Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I'm associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University, where I specialize in political development, quality of democracy, political communication and media, civil resistance, and nonviolent struggles. I have a particular interest in and have written extensively about the nonviolent democracy movements in Iran and Burma. I'm also an analyst and consultant on nonviolent action and a contributing writer with Truthout, Waging Nonviolence and the Huffington Post. I'm an academic advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and am Vice President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.
I'm currently working on a book about media framing of nonviolent action for University of Queensland Press.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Burma's pro-democracy struggle
Iran's pro-democracy and women's rights struggles
United States (civil rights)
Interested in learning more about Palestinian struggle
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Sonoma State University
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Democratization, Development, Dialogue, Education, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Information and Communication Technology, Media, Peacekeeping, Transparency
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Curriculum Development, Information Technology, Program Design, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Role of skills (versus structural conditions) in Iranian women's movement
Media framing of nonviolent movements and campaigns
Mobilization and backfire in non-democracies
Culture jamming and dilemma action
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
"Why Egypt's Nonviolent Victory is a Win for Us All", Huffington Post, February 11, 2011
"Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions", Open Democracy, November 16, 2010.
"Remembering Serbia's Nonviolent Victory," Huffington Post, October 8, 2010.
“A Reality (and Sanity) Check for Progressives: Speech to the Petaluma Progressive Festival," Huffington Post, September 27, 2010.
"Separating Church and Hate: Irrationality and Anti-Muslim Stereotyping," Truthout, July 6, 2010.
"The Burmese Elections: Prolonging the Misery and Postponing the Inevitable," Huffington Post, June 28, 1010.
"One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On," Huffington Post, June 26, 2010.
"To John Lewis: An Open Letter to An American Hero.," Huffington Post, March 22, 2010.
"Women and the Struggle for Democracy in Iran: A Discussion with a Nobel Laureate, Part II," Truthout, November 4, 2009.
"A Discussion with a Nobel Laureate: Shirin Ebadi and the Struggle for Democracy in Iran, Part I," Huffington Post, October 10, 2009.
"Independence Day for Everyone," Huffington Post, July 4, 2009.
"The Iranian Crackdown: Who's Really Afraid of Whom?," Huffington Post, June 24, 2009.
"People Power, not 'Democratic Diddling' in Iran," Huffington Post, June 20, 2009.
"The Green Revolution Belongs to the Iranians, Not the United States," Huffington Post, June 18, 2009.
"Red Frames on the Green Revolution: Iran Through a Lethal Media Scope," Truthout, June 16, 2009.
"Why Torturing to Prove Torturing is Wrong is Never Okay: A Note to Keith Olbermann," Common Dreams June 9, 2009.
"Obama's Justice: Reconciliation, not Retribution," Truthout, February 18, 2009.
"A Citizen's Reflections on Race, Violence, and Power," Truthout, Dec 16, 2007.
"Burma's Uprising: People Power, not Political Puppetry," Truthout, November 1, 2007.
"The power of nonviolence," with Shaazka Beyerle, International Herald Tribune , October 18, 2007.
"Burma's junta: too late to turn back the clock," Truthout, October 16, 2007.
"Burma's Struggle: Avowed against 'Atheists'," Truthout, October 12, 2007.
"Resistance, not Repression, is the Real Story from Burma," Truthout, October 9, 2007.
"Burma's Saffron Revolution: Goodbye, Generals," with Shaazka Beyerle, Truthout and Common Dreams, October 7, 2007.
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Dear friend "Vasudev kutumbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our Indian culture and tradition. We created countries, boundaries,religions.But this is the time to realize that we are one, our source of life and breath is same , we naturally interconnected with each other.When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable.God has given us a human life to look after the wellbeing of all living life in this planet. shyam
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