In this new interview, Michael Nagler, president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, offers his thoughts on the nonviolent movement that has just toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt after 30 years of dictatorial rule.
Nagler wisely argues that to solidify this nonviolent victory, the positive energy in Egypt must now be channeled into constructive work focused on building an authentic democracy and addressing the widespread poverty that plagues the country.
Recent criticisms calling the founder of nonviolent theory a Cold Warrior are way off the mark. To rightly evaluate him, we need to understand the role he chose for himself.
A six-week strike by teachers has bolstered a movement against proposed austerity measures targeting Lebanon’s dangerously underfunded education system.
Drama helps movements draw attention to their issues, but it won’t come without creativity and direct action tactics that reach beyond the choir.