I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?
For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.
My 90th birthday is here. Did I make a contribution, have a good time, live wisely, maybe accomplish something? Frankly, I don't know. I didn't find life a big performance as much as a steady marathon race.
Despite formally handing over power on April 12, however, the junta continued to arrest opponents and still wields considerable influence. Scattered fighting between rival armed forces erupted in the capital last week.
The best hope for Syria is that continued protests, strikes and other forms of nonviolent resistance will cause enough disruption that powerful economic interests would force the government to negotiate with the opposition for a transfer of power to a democratic majority.
There are still reasons to be hopeful that the so-called "Arab Spring" will transform the Middle East for the better. It took nearly a decade between the first strikes in the Gdansk Shipyard and the fall of communism in Poland.
The downfall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime is very good news, particularly for the people of Libya. However, it is critically important that the world not learn the wrong lessons from the dictator's overthrow.
Democracy will not come to the Middle East through foreign intervention, sanctimonious statements, voluntary reforms by autocrats, or armed struggle by a self-selected vanguard. It will only come through the power of people.
As with other civil struggles, a nonviolent movement can ebb and flow. There may have to be tactical retreats, times for resetting of strategy, or a focus on negotiations, before broader operations that capture the world's attention resume.