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Weapons of Mass Democracy: Nonviolent Resistance Is the Most Powerful Tactic Against Oppressive Regimes

By Stephen Zunes

On the outskirts of a desert town in the Moroccan-occupied territory of Western Sahara, about a dozen young activists are gathered. They are involved in their country’s long struggle for freedom. A group of foreigners—veterans of protracted resistance movements—is conducting a training session in the optimal use of a “weapons system” that is increasingly deployed in struggles for freedom around the world. The workshop leaders pass out Arabic translations of writings on the theory and dynamics of revolutionary struggle and lead the participants in a series of exercises designed to enhance their strategic and tactical thinking.

These trainers are not veterans of guerrilla warfare, however, but of unarmed insurrections against repressive regimes. The materials they hand out are not the words of Che Guevara, but of Gene Sharp, the former Harvard scholar who has pioneered the study of strategic nonviolent action. And the weapons they advocate employing are not guns and bombs, but strikes, boycotts, mass demonstrations, tax refusal, alternative media, and refusal to obey official orders. Read more…

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Posted by Falmataa - 09/07/2012 at 8:26 pm

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Yaamicha Walga’ii Dubartoota Oromo Maraaf

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Ijaarsi Dubartoota Oromoo Addunyaa (IDOA)Walgahii Dubartoota Oromo Adooleesaa 13, 2012 Minnesota Magala Minneapolistti godhata.

Dubartoonni fi shamaran Oromo umriin (daaddaan) keesan waggaa 18 taatan Walgahii kana irratti argamtanii gahee keessan akka nuu gumaachitan kabajaan isin afeerra. Read more…

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North American Oromo Sports Tournament 2012 Completed

Urjii | July 9, 2012

The 2012 Sports tournament of Oromos in North America, that has been taking place in Toronto, Canada from June 30 to July 7, 2012, was colourfully completed this evening with the final match and battle over trophy between Oromia 11 Stars and Ten Thousand Lakes; Oromia 11 Stars winning the trophy with 4 to 1 victory over Ten Thousand Lakes. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 09/07/2012 at 6:02 am

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All Africans And the Others Are Invited To Bilisummaa-Fest in Oromia

by Fayyis Oromia | July 9, 2012

When I write about bilisummaa/freedom in this essay, I do mean political freedom as a central concept in our political thought, and as one of the most important features of free nations and democratic societies. It has already been described in various literature as a relationship free of oppression or coercion; as the absence of disabling conditions and the fulfillment of enabling conditions for an individual as well as for collectives; or as the absence of lived conditions of compulsion, such as economic compulsion in a society. Although political freedom is often interpreted negatively as the freedom from unreasonable external constraints on action, it can also refer to the positive exercise of rights, capacities and possibilities for action, and the exercise of national or social rights. The concept can also include freedom from internal constraints on political action or speech like social conformity or inauthentic behavior. The concept of political freedom is closely connected with the concepts of civil liberties and human rights, which, in free nation-states and democratic societies, are usually afforded legal protection from the state. Read more…

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