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    Freedom of expression in Ukraine: a disappearing commodity?
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    Written by: Iryna Kolodiychyk All articles by Iryna Kolodiychyk

    Subsidised articles and broadcasts spin the official line and the erosion of media freedom is gathering speed in Ukraine. President Yanukovych may ‘order his ministers to look into’ the situation, but they’re all hand in glove, laments Iryna Kolodiychyk

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    A life in free fall: a Russian drug addict's story (2)
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    Written by: Irina Teplinskaya All articles by Irina Teplinskaya

    In Russia drug addicts are seen as scum: the sooner they die, the better. In this second part of her story Irina tells of her life after prison. What will she make of it? What, if any, support will she get from friends, relations or state bodies?

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    Repression’s paradox in China
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    Written by: Lester R. Kurtz All articles by Lester R. Kurtz

    From the authoritarian’s perspective, internal dissidents are easy to deal with – put them in jail, have them disappeared, exiled, or executed. It is not so easy to silence the prestigious Nobel committee, however, let alone the international community. Of course, that is exactly why Professor Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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    The Anishinabe and an unsung nonviolent victory in late twentieth-century Wisconsin
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    Written by: Tom H.Hastings All articles by Tom H.Hastings

    In the wake of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, many Native Americans adopted civil resistance to fight for rights supposedly guaranteed in the 19th century by the government's treaties with their tribes. This true story is how one tribe in Wisconsin, using nonviolent strategies, prevailed in that fight.

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    Upsurge in repression challenges nonviolent resistance in Western Sahara
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    Written by: Stephen Zunes All articles by Stephen Zunes

    Sahrawis have engaged in protests, strikes, cultural celebrations, and other forms of civil resistance focused on such issues as educational policy, human rights, the release of political prisoners, and the right to self-determination. They have also raised the cost of occupation for the Moroccan government and increased the visibility of the Sahrawi cause.

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    People power and the new global ferment
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    Written by: Stellan Vinthagen All articles by Stellan Vinthagen

    People power does not lend itself to the geo-strategic interests of empires or warlords, since it is based on collective action and civic unity, as well as the refusal to comply with existing power-holders. Any movement that opts for civil resistance has to encompass and attempt to represent diverse social groups.

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    Time for the human approach
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    Written by: Mary Kaldor All articles by Mary Kaldor
    Written by: Javier Solana All articles by Javier Solana

    Dmitry Medvedev’s proposal for a new post-cold war security order offers a significant opportunity for the world. But both the West and Russia need to move on from conventional security logic, and think in terms of the human, argue Mary Kaldor and Javier Solana.

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    Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment: read on
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    Sticks and stones: the blogs of Oleg Kashin
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    Written by: Mumin Shakirov All articles by Mumin Shakirov

    Oleg Kashin, a journalist for Kommersant newspaper, was brutally beaten in Moscow last weekend. Unknown assailants broke his jaw, legs and bent his fingers. He remains critically ill. Here we publish a selection of Kashin’s blog entries.

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    Oleg Kashin: words that cripple
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    Written by: Mikhail Zakharov All articles by Mikhail Zakharov

    Last week in Moscow the journalist Oleg Kashin was thrashed to within an inch of his life. President Medvedev has ordered a high-level investigation into the attempted murder. Who would stand to gain this attack and is there any hope of a swift resolution? asks Mikhail Zakharov.

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    Why Geert Wilders is not Liu Xiaobo
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    Written by: Markha Valenta All articles by Markha Valenta

    Cas Mudde was quite right to point out recently how liberal arguments are being used in the interests of illiberal attacks on Muslims. However, in the Dutch case this reflects anything but a progressive national consensus

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    A national museum to the victims of Stalinist repression: words not deeds?
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    Written by: Catriona Bass All articles by Catriona Bass

    President Medvedev may have declared his support for a museum complex outside St Petersburg in memory of Soviet political repression, but a year later the project is no further forward and there are plans to build over the site. Catriona Bass wonders how can words be turned into actions.

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    Towards the Rehabilitation of Law: interview with Bill Bowring
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    Written by: Masha Karp All articles by Masha Karp

    Bill Bowring is well known to anybody interested in international law, and especially in human rights in Russia. Professor of Law at Birkbeck College and a practising barrister, it was he who in 2002 established the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, which has since helped many applicants, mainly from Chechnya, to take their cases to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2008 Bowring published his book “The Degradation of the International Legal Order?”. Masha Karp talks to Professor Bowring about this book, about justice in Russia and about the relation between theory and practice in his work.

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    Khodorkovsky trial: a test for the president
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    Written by: Mikhail Zygar All articles by Mikhail Zygar

    The sacking of Moscow mayor Luzhkov and the continuing debacle of Khodorkovsky's second trial could be seen as tests for the Russian President. Will Medvedev pass muster? Mikhail Zygar considers the options.

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    Daring to speak out in Belarus
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    Written by: Olga Birukova All articles by Olga Birukova

    A chilling account of brave journalists in Lukashenka’s Belarus, so many of whom die in unexplained circumstances. Olga Birukova hopes that Western PR gurus and journalists will not be taken in by official statements or the KGB-controlled picture of society in Belarus.

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    Ukraine’s constitutional debate: finding the way forward
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    Written by: Andreas Umland All articles by Andreas Umland

    A vital national debate about constitutional reform is under way in Ukraine. But the debate often takes no account of international political discussions or recent scholarly research. Can the new regime embrace this opportunity to lay down the foundations of a democratic future for Ukraine? Andreas Umland throws down the challenge

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    Sochi: a city with no mosque
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    Written by: Sufian Zhemukhov All articles by Sufian Zhemukhov

    In 2014 Russia will host the Winter Olympics in Sochi, once upon a time the capital of independent Circassia. The city has 20,000 Muslims, but no mosque. Sufian Zhemukhov considers the historical reasons for official antagonism to building a mosque and its implications for the Winter Olympics.

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    Conflict in Tajikistan – not really about radical Islam
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    Written by: John Heathershaw All articles by John Heathershaw
    Written by: Sophie Roche All articles by Sophie Roche

    For almost a month, an armed conflict has been raging in the mountains of the Kamarob gorge between the forces of the Government of Tajikistan and local ‘mujohids’. This is the most serious political violence in Tajikistan for ten years. Here, in the first of a two-part article, Sophie Roche and John Heathershaw draw on ethnographic research and contacts with residents of the region to explain the legacy of the civil war and the social and political contexts of this largely unreported conflict.

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    Sergei Magnitsky: a death that failed to die
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    Written by: Oliver Carroll All articles by Oliver Carroll

    When Sergei Magnitsky died in police custody last November, few believed it would lead to anything more than a domestic ripple. Eleven months on, however, his case is being discussed by UK foreign secretary William Hague, and his name adorns a Congress bill banning US travel for Russian officials implicated in the death. Here we republish an interview with Magnitsky's former employer and key witness, Jamison Firestone.

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    Russia’s response to the EU’s human rights policy
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    Written by: Eleanor Bindman All articles by Eleanor Bindman

    In this second part of her review of the effectiveness of the EU’s human rights policy, Eleanor Bindman looks at the Russian response to this policy since the year 2000. Putin’s presidency was marked by increasing intolerance at being ‘lectured to’ by the EU, while Medvedev’s incumbency has given some slight grounds for hope. Part 2

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