Category Archives: Nonviolent Action

Swimming against the tide

When I first started this blog in 2014, there was a part of me which thought that its title (Democracy in a hostile world) was somewhat hyperbolic. As I return to writing on it on 9th November 2016, a lot … Continue reading

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Dramatic scenes in South Africa’s parliament during Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address

Nobody expected Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be a humdrum affair. But the reality – punctuated by mobile phone jamming, wresting matches and a mass walkout – was more bizarre than most could have imagined. … Continue reading

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What do the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown tell us about democracy in the US?

The official motto of the town of Ferguson is ‘Proud past. Promising Future.’ That vision lies in ruins today amid unprecedented public protests sparked by the strangulation of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown. These killings have led … Continue reading

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