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Civil society gives refugee support

Since I wrote this on Facebook it turned out that the Macedonian government made the smart decision to not do the dirty work of the EU but instead (like Greece) let all refugees pass through the border (since everyone knew they didn’t want to settle in Macedonia, or for that matter in Greece) but wanted to continue to pass borders towards the center of Europe. This just makes the activists in Berlin that gives practical support to the refugees so much more hopeful.

In stark contrast to the "security forces" that attack refugees in Macedonia, German activists in Berlin are organising…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Activist event Creative resistance Humour

Banksy 2.0

The mother of all cool street artists, Mr Banksy himself, still living in anonymity and escaping “justice”, has succeeded to overdo himself and made a theme park, open to everyone (although visitors will be less entertained than chocked): “Dismaland”, an ironic and truer version to social reality than the big lie of the Western World created in Disneyland. Banksy is simply brilliant and one of the major political activists of our time. Check it out!

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Activist event Humour

“Bank note busting”

Star Trek fans are threatening the economic order of Canada …

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Activist event Boycott Creative resistance Nonviolent action

“Confiscation of illegal goods” as action method

These activists in Dublin, Ireland did what I think is needed, but should take it one more step. They went into a store…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Nonviolent action Resistance research

The backfire of repression

It is vital for us to try to understand how violent repression of oppositional movements by authoritarian regimes…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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Constructive resistance

Constructive resistance

I have just written a shorter op-ed article (in Swedish, and not yet published) about the Greek struggle for another…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Friday, July 10, 2015

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Creative resistance

Creative resistance

This is the kind of creative innovation I think is the future of effective resistance that will make a difference. A far…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Humour Literature Resistance research

It is fun but what is it?

This is a humours political stunt of some kind. It is done in Brazil and is directed against those that tend to park on parking lots reserved for disabled people.

https://www.facebook.com/stellan.vinthagen/posts/10153033087986009?pnref=story

On the same theme, other activists somewhere else did this creative action (that most probably created anger and frustration, which was the whole point with the action):

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 

A year ago Majken Jul Sörensen defended her dissertation at the University of Wollongong  with the PhD “Humours Political Stunts”. It is an excellent analysis of the role of humour in resistance, a book a very much recommend. It is now available through the publishing house Irene that specialises in literature on nonviolent activism and resistance research. Check it out!

A year ago Majken Jul Sörensen defended her dissertation at the University of Wollongong with the PhD "Humours…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Monday, August 17, 2015

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Nonviolent action

Hopeful stories are empowering

Hearing about victories from local resistance against large corporations and their exploitation of both nature and…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Literature Nonviolent action Resistance research

Monograph series on nonviolent action

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) has started a series of publications on nonviolent action and the…

Posted by Stellan Vinthagen on Tuesday, August 11, 2015