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The Algerian state is repressing open discussion and questioning of the terrible violence of the 1990s, reports Eric Goldstein of Human Rights Watch.
The Arab Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, along with Iraq, have carved out new laws designed to counter terrorism on their soil. Mohamed Al Roken considers their precepts in the light of international human-rights conventions.
openDemocracy presents the work of five young photographers documenting the state of modern Italian society.
Iraq three years after the fall of Saddam is a place of sectarian and insurgent violence, insecurity and fear. But does this amount to civil war? Anwar Rizvi, recently in Iraq, weighs the evidence.
An image from History of My Family, a series of fourteen vivid paintings by Svay Ken, depicting the experiences of his family during the Khmer Rouge regime.
The leading Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji has been released from prison. It is a moment of hope for Iran's beleaguered democrats, reports Nazila Fathi in Tehran.
The rich north's hunger for the poor south's health workers is creating damaging inequalities in global care, says a World Health Organisation report. Ian Hodgson considers the options.
In trying to bring the complex subject of Rwanda's 1994 genocide to western audiences, does the film Shooting Dogs stray too far from the Rwandan experience? Duncan Woodside defends the filmmakers.
A film that seeks to condense and convey something as complex and recent as Rwanda's 1994 genocide, and to reconcile a part-fictionalisation of real events with a documentary style "matter-of-fact" tone, is sure to invite controversy.
The first round of Peru's presidential election makes maverick nationalist Ollanta Humala the favourite. Justin Vogler profiles him.
The timing and nature of a United States attack on Iran can be gauged by a close look at air traffic and base security in western England.
America is convulsed by a debate over immigration. KA Dilday wonders if it is evading the subject's harsh realities.
The worst of old Sicily corruption, patronage, entropy has become endemic in Italy itself under Silvio Berlusconi, veteran anti-mafia campaigner and centre-left candidate Leoluca Orlando tells Geoff