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Thu 2011-Feb-17 @ +08 17:54:10 pm

» Gene Sharp’s textbook on non-violent defiance

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from the New York Times

His name is Gene Sharp. Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at 83, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man.

But for the world’s despots, his ideas can be fatal.

Few Americans have heard of Mr. Sharp. But for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution — most notably “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” a 93-page guide to toppling autocrats, available for download in 24 languages — have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt.

When Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement was struggling to recover from a failed effort in 2005, its leaders tossed around “crazy ideas” about bringing down the government, said Ahmed Maher, a leading strategist. They stumbled on Mr. Sharp while examining the Serbian movement Otpor, which he had influenced.

Proving the power of words and ideas

When the nonpartisan International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, which trains democracy activists, slipped into Cairo several years ago to conduct a workshop, among the papers it distributed was Mr. Sharp’s “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action,” a list of tactics that range from hunger strikes to “protest disrobing” to “disclosing identities of secret agents.”

Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian blogger and activist who attended the workshop and later organized similar sessions on her own, said trainees were active in both the Tunisia and Egypt revolts. She said that some activists translated excerpts of Mr. Sharp’s work into Arabic, and that his message of “attacking weaknesses of dictators” stuck with them.

Peter Ackerman, a onetime student of Mr. Sharp who founded the nonviolence center and ran the Cairo workshop, cites his former mentor as proof that “ideas have power.”

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  1. wahaha permalink
    Thu 2011-Feb-17 @ +08 22:22:04 pm 22:22

    Malay, Chinese & Tamil version is needed here.

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Fri 2011-Feb-18 @ +08 00:07:33 am 00:07

      I already posted the links to the Indonesian and Chinese versions in my earlier article “How to bring down a dictator — the manual”. Haven’t seen a Tamil version yet, maybe some kind soul can take the time?

    • quantro permalink
      Sat 2011-Feb-19 @ +08 02:00:02 am 02:00

      Malaysians don’t read lah

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Sat 2011-Feb-19 @ +08 02:05:53 am 02:05

      So long as leaders do, and keep up…

  2. semaunya OK kot permalink
    Fri 2011-Feb-18 @ +08 13:38:33 pm 13:38

    Step no. 1: wake up to your own insecurities that gets you deeper into the quicksand of debt, feeds the system and gets blood on your hands.

  3. Flyer168 permalink
    Fri 2011-Feb-18 @ +08 22:27:40 pm 22:27


    A very interesting article indeed.

    They are all the two sides of the same coin….

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident, if it happens, you can be sure we planned it that way” – USA President Franklin Roosevelt

    Just to share this…

    US projects for Venezuela, by Eva Golinger – Venezuelan-American attorney and journalist –

    Famous Quotes from US Presidents

    Franklin Roosevelt

    “The truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger sectors has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson”. “In politics, nothing happens by accident, if it happens, you can be sure we planned it that way”. – USA President Franklin Roosevelt

    Woodrow Wilson

    “Some of the biggest men in The United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere, so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it”. – President Woodrow Wilson

    Thomas Jefferson

    “If the Ameican people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property untill their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquererd”. – President Thomas Jefferson

    Totalitarian dictators –

    “…Despite the many differences among totalitarian states, they have several characteristics in common, of which the two most important are: the existence of an ideology that addresses all aspects of life and outlines means to attain the final goal, and a single mass party through which the people are mobilized to muster energy and support.

    The party is generally led by a dictator, originally a Roman magistrate appointed to rule the state in times of emergency; in modern usage, an absolutist or autocratic ruler who assumes extraconstitutional powers.

    From 501 B.C. until the abolition of the office in 44 B.C., Rome had 88 dictators.

    ….. Click the link for more information. and, typically, participation in politics, especially voting, is compulsory. The party leadership maintains monopoly control over the governmental system, which includes the police, military, communications, and economic and education systems. Dissent is systematically suppressed and people terrorized by a secret police.

    Autocracies through the ages have attempted to exercise control over the lives of their subjects, by whatever means were available to them, including the use of secret police and military force.

    However, only with modern technology have governments acquired the means to control society; therefore, totalitarianism is, historically, a recent phenomenon…”

    Finally to share this…

    YouTube – How To Destabalize Countries Legally .Economic Hitman Part 1 –

    You be the judge.


    • uppercaise permalink*
      Sat 2011-Feb-19 @ +08 01:06:29 am 01:06

      thank you very much for your effort. I hope some Tamil reader will respond and help out the institute with a translation.

