Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

“Fake News”: A New Weapon against Dissidents in Southeast Asia

In response to dwindling public trust in their officials and institutions, authoritarian governments in many Southeast Asian countries are exploiting “fake news” as a political tool against their critics. This growing trend can be understood as systematic attempts to undermine the men, women, and organizations behind these dissenting opinions […]

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Movement Commentary

North Macedonia’s Colorful Revolution is Over. What’s Next?

On the Minds of the Movement blog, Sonja Stojadinovic comments on the 2015-2016 nonviolent movements for freedom from corrupt government that have set the people and politics of North Macedonia on a new historical path.

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Movement Commentary

How Can Movements Effectively Counter Co-optation?

A natural response to suspected co-optation may be for activists to name and shame persons who were bought out, labeling them as traitors who cannot be trusted. Yet there might be a more shrewd way of handling co-optation: discreetly isolate, then disarm, then show them the exit. […]

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Ideas & Trends

Cinco consejos para construir una organización de apoyo a los movimientos

He pasado la mayor parte de mi corta vida de adulto consolidando y liderando una organización cuyo objetivo es apoyar a los movimientos de resistencia. Desde 2012, Solidaridad Uganda ha pasado de ser un colectivo local de voluntarios en una comunidad campesina remota a una red internacional de apoyo a movimientos de resistencia de base en más de 70 países. […]

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Movement Commentary

Tres maneras de reducir los conflictos internos en los movimientos de resistencia civil

Uno de los momentos menos favoritos en mi trabajo como gerente de emergencias en las protestas contra el oleoducto de Standing Rock en 2016-2017, fue contemplar el cierre de una cocina del campamento debido a conflictos culturales entre dos grupos tribales nativo americanos. La cocina del ‘Campamento California,’ inicialmente dirigida por una chef profesional de la tribu Kurok, servía hasta 400 comidas diarias en su apogeo. […]

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Movement Commentary

Plataforma Nacional de Conflicto de Venezuela: Construir unidad para enfrentar la opresión

Luego del período de conflictividad social y protestas de 2017, los venezolanos comenzaron a perder la esperanza. En mayo de 2017 el régimen de Nicolás Maduro convocó a la elección de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, mediante un proceso que la oposición y 40 países calificaron como un fraude. […]

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Movement Commentary

How Sudan’s Pro-Democracy Uprising Challenges Prevailing Myths about Civil Resistance

A powerful pro-democracy civil insurrection in Sudan which has ousted a longstanding dictator and his successor is still in progress, but Sudanese are hopeful for a full democratic transition. This uprising challenges a number of prevailing myths many people have in the West regarding unarmed civil insurrections. […]

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