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Nonviolent actions

With so much violence and war in the world, it was refreshing to see four articles concerned with nonviolent action in your June 3 issue: Serbs staging antigovernment protests in the streets of Belgrade, Asians using the power of humor to cast shame on tyrannical rulers, the United Nations imposing economic sanctions on the Serbian government, and a review of two new books on dissent in China.

Nonviolent "people power" is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the realm of world politics. It undermined communist regimes in eastern Europe, prevented a coup in Moscow, and most recently forced the prime minister of Thailand to resign. Thank you for giving nonviolent struggle the coverage it deserves. Roger Powers, Cambridge, Mass., Special Projects Coordinator, The Albert Einstein Institution

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