Protests in April and May galvanised the government to crack down on dissent.
The jailing of the two men shows the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev well understands that it can no longer underestimate the power of new forms of civic activism.
Anti-WTO protesters in Seattle, 1999.
Seattle Municipal Archives via Wikimedia Commons
As the world pulls up its drawbridges, it's time to revive the ideas of a remarkable and unfairly derided movement.
Where does a divided country go from here?
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Why is the country witnessing so much division and violence?
There have been efforts to include women in West Bank politics, but they've fallen short. Activists are trying to change things.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has warned against laws that violate freedom.
While the debate around Section 18C has raged, a host of other laws that impinge on freedom of speech have been quietly introduced.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2014.
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Like George Washington, Colin Kaepernick is willing to sacrifice for America.
Are NSW citizens adequately engaged in the policymaking process?
Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
Kem Ley’s funeral.
When Kem Ley was shot in broad daylight in Phnom Penh, Cambodia lost a vital voice for freedom. But could his death galvanise a movement against the authoritarian old order?
A brisk ten-minute walk from where I currently live gets me to Place de la République. Before you get there these days you will see large numbers of gendarmes in riot gear, hear the sounds of a largish…
The Knitting Nannas Against Gas could be caught up in a push by the NSW government to criminalise legitimate protest.
It isn’t just the 'bad guys' who are exposed to restrictive powers and tougher penalties. Anyone whose behaviour is regarded as a public safety risk is potentially in the frame.
Did the Roman arenas of political conflict support the common good?
History offers countless examples of social change that is now consolidated and popularly supported, but which was only achieved through protests that were judged at the time to be extreme.
The Bedouin poet Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya.
Laden with animals, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic visions, Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya's poetry reflects how many Arabs – urban and rural, rich and poor – view the world.
Reclaim Australia supporters at the April rallies displayed a mix of liberal and anti-Muslim slogans.
If Reclaim Australia were rallying Muslims, the liberal media would examine its religious inspirations. Yet the media treat its supporters as disgruntled individuals rather than Christian representatives.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
Small party politics just got smaller.
Gordon Shrigley is running for election with nothing to offer 'but offer itself' – Lois Rowe met up him to discuss.
The hushed masses of Buenos Aires.
Argentines have taken to the streets in their hundreds of thousands since the death of Alberto Nisman – but for what?
Police move in on protesters who marched on the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s office in some of the worst clashes in the two-month pro-democracy demonstrations.
The umbrellas were out in full force on Monday night in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong – but mainly because it was actually raining. A few hundred people, myself included, had shown up to listen to…
Tensions ran high in Balcombe last summer.
EPA/ Facundo Arrizabalaga
Although only a small area of land has been offered to companies exploring the potential for fracking in the UK so far, much more is likely to come. But opposition to fracking is growing – and growing…
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, far beyond your friendly neighborhood patrolmen.
Larry W Smith/EPA
In August 2014, the police who faced protesters in Ferguson, Missouri looked more like soldiers than officers of the peace. Citizens squared off with a camouflage-clad police force armed with tear gas…
Occupy Central Roadblock in Mong Kok.
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We often think of the distinction between legal and illegal as a matter of black and white – but with its universal suffrage movement still underway, Hong Kong is dealing with a much more complicated reality…