the age of micro-wars or the ghost of battles past

The drivers behind micro protests in the last century used to be PETA, greenpeace, EFF, ACLU. Now it’s the likes of students on myspace, unemployed youth with cellphones, motorcyclists using aol, bloggers with commentaries as swords. Anyone can start the ball rolling, millions of potential Che Guevaras out there.

Here’s an article that tries to look at the other side of connectedness:

One of the baseline assumptions of U.S. foreign policy is that “connectedness” is a good thing. Linkage to the global economy fosters the growth of democracy and free markets, the theory goes, and that in turn creates the conditions for stability and security. But if that’s true, why is an increasingly “connected” world such a mess?

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some links to protests and micro-insurgencies:

On March 1, 2006, South Central Farm was served with an eviction notice by the sheriff’s office. It stated that the farmers had to evacuate the premises by 03/06/2006. On the morning of March 3rd, protesters stood outside City Hall, in the rain, in downtown Los Angeles and showed their support for the farmers.

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Riot police clashed with protestors yesterday as an estimated 220,000-450,000 students marched in cities across France. 420 protestors were reportedly arrested and 18 police officers injured.

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Nearly 40,000 students from across Southern California staged walkouts to protest proposed immigration legislation Monday, blocking traffic on four freeways and leaving educators concerned about how much longer the issue will disrupt schools.

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An effort to stop radical anti-gay protesters from disrupting soldiers’ funerals is hung up in the Illinois Senate, as proponents wrestle with union concerns that the law could be used to curtail legitimate labor protests by cemetery workers.

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Several hundred people have protested in northern Afghanistan against a decision to dismiss a case against a man who converted to Christianity.

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A Colorado school is in upheaval following the suspension of a teacher who was recorded comparing President Bush’s rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler.

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On Tuesday, we stood and turned our backs on attorney general Alberto Gonzales. The country’s highest-ranking lawyer came to our school — Georgetown University Law Center — to convince the American public that the government’s wiretapping program is legal. As America’s future lawyers, we stood to oppose the Bush administration’s bulldozing of our constitutional protections in the name of the war on terror. We stood inspired by the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

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.. and so it goes.

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