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Vínculos y Estrategias: Luchas Noviolentas y Sobrevivencia Local v/s Militarismo Global

Conferencia Internacional, Ahmedabad, India, 22 - 25 de Enero, 2010

Existen una conexión ineludible entre el desplazamiento inducido por la globalización, el desempleo y el despojo que son el resultado de guerras internas y saquean a las comunidades indígenas que viven de recursos naturales. Existe una conexión entre esta y las monstruosas guerras internacionales – sin importar si son combatidas en Afganistán, Irak, Congo o Somalia. Por lo que el mayor desafio es el construir alianzas que sean al mismo tiempo locales y globales, y que no sólo resistan las injusticias sino que también presenten una alternativa.

Medha Patkar

Arts and cultural programme at WRI International Conference in Cape Town

A look back at the arts and cultural programme of the WRI conference in Cape Town, July 2014. Film thanks to Muti Films

'Resistance' - WRI's logo as a broken AK-47 public art project in Cape Town

The finished work from the airThe finished work from the air

Planned for the week of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference, this installation in the middle of Cape Town's grand parade was delayed due to the inclement weather. Three months on, we're delighted to see it finally take shape! The broken AK-47 is covered in money, to highlight the corruption amongst those who profit from war.

Description from the artists: "Resistance" is a giant wheat paste public art installation; a world record spanning more than 100 meters. The image is of a broken AK -47. Resistance was born from a conversation between Ralph Ziman and (anti-arms activist) and Terry Crawford-Browne (one of the organisers of the Small Actions, Big Movements WRI conference).

Resistance was inspired by War Resisters' International - an anti-war organization founded in the wake of the First World War. War Resisters has existed for almost a century and has branches all around the world. The logo has always been a rifle, broken in half by a pair of hands.

Photos and footage thanks to the Resistance project and MUTI films.

After Cape Town: gathering photos and reports

Desmond Tutu's makes a surprise appearance at the opening of the Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence conference on the evening of 4th July 2014.

This page will gather text, videos and images from the Small Actions, Big Movements International Conference in Cape Town, July 2014.

War Resisters' International statement on Ukraine

War has returned to European soil, and it seems that Europeans are not capable, or not willing, to apply the lessons they try to teach in other parts of the planet. The European Union, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, put Ukraine in an impossible position when it asked it to choose between a political pact with the EU or a close economic relationship with Russia. Ordinary people in Ukraine have some of the lowest wages in the continent, and face one of the highest levels of political and economic corruption, creating hopelessness among many of them - hence the offer from the EU seemed to many like a golden opportunity to take a first step out of the mire.

The use of violence by both sides in the later stages of the Maidan protests created a precedent, and served as a justification for the use of violence in parts of Ukraine where many people disagree with the country's new political course. Also, the presence of neo-nazis in the new official Ukrainian politics, and the rise of the paramilitary units connected with them, encouraged other Ukrainians - in areas where many feel more attracted to and connected with Russia than with the EU - to consider armed struggle a legitimate method of dealing with conflict.

Declaración de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra en el presente asalto israelí contra Gaza

Manifestación por Gaza en Ciudad del CaboManifestación por Gaza en Ciudad del Cabo 

La Asamblea de la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra, reunida en el Ayuntamiento de Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, condena enérgicamente el asalto en curso por el ejército israelí contra los palestinos en Gaza y Cisjordania. La Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra considera toda la guerra un crimen contra la humanidad, y por eso reclama el cese inmediato de las hostilidades, y en particular la agresión repetida por el Estado de Israel contra los palestinos.

Como los opositores de la guerra, también nos oponemos a las causas de la guerra, y en solidaridad con los pueblos oprimidos de todo el mundo. Por consiguiente, pedimos el fin de la ocupación de Palestina y, sobre todo reunido en el edificio de la que Nelson Mandela pronunció su primer discurso después de su liberación de la cárcel-hacemos un llamamiento para el final de todas las formas de apartheid en todas partes.

Welcome to a new WRI Executive, Council and Affiliate

At the WRI International Conference in Cape Town in July 2014, WRI Assembly appointed Individual Members of WRI Council, and a new WRI Executive.

WRI Council also welcome a new affiliate into membership.

We'd like to announce the Individual Members of WRI Council, and WRI Executive, appointed at the WRI Assembly.

WRI Executive

  • Chair: Christine Schweitzer
  • Treasurer: Dominique Saillard
  • Cattis Laska
  • Jungmin Choi
  • Hülya Üçpinar
  • Sergeiy Sandler

Individual Council Members

  •     Carlos Barranco, State of Spain
  •     Albert Beale, Britain
  •     Jungmin Choi, South Korea
  •     Moses John, South Sudan
  •     Subhash Chandra Kattel, Nepal
  •     Cattis Laska, Sweden
  •     Lexys Rendón, Venezuela
  •     Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Zimbabwe/Sweden
  •     Igor Seke, Serbia/Mexico
  •     Hülya Üçpinar, Turkey
  •     Sergeiy Sandler, Israel
  •     Stellan Vinthagen, Sweden

WRI Council also includes a representative from each section and a non-voting observer from each associate organisation or publication. See affiliates here.

For more information about the role of WRI's Council, visit: http://www.wri-irg.org/members/councilduties-en.htm

New affiliate

Peace News Summer CampPeace News Summer CampWRI Council was pleased to approve the application from Peace News Ltd to be an associate publication to WRI. Peace News used to be affiliated to WRI, and only stopped being so when Peace News and WRI worked as the same organisation, so this is a reaffiliation.

The Peace News summer camp is coming up in a few weeks (31 July - 4 August)!

A list of all WRI affiliates is here.

Small Actions Big Movements: the Continuum of Nonviolence - registration deadline extended!

Thank you to everyone who has registered for the 'Small Actions, Big Movements: The Continuum of Nonviolence' International Conference. We know that many of you did not manage to register in time but still would like to attend the conference, so we have extended the registration deadline to 31 May.

This is the link to the registration form.

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