Mark Engler

Mark Engler is a writer based in Philadelphia and an editorial board member at Dissent. He is the co-author, along with Paul Engler, of the new book on the craft of mass mobilization, This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century (Nation Books). He can be reached via the website www.thisisanuprising.org.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Grading Obama on Honduran Coup: D
The June 28 coup in Honduras against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya presented a crisis that would color the Obama administration's foreign policy outlook for all of the Americas — and would ultimately become one of the administration's most disappointing foreign policy failures of its first year.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Casino Capitalism as Usual
Last week's Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Pittsburgh brought together leaders from the most significant players in the global economy and charged them with renovating the financial system at the heart of the economic crisis. Change was on the agenda, and the heads of state claimed to deliver. As the summit concluded, The New York Times hailed the meeting's final statement as a momentous shift, reporting that "Leaders of G20 Vow to Reshape Global Economy."
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Climate Disobedience: Is a New 'Seattle' in the Making?
In the early morning of October 8, 2007, a small group of British Greenpeace activists slipped inside a hulking smokestack that towers more than 600 feet above a coal-fired power plant in Kent, England. While other activists cut electricity on the plant's grounds, they prepared to climb the interior of the structure to its top, rappel down its outside, and paint in block letters a demand that Prime Minister Gordon Brown put an end to plants like the Kingsnorth facility, which releases nearly 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each day.
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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Empire Foreclosed?
Not long ago, excitement over American imperialism reached levels not seen in a century. "People are coming out of the closet on the word 'empire,'" the right-wing columnist Charles Krauthammer told The New York Times in early 2002. Neoconservatives were on the rise in Washington, and their leading propagandists were not shy in making the case for aggressive expansionism.
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Saturday, October 04, 2008
The Impact of the 'Battle In Seattle'
Nine years after the World Trade Organization came to Seattle, a new feature film sets out to dramatize the historic protests that the institution's meetings provoked. The issue that Battle in Seattle filmmaker Stuart Townsend seeks to raise, as he recently stated, is "[what it takes] to create real and meaningful change."
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule
One of the remarkable features of modern political life is how consistently global elites deny that viable alternatives to the current global order exist, even as the terrain of international politics rapidly shifts. The "imperial globalists" that rose to power in the Bush years contend that without U.S. military strength decisively projected abroad, the forces of evil will sweep the globe.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Democrats 'Free Trade' Divide
"Free trade" has produced some of the most contentious political debates of our times. In a famous April 2000 article in the New Republic , economist Joseph Stiglitz argued, "Economic policy is today perhaps the most important part of America's interaction with the rest of the world.
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Progressive Good Tidings of 2007
Understanding what is wrong in our society; speaking out against injustice; denouncing abuses by the powerful. All of these are crucial tasks. Many of us devote a large part of the year to them, and they are certainly necessary if we are to create a better world.
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