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Tweetskrieg: The Crisis in the Crimea Viewed through Social Media

Russian-Olympic-Tank

A roundtable discussion and Q&A about the current events in Ukraine, featuring:

Kevin Rothrock, expert in social media and politics in Russia and project editor of RuNet Echo at Global Voices Online

Magda Teter, Professor of History and Director of Jewish and Israel Studies Program, Wesleyan University

Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, Assistant Professor of History and Russian and East European Studies, Wesleyan University

Date: Wednesday, March 5th
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: PAC 002

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, History Department, and Russian and East European Studies Program

Rob Wohl ’11 Occupies Russian Television

Rob’s message to the Wesleyan student body: “Drop out of college and occupy something.”

Given how much attention we’ve given to Wes alums commenting on the Occupy movement from afar, it’s nice to hear from one recent grad taking a direct role in the movement itself, with scathing conviction and a trademark look of rage I haven’t seen since Lightning Bolt occupied Eclectic.

In between his day job as a research fellow at Medicare and Social Insurance Works in DC, former Argus overlord and part-time Rocktimist Rob Wohl ’11 seems to have taken an active role with the Occupy DC Action Team. Earlier this week, Wohl appeared on RT, a prominent Russian news channel, discussing the current state of economic affairs, the future of Occupy Wall Street, and whether or not OWS warrants comparison with the Tea Party Movement. “We will do what’s necessary to interrupt this system,” says Wohl on cable television. “We want the members of Congress to know that we demand meaningful, powerful, overwhelming change in this country.”

As Ezra Silk ’10 puts it over at America Occupied: “Rob, I knew that one day I would see you play the revolutionary on Russian television. I just never knew it would happen this soon.” (Wohl also contributed a piece to Silk’s blog a few days prior.) Here’s the video interview:

Govt. Profs Rutland, Chenoweth on NYT

So this whole Revolution in the Middle East thing is shaping up to be not only a boon to liberal democracy (probably, hopefully, maybe?), but to publicity for good ol’ Wes as well.

Russia expert and Putin-meme connoisseur Peter Rutland (pictured on the right) has an op-ed up in the New York Times presenting the case of why what happened in Egypt and Tunisia will probably not happen in big, fluffy China. His op-ed was written in collaboration with one Orion Lewis, who – aside from having the first name I have now decided to bestow upon my firstborn – is a Government postdoctoral research associate here at Wesleyan. He co-coordinates the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which as I talked about in an earlier post was started up by Govt. Prof. Erica Chenoweth back in 2008.

You can go clicky-clicky on the op-ed here.

Speaking of Prof. Chenoweth, she also has an op-ed up in NYT entitled “Give Peaceful Resistance a Chance,” which provides evidence that nonviolent uprisings actually succeed more often than violent uprisings, even against bat-shit-crazy regimes (see Mumu Gaddafi). She even preempts counterarguments by publishing counter-counterarguments on her personal website, which is pretty damn badass. As you can probably tell by now, I’m something of a Chenoweth fan-boy, and if such bad-assery doesn’t justify my fanboy-dom, I don’t know what kind of bad-assery will.

You can go to that one here, with the counter-counterarguments here.

[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]

I hope you guys are enjoying the break, because I’m here on campus enjoying the cold, cold weather.