Tag Archives: Arab Spring

A brief history of the Guy Fawkes mask and how the mask evolved into an unlikely global symbol of rebellion

As you’ve likely noticed, over the past few years the stylized mask of Guy Fawkes has evolved into a global symbol of dissent, employed by everyone from shadowy computer hackers to Turkish airline workers.  Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England on November 5th with bonfire festivals.   By Monica Nickelsburg   TheWeek.com   July 3, 2013 […]

Lulz and Dissent: A New Book on Anonymous

“Coleman does a fantastic job of chronicling Anonymous’s political turn while explaining her own moral pretzels as a researcher. She illuminates a movement that bucks the cultural trend to self-promote and examines the “fractal chaos” of a leaderless collective that is deliberately hard to pin down but looks a little bit like the Internet when […]

Rebecca Solnit: The Arc of Justice and the Long Run Hope, History, and Unpredictability

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, The Future Needs Us By Rebecca Solnit  December 22, 2013  TomDispatch.com North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Some trees bear fruit long after the people who have planted them have died, […]

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell — The Case for Hope

The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable.  By Rebecca Solnit  May 19, 2013  TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Ten years ago, my part of the world was full […]

Noam Chomsky: America, Moral Degenerate

Noam Chomsky: America, Moral Degenerate Democrats and Republicans alike embrace torture and assassination policies that are an attack on 800 years of civil rights law. December 13, 2012  |    CIVIL LIBERTIES  AlterNet.org Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives / By Eric Bailey, Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky and Eric Bailey of Torture Magazine discuss America’s human rights record under President Obama, and the military […]

Sarah Martin> The Syria Situation

The Syria Situation by Sarah Martin, Women Against Military Madness Speech delivered in Minneapolis on International Human Rights Day December 8, 2012 Make no mistake about it. The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) powers, along with their proxies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are deeply responsible for the human rights disaster in Syria […]

Chomsky: America Acts Like It Owns the World, While Endangering the Planet from Nuclear War and Climate Change

Chomsky: America Acts Like It Owns the World, While Endangering the Planet from Nuclear War and Climate Change Inability to face the truth about ourselves in this country is all too common a feature across American society. By Noam Chomsky October 26, 2012  Democracy Now via AlterNet.org  Note: In a recent speech, Professor Chomsky examined topics largely ignored […]

Russ Baker> The Hijacking of Arab Spring, and the Media’s Complicity

The Hijacking of Arab Spring, and the Media’s Complicity By Russ Baker (about the author)    June 26, 2012    opednews.com This article cross-posted from WhoWhatWhy For those versed in the black arts of propaganda, the hijacking of Arab Spring must be a beauteous thing to behold. First came evidently spontaneous uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Then some […]

Danny Schechter> Are You “Spring Trained” For May Day?

Are You “Spring Trained” For May Day?  By Danny Schechter    23 APRIL 2012     The Real News Our Own Stand Your Ground Message, 1894 …Let the winds lift your banners from far lands With a message of strife and of hope: Raise the Maypole aloft with its garlands That gathers your cause in […]

David Remnick> An Existential Threat Within Israel Threatens Its Democracy

Threatened by David Remnick    March 12, 2012 Edition   The New Yorker Posted March 5, 2012 on WAMMToday Democracy is never fully achieved. At best, it’s an ambition, a state of becoming. In America, it took generations for blacks, women, and gays and lesbians to win the rights of citizenship—rights that, in many instances, […]

How Empires Fall (Including the American One)> An Interview with Jonathan Schell

An Interview With Jonathan Schell How Empires Fall (Including the American One)  by ANDY KROLL    March 1, 2012     Tom Dispatch When Jonathan Schell’s The Unconquerable World, a meditation on the history and power of nonviolent action, was published in 2003, the timing could not have been worse. Americans were at war — and […]

Rolling Stone> Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview

Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism By MICHAEL HASTINGS  January 18, 2012 8:00 AM ET Rolling Stone  Assange poses for a portrait at his undisclosed location in the English countryside.  Max […]

Robin Morgan> Occupying the Occupy Movement

Occupying the Occupy Movement Robin Morgan   January 3, 2012   Women’s Media Center An Occupy movement for 2012 could gain strength and staying-power with strategies suggested by an emerging feminist critique. Mexico city collective, from Occuprint.org As women of the Arab Spring are rediscovering, being participants, even leaders, of the uprisings hasn’t led to women’s […]

Tomgram> Tom Engelhardt> Nick Turse, Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring? | TomDispatch

Tomgram> Nick Turse, Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring? Tom Engelhardt     December 13, 2011     Tom Dispatch Of all American military training programs around the world, the most publicized in recent years has been the one building up a local security force to replace U.S. (and NATO) troops as they ever […]

Nick Turse> Making Repression Our Business> The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East

Making Repression Our Business The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East  Nick Turse     December 13, 2011    Tom Dispatch As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever […]

TIME names “The Protester” as “Person Of Year”

TIME names “The Protester” as “Person Of Year” Magazine honors Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street with its annual accolade ASSOCIATED PRESS  WEDNESDAY, DEC 14, 2011 7:45 AM   NEW YORK (AP) — “The Protester” has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2011. The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. The magazine […]

Arab Revolutions and the Power of Nonviolent Action

Arab Revolutions and the Power of Nonviolent Action Stephen Zunes   Sunday 4 December 2011    Nation of Change “This has not come, in most cases, from a moral or spiritual commitment to nonviolence per se, but simply because it works.” While sit­ting in a Cairo café just a cou­ple blocks from Tahrir Square a […]

Protest Planet> How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism> Juan Cole

Protest Planet> How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism  By Juan Cole    TomDispatch From Tunis to Tel Aviv, Madrid to Oakland, a new generation of youth activists is challenging the neoliberal state that has dominated the world ever since the Cold War ended.  The massive popular protests that shook the globe this […]

Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope> Rebecca Solnit

Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope Posted by Rebecca Solnit at 10:13am, October 18, 2011.   TomDispatch Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year — with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about […]

WATCH! ‘I Am Not Moving’ compares Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

By Kase Wickman Wednesday, October 12, 2011      Raw Story A video combining footage of United States government leaders and clips of the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown New York City has gone viral, reposted across several accounts on YouTube. The video opens with a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton […]