The unexpected outcome of the World Trade Organisation summit in Cancún, Mexico in September 2003 led to vigorous debate in openDemocracy. Caspar Henderson, our globalisation editor, explains how an innovative experiment a hybrid of blog and discussion forum was born.
The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California has a different impact on the Chinese public and its intellectual elite.
In September 2003, the spacecraft Galileo disintegrated in Jupiters dense atmosphere, after fourteen years of measuring the planets satellites. A success? Yes, but also a cautionary tale of how the media misrepresents scientific work and achievement.
Lutz Klevemans portrait of the political dynamics at work in Central Asia is inaccurate and simplified, argues Rosemary Righter. Western influence there is not oil-driven, imperial, nor indeed only American. The reality is more complex - and hopeful.
Arnold Schwarzneggers election as governor of California leaves this Democrat outraged, but not disheartened.
A memorial to atrocity in a beautiful Paris park causes Ken Worpole to reflect on the dark shadows of the public realm.
The politics of oil in Central Asia involves an epic 21st century contest of global wealth, power and influence. The author of a new book on the issue perceives a deep continuity between the 19th century age of empire and 21st century geopolitics.
Grahame Thompson, in response to George Monbiots criticisms, elaborates his view that Monbiots proposals for future world governance in The Age of Consent are not only impractical, but dangerous.
The Iraq Survey Group has just published its interim report on the Saddam regimes weapons programmes and capabilities. Ron Manley, a chemical weapons expert who oversaw the United Nations inspection operations in Iraq in the early 1990s, assesses it.
An ambitious movement led by a charismatic young leader is shaking Belgian political life. Not the anti-immigrant, Flemish nationalist Vlaams Blok, but a confident mobilisation of people of Arab descent. How will the Arab European League (AEL) reshape understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in 21st century Europe?
A major programme of public dialogue is seeking to bridge the immense gulf of understanding between the United States and the rest of the world.
An Indian Ocean microcosm of global politics democracy, development, and election fraud, arguments over sovereignty, violence and pluralism what can Zanzibar teach the world? Kirsty Hughes talks to Juma Duni Haji, a leader of its main opposition party, the Civic United Front.
Damascene pre-emption, Chinese anger, Indiana Jones in Baghdad
Despite its problems in Iraq, the United States continues to focus on the nuclear ambitions of the other two axis of evil states, North Korea and Iran. In the context of its doctrine of pre-emption, and the reluctance of the eight existing nuclear weapons states to disarm, can another dangerous conflict be averted?
A recent visitor to Baghdad talks to influential Iraqis: what remains after dictatorship and manipulation of history, he finds, is a messianic revolutionary spirit in Islamic garb.
In Burundi, political violence by state forces and guerrillas has killed 200,000 people in the last decade. J.R., the child of a Hutu-Tutsi marriage, survived a savage ordeal at the hands of security forces. Now in Britain, but with no right to remain, his past is a daily torment.
Israel is a lightning rod of concern for anti-globalisers and neo-conservatives alike. Long-term developments in the country itself may yet surprise both groups.
The distinguished economist of Italian origin, Franco Modigliani, combined rigorous scholarship with principled engagement on public issues. A protest against Silvio Berlusconis indulgent view of Mussolinis dictatorship was one of his last acts. Pierleone Ottolenghi, who shared with Modigliani the experience of forced exile from fascist Italy, recalls a life-affirming friend.
While the UN and Europe are mired in carbo sloth, America is eating its way to world power. Dominic Hilton sorts the macho lean from the liberal mush.
George Monbiot responds to Grahame Thompsons lengthy critique of his vision of 21st century global governance.