Archive for January, 2011

Egyptian clothing guide

How to protest intelligently and fight riot police (Egyptian manual)

Our friends in Egypt drew up this handy manual titled “How to Protest Intelligently and Fight Riot Police.” The 26 page guide, published in Arabic, describes basic techniques for being a smart protester by defending oneself, and by defeating the […]

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Curly haired people deemed a threat to regime

The Islamic Republic is treating Iranians with curly hair as potential threats to public order, and ordered their dispersal at a recent public gathering. Payvand is reporting

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How to build and use effective street barricades

So far, the street barricades we've seen in Iran have been small and ineffective against the regime forces. Most have been nothing more than overturned dumpsters and

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A show of Iranian unity

Iranian political dissidents are notorious for their bitter factions and for not being able to work together—probably the single biggest cultural asset the Islamic Republic regime has. However,

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Expats set aside differences to resist regime

An international conference of exiled Iranian opposition figures produced an astonishing result: Lifelong foes and skeptics set aside their differences and vowed to unite against

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Congressional Free Iran Caucus announced

Concerned about a lack of national strategy for helping the Iranian people become free, a bipartisan group of American lawmakers has formed a "Congressional Free Iran Caucus." Congressmen Ted

Egyptians throw it back

How to throw tear gas canisters back at the Basijis

Getting a canister of tear gas lobbed at you can be frightening, but it's really no big deal. Canisters are easy to throw back at your tormenter. So the

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How to cut a Basij motorcycle chain

Don't be intimidated by Basiji motorcycle attacks. If you can slow down the motorcycles with obstacles, caltrops or people and overwhelm them one by one, you


How to be a citizen-saboteur: A World War II manual explains

A declassified World War II manual describes a range of simple methods to sabotage the enemy - and many of the methods are valid for today's situation in

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How to defend yourself against Basij thugs, motorcycle attacks, tear gas, batons and riot formations

A friendly Iranian-American police officer gives some handy advice on how Iranian democracy activists can defend themselves against Basij tactics. Many of these defenses are simple and easy.