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Civil Resistance Blooms

1 Feb

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Recent weeks have seen the publication of some sharp articles on (or about) civil resistance. Here’s a brief roll-up of ten recent reads on the topic:

Frances Fox Piven, “Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything,” The Nation, January 18, 2017.

George Lakey, “A 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality,” Waging Nonviolence, January 23, 2017.

Zeynep Tukefci, “Does a Protest’s Size Matter?” New York Times, January 27, 2017.

Maria Stephan, “An inside-Outside Strategy for Defending the US Republic,” OpenDemocracy, January 27, 2017.

author anonymous, “Trump Endgame,” Daily Kos, January 30, 2017.

Francine Prose, “Forget Protest. Trump’s Actions Warrant a General Strike,” The Guardian, January 31, 2017.

Tina Rosenberg, “From Protests Past, Lessons in What Works,” New York Times, January 31, 2017.

David Solnit and George Lakey, “How Do We Stop Trump and Win Gains in Justice and Equality?” Common Dreams, January 31, 2017.

Juliet Eilperin, Lisa Rein, and Marc Fisher, “Resistance from Within: Federal Workers Push Back Against Trump,” The Washington Post, January 31, 2017.

Erica Chenoweth, “Worried About American Democracy? Study These Activist Techniques,” The Guardian, February 1, 2017.

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Wednesday Roll Call: Rational Stuff I Like

8 Aug

An 82-year-old nun is among a group of peace activists who break into a nuclear power plant to show how insecure nuclear weapons actually are.

Heather McCuen tells people to stop thinking “endless protest” will help a movement win. It’s about strategy, not just tactics, right?

Swedish activists drop teddy bears over Belarus to protest human rights abuses, resulting in the sacking of two Belarusian generals.

Al Jazeera’s defection tracker. I want a global one.

Wednesday Roll Call: Rational Stuff I Like

13 Jun

Tens of thousands of Russians protest, calling for Putin’s removal after harassment of oppositionists.

YoSoy132 movement is fired up (and organized) to take on the Mexican media establishment and its links to politics. Check out some of their slogans.

Nonviolent activists in Syria show remarkable discipline, resilience, and creativity in the midst of bloodshed.

Palestinians express greater confidence in nonviolent resistance as a method of struggle.

Draft-dodging takes its toll on the Syrian government’s capacity to repress.

Students in Quebec borrow a tactic from the Chilean playbook (first used against Allende, then against Pinochet).

Wednesday Roll Call: Rational Stuff I Like

7 Sep

Al Giordano and crew announce the NYC Workshop on Organizing Journalism and Civil Resistance. Apply here.

Activists create an interactive map of the 43 prisons in Burma, where human rights and pro-democracy activists are currently imprisoned.

Israelis invoke Tahrir Square symbols and imagery in their 400,000-strong protests against wage inequality.

Syrians keep the pressure on, with more security force defections as a result.

The Diplomat’s Handbook is updated, with several new case studies available.

Activists in Tehran show disdain for the regime and break taboos by engaging in water fights. The regime blames the West.

 

 

 

Wednesday Roll Call: Rational Stuff I Like

30 Aug

Navid Hassanpour finds that you can Tweet your way to a failed revolution.

The Syrian Revolution News Round-Up provides daily updates with news, protester videos, official statements, etc., of the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Maria Stephan argues that Libya is no “model” for the region.

Stephan Zunes looks at lessons learned and lessons to avoid in Libya.

Iran tells Bashar al-Assad to tone it down.

In an editorial, the Christian Science Monitor mentions the research in Why Civil Resistance Works.

Chibli Mallat weighs in on designing democracy after revolution.

Syrian businessmen show their dissatisfaction with Assad.

Anna Hazare gets the Indian government to budge on his proposed corruption law.

Over a dozen papers on nonviolent resistance (or some variation on that theme) will be delivered at the American Political Science Association‘s annual meeting this week.

Wednesday Roll Call: Rational Stuff I Like

23 Aug

Joshua Goldstein argues war is on the decline for good.

Verizon employees continue to strike, making Verizon start to sweat.

Juan Cole dispels myths about the rebels’ success in Libya.

Chilean students conduct thousands-strong protests to demand fair education policies.

Mary King analyzes security force defections (or the lack thereof) in Syria.

Anna Hazare continues hunger strike against corruption in India, prompting the government to offer talks.

Jay Ulfelder lays out the prospects for democracy in the Arab world.

China continues to witness country-wide protests against environmental abuses (among other things).

Gene Sharp weighs in on Syria.

Rational Insurgent gives an interview on Portland’s KBOO radio.