The Protester

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Letter from the Editor

November 23, 2011

Dear Readers, The term “Arab Spring” has always felt ominous to me rather than optimistic. After all, we all know what happened after the short-lived Prague Spring of 1968, which was brutally squashed. As I write this in November, 2011, we read… Read more

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From Monitoring to Building: Questions for South African Peace-Worker Jasmin Nordien

November 22, 2011

Arseh Sevom spoke with South African activist Jasmin Nordien about her experiences working in civil society organizations. In this post, we focus on her experiences throughout the 1990s , when she worked with the Network of Independent Monitors… Read more

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A Rebellion of Civil Society

November 22, 2011

In this interview, Arturo Desimone talks to Tunisian student activist Ghassen Athmni. They discuss the democratic future of Tunisia, non-violence, Islamism, and the (then) coming elections. Athmni states, “This is not a revolution born out of… Read more

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How to Organize a Community

November 22, 2011

In this piece, activist Anita Hunt (AKA Liss of Lissnup) gives some pointers on building a neighborhood organization. A good issue, the author tells us, will “be a real improvement in people’s lives; be non-divisive, and develop a sense of power for… Read more

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Rock the Casbah

November 22, 2011

Davi Barker, who blogs for the San Francisco Examiner as the SF Muslim, goes back to the ninth century to speculate on the roots of change in the Arab world. In the work of scholar Patricia Crone, he uncovers political thinkers speculating on the… Read more

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“One Has to Do All One Can for Human Rights”

November 19, 2011

In this interview with Arseh Sevom, Antonia Bertschinger tells us of her work at the Swiss section of Amnesty International. She tells us how she came to be involved with human rights work. Bertschinger came to the work via her interest in… Read more

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Facebook interview with Tunisian Activist

November 19, 2011

Arturo Desimone chats with student activist Ghassen Athmni about Islamism, conservatism, and extremism in Tunisia. This interview elaborates on the longer one published in the Civil Society Zine as A Rebellion of Civil Society, available… Read more

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“Are we capable of managing the diversity we have?”: Human Rights in the MENA Region

November 17, 2011

Rania F is a Lebanese human rights defender working in Jordan with IKV Pax Christi. Rania spoke to Arseh Sevom about her experiences working in the region. She spoke about human rights, the changes in the Arab region, women’s rights,… Read more

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Creating the Impossible: The Invisible Network of Britain’s Activist Subculture

March 26, 2011

In this piece scholar and writer Avery Oslo discusses the “invisible network” of environmental activists in the UK. She tells us how they manage to protest despite the lack of leadership and discusses their decision-making processes. The key, she… Read more

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As Strong as Our Signal

March 24, 2011

Human rights activist Mana Mostatabi takes a look at the ways in which new media is transforming activism. She asks hard questions about just how effective “clicktivism can be when trying to take action for positive changes. What happens to those… Read more

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Let’s Beef Up and Meet Up

March 11, 2011

Blogger, writer, and researcher Hamid Tehrani challenges Iranian activists to continually challenge their ways of working in the virtual sphere. It’s time to come up with new concepts for using the digital world, he tells us. Let’s Beef Up and… Read more

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From a Beep to a Whisper

March 10, 2011

Journalist Nazila Fathi, reminds us all of those heady days after the 2009 elections when millions took to the streets in Tehran and other cities in Iran to protest the announced results. From a Beep to a Whisper by Nazila Fathi It was on a… Read more

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Iran in Ferment

April 5, 2011

In this piece, researcher Ladan Boroumand provides insight into the ways in which civil rights activists influenced the political debate during the 2009 presidential campaign in Iran. In hindsight, it can seem as though the results of that election… Read more

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