Posts Tagged ‘Arab Spring’

It is almost unbelievable, but there is still civilian peaceful protest in the streets of Syria and organised international support:

Look up: https://www.adoptrevolution.org/en/

Adopt a Revolution is a platform for information in different languages and you can support citizen committees in Syria in their struggle for democracy.

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Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel (photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty, here by Stern magazine)

A few days ago, Stéphane Hessel, the leftist, but anti-Stalinistic diplomat and author passed away in Paris. He got famous aged 93 with his booklet “Indignez-vous!” (“Time for Outrage!”) through which he fueled global movements like Occupy Wallstreet or the Arab Spring.

Born in Berlin 1917, Hessel had his home in Germany, France and England as well. He fought in the Résistance and survived a concentration camp. Hessel worked as a journalist and as the French deputy at the United Nations.

The British “Guardian” published an overview of Stéphane Hessels life and the German FAZ called him legendary and reminded the reader that he has been well known already before his bestseller essay. – What a man!

Here some lines from the Guardian:

“Not many people find themselves propelled suddenly to worldwide celebrity in their 90s. This is what happened, however, to Stéphane Hessel, who has died aged 95. Having had a distinguished career during the second world war in General Charles de Gaulle’s Free French movement and as an international civil servant after the war, Hessel in 2010 published a pamphlet, Time for Outrage (Indignez-Vous!), which became the manifesto for anti-capitalist protest groups such as the Indignados in Spain and Occupy Wall Street in the US. It is estimated to have sold some 4m copies worldwide.

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