Maria J. Stephan

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People hold their hands up during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24 in Seattle. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

For decades, youth activism has been a force for major social and political change around the world. The Parkland, Fla., students’ nonviolent mass action is part of a rich history of youth-led movements that have dismantled racial segregation in the United States, rooted out corruption in Brazil and toppled dictatorships in Serbia, Tunisia and Gambia.

Though their acts of defiance may sometimes be dismissed as naivete, when young people harness their natural inclination to question authority and challenge the status quo, they can be powerful catalysts for change. Youth-led movements do not always succeed (think Tiananmen Square in 1989), but when they do, it is often because they act with urgency, organize with patience and disrupt with discipline.…  Seguir leyendo »

Iranian students run from tear gas during a demonstration at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

The breadth and depth of the protests in Iran, which began on Dec. 28 in response to popular dissatisfaction with the poor economy and political repression in the country, are posing a serious challenge to the Islamic republic. There have been marches and lightning protests in dozens of cities, towns and villages across the country. Businesses have gone on strike to protest regime corruption. A new Twitter hashtag, “if there was no Islamic Republic,” is prompting Iranians to envisage an alternative future without a theocracy.

Not surprisingly, the Iranian regime, initially caught off guard by the wide-ranging protests in traditionally pro-government areas, has cracked down hard.…  Seguir leyendo »