This week's editor


Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Turkey's restriction, Europe's problem

Orhan Pamuk, Elif Shafak, Hrant Dink, and other leading Turkish intellectuals face prosecution for writings that push the boundaries of legal censorship and cultural policing. Daria Vaisman reflects on their struggle to speak and live in truth, and says it is Europe's too.

Colombia: Country of Bullets

Juanita León travels to Urabá, one of the most violent areas in war-torn Colombia, and sees how the youth are protesting by turning their fear and anger into music.

Latin America's new left: dictators or democrats?

The leftwing leaders who have come to dominate Latin American politics are the products as well as the agents of history. The social dynamics and the people who elevated them can also sweep them away. This is a key to their future, says Ivan Briscoe.

Iran: the politics of the next crisis

The George W Bush administration, embarrassed by intelligence leaks and under siege over Iraq and Afghanistan, may seek electoral fortune by raising tensions with Tehran.

The European Union and Romania: consolidating backwardness?

Romania will join the European Union in January 2007. Good news for the millions who will flee west for work, says Tom Gallagher: but inside the country, Bucharest's road to Brussels is the fruit of an unedifying alliance between corporate businessmen and European leftists that will benefit only a tiny elite.

The Queen: an elegiac prophecy

The real target of Stephen Frears's depiction of a British queen under siege from politicians and people following Princess Diana's death is the constitutional system embodied in Tony Blair's imperial prime ministership. Tom Nairn, pioneering critic of Britain's monarchical state, views the film and looks beyond.

Russia: what demographic crisis?

A Soviet-era perspective suggests to Mary Dejevsky that Russia’s current population trends offer grounds for optimism.

Climate change: time to get real

The public argument on climate change has been transformed by a series of recent interventions by scientists. First, James E Hansen, the global doyen of climate scientists, announced that the world has only ten years in which to take decisive action on the climate. "I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change ... no longer than a decade, at the most," he told the Climate Change Research Conference in Sacramento, California.

Journey to the Lands of Cotton: A Brief Manual of Globalisation

openDemocracy continues its Ulysses series with Erik Orsenna's travels along the 21st century cotton trail. From Mali to China, via the US, Brazil, Egypt, and Uzbekistan, he explores the mechanisms of globalisation, trade and livelihood.

The good society

The approaching end of the Tony Blair era is an opportunity to redefine British society's fundamental values and public policies, say Jonathan Rutherford and Hetan Shah of the Compass project.

Between Pope and Prophet

Muslims' response to Pope Benedict's address at Regensburg is a fresh chapter in the arrival of global Islam on the world's political stage, says Faisal Devji.

Democratising globalisation: Joseph Stiglitz interviewed

It's time to move from critique to reform of globalisation –and politics is key, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz tells Justin Vogler.

Pakistan on edge

Pervez Musharraf's military rule has led to growing Talibanisation and rising al-Qaida influence in Pakistan. As internal opposition to his policies mounts, Shaun Gregory asks: how long will the United States continue to support him?

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, the United States gave the Pakistani regime of General Pervez Musharraf little option but to join the "war on terrorism" it was intent on pursuing.

Britain's tax nexus: able fraudsters, useful idiots

While Britain's political and media classes are obsessed with the succession to Tony Blair as New Labour leader and prime minister, the country's economy is being drained and distorted by massive VAT fraud, writes Christopher Harvie.

Dmitri Shostakovich

For the centenary of his birth, a selection of images of the Russian musical giant.

'Watchmen,' Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

As Hollywood attempts to take "Watchmen" to the big screen, Richard Young explains its enduring appeal.

The Dog-Eaters of Svinia

In this fourth Ulysses prize extract, Austrian writer Karl-Markus Gauss travels to Slovakia and explores the slums of the "untouchables of Europe" – the gypsy Roma community.

Hungary: country without consequences

The political furore in Hungary over the prime minister's admission of lying to citizens is payback for problems unresolved after the communist era, says George Schöpflin.

Ramin Jahanbegloo, Hossein Derakhshan and openDemocracy

openDemocracy's publication of Hossein Derakhshan's article about the release from detention of the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was a serious lapse in editorial judgment, says Danny Postel.

Lula 'de novo': a letter from Brazil

Brazil's government, led by President Lula, has presided over a wave of corruption scandals and proved unable to bridge immense social divisions. But voters still seem prepared to give Lula another chance, reports Fred Halliday in Rio de Janeiro.