Posts Tagged ‘Gewaltlosigkeit’

Grossbritannien: Uuuund “ACTION!”

Montag, Juni 4th, 2012

“Faslane’s 30 Days of Action

News by Leonna O’Neill

Faslane Peace Camp reveal details of some of the host of actions planned against the Trident nuclear weapon system in Scotland during June.

ImageFaslane Peace Campers are happy to announce that the 30 Days of Action, from 9 June to 9 July, will be filled with anti-nuclear shenanigans of the highest order.

Of the things we can disclose: there will be a CND peace picnic on 17 June; a peace march from Glasgow to Faslane from 21-23 of June; and on 1-2 July there will be a two-day Rise Up musical gathering – everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary!

On 6 July, academics from all over the world will descend on Faslane for a Security Seminar Blockade, reclaiming the public space for democratic debate on what security means both geopolitically and in people’s everyday lives.

Oh, and The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA) will NOT be marching on Faslane nuclear submarine lair on 7 July, oh no!

On everything else: there will be artful insurgency throughout of a nature we would prefer not to disclose to ‘the powers that be’. We hope to take nonviolent direct action at least once a day! So do come along whenever you can and you will find actions waiting to happen via autonomous, inclusive, consensus-based planning and participation.

You may find yourself racing in a Peace Olympics or reclaiming our beautiful hills!

Faslane naval base, 25 miles north-west of Glasgow, houses Britain’s Trident nuclear missile submarines. Updates of the 30 Days on Indymedia. Contact Faslane Peace Camp on 07511 793 227; faslane30 AT


(Quelle: Peace News.)

Naher Osten: Kein Interesse an Fundamentalismus

Dienstag, Mai 3rd, 2011

“For most Arabs, bin Laden and his views are long-dead

By Daoud Kuttab

If al-Qaeda followers turn to Yemen to pursue the work of Osama bin Laden’s network, they will be in for a surprise. The people of Yemen, like most of the Arab world, have long since divorced themselves from bin Laden and his ideology, as they are showing in the youth-led Arab uprising. For the past few months, hundreds of thousands of Yemenis — young and old, men and women — have been carrying out a nonviolent revolt with sit-ins, demonstrations and civil disobedience. Although the ruling party and its proxies have done everything they can to induce Yemenis to take up arms, the demonstrators have shown resilience, discipline and a determination to keep protests peaceful.

This is not merely tactical. Religious leaders speaking at Yemen’s own Tahrir Square in the capital of Sanaa have cited the Koran and Islamic tradition to back their pacifist arguments.

In fact, nonviolence and the absence of fundamentalist Islamic ideology have been hallmarks of the Arab Spring, dictators’ claims to the contrary.

The demographics of the demonstrators across the Middle East also show a turn away from Islamic fundamentalism. Christians and Muslims together struggled and celebrated the end of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. In Syria, demonstrators dubbed the protests on the Friday before Easter with the Christian Arabic name al juma’a al athima (Good Friday) to distance themselves from Islamic extremists, and Christians were reported among those killed by Syrian forces. Arab Christians and secular Muslims also have joined the protests in Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

In many parts of the Arab world, Islamists have showed political maturity, tolerance and inclusiveness. When pressed by a television reporter, Essam el-Erian, a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, refused to publicly denounce the decision of Egypt’s Supreme Military Committee to honor regional and international agreements, including the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

Despite the peaceful protests, Arab dictators continue to appeal for international support for their crackdowns with the lame excuse that they are fighting al-Qaeda. Many in the West have unfortunately accepted this justification and have hesitated to defend the rights of the people to oust leaders who have delegitimized themselves by killing peaceful protesters. Democratic countries that support authoritarian regimes are exemplifying the opposite of the values they purport to stand for.

The Arab peoples’ public break from bin Laden’s brutal ideology, and the al-Qaeda leader’s death, should close a sad chapter in international relations and put an end to the stereotyping of a entire people, a religion and a region as a result of one group’s criminal acts.

In Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya, it is time to embrace the desire of Arabs, and youth in particular, to share power through governments that reflect the Arab world’s diversity and plurality.

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and a former professor of journalism at Princeton University.

(Quelle: The Washington Post.)

USA: Solidaritätsaktion für Bradley Manning

Freitag, April 22nd, 2011

“Protesters Arrested at Quantico Marine Base at Rally for Bradley Manning

Posted on March 21, 2011 by eb

Police almost trample protesters sitting in the road at Quantico Marine base.

350 activists rallied and marched and 31 were arrested at the U.S. Marine Base at Quantico in Virginia March 20 demanding freedom for PVC Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking secret U.S. government documents to the WikiLeaks website. Manning has been held in solitary confinement for nine months; recently, even his underwear has been taken away at night because authorities claim he might hurt himself. He presents himself outside his cell for inspection each morning unclothed.

Click here for the complete story in pictures.

Photos by Irina Ivanova

Video by Eddie Becker

The demonstrators, including many U.S. military veterans, wanted to put flowers on a replica of the Iwo Jima memorial that sits outside the entrance to the base, but the base authorities closed access to the statue, which is normally open to the public. A deal had been negotiated to allow six of the demonstrators, accompanied by a videographer and a photographer, to lay flowers on the memorial, but they weren’t even allowed to go up to the statue, instead having to throw the flowers over a barrier about 10 feet away. The rest of the demonstrators were enclosed in a pen across the road from the site. After the flowers were left, three of the six–Dan Ellsberg, Elaine Brower, and Ret. Col. Ann Wright–sat in the middle of Route 1 and were soon joined by other demonstrators, who broke out of the barricades.

The Virginia State Police handled some of the protesters quite roughly, including pulling people to their feet by their heads and necks and pushing standing protesters on top of those sitting next to them.

Some nine different police agencies were on hand to deal with the nonviolent protest, including military police, Prince County Mounted Police, Quantico town police, and Washington, D.C., Metropolitan police.”