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Discovering the Unexpected Power of Nonviolence: Street Spirit Interview with Erica Chenoweth

Discovering the Unexpected Power of Nonviolence: Street Spirit Interview with Erica Chenoweth | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
We found that during the period of 1900 to 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns are about twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their goals. We also found that these trends hold even where most people expect nonviolent resistance to be ineffective -- for instance, against dictatorships and highly repressive regimes." — Erica Chenoweth
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Why #PussyRiot Is the Future of Civil Disobedience (and Not Just in Putin's Russia) - Forbes

Why #PussyRiot Is the Future of Civil Disobedience (and Not Just in Putin's Russia) - Forbes | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow.
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Why a sex strike is Togolese women's best weapon against dictatorship

Why a sex strike is Togolese women's best weapon against dictatorship | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Let's Save Togo Women's Collective: Women fighting for democracy in Togo can freely vote to oust the Gnassingbé dictatorial regime – by saying no in the bedroom...
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The Danger of Syria Intervention

The Danger of Syria Intervention | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
The call for military intervention in Syria has grown more urgent in recent weeks. But it’s a call that should be resisted argues Christopher Dickey.
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Can non-violent resistance and armed rebellion co-exist? | openDemocracy

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Syria: Lamp in the Storm

Syria: Lamp in the Storm | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
During the climactic “Quit India” campaign launched by Gandhi in 1942, there were outbreaks of violence. Earlier, in 1922, similar outbreaks had led him to suspend the non-cooperation movement.
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Terrorism Watch: Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare

Terrorism Watch: Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Once he'd worked that out, Sharp went back to his theories of nonviolent struggle: "What is the nature of this technique?" he asked himself. "What are its methods ... different kinds of strikes, protests, boycotts, hunger strikes .
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Must we change our hearts before throwing off our chains?

Must we change our hearts before throwing off our chains? | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it

The critical element of nonviolent power, argued Lawson, is that it puts “a new agenda on the table.” In other words, the exercise of nonviolent power is its own best advocate. As it succeeds, it reduces the perceived efficacy of violence and offers empowering alternatives to the status quo — both at the level of society and in the lives of individuals taking part

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Creative activism and the remaking of Palestine | openDemocracy

Creative activism and the remaking of Palestine | openDemocracy | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it

While policy wonks and media pundits wallow in endless debates about Jewish settlements and the threat of terror, Palestinian groups are creatively exploring alternative ways to realise their national aspirations.

 

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Starving for a cause

Starving for a cause | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
From Bahrain to India and Guantanamo Bay, the age-old hunger strike is back in vogue as a protest tactic.
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Discovering the Unexpected Power of Nonviolence: Street Spirit Interview with Erica Chenoweth

Discovering the Unexpected Power of Nonviolence: Street Spirit Interview with Erica Chenoweth | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
We found that during the period of 1900 to 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns are about twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their goals. We also found that these trends hold even where most people expect nonviolent resistance to be ineffective -- for instance, against dictatorships and highly repressive regimes." — Erica Chenoweth
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How a Nonviolent Struggle by Workers and Farmers in Sweden and ...

How a Nonviolent Struggle by Workers and Farmers in Sweden and ... | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the ....
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Eurozine - The Green Movement and nonviolent struggle in Iran - Ramin Jahanbegloo

Though it had the potential to turn violent, Iran's Green Movement was determined to seek dialogue with the state. In doing so, it put back in the bottle the genie of violence released by the Khomeini revolution thirty years earlier, writes Ramin Jahanbegloo.

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Is War Inevitable? A View From The Stars : NPR

Is War Inevitable? A View From The Stars : NPR | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
War might have made evolutionary sense for emerging groups with a predisposition to social hierarchy and tool building, but what happens when these societies become global — and so do their tools of war?
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Can civil society save Afghanistan? - by Lael and Hamdullah Mohib | The AfPak Channel

Can civil society save Afghanistan? - by Lael and Hamdullah Mohib | The AfPak Channel | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it

In a speech earlier this year to commemorate the reign of King Amanullah, Afghanistan's reformist king during the 1920's, Afghan President Hamid Karzai focused on the younger generation's contribution to the country's future: ‘'This is a steady wheel that is progressively moving toward more development, and it will not turn back," he said. "This is a young man's engine with a power that does not know cold or any other obstacles."

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Eurozine - The Green Movement and nonviolent struggle in Iran - Ramin Jahanbegloo

Eurozine - The Green Movement and nonviolent struggle in Iran - Ramin Jahanbegloo | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it

Though it had the potential to turn violent, Iran's Green Movement was determined to seek dialogue with the state. In doing so, it put back in the bottle the genie of violence released by the Khomeini revolution thirty years earlier, writes Ramin Jahanbegloo.

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Regular People, Extraordinary Courage: 9 Stories Of Ordinary Heroes Who Stood Up In Times Of Genocide

Regular People, Extraordinary Courage: 9 Stories Of Ordinary Heroes Who Stood Up In Times Of Genocide | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
In 1994, Rwanburindi Enoch and his wife were a relatively prosperous Hutu couple, living a quiet and fulfilling life in their village in Rwanda.
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Participation is everything — a conversation with Erica Chenoweth

Participation is everything — a conversation with Erica Chenoweth | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it

Over the last year and a half, an historic wave of uprisings and revolutions has engulfed much of the world and done more to...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 putting the finishing touches on their recent book Why Civil Resistance Works, which is a must read for anyone interested in the dynamics behind these movements’ successes and failures.

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Give peace a score

Give peace a score | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
A global ranking of peacefulness QUANTIFYING peace is a bit like trying to describe how happiness smells: people generally recognise it when they come across it, which rules out the need for further examination.
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Narco News: Professor’s Work Shows People Power Trumps Violence

Narco News: Professor’s Work Shows People Power Trumps Violence | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
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Young Palestinians act out their struggle on another stage

Young Palestinians act out their struggle on another stage | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
After the murder of their Israeli-born director, the students of a tiny theatre in Jenin refugee camp are fighting to save their dreams, writes Killian Fox...
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How to learn nonviolent resistance as King did

How to learn nonviolent resistance as King did | Learning Nonviolence | Scoop.it
How does one learn nonviolent resistance? The same ... College presidents, professors, pastors and journalists journeyed to India to meet Gandhi and study how to forge mass struggle with nonviolent means.
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