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Are You A Slacktivist? See This Infographic (But Don't Get Up...)

SORTABLE.COM (Canada)

Who hasn't forwarded an e-petition, retweeted something about a cause, or posted a Kony video on their Facebook page? You might not know it, but if you did any of this kind of civic stuff without getting out of your chair, you were being a Slacktivist. The term, first coined in 1995, means to "do something in support of a cause that requires minimal personal effort," according to Sortable.com.

Some might now claim that such finger-driven demonstrating played a role in the revolutions of the Arab spring, as well as the Occupy and Indignados movements. Others may point out that "taking to the streets' is still what actually makes things happen.

The Canadian website explains the slacktivism phenomenon, known as also called clicktivism, in this gorgeous infographic:
SortableThe Rise of the Slacktivist

SortableThe Rise of the Slacktivist

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The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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