Friday, 24 February 2017
Participants of exhibition: Kati Rickenbach (Switzerland), Ulli Lust (Germany), Victoria Lomasko (Russia), Juhyun Choi (Republic of Korea), Elettra Stamboulis & Gianluca Costantini (Italy), Aleksandar Zograf (Serbia), Joe Sacco (USA).
THE GAVRILA DERZHAVIN ESTATE MUSEUM 23.09 – 09.10
118, River Fontanka Embankment (m. Tekhnologicheskiy institut)
Opening hours: mon, wed, fri-sun 10.30–18.00,
thu 12.00–20.00, tue closed (ticket office closes one hour before closing the museum)
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
The International Initiative regards itself as a multi-national peace initiative working for a peaceful and democratic solution of the Kurdish question with Kurds and Turks peacefully living together. Even after his imprisonment Abdullah Ocalan is still regarded as the undisputed leader by a majority of the Kurdish people. Hence it seems reasonable to assume that the solution of the Kurdish question in Turkey will be closely linked to his fate in the future. Many Kurds see him as a safeguard for peace and democratisation. Therefore the Ocalan case needs a feasible perspective for a solution. The International Initiative is committed to play its part by intense lobbying and public relations work. Regular publishing and a balanced policy towards the public are a central part of its work.
On the 15th of February, 1999, the President of the Kurdistan Workers Party, Abdullah Ocalan, was handed over to the Republic of Turkey following a clandestine operation backed by an alliance of secret services directed by their corresponding governments. Disgusted by this outrageous violation of international law several intellectuals and representatives of civil organisations launched an initiative for the release of Abdullah Ocalan. With the opening of a central coordination office in March 1999 the “International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan” started its work. Continue
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Monday, 20 February 2017
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Girgir had published in its latest edition a cartoon showing the bearded Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, with his companions complaining and using vulgar curse words.
"The decision has been taken for the magazine to be closed and all the staff laid off because of the distasteful cartoon," the publishers said in a statement on the magazine's Facebook and Twitter feeds. Continue
Emin Huseynov is a 35-year-old Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country’s leading media rights group, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS). Huseynov was forced into hiding in August 2014, amidst widespread repression of journalists and human rights activists, and was sheltered in the Swiss embassy in Baku until Friday 12 June, when he travelled to Switzerland on a humanitarian visa. His application for asylum was approved four months later.
Emin sought shelter at the Embassy in order to avoid his imminent arrest on fabricated charges — an act of revenge by the Azerbaijani regime in response to his criticism of the country’s poor human rights record in the international arena. On 6 August, Huseynov tried to leave the country for medical help in Turkey but was turned away at the border, and on 8 August, his colleagues told him that the IRFS headquarters were under surveillance. The office was raided shortly thereafter, and Huseynov sought protection at the Swiss Embassy.
Emin Huseynov has long been at the forefront of promoting freedom of expression and free media in his home country of Azerbaijan. He is a tireless defender of human rights, not only in his native Azerbaijan but also throughout the former Soviet Union and beyond. He has advocated for hundreds of journalists, bloggers and free speech activists under threat in Azerbaijan and across the region. Emin Huseynov has worked as a human rights defender for over a decade and has been a victim of harassment and threats since 2003.
Today, Emin Huseynov’s right to freedom of expression needs to be defended. Continue
Returning to his home country after the establishment of the Lao PDR, Sombath’s initial work was demonstrating low-cost methods of improving farm production and food security. Later, he pioneered the use of participatory rural appraisal techniques in Laos. In 1996, he was given permission by the Ministry of Education to establish the Participatory Development Training Center, PADETC, to provide training for youth, and local government officials in community-based development.
You can find out more about Sombath’s professional life by selecting ‘Sombath’s Work‘ from the menu. Continue
Friday, 17 February 2017
San Mauro Pascoli chiede verità per Giulio Regeni. Il Comune ha raccolto l’appello lanciato da Amnesty International perché non cali il silenzio sulla morte del giovane ricercatore italiano ucciso in Egitto, aderendo alla campagna, promossa anche dal quotidiano La Repubblica, “Verità per Giulio Regeni” , rivolta ad Enti, associazioni, istituzioni culturali e privati cittadini. “Sulla morte di Giulio abbiamo dovuto assistere a una serie di ricostruzioni, a versioni ogni volta differenti e discordanti che non fanno chiarezza su quanto accaduto - commenta il sindaco Luciana Garbuglia - pertanto come giunta comunale abbiamo deciso di accogliere l'appello di Amnesty affinché l'attenzione resti alta sulla vicenda e la morte di Giulio non resti impunita".
