FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Ms. Stryker surely has an FBI/CIA/NSA file as thick as a Beijing phone book, and from the perspective of the 1%, deservedly so, which makes her a true modern day heroine in my eyes. Her life story is one of the most fascinating, adventurous, rebellious and romantic ones that I’ve ever vicariously experienced, reading her autobiography Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, and one that I will not soon forget.

Egyptian Military Government Names Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Group

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 6:59 am

After launching a coup that removed the democratically elected president, the Egyptian military has now labeled the former president’s entire political organization as a terrorist group.

The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the largest political groups in Egypt and backers of deposed President Morsi, are now official enemies of the Egyptian state. A state firmly in the hands of the Egyptian military whom seem determined to crush their longtime political foe.

Women Unionists of the Arab Spring Battle Two Foes: Sexism and Neoliberalism

By: Monday April 1, 2013 12:10 pm

Originally posted at In These Times

This year’s World Social Forum, a transnational gathering of social activists, took place in Tunis, a city bubbling with unrest as it struggles to shake off a legacy of authoritarian rule while navigating tensions over women’s rights, labor and nationalism. At the gates of the gathering last week, these faultlines became starkly apparent when a caravan of trade unionists and rights advocates found themselves unexpectedly blockaded. Border police, under official orders, refused entry to a delegation of 96 Algerian activists that included members of the embattled union SNAPAP, known for its militancy and inclusion of women as leaders and front-line protesters.

FDL Movie Night: We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

By: Monday February 4, 2013 5:00 pm

Love them, hate them, fear them, mock them…however you feel about Anonymous, the notorious hacktivists, you can’t deny that they have changed things. From rickrolling, chocolate rain, and looooong cat to directed denials of service, defacing government websites around the world and exposing the names of millions of corporate customers online, Anonymous is a chaotic force for — well for lots of things. For teh lulz and for the win.

How the Major Newspapers Which Endorsed Obama Celebrate His Foreign Policy Record

By: Monday November 5, 2012 3:54 pm

The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush.

Iran Boycotts Oscars Over “Innocence of Muslims”

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:15 pm

Iran will not submit a film for Academy Award consideration because of “an intolerable insult to the Prophet,” culture minister Muhammad Hosseini told INSA news.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rory O’Connor, Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 1:59 pm

When I sat down to read Friends, Followers and the Future by Rory O’Connor, I thought I knew what to expect. This is how I earn my living- by advising others on how best to integrate social media into their lives and work. The world that is social media is at best a microcosm of the world at large and at worst a poor substitute for the offline world, and I figured that it would be easy to read this book, digest it into manageable pieces and write this intro for today’s book salon.

I was wrong.

FDL Movie Night: Words of Witness

By: Monday June 18, 2012 5:00 pm

Watching Mai Iskander’s film Words of Witness as the reports filtered in of the Egyptian presidential election results was somewhat surreal, a word the film’s Heba and her family also find descriptive of the situation in their homeland as the initial joy of Mubarak’s resignation becomes the much longer struggle to build democracy – or perhaps to continue wresting democracy from the hands of the regime.

About Julian Assange’s New Revolutionary Television Show

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 5:25 pm

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange has started an interview show on Russian television, and the first show provides an unprecedented interview with a leader of Hezbollah. Assange declares the purpose of the interview is to ask Nasrallah to address why he is a “freedom fighter” to millions and at the same time a “terrorist” to millions of others, indicating Assange has no intention to simply prove critics of Hezbollah wrong. He wishes to objectively explore both issues that have earned mainstream attention.

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