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Credit the Egyptian People for the Egyptian Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

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.

Discovering Fire

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in t...

Why Egypt's Nonviolent Victory Is a Win for Us All

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

The movement in Egypt had been planned carefully and had been effective in conveying the need for both sustained pressure on the regime and strict nonviolent discipline.

Why Egypt Will Not Turn Into Another Iran

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The difference between Egypt today and Iran of the late 1970s is striking. There is virtually no chance that Egypt will take such a tragic turn should the revolution succeed.

School Re-Segregation: How Faith Has Re-Ignited the Struggle for Justice

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The radical faith that inspired the prophetic leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. is now igniting a contemporary civil rights movement in North Carolina, led by the Rev. William J. Barber.

The Egyptian Struggle Could Be Protracted, but Will Emerge Victorious

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

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.

Egypt and Tunisia: Lessons in Democratic Change

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

As long as the U.S. remains the world's No. 1 supplier of security assistance to repressive governments in the Middle East and elsewhere, the need for massive nonviolent action in support for freedom and democracy may be no greater than Egypt.

Obama's Shift on Egypt

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Obama's apparent shift away from the Mubarak regime -- like the similar reversal in US policy toward the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia a couple weeks ago -- serves as an important reminder as to where power actually comes from.

Egypt and the US "We Know Best" Syndrome

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

With countries across the Middle East now teetering between stability and change, it is hard to tell what President Obama means when he invokes the concept of stability.

US Continues to Back Egyptian Dictatorship in the Face of Pro-Democracy Uprising

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Both Congress and the Obama administration remain out of touch with the growing demands for freedom in the Arab world.

The United States and the Prospects for Democracy in Islamic Countries

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Despite Western stereotypes to the contrary, Islamic countries have been at least as prone to large-scale nonviolent struggles as other societies.

Tunisia's Democratic Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The people of Tunisia have demonstrated their power to oust a dictatorship. The coming period will tell if they can actually build a democracy.

U.S. Backs Tunisian Dictatorship in Face of Pro-Democracy Uprising

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

In the course of some civil insurrections, Washington has strongly condemned the regime. Most of the time, however, Washington has either backed the government or largely remained silent.

Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted from OpenDemocracy.net, series on Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment Given continued strikes in Iran and the freeing of Aung San S...

Upsurge in Repression Challenges Nonviolent Resistance in Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Morocco has been able to persist in flouting its international legal obligations toward Western Sahara largely because France and the United States have continued to arm Moroccan occupation forces and blocked enforcement of resolutions.

Burma's Revolution: Goodbye, Generals (with Shaazka Beyerle)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

In honor of the upcoming elections in Burma, here is a re-post of an article published at Truthout by me and Shaazka Beyerle in October of 2007. The...

Remembering Serbia's Nonviolent Victory

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

In the United States, the first week of October passed by without much fanfare. However, for about 10 million Serbian citizens, it was a time to celeb...

A Reality (and Sanity) Check for Progressives- Speech to Petaluma Progressive Festival

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Transcript of my comments to the annual Progressive Festival in Petaluma, CA, September 26, 2010: First of all, thank you to the organizers of this e...

Hip Hop as Global Resistance

Iara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iara Lee

Although hip-hop in America has become largely dominated by consumer culture, the roots of the form remain strong and have spread abroad, from ghetto to ghetto, as a common tool of resistance and cultural affirmation.

Arizona's Moment of Truth

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

This is a moment of historical import. What transpires in Arizona over the coming weeks will add a crucial chapter to the story of who we are as a people.

Leading House Democrat Calls for Prosecution of Peace Activists

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

By claiming that the hundreds of dedicated peace and human rights activists are supporters of terrorism, U.S. Congressmen are mobilizing what could become a major backlash.

Vandalism, a Dead-end Tactic at Toronto's G20 Demonstrations

Bryan Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bryan Farrell

G20 activists have done a poor job of making their demands known. The array of groups and issues present at G20 demonstrations confuses the public and rather than try to figure out how all the issues are connected.

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Speak Truth to Power

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

What has U.S. invasion and occupation unleashed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan? And how are these wars creating security for U.S. people?

Lessons from the Velvet Revolution

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

These movements were largely led by democratic socialists who mobilized workers, church people, intellectuals, and others to face down the tanks with their bare hands.