  4. Katharina Sri (ex Noor Aza) permalink
    Fri 2011-Feb-18 @ +08 22:31:01 pm 22:31

    No, I disagree; the most dangerous man right now is the ever cunning Hussein Obama! We can see the continuous eerie pattern – under that most dangerous suspected Islamic Trojan horse and Nazi-lover Muslim Brotherhood AGENT, Hussein Obama, Muslim sociopaths and Islam is on the rise; everywhere Islamic rule is expanding including in oil/mineral-rich once Christian-dominated Africa, such as in Kenya, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. See – ;
    In –

    Report–Obama quietly appoints Muslim Brotherhood to key posts
    February 15th, 2011 12:56 pm ET

    An ex-CIA agent and counter-intelligence expert has revealed in a special report that Barack Obama has quietly appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to key posts within the Administration. Dr. Clare Lopez, professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, wrote a policy paper in December of 2009 which details the systematic appointment of Sharia-friendly advocates within the State Department and other government agencies.
    For example, the Tehran-born Dr. Vali Nasr was appointed to co-direct Obama foreign policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former Saudi Arabian supplicant Charles Freeman was appointed by Obama to chair the Administration’s National Intelligence Council, but withdrew his name when it was revealed he issued a 2-page screed in which he postulated a conspiracy theory claiming he had been ‘victimized’ by American supporters of Israel. In addition, John Limbert was appointed to direct U.S. policy toward the Islamist regime in Iran. Limbert, who was taken hostage during the Iranian upheaval of the late 70s-early 80s, is an Iranian sympathizer who advocates negotiation with one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world…..

  5. Flyer168 permalink
    Fri 2011-Feb-18 @ +08 22:37:15 pm 22:37


    “…Haven’t seen a Tamil version yet, maybe some kind soul can take the time?”

    How about trying this link…

    Albert Einstein Institution – Publications – Index of Publications –

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    We have rigorous translation and evaluation procedures to ensure accurate and careful work.

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    To see our translations, click on one of the languages below. You may also see a full list of all our translations.

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  6. Gopal Raj Kumar permalink
    Sun 2011-Feb-20 @ +08 15:02:30 pm 15:02

    Non violent defiance and non violent anything requires a purpose. Anyone who believes the Egyptian fortnight of chaos produced anything positive has rocks in their head.

    It did set an example that people can get totgether and manipulate the mass media giving perception of a mass movement. But one has to define the term mass movement in its true context.

    Egypt has over 80 million mainly peasants and rural inhabitants. Its mainly western educated (wther that be by twitter or sit coms) and western influenced SMS generation of 1 million do not represent the majority or their aspirations and frustrations.

    Very cleverly they harnessed the media to create the fiction of a popular uprising. The west made a huge mistake of legitimsing it with their media. They sent out a message that a street revolution is now a legitimate alternative to the ballot box. Algeria erupted as did Bahrain and Dubai. Now here’s the problem. Israel is not amused. In Egypt the same players in different masks have taken over government. The army. Since deposing the King Farouk in the 1950’s they have always played a role in fact the role in government. Now the 1 million or so demonstrators have them to contend with and it won’t be a great picture.

    The Shi Ite majority in Dubhai and Bahrain have taken to the streets and the convenience of these artificial states created by the US in particular is hovering on collapse with a Shiite majority in power. It bodes not well for Kuwait the other Shi Ite majority state and the Gulf of Hormuz. The US stands to loose Bahrain its most strategic naval base in the region. Home of the 5th fleet. If the Gulf ofd Hormuz goes Iran will control that waterway.

    Already in a show of solidarity Iran was granted a long demanded right to let its navy pass though the Suez Canal. A right it had been denied by a western friendly Mubarak. Israle considers it a provocation. But this is the choice of a post Mubarak government. The army.

    Whats transpiring here is what happened in Rumania where street thugs took over claiming to be democrats.

    Anyone who believes this is a recipe to legitimate government change is putting a noose around their necks whilst standing on a rickety platform.

    China has been targetted with the so called Jasmine revolution. They are heeding to their advisor Lee Kuan Yews famous phrase:

    “Better 200,000 dead in Tian An Mein than another 100 years of subjugation to the west”

    This is a fad not a popular revolution. Those who can’t win by the ballot box and simply blog nonsense will have their day before the people too.


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