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The funeral for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il will be held on Wednesday and the outside world is full of speculation over who will attend—looking for signs that could reveal what’s going on behind the scenes in of a closed society.
Since a desperate young Tunisian burned himself to death last December, it's been a year of protest worldwide. We look at the history of past uprisings, what current ones have in common and whether or not they're likely to accomplish real change. From the Arab Spring to Europe and Russia to Occupy Wall Street, which spread to many American cities. The circumstances are so different from place-to-place that comparisons are risky, but there are some themes that unite them all. We look at the history of past uprisings, what current ones have in common and whether or not they're likely to accomplish real change.
Tina Dupuy, Managing Editor, Crooks and Liars
Peter Stearns, Author and Provost, George Mason University
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University (@toddgitlin)
Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center (@MatthewRojansky)
Mona Eltahawy, syndicated columnist (@monaeltahawy )
Niall Ferguson has been called an unapologetic defender of western imperialism—a claim they say is reinforced by his latest book, ”Civilization,” subtitled “the West and the Rest.”
Niall Ferguson, Professor of History, Harvard University