Dokumentation Connecting Resistances

Emancipatory Activism in West Asia, North Africa and Germany



Skalitzer Str. 6
10999 Berlin




Tanja Tabbara,


Saeed Batal, Nizar Hassan, Angela Joya, Nadje Al-Ali


Social Movements / Organizing, International / Transnational, Africa, North Africa, Asia, Arabic Middle East / Turkey, Connecting Resistances, Middle East

Across the globe, right-wing parties and movements are advancing. While Europe and the United States are still coping with these allegedly recent phenomena, authoritarianism and nationalism are nothing new in most parts of the world.

This restoration of authoritarianism is following upon years of upsurges and protests worldwide. The Occupy movement, the Gezi park protests, and the revolutions and revolts in many countries across North Africa and West Asia are powerful examples of how people are voicing their opposition towards social injustices and repressive regimes. However, especially in countries of the Global South, these protests have often been repressed violently.

Connecting Resistances

Panel discussion: Emancipatory Activism in West Asia, North Africa and Germany

How are these struggles interlinked? What are the shared challenges emancipatory politics face across national borders? During the panel discussion, we want to answer these and other questions, and to work on formulating new forms of international solidarity. 

The discussion summarized discussions and learnings from a conference with some 50 activists and academics that took place the weekend prior. Bringing together activists from different countries in West Asia, North Africa and Europe, we created a safe space for fertile and open discussion. 


  • Saeed Batal, journalist & filmmaker, Syria
  • Nizar Hassan, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
  • Angela Joya, University of Oregon
  • Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London

Moderator: Tanja Tabbara, Afrika Referat, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Welcome speech: Daniel Walter (Alsharq e.V.)

Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung von Alsharq e.V. und der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung