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Fearing the Tyranny
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Iran — Fearing the Tyrant Not the Change

Arseh Sevom–The final post of a three-part series summarizing the Hivos report, The Green Movement: Seizing the State or Democratizing Society, examines the long struggle for democracy in Iran and the stunted growth of its civil society. Editor Shervin Nekuee states that “The most essential question these citizens have to deal with is whether they are capable of preventing the arrival of yet another tyrant…” Civil Society activist Sohrab Razzaghi says, “The fundamental issue is that the idea of a civil society is not yet considered a social project among Iranian intelligentsia and social forces [...]”

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The Green Movement and Avoiding Violent Opposition

Arseh Sevom–The presence of women in the public demonstrations of the Green Movement before and after Iran’s 2009 presidential elections was undeniable. They were on the front lines, in public, advocating for change. Their voices were strong during the nightly chants from Tehran’s rooftops. The non-hierarchical structure of the womens’ movement and its long history building coalitions among people with different political ideologies was key for the dispersed leadership of the Green Movement. While the women’s movement may have contributed to the discourse on non-violence, violence is unavoidable for a resistance movement writes author Ammar Maleki in his contribution. He writes, “Civil resistance avoids violence, but it never escapes it; if that were the case then it would never be resistance.” In this short piece, chapters two and three of the Hivos report, The Green Movement: Seizing the State or Democratizing Society, are summarized. This is part two of a three-part series.

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Reform, Revolution, and Change

What does it take to make change?

On Monday, April 18th, The University of Amsterdam, IKV Pax Christi, and Hivos sponsored a day-long seminar, Middle Eastern Perspectives on the Revolutions, on the recent events in the Arab world. In a series of short posts, Arseh Sevom will summarize some of the discussion that occurred that day. We will look at specific themes such as women’s involvement and the struggle for women’s rights, involvement of trade unions, and the struggles of ethnic and religious minorities.

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