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activism

active involvement as a member of a POLITICAL PARTY, PRESSURE GROUP, or related political organization, e.g. a ‘trades union activist’. Theories and research concerned with political activism suggest that the tendency is for activists generally to be of higher social status, more socially confident and often better informed than most nonactivists. Levels of political activism also vary according to political circumstances. For example, in times of political crisis many people may be drawn into politics who would not normally be politically active. Some theorists, especially in POLITICAL SCIENCE (e.g. LIPSET, 1959), have suggested that in Western societies, in such circumstances, high levels of political activity and less informed participants may pose a threat to the 'S tability of democracy’. More generally, however, increased participation in politics by members of lower status minority groups (e.g. new URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS) is regarded as a favourable development. See also POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, OPINION LEADERS, TWOSTEP FLOW IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS, STABLE DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
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Khadijah and her husband were detained in a wide-scale crackdown on activists carried out last week when authorities arrested eight journalists and activists, among them was Salah Al-Haydar, a son of prominent women rights activist, Aziza Yousuf, who was recently released from prison and the activist, Ayman Aldrees.
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"Silencing activists is not going to resolve the concerns over whether the government plans are going to harm the environment and the people living there," he said.
Suzanne Weiss, Palestinian rights activist and Holocaust survivor
Livestock department would keep close liaison with the trained activists and would continue to avail their services on different schemes or occasion, observed Dr Sabtain.
The research showed that stocks exhibiting the highest combined degree of improvement in ROIC and activist share ownership outperformed the broad market by a wide margin.
Rawlinson mentioned that there are a great deal of social and environmental activist campaigns, but he stated that it's the financial activist campaigns that are on the mind of general counsel and boards.
Political activists were allegedly assaulted by pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters who took them to the Raml police station in Alexandria.
The ship and protesters have been taken to the port of Murmansk, and Russian authorities said they were investigating charges of piracy, which carry a jail term of 10 to 15 years, against the activists.
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The Gulf News reports that a statement signed by dozens of Gulf rights groups and activists said that the women activists have been subjected to sexual harassment, torture, illegal detention and other abuses in the Gulf states, especially after the start of the Arab Spring uprisings.