About the Database | Global Nonviolent Action Database

To provide free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action for learning and for citizen action. We research campaigns that have reached a point of completion. The cases are drawn from all continents and most countries. People are shown struggling for human rights, economic justice, democracy, national and ethnic identity, environmental sustainability, and peace. To learn more about searching by the issues people are struggling about, go to Issue Clusters.

To make available comparative information that will support researchers and writers to develop strategic knowledge and theory. Each case is presented in two formats: the database file (with searchable fields) and the narrative describing the struggle as an unfolding story. The database supports searches by country, by issue, by action method used, and even by year — there is a case from ancient Egypt, 12th century BCE! Some cases are part of a “wave” of campaigns, such as the “Arab Awakening” of 2011; by pressing each “wave” button one can find cases.

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ExxonMobil Partners with Plan International to Combat Ebola Outbreak in Liberia – MarketWatch

{A little disease-wash to cover ire when spills pollute the land, sea, rivers, and air never hurts, I guess…}

Plan International USA today announced a $75,000 grant from ExxonMobil to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia. The grant will support local authorities who are responding to the epidemic by disseminating prevention messages via TV, radio, and SMS. It will also support the supply of hand washing kits to all schools in the county of Lofa.

via ExxonMobil Partners with Plan International to Combat Ebola Outbreak in Liberia – MarketWatch.

And… Justin Bieber just went to the Yasukuni Shrine: Shanghaiist

With the lovely Instagram caption of ‘Thank you for your blessings,’ and 585,193 likes, Justin Bieber has just alienated a few hundred million Chinese fans. Why the Biebster decided that now (or anytime, really) was a good time to visit Japan’s shrine to its Class-A War Criminals remains a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, bound to piss off people in China and Korea.

via And… Justin Bieber just went to the Yasukuni Shrine: Shanghaiist.

Lebanon’s Presidential Elections, Round One: The Joke of A Lebanese Parliament

Originally posted on A Separate State of Mind | A Lebanese Blog:

I don’t care about who ends up president.

I don’t care about the presidency to begin with, but I do understand that the seat becoming vacant, which it probably will for the second time in a row, will indicate how utterly fucked up our political system is. It’s okay though, no one expects otherwise.

But after the first round of presidential elections, the only question I want to ask is: why the hell are we not voting for the president? Why are some of those parliament “members” voting for who will pretend to lead the country for the next 6 years?

There was a moment there, just before they starting counting the ballots, that I realized how underwhelming our elections actually are. Many didn’t even know our parliament was voting today. Many others didn’t care, and quite honestly why would anyone want to bother when we all know exactly how…

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Top Gear ‘regrets’ offensive remark | Television & radio | The Guardian

Trigger warning – the following is a bald-faced lie and the worst try to get off for making a racist joke – they thought they could

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get away with – 100% fail and sorry will not cut it!

“We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word ‘slope’ is considered by some to be offensive and although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA.

He added: “If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused.”

via Top Gear ‘regrets’ offensive remark | Television & radio | The Guardian.

GOP candidate claims she can’t be fighting a war on women because she’s…a woman

Here’s some easy logic: opposing equal pay legislation = opposing very basic fairness and equality = fighting a war on women. Land, and the GOP as a whole, oppose equal pay legislation. Therefore, regardless of her gender, Land and the party she represents are fighting a very real war on women.

via GOP candidate claims she can’t be fighting a war on women because she’s…a woman.

Hero Rancher’s Family Has Been On Nevada Land Since Forever Or At Least 1948 -lol

So you remember how Cow Freedom Hero Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy’s family has been on the land that they stole fair and square from the Indians since the 1870s and therefore all of his rights to graze his cattle predate any dumb “Bureau of Land Management” or “grazing fees” or “federal interference in Our Freedom”? Some bright smartasses at Las Vegas Teevee Station KLAS decided, very unfairly we should add, to go and look in the Clark County records, just to be communist troublemakers, and they discovered that in reality,

Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy’s parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn’t start grazing on that land until 1954.

There is almost certainly a very good logical explanation for those records that doesn’t involve Cliven Bundy being a goddamned liar, and we can hardly wait for Fox News and Sean Hannity to find it.

Mr. Bundy just happens to know a hell of a lot more about his family’s history than some dumb piece of paper in a file in the Clark County Assessor’s Office, tell you what:

“I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements,” Bundy said …

“My rights are before the BLM even existed, but my rights are created by beneficial use. Beneficial use means we created the forage and the water from the time the very first pioneers come here,” Bundy said.

The snotty little government-teat-suckling liars at KLAS claim that Bundy has his chronology maybe a teensy bit off, seeing as how his family bought the land in 1948 and began grazing it in 1954, while “The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.”

Now who are you going to trust, an American Patriot who denies that the U.S. government has any legitimacy, or some lying land records in a government office that say something different?

For any geneaology geeks out there, KLAS also has a second article detailing Bundy’s claims that his family had been ranching in the area since the 1870s — it looks like his maternal grandparents did have a farm in the area, but there’s no indication that they were cattle ranchers doing useful cattle ranching, and their farm was not on the land that Bundy now owns, nor was it adjacent to the federal land for which he refused to pay grazing fees.

Oh, and the 1998 opinion from a U.S. District Court that determined that Bundy had failed to pay grazing fees, and therefore had no further rights to graze on federal land, also found that Bundy’s family had only been ranching in the area since 1954.

Still, what’s a little embellishment about an extra 75 years of ranching that never happened? The main thing is that the Feds have just totally gotten out of control, right?

via Hero Rancher’s Family Has Been On Nevada Land Since Forever Or At Least 1948.

Urban Foodies and Libertarians Join Forces to Set Raw Milk Free – The Wire

{This has to be the – I’m sorry to have to say this – dumbest exercise of misplaced hipsterism, personal freedom and anti-science. If adults want to risk the illnesses that can come from raw – unPasteurized – milk that’s one thing but to make that same risk for their children or unknowing guests – that’s wrong, goofy, and criminal, or should be.}

Raw milk supporters claim there are boundless health benefits — as long as the milk-producing cows are healthy — including components that strengthen the immune system. But raw milk by definition skips the pasteurization process, meaning the end product could contain E. coli and salmonella bacteria. States are currently allowed to regulate the sale of raw milk within their own borders, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 75 percent of raw milk disease outbreaks have come from the 21 states where its legal to sell non-pasteurized products. Still, despite the health risks, it sounds a little bit safer than the anti-vaccine movement.

via Urban Foodies and Libertarians Join Forces to Set Raw Milk Free – The Wire.

The Republican War WIth Stupidity – ‘Top Catholic Leader Defends Hobby Lobby, Claims Women Can Just Buy Birth Control At 7-11′

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Astonished he even knew one could buy condoms at 7-11 but no at not knowing much else about women and birth control.

Originally posted on The Last Of The Millenniums:

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‘According to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York’:

“Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available — my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop on any street in America and have access to them”.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/21/3428902/dolan-hobby-lobby-birth-control/

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