Bangladesh’s Nationalist Party (BNP) has boycotted its January 7th election. The party is led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. This boycott has led Bangladesh to reelect its current leader, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s and her Awami League (AL), for a fourth consecutive five-year term.
By 2003, the Liberian Civil War had been raging for 14 years, over 200,000 people had died and one in three people had been displaced. Originally founded in 1822, Liberia began as a colony for emancipated American slaves.
The proposed legislation, its author declared, was “doomed to a violent death the moment it was uttered… like so many other issues pertaining to racial discrimination that have been sent to the Mayor’s office.”
As I walked briskly into Tripp Commons—a massive room with terrazzo floors and wood panel walls, nestled in the northwestern wing of Memorial Union’s second story—I was approached by Jeremiah Cahill, an affable gentleman who was eager to provide information about the Quaker-led climate action coalition to which he belonged.
Protest music has existed long before the creation of the United States, likely it has been around since the invention, or perhaps discovery of music itself. Music has the unique ability to give a voice to the oppressed and form a genuine organization of people that can stand up to their oppressors when all together.
For many marginalized groups, nonviolence is but one of many tactics used against the powers oppressing them. The Black Panther Party’s nonviolent actions, particularly their community programs, were far more than a tactic though.
As the Arab Spring era states began to realize the scope of the uprisings they faced, they cracked down on physical demonstrations and censored the voices of the opposition in news and media… The arts provided a way to express dissent and build community without explicitly criticizing the regime.
The year was 1968; MLK was assassinated, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, thousands of Americans had been killed in Vietnam, the United States of America was a powder keg, and it was ready to blow.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall was a monumental moment in history, signifying liberation for East Germans and the reunification of Germany. Now taught as the symbolic end of the Cold War, the collapse of this physical representation of the Iron Curtain abolished the oppressive Soviet regime over East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
“We want Albania to be like the rest of Europe” exclaimed Albanian university students whilst discussing their frustration in the governments’ treatment of education as Albania is already experiencing persistent poverty that is exacerbated by a corrupt government.