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John Jackson
John Jackson is co-author of Small Acts of Resistance, a collection of stories which show how courage, tenacity and a bit of ingenuity can change the world (

For the past two decades he has run international human rights and development campaigns on a range of issues including: Burma, HIV/AIDS, IMF/World Bank policy, international trade, poor country debt, child labour and anti-personnel land mines. He covered stories on survivors of conflict in Burma, Cambodia and the Philippines.

John has been a regular commentator on national and international news programmes including BBC World, CNN and Sky News and has also been published in the Guardian, the Independent and Prospect magazine.

Entries by John Jackson

Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Photo IHH Humanitarian Relief/Hatay Turkish-Syrian border

Over three million Syrians, inside their own country but many close to its borders, are in urgent need of food and medical aid. Just on the other side of those borders in countries like...

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Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:45 PM

My family arrived on a doorstep in Hackney, London, in 1957. They travelled from a hot Burma to a cold wintery Britain, and not possessing winter clothes, were seen by neighbours shivering into their new home. The next day they opened the front door and found that those white, working...

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A New Symbol for New Times

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Do a Google image search for protest symbols and your first page will show a range of raised fists, Guy Fawkes masks and possibly even a few giant inflatable rats. But by far the single most represented...

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Playing With the Enemy

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 4:04 PM

Having fun with your activism is a crucial strategy to having impact. No matter how serious the issue or the struggle, people across the centuries have punctured the inflated sense of power and authority of their opponents with humor, mischief and subversion. That has been true whether the target of...

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The Dirty Tricks Dictators Play

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2011 | 5:52 PM

Cunning bad guys are essential to most political dramas, and the real life battles between democrats and dictators are no exception. As the strategies of non-violent resistance to authoritarian regimes have developed, so too have the dirty tricks and counterattacks of the regimes themselves.

In April a top-secret...

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The Professors of Protest and the University of Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 3:31 PM

Hope is not a method. For those who face seemingly invincible dictatorships, even the most inspirational bravery on its own is rarely enough. Strategy, planning and discipline are crucial. But where can you learn the best of these disciplines from the masters of theory and practice in non-violent political liberation?...

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Mubarak's Tom and Jerry Moment

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 11:10 AM

The philosopher Slavoj Zizek makes a wonderful analogy between the moment a dictator like Egypt's Mubarak faces downfall and the Tom and Jerry cartoons. Tom the cat runs off a high precipice and hangs in mid air with nothing below him but a long drop. Only when he looks down...

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A Toast to the Bravery and Sacrifice of Whistleblowers

(3) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM

One day in January 2004 an American soldier, Joseph Darby, was shown disturbing pictures of Iraqis being tortured by U.S. forces in Abu Ghraib prison. He informed his superiors and was promised anonymity to avert retribution from fellow soldiers. Months later the photographs were leaked and the images of humiliating...

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Kicking the 'Race' Habit

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 4:19 PM

Federal law says that every student in a public school has to be classified by race. If parents or students refuse to check one of the five racial categories provided, the school will choose the race for them. Some parents object to having to classify their children by race, others object...

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Burma's Tinder-Dry Politics -- What will be the Spark?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 1:39 AM

There are two big questions facing Burma in the next few weeks. Will civil war flare up after the military junta's sham election on November 7? And will Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, be released when her sentence ends on November 13? Both questions go to the heart...

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Could we 'Have' Less and 'Be' More?

(6) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 5:58 PM

"It's a story about us -- people -- being persuaded to spend money we don't have, on things we don't need, to create impressions that won't last, on people we don't care about." This is how Tim Jackson, the UK government's sustainable development commissioner, summed up what drives...

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The Power of a Question Mark

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 3:14 PM

There is a woman who sits alone in her house, by a lake. She has done so for 14 years. A prisoner, surrounded by armed guards, separated from family, friends and colleagues, she is isolated.

There is also a man who sits alone in a damp, cold and dim cell....

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The Hype About Online Activism, or 'Clicktivism'

(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 3:16 PM

I wonder whether Trotsky phoned Lenin to organize the revolution? He was in New York and
Lenin was in Zurich when Tsar Nicholas was toppled in 1917. They must have been desperate to speak to comrades in Moscow and St Petersburg, to get them inspired, roused up and ready...

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