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Seyla Benhabib on Arab Spring

Seyla Benhabib on Arab Spring

Seyla Benhabib, Professor of Philosophy and political sciences at Yale University joins the debate on the ongoing democratic uprising in the Arab world and the possible democratic co-existence between religion and state in the muslim societies with a long piece at Public Sphere Forum. She argues against pessimism:   We know that the spring of revolutions is followed by the ...

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Why Do Protests Bring Down Regimes?

In a thoughtfull piece, Graeme Robertson gives an answer to this question: The key to answer this question, I think, is to understand the basic nature of authoritarian rule. While the news media focus on “the dictator”, almost all authoritarian regimes are really coalitions involving a range of players with different resources, including incumbent politicians but also other elites like ...

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Nader Hashemi on “The People Reloaded”

Nader Hashemi on “The People Reloaded”

Co-Editor of The People Reloaded: the Green Movement and  the Struggle for Iran’s Future, Nader Hashemi, discusses recent events in Egypt in comparison with the Green Movement’s challenges in Iran.

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Danny Postel on “Critical Solidarity” with Iran’s Green Movement

Danny Postel, the author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran  writes a nice piece on Iranian green movement and calls for solidarity with Iranian democrats at New Politics. He points out to the revolutionary potential of green movement and says: I doubt very much that what Dabashi calls “the current republic” — or what we might call, invoking Rudolf Bahro, ...

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Otfried Höffe: “Ich werde nicht in Teheran sprechen”

Otfried Höffe: “Ich werde nicht in Teheran sprechen”

Die Unesco hat den diesjährigen Welttag der Philosophie an die Islamische Republik Iran vergeben. Der deutsche Philosoph Otfried Höffe, erklärt seinen Verzicht auf die Teilnahme: Man darf weder das intellektuelle noch das organisatorische Niveau des Landes unterschätzen. So setzte der Iran sehr rasch eine gründliche Vorbereitung in Gang. Deren wissenschaftliche Leitung wurde jener Teheraner Akademie für Weltweisheit und Philosophie anvertraut, die ...

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“Iranian regime can’t win the battle of disinformation”

The Iranian regime is afraid of information, because information is knowledge, and knowledge is power – at least, if that knowledge is properly provided, because there is also another side to information. When improperly provided and presented, knowledge can be very destructive. That is what happened to the three people I have just told you about. The Iranian regime ‘gives’ ...

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Why Tyranny makes philosophy more necessary

Ramin Jahanbegloo has an interesting piece at Tehran Review on philosophy and its role under a theocratic tyranny. An excerpt: “How might reading and teaching philosophy affect a person living under theocratic rule here and now? In other words, how can one read philosophy in Tehran? As odd as it may sound, reading philosophy in Tehran can not only be spiritually ...

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“The Last Ayatollah”

Maziar Bahari writes again on his ordeal in Evin prison and the decline of Islamic republic: The parallels between the Green Movement and Iran’s 1979 revolutionaries have also been misleading from the start. Unlike the activists of the Islamic Revolution, last summer’s demonstrators weren’t looking for regime change—not at first, anyway. They just wanted to reform the Islamic Republic, and ...

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“Hell in the Islamic Republic”

Roger Cohen decribes very well the situation in Iran under the post-election crackdown, reviewing Afsaneh Moqadam’s book,“Death to the Dictator!” in New York Times: A year ago, in the weeks before the tumultuous June 12 election, Iran was a nation of festive hope and vibrant debate. Charges and counter-charges filled the airwaves as large crowds, for and against President Mahmoud ...

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