"Occorre inoltre sottolineare l'importanza della libertà di ricerca e delle esperienze dei viaggi e degli studi all'estero, per i giovani e non solo, che sono componenti fondamentali della conoscenza e del rispetto reciproco fra paesi e comunità del mondo", conclude. La campagna di Amnesty, che vuole anche respingere qualsiasi esito distante da una verità accertata e riconosciuta in modo indipendente, sarà promossa dal comune di San Mauro Pascoli con una comunicazione sui propri canali (sito istituzionale del Comune di San Mauro Pascoli e pagina facebook del sindaco) e attraverso manifesti nella principale piazza del paese e nella biblioteca comunale per sensibilizzare l'opinione pubblica e, assieme a tutti gli Enti e associazioni che stanno aderendo, lanciare l'appello affinché sulla vicenda non cali il silenzio. All'Urp inoltre sarà possibile firmare l'appello.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
HRW Film Festival in London
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
2017 Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
I Am Not Your Negro US film website
Monday, 13 February 2017
In Waziristan, Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai, with the help of her progressive father, Shamsul, defies strict Taliban law forbidding women to play sports by disguising herself as a boy to practice and compete in squash tournaments. But when she becomes a rising star, her gender is revealed, forcing Maria to leave her home and country after constant death threats to both herself and her family. In Girl Unbound, we join Maria on her journey to represent Pakistan on the national team, standing firm in her mission to carve her own identity and destiny with the support of her loving family.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Conversations between mothers and their families reveal haunting histories of women forced into marriage as young children. Born into Jewish communities in Yemen and Morocco where child marriage was a culturally sanctioned custom, these women’s voices went largely unheard. As they began to have babies of their own, often working day and night to support growing families and aging husbands, their stories became a painful secret kept even from their own children. Child Mother encourages these women to share their life stories, and through their children’s difficult but enlightening questions, exposes an aspect of child marriage and trauma that is rarely discussed: the impact on the family as a whole, an open wound passed on to the next generations.
HRW Film Festival in London
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Black Code film website
Friday, 10 February 2017
Quando la pazienza nella cura del metodo antagonista semina i territori di pratiche di insubordinazione, i fiori del conflitto possono gemmare anche d'inverno. Gli scontri e le barricate che ieri per ore hanno attraversato la zona universitaria bolognese sono infatti il prodotto di una microfisica delle lotte dentro e contro l'università-azienda disegnata dalla riforma Gelmini che per mesi e anni, con tenacia e determinazione, hanno inscritto il proprio segno di contrapposizione alla normalizzazione dell'università. La lotta autunnale sulla mensa, la politicizzazione della produzione del sapere con le contestazioni ai baroni di guerra, l'agire sulla dimensione del welfare giovanile, sono altrettanti nodi di una rete antagonista che ieri ha saputo difendersi e contrattaccare. Continua
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Produced by White Pine Pictures, Canada
All Governments Lie film website
HRW Film Festival in London
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
The Israeli Knesset voted 60 to 52 to pass the law, which has drawn international concern and Palestinian anger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially opposed the bill, fearing an international backlash and legal implications, but voiced support for it in November before it passed its second reading.
The bill has been pushed by hardline members of Netanyahu's coalition.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation slammed the new Israeli law as a means to "legalise theft" of Palestinian land. Continue
500 Years is the story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala -- to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government.
The film exposes a world of brutality, entrenched racism and impunity, that challenges the historical narrative of Guatemala. Driven by universal themes of justice, power and corruption, the film provides a platform for the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.
500 Years is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala by Pamela Yates including When the Mountains Tremble and How to Nail a Dictator. The trilogy, named ‘The Resistance Saga’, will be screening as a one-off immersive cinematic event at DocHouse on Sunday 12 March. For more information on the DocHouse screenings of the trilogy please visit www.dochouse.org
HRW Film Festival in London
We have been both beneficiaries and victims of American refugee policies: We've seen America at its best and its worst. We can't let Trump betray our nation's values.
Much has been written over the past few days about the Jewish community’s history as a people that was turned away. We truly are a refugee people, and we can recall the times America, true to its values, welcomed us. We also recall the ghosts of Jews who are not here with us because America refused them. We have seen America at its best, and we have seen it at its worst. In fact, the very basis of the international system of refugee protection, the 1951 International Refugee Convention, rose from the ashes of the Holocaust and one of these dark times in American history. It was created as a commitment to “never again.” Continue
Monday, 6 February 2017
I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.
One guy got up and said, "Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol." He found some tissues and got to work.
I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
"I guess this is Trump's America," said one passenger. No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it. Gregory Locke