The Blog — Protest
A day after the world’s largest democracy (India) celebrated its 65th anniversary of Independence, the Indian government arrested the non-violent resister and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare from the place he was staying at in the suburbs of Delhi. His close associates Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi also courted arrest.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) aims to liberalize international trade by decreasing tariffs, quotas, and bans and encouraging trade agreements amongst its 153 member states. The organization asserts these measures help the environment, improve the economies of the less-developed countries, and ultimately lower costs for the consumer. Critics of the Organization, however, believe that its policies ultimately yield higher profits to the richer, capitalistic countries while exploiting the lower labor costs of their financially weaker counterparts and ignoring the human rights and environmental implications.
This week's "Experiments with Truth" from Waging NonViolence.
In London this weekend riots, vandalism, looting erupted in a disadvantaged London neighborhood just miles (kilometers) from the site of next year's Olympic Games.
Since 1994 Belarus has had the same President, Alexander Lukashenko. Under Lukashenko's rule, Belarus has emerged to be viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law and whose regime is considered to grossly violate human rights. Young activists in the Soviet republic have been the driving force behind this growing physical presence of discontent across the country. Will this lead to a full-blown revolution?
Video coverage from protests across MENA this week. Do YOU have video you've taken on the ground? Send to us and we'll share.
Flickr user: Mahmoud Gamal El-Din #July29 “Unity Rally” in #Tahrir Square: What are Egyptians saying?
Today Egyptians return to Tahrir for a Unity Rally. A day meant to unite all of the diverse parties and movements within Egypt. Here's what people are saying about SCAF, the visibility of the religious groups at Tahrir, and what they think/hope will happen next.