Democracy Now: Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa’s Biggest Refugee Crisis?

Read the article here on Democracy Now. Photo: AFP Photo / Tony Karumba “An ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by the South Sudanese government has triggered one of the biggest refugee crises in Africa. The United Nations has accused the government’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army, known as the SPLA, of committing atrocities including mass rape and torture, as well as burning down entire villages. A U.N. report published in May says the abuses may amount to war crimes. We speak with journalist Nick Turse, a reporter with The Investigative Fund. He spent six weeks in South Sudan and refugee camps in neighboring...

HuffPost: The One Thing Every Activist Should Know
By Ariel Nessel

Read the whole article here. By Ariel Nessel, Contributor. A major catalyst for positive change involves understanding an issue and those whom the issue affects. Through deep understanding and dialogue we can dismantle the beliefs that created the problem to relearn new solutions. Since there is no better person to understand a problem than those affected by that problem, the most impactful and sustainable solutions involve community-driven grassroots action. Great activists know that communities need to drive the conversation for change, not just be a part of it. Activists rooted in the community they are helping are the most effective people to drive the conversations that address taboo issues. The Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi in 2012, which shed light on women’s struggles to end the rape culture in India and the denial of its existence, inspired Purvi Yadav into action. She became dedicated to ending gender-based violence in India and decided to tackle it at the root. She knew that puberty, menstruation and sexual health are not topics regularly discussed in India, and that these taboos harbor sexual abuse, sexism, gender-based violence and shame. Purvi, along with Mona Yadav, co-founded the initiative Sahas, which provides adolescents with information they need to understand the shifts their bodies are going through as they become adults. Mona and Purvi believe that youth who are aware and well informed about their bodily changes and functions become adults who are sufficiently empowered to challenge injustice and the corresponding shame many victims endure....

HuffPost: Rethinking Nonviolent Resistance In The Face Of Right-Wing Populism
By Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

Read the article here. By Janjira Sombatpoonsiri. Photo: JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ/REUTERS. “From Brexit to the Trump presidency and Marine le Pen’s campaign-trail successes in France, right-wing populism is sweeping across the West. The Conversation Analysts and scholars have expressed concerns that this movement could threaten the fate of liberal democracy, and its hard-fought triumph over other contesting political ideologies since the end the Cold War. In other words, the “End of History”, as described by the American political philosopher Francis Fukuyama, may come to an end. The rise of right-wing populism may also open a Pandora’s box for demagogues to promote a xenophobic agenda, as evident in Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.”...

CNN: Rep. John Lewis goes back to his roots
By Joshua Berlinger

Read the article here. By Joshua Berlinger. Democratic Rep. John Lewis is sitting back down. This time, he’s on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand action on gun control legislation. “We’re going to continue to sit in and sit down,” he said Wednesday night. “By sitting in and sitting down, we’re standing up.” The demonstration comes just days after the Senate rejected a handful of gun control measures, spurred in part by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy’s nearly 15 hour filibuster demanding that Senators act following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “We will not be happy, we will not be satisfied, we will not be pleased until we do something in a major way,” he said early Thursday morning. “We’ve lost too many of our children, of our babies, too many of our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters. And we will continue to fight.”...

NPR: Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin
By Margot Adler

Read about her here. By Margot Adler. “Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.” Despite her pioneering role in the US Supreme Court case that led to the outlaw of bus segregation, Claudette’s identity as a poor, unmarried teenage mother prevented her from receiving full recognition as a key figure in the early civil rights struggle against racism and inequality. Her courage and resilience has now been honored by the Montgomery Council, and the City of Montgomery has named March 2 Claudette Colvin...