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#RiceBunny – The Resilient #MeToo Movement in China

#MeToo has been one of the most profound developments in the modern feminist movement. In China, however, the government and censorship have created additional obstacles for students and activists seeking justice. The resulting hashtag #RiceBunny is a message from Chinese women to the world that they will not be silenced.

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Public transport moves – also in nonviolence

Public transport concerns virtually everyone and it has mobilized people in both the past and present to raise their voices throughout the world. This week in India, other times in the UK, Peru and oftentimes in Brazil. Could this be a chance for nonviolent campaigns?

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People Power – Women’s Marches Around the World

January 21st, 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington DC last year. Over the weekend, thousands of women, men, and children around the world marched in solidarity this weekend at over 500 events across six continents. Their mission: to “Look Back, March Forward and launch their collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThePolls”

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Ethiopian Opposition Leader Merera Gudina Freed from Prison

Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed from prison. Gudina, a fixture in Ethiopian politics since the 1960s, has spent his career building bridges and fighting for democracy. Along with Gudina, the government has also annulled or pardoned the cases of 115 other politicians.

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Small Farmers Resist Palm Oil Ban in Malaysia

Malaysia small farmers resist a palm oil ban from the European Union, claiming it would cause a backslide in all the economic progress the community has worked for since the 70’s. The group launches a digital campaign and marches to diplomatic offices in the country’s capital.

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil – Censorship in Lebanon

Controversy rises in Lebanon as more films are banned. Recently, “The Post” by Steven Spielberg was prohibited from public screening. Some firmly support film bans over foreign political considerations. Others, on the other hand, passionately support the freedom of expression. This latest incident has reignited debate amongst the Lebanese citizens as to whether or not they support the government’s censorship.

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Crumbling Democracy and Protest Movements in Evo Morales’ Bolivia

Recently, CANVAS reported about the rising tension in Honduras, after the November 2017 elections turned into a true stand-off. A little further to the South in Bolivia, citizens are also faced with an increasingly authoritarian government. However, Bolivian citizens are rising to restore democracy in their Andean country, using nonviolence as one of their main weapons.

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Tension is Rising in Honduras, as Election Standoff Continues

Tension has been rising in Honduras, over the 26th of November election results. Nevertheless, the United States of America have recognized the re-election of Honduran President Hernández, despite massive allegations of fraud. Nonviolent protest efforts have been observed all over Honduras. What do you need to know about the developments in the central-American country?

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Inauguration Day Protesters’ Trial Could Set Dangerous Precedent For Government’s Handling of Civil Disobedience

Almost a year ago, Donald Trump’s inauguration-day saw mass protests all over the United States. Where most protest-efforts in Washington D.C., better known as J20, were focused on disrupting the official event in a nonviolent way, over 200 people were arrested that day. Now, the first bunch of them is up for trial. The outcome of these courtcases could set a very dangerous precedent for activists and protesters all over the US.

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Music as a Tool in Protest and Nonviolence? – Yes!

As Christmas songs might be filling our ears, let’s also think about other music. While some say protest songs have been largely missing in the US and its political sphere, others have taken a different perspective and even assembled examples of such songs for 2017. In any way, music has played a crucial role in nonviolent movements around the world, of which the Civil Rights Movement, the Singing Revolution or 2013 protests in Turkey have only been some examples. Find out more about the current state of protest songs in the US, and when and how music has played and can play a role in nonviolent civic engagement.

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