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What to make of popular resistance in Egypt?

For commentary on the ongoing popular resistance in Egypt, visit this interview with a friend of PCS, Professor Stephen ZunesProfessor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco and chair of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment, is also a helpful resource.

Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco and chair of the program in Middle Eastern Studies.

Here is a must-see report on the nonviolent organizing behind the uprising.

For global context on the proliferation of strategic nonviolent action:


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16 responses to “What to make of popular resistance in Egypt?”

  1. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    An example of peace journalism from The Daily News Egypt?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5GSfSRY2PQ&feature=player_embedded

    This story strikes me as important as the equally crucial questions of what the regime will do, will Baradei become a negotiator and leading politician, what about stability in the region, etc. The reach of this kind of building of civil society is central to Egypt’s future and the spread of democracy in the Middle East.

  2. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Prof. Zunes offers more useful commentary on nonviolent protest and the military here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110131/ts_yblog_thelookout/all-eyes-on-egypts-military-how-will-it-respond

  3. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Here is a blunt but important must-read for all watching Egypt this week. Some may be put off by the frustrated tone (take a moment to acknowledge that, its important too), but hear the main points.

    http://sarthanapalos.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/a-guide-how-not-to-say-stupid-stuff-about-egypt/

  4. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    And still more helpful information from Prof. Zunes: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41316837/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/41331322

  5. Thank you for these resources, professor! Please keep posting them. 🙂

  6. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Here is the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict’s case study summary of nonviolent resistance in Egypt.

    http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/movements-and-campaigns/movements-and-campaigns-summaries?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=6

  7. Swarthmore’s Prof. Dominic Tierney writes about Egypt in his blog post “‘Our S.O.B.s’ and America’s Revolutionary Dilemma Abroad” at The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/02/our-sobs-and-americas-revolutionary-dilemma-abroad/70581/

  8. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Retweet:

    R Gibbs, Pres O’s spokesman, says kinds of events in Egypt have never been seen in Mid East. Where’s he been? http://amzn.to/gCTBbZ #Egypt

  9. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Nicholas Kristoff unequivocally calls the disturbances today “attacks” not “clashes”.

    http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/the-view-from-tahrir/?src=tptw

  10. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    The University of Texas library is compiling links of useful current maps of Cairo.

    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/

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    Lee Smithey
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    Lee Smithey

    Swarthmore’s Prof. Farha Ghannam in the Philadelphia Inquirer today. … Midan Tahrir, meaning “Liberation Square.”

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110204_The_rich_symbolism_of_the_square_in_Cairo.html

  13. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    Here is more on how the diffusion of knowledge about nonviolent resistance, aided by internet communications,

    http://www.thenation.com/article/158498/how-cyber-pragmatism-brought-down-mubarak

    And Stephen Zunes writes an important piece on why Egypt will not turn into another Iran.

    http://www.fpif.org/articles/why_egypt_will_not_turn_into_another_iran

    Like the AlJazeera video above, this Salon piece reveals those who planned and organized long before masses hit the streets in Cairo.

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/02/10/egypt_youth_activists_april_6_kefaya_jan25

  14. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    You can’t understand international geo-politics unless you understand nonviolent resistance.

  15. Lee Smithey Avatar
    Lee Smithey

    This piece balances the importance of the blogosphere in Egypt with other important work (labor, human rights, etc.).

    http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2011/02/09/the-road-to-tahrir/

    Thanks for sharing this Prof. Scheutze!