Participation is everything — a conversation with Erica Chenoweth

Waging Nonviolence Over the last year and a half, an historic wave of uprisings and revolutions has engulfed much of the world and done more to legitimize the power of nonviolence than anything since the fall of the Soviet Union. Just as Tunisians kicked off this global nonviolent upheaval, Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan were … Continue reading Participation is everything — a conversation with Erica Chenoweth

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Pillars of Support

Beautiful Trouble Conventional wisdom tells us that power resides in the hands of those at the top, and that when push comes to shove, “power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” as Mao famously said. If so, then the only way to defeat a violent opponent is through the use of even greater … Continue reading Pillars of Support

Nonviolence, Muslim Style: From Ghaffar Khan to Tahrir Square

Religion Dispatches “Islam” Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today Amitabh Pal Praeger (2011) When the mass nonviolent movements that brought down longtime U.S.-backed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt this year captured the world’s attention, The Progressive’s managing editor Amitabh Pal joked that it made his new book, “Islam” Means Peace: Understanding the … Continue reading Nonviolence, Muslim Style: From Ghaffar Khan to Tahrir Square

Is there no other way in Libya?

Waging Nonviolence, Common Dreams, The Indypendent One of the arguments that is being forwarded by proponents of military intervention in Libya is that Qaddafi is literally crazy and therefore cannot be reasoned with or expected to step down without force. In an article for Tikkun, entitled "Libya: Acid Test for Nonviolence?," Metta Center for Nonviolence … Continue reading Is there no other way in Libya?

Pro-Democracy Forces in Bahrain Face Unique Challenges

Waging Nonviolence, Sojourners After a month of largely peaceful pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, the situation has taken a dramatic turn for the worse this week. On Monday, 2,000 soldiers from Saudi Arabia and other allies in the region entered Bahrain at the request of King Hamad al-Khalifa.  The king then announced a three-month state of … Continue reading Pro-Democracy Forces in Bahrain Face Unique Challenges

Lessons from the election

December 2010 Platypus Review In a strange way, the debate over whether the American left should support the Green Movement in Iran resembles the arguments that took place in progressive circles before the 2008 presidential elections in the United States, and that reemerged in the recent midterm elections. Those in the Obama camp either believed … Continue reading Lessons from the election

Jon Stewart’s Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity

Waging Nonviolence, Sojourners, The Indypendent While I regularly watch The Daily Show and think its political satire is second to none, the Rally to Restore Sanity that will be held on the Mall in Washington D.C. tomorrow is problematic on many levels.  Of all the critiques I’ve seen, Daniel Denvir over at Alternet best captured … Continue reading Jon Stewart’s Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity