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The paintbrush is mightier than the sword – art as a tool for social change

  Q. What do you do when a military regime builds 10ft walls of concrete to keep protesters away from government buildings? A. Paint them. This is exactly what Egyptian activists and artists have consistently done over the past three years. Art … Continue reading

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Mobilisation and The Power of Emotion

” Of all the emotions, injustice is most closely associated with “the righteous anger that puts fire in the belly and iron in the soul” ” (Gamson as cited in Jasper, 1997) The other day in a discussion on mobilisation … Continue reading

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Egypt Solidarity

  On November 22, The Egypt Solidarity Initiative held a protest in solidarity with Egyptian activists who have been thrown in jails for years for violating the recently created protest law. It took place at Cleopatra’s Needle on the Thames. Here … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Egypt’s Civil Society – Ethics, transparency, and ‘governmental NGOs’

If the Egyptian uprising of January 25th 2011 was about reclaiming space for the people, the last 18 months has been about the state taking it back. And then some. Along with reductions on the media and freedom of speech, … Continue reading

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The NHS crisis – a golden opportunity?

Everywhere you look these days there’s news about the latest figures or reports that show what an unhealthy state Britain’s National Health Service is in. According to The Independent the NHS ran a deficit of £500 million in the first 3 months … Continue reading

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Inequality – it’s in our hands

If you’re reading this blog post on a iphone or an ipad, you might like to know that between your fingers you hold a physical manifestation of inequality. Today is Blog Action Day 2014 and bloggers from around the world have … Continue reading

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Targets – Or how Greenpeace used the public to pressure Lego to hurt Shell

 On October 9th 2014, Lego finally succumbed to pressure from Greenpeace to end its marketing contract with Oil company Shell. The straw that broke the camel’s back was this video – ‘Everything’s NOT awesome’, a Greenpeace remake of a song featured … Continue reading

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