Powerful nonviolent resistance to armed conflict in Yemen
As with the initial uprising against the Saleh regime four years ago, an unarmed civil society movement rises up to challenge the Huthi militia.
How to discredit your democratic opponents in Egypt
The Egyptian military regime is pushing conspiracy theories to discredit their democratic, non-violent opponents. Aiming at several birds with one stone, with respect to their US backers, they are trying to have it both ways at once. Democracy and non-violence will fight back.
Published in: HomeMandela’s utilitarianism and the struggle for liberation
“Mandela was a great leader because he recognized that the movement had become a civil insurrection, a largely nonviolent struggle. A great leader is one who recognizes where the movement is and leads them accordingly, not one who says, ‘Do it my way!’”
Ruthless regimes not impervious to civil resistance: A reply to Maged Mandour
There is little systematic evidence to suggest that “ruthlessness” is, in and of itself, a critical variable.
The Maldives: a serial coup in progress?
Should Britain, the United States and others who claim to be concerned, stand by and allow reactionary forces to stage-manage a phony election, this sends yet another inconsistent and disheartening message to those struggling for peaceful democratic change in the Islamic world and beyond.
Published in: HomeOn Syria, most thoughtful people are torn
Foreign military intervention would prolong the war and increase the carnage still further. But this does not mean that the US in conjunction with others, including Syrian civil society, cannot do anything to help the situation. Reply to Nader Hashemi.