The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “protests

Mayors: A Basic Law

Posted on October 1, 2014

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN CITIZENS FEEL THEY have a mandate that isn’t respected by the political powers that be? Well, in Hong Kong, inhabitants turned out by the tens of thousands to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs. Admittedly, the coverage filling the airwaves this week of the massive protests filling the streets of that city reminds us that the issues are complex. But at the bottom of it all lies one basic provocation. Hong Kong belongs to China, but prior to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, citizens pressured their leaders into negotiating the “Basic Law” – a constitution that would govern the city of some 7.2 million people, guaranteeing freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and freedom of the press.…

The Voices

Posted on October 26, 2011

From both north and south Sudan they journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya to take on a system they could hardly comprehend. They were the average women of a beleaguered nation that had been in war too long. While peace talks were taking place nearby between northern and southern leaders, these women settled themselves in public places and attempted to use their traditionally insignificant voices to request reason from those very leaders. It had been over 20 years and the peace they had enjoyed in earlier years was broken, seemingly beyond repair. This was back in 2005, and I interviewed some of the women. What struck me at the outset was their sheer determination that they would not leave Nairobi until they were heard respectfully by…

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Posted on October 18, 2011

It’s been fascinating to watch the reaction from the media, corporate elite and politicians to the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon. Let’s be frank: they were all caught unprepared. Just as Wall Street felt it was back to hitting its stride, squeezing even more concessions from Republicans and Democrats alike, it was caught up short by the intensity and spread of the protest movement. A good number of politicians on both sides of the border have taken to championing the movement as a “firm expression of democracy in action.” But where were they in the last couple of years as the economy continued to leave more and more people behind? I have been frustrated following the media reaction to all of these developments. The news side…


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