The world has changed since we last went to press. Cairos are springing up all over the planet. The Arab insurgencies – the jury is still out on whether we can call them revolutions – have demonstrated once again just how difficult it is to anticipate the outbreak of social movements. We are better at understanding the way they spread and unfold, once they surface. Thus, our two lead articles focus on revolutionary processes: Mona Abaza describes what it was like to be in and around Tahrir square in January and February 2011, while Sari Hanafi examines the combination of social actors now battling for the social transformation of Tunisia and Egypt.
Our third article takes us from human earthquakes to the terrestrial one that devastated Japan, creating a major nuclear accident. For 15 years Koichi Hasegawa, a sociologist of the environment, has been asking whether Japan needed another Chernobyl before it would change its nuclear policy. We still don’t know the answer to that question. As head of the local organizing committee for the 2014 ISA World Congress in Yokohama, Dr. Hasegawa gave a moving speech to the Executive Committee meeting in Mexico City on the Japanese response to the earthquake and tsunami. We publish it here. For its part the ISA Executive Committee redoubled its commitment to the success of the 2014 Congress.
In this issue we also report on the deliberations of the Executive Committee, March 21-25, and the parallel International Conference on Inequality, organized by Raquel Sosa Elízaga,Vice-President
for Program. In her history corner, Jennifer Platt writes about the famous Mexico City World Congress of 1982. This was the fi rst time the ISA held its World Congress in a ‘Third World’ country. It started the round of debates about international sociology that continue to this day. In this issue, for example, Sujata Patel takes on the question of global sociology and cosmopolitanism from the standpoint of diverse national traditions. We also have reports from the European Sociological Association, from the Turkish Sociological Association, and from the US branch of Sociologists without Borders. Finally, there is a new column on the violation of the human rights of sociologists with cases from Turkey and Hungary.
We continue to reach out to ever-wider audiences. We now have a popular Facebook page as well as a new look to our website that includes a section on Digital Worlds. Through the initiatives of Sari Hanafi , Mounir Saidani and Ishwar Modi, Global Dialogue now appears in Arabic and Hindi, making 9 languages in all. Sociology is on the move!