Nonviolence in the Arab streets, with Gene Sharp, Sherif Mansour & Mubarak Awad

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Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Hour 1

The protests that continue to shake the Arab world, and which successfully ousted dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, came as a shock to many. Much of the news coverage has focused on the role that technology and social media played, and far less on the role of long-term nonviolent organizing. Joining us to provide an introduction to the organizing tactics of Egyptian protesters is SHERIF MANSOUR, Senior Program Officer of the Middle East and North Africa at Freedom House. Then we’ll hear from two pioneers of nonviolent organizing: GENE SHARP, senior scholar at and founder of the Albert Einstein Institution and a nonviolent resistance teacher whose work has been cited as an inspiration by protesters around the world, including Egypt and Tunisia; and MUBARAK AWAD, a Palestinian psychologist and founder of Nonviolence International.

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