They are people seldom spoken of - the rural poor, landless and tribal people of India - at time when their country is being hailed as a new economic superpower. But last week they demanded to be heard, at the start of one of the biggest non-violent protests since Gandhi chased out the British.
Pensioners from a federation of self-help groups in Balykchy, Central Asia, attached to the Resource Centre to the Elderly, which gets backing from the Ecumenical Consortium for Central Asia and other NGOs, are angry that they have gone three years without domestic water.
Students, academics, human rights campaigners and a Jewish peace group have protested loudly at the decision of the Catholic University of St Thomas, Minnesota, to cancel a campus visit by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, because he has criticized Israeli government policy.
Police arrested four people during the Stop the War Campaign march calling from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, - after the protest was given the go-ahead by the authorities following outrage at its original banning under an archaic law.
The arrest last month of a US humanitarian worker entering Canada with 12 Haitian asylum seekers has serious implications for church groups and organizations that help refugees, says Mennonite Central Committee Canada’s refugee coordinator.
Protesters calling for the withdrawal of British and Western troops from Iraq say they will attempt to defy a ban by police and the UK government which is set to prevent them from entering Parliament Square today, under obscure legislation from 1839.
Dr Rowan Williams has described as ‘heartbreaking and harrowing’ a meeting in Syria with refugees from Iraq. While UK media and politicians complain about asylum seekers, Syria has had to absorb more than a million Iraqi victims of war and oppression, he learned.
Burma campaigners, including a leading group in the UK, say that people should not be deceived by media reports that there has been a breakthrough in Burma because Senior General Than Shwe has agreed to talks. There has been no breakthrough, they say.
Though the main media attention went to his apparent decision not to call an immediate general election, Prime Minister Gordon Brown today vowed to maintain "pressure for change" in Burma, ahead of demonstrations against suppressed protests in the country.
Tens of thousands of campaigners are expected to take to the streets of capital cities around the world today (6 October 2007), including London, to call for urgent United Nations action on Burma. Prime Minsiter Gordon Brown is meeting demonstrators.