red for Ed: The Teachers’ Red State Revolt Rolls On

Red for Ed: The Teachers’ Red State Revolt Rolls On

If you drive the southern route between Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, your halfway point will be Memphis, Tennessee. The route forms an arc, a shape on the minds of many on this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Paraphrasing the abolitionist… »

16.12.2017

Argentina: The right to protest in danger

Argentina: The right to protest in danger

We publish a translation of the statement by the Centre for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina in the light of the violent repression against pensioners protesting against cuts to their pensions recently legislated for in Buenos Aires. By CELS (Spanish initials for the Centre for Legal and Social Studies). »

12.12.2017

Thousands of Militants Mark International Human Rights Day with Rallies and Protests

Thousands of Militants Mark International Human Rights Day with Rallies and Protests

“Human rights do not have the universal application that would be desirable because they do not flow from the universal power of the human being, but only from the power that one part now exercises over the whole. If even the most elementary claims to the governing of one’s own… »

08.11.2017

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

Catholic Church stages Prayer Power for Healing of the Philippines

It was the Sunday right after the Filipino people’s traditional visit to their beloved dead in the cemeteries along with their additional remembrance of those killed extra-judicially in the government’s bloody centerpiece war on drugs as implored by different religious sects in the country. And the day was awash with… »

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