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October 3, 2008

A Ghandi in Jerusalem

I thought it was interesting to compare the movements in South Africa with the situation in the Middle East. A way to compare how similar methods work differently in different places.

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September 30, 2008

Gaza medical workers go on strike

Thousands of doctors in the Gaza Strip have gone on strike in protest at what they say was the politically motivated firing of at least 50 doctors and administrators by the Hamas-run health ministry.

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September 25, 2008

Syria: Peaceful Activist Gets 12 Years With Hard Labor

This article grabbed my attention as soon as I saw the title. 12 years for a nonviolent protest seems like a very harsh sentence. Hopefully nothing like that would ever be allowed in the United States. The article goes on to state that he was conferring with officials from other governments to take action against Syria, but it seems that they are just trying to limit his freedom of speech.

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Iranian students clash with police during protest against Ahmadinejad

This article outlines protests in Iran by students at a college campus of President Ahmadinejad. I found it interesting because the students were protesting non-violently, in favor of more western ideas, while being able to gain access to a so-called restricted event. How they were able to organize and infiltrate an event that is closely monitored was interesting to me, as well as their lack of fear of a backlash. It has been shown that a movement as small as this can be a catalyst for widespread change and reform.

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A Plea For Those Opposed Israel’s War against Lebanon

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I find this fascinating to read. It is a letter to all those opposed to war to peacefully resist it. It was published in a paper. For such a violent region of the world I find it amazing that such action was taken.

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The Arab World: A Unsafe Haven for Those who Demand Change

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This article makes me cringe. IT is about renowned Tunisian human rights leader, Dr. Moncef Marzouki, returned to his country from exile on October 21, but his return was met by the opening of a criminal investigation against him for “inciting the population to break the law,? and with a summons to appear before a judge. He is a peaceful man who only advocates peaceful civil disobedience.

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September 24, 2008

This article explores the "Gandhian" view of non-violence and the history within the Middle East.

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Behind the Cedars: nonviolent protest in the middle east

First the invasion, then the agitation. A month ago, it was a scenario embraced by only a handful of neoconservatives and liberal hawks. In the wake of the Lebanese rebellion, it's becoming the new conventional wisdom:In fact, several countries have seen nonviolent Arab movements for liberty and self-government recently, I thought this was a great article because it provides insight, to a possible changing of ways in some countries in the middle east. its kind of lengthy but it is a good read.

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September 23, 2008

Saudi Women Makes Video Protest

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This article is about a Saudi Arabian woman who drives despite the laws that do not let women drives because it is against Islamic law to let the sexes mingle. Her type of protest is against an injust law and she willingly breaks that law to prove that the law is bogus.

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September 22, 2008

ISM for Peace

Post your entries on the Middle East by Weds, Sept 24th.

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September 18, 2008

Tens of thousands urge Olmert to quit over Lebanon war report

This article address protests in mid-2007 to Israeli Priminster Ehud Olmert's handling of the Lebanonese War the year before. Although the article discusses the protests very little, it does discuss the reasons behind it. Showing that political inquires can spark mass protest and mass protest can focus further political scrutiny.

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