A decade after his premature departure, Said’s life, in all its “disorganised, scattered, uncentred” richness will continue to radiate moral and intellectual sustenance, as well as untold surprises and delights.
For the moment, the
Wixáritari believe that they are winning the fight for the hearts and minds of
Mexicans and that public opinion is turning against international mining companies. They should not be underestimated.
on-the-ground citizen victory against those who represented one of the most
powerful industries in the world is the result of a multi-pronged, multiyear
combination of tactics that has combined into an innovative, compelling
strategy. See Part One here.
mobilize and prepare the towns threatened by hydraulic fracturing with action plans so well-devised,
so widely and transparently publicized, that unconventional energy developers
wouldn't dare enter? See Part Two here.
Egyptians are looking
to their own political participation and to further their interests as free
individuals. In turn, this means they must build institutions, namely political
parties and unions. The legitimacy of army rule is contingent on how smoothly
this is accomplished.
rising consciousness throughout the continent of the problems of increased
militarization, coinciding with an increased appreciation of the power of
creative nonviolent conflict, these conditions have not yet led to a rising
movement of South African peace protesters.
Increasingly, the relationship between Americans and
their government has come to resemble a one-way mirror dividing an
interrogation room. So here’s a beginner’s guide to some of what’s happening on
the other side of that mirror.
understand Tunisia, one must get to grips with its labour movement. UGTT has enjoyed a continuity in
history and presence across the country which is paralleled only by the ruling
party at its height under Bourguiba and Ben Ali.
What are the lasting sources of discontent
that are driving an increase in protest? What tactics are Chinese activists
employing and how have nonviolent actors adapted in the face of severe
When the parties claim that they
hear what the public is saying about, say, immigration, the public knows it is
being told what it thinks the parties want it to hear. What has been lost is
any sense that the parties speak from conviction.
Such baseless and cynical claims are the stock-in-trade of Hindu
chauvinist propagandists: as if to be critical of the BJP’s pogroms is to be
supportive of the Congress party’s or Maoist or Communist violence or for that
matter violence by misguided and fanatical members of disadvantaged communities.
Politicians and the press are locked in a cycle of increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric, presented as 'uncomfortable truth'. Yet the problem is not immigration but socio-economic inequality. Poverty and exclusion are faced by working class people of all backgrounds.
‘multilevel governance’ replaced the nation state or European confederation, creating
the precondition for a multilevel citizenship? Or is this just a name we give
to the empty place left by the demise of the nation state?
In these moments of rupture, people find themselves
members of a "we" that did not until then exist, at least not as an
entity with agency and identity and potency. New possibilities or the old dream
of a just society emerge and shine.