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  • Originally posted to the Guardian 

    Civil disobedience is a way of expressing political opposition that pushes beyond what the law allows you to do, in terms of resistance. It is an act that says “we are deliberately breaking an unjust law.” We often talk about it as a problem. In fact, I would argue that our problem is civil obedience. People too readily accept governments that do not hold to their promises.

    My first brush with civil disobedience was when I was 15 and in the years since, I’ve learned a few things about its power, and its limitations. Here’s a few of my lessons:

    1. Nothing important comes without sacrifice

    Protesters in Fordsburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

    I was one of thousands of young people in South Africa that joined the national student protests a... Read more >

  • Norway's inconvenient truth

    Blogpost by Martin Norman - June 16, 2014 at 11:41

    Norway is known to be a beautiful country, with a long coastline, ranging mountains and lush forests. We are generally tolerant people, with a strong sense of right and wrong. We believe in peace. And we believe in nature.

    So when world governments come together to discuss ways to prevent climate chaos, Norway typically scores high. We support progressive measures and fund action in poor countries. Just today at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Norway's environment minister Tine Sundtoft said pretty much what civil society observers wanted to hear – that climate-warming pollution must simply be phased out altogether in a fairly short time:

    "We need to approach zero net emissions by the middle of the century."

    There is, however, a big elephant in the room. Or a troll in the garde... Read more >