At a TEDx event in Kraków last month, our good friend Srdja Popovic, who was one of the leaders of Otpor—the student-led nonviolent movement that played a key role in the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000—and currently runs the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, delivered this great introductory talk on people power that is well worth watching.
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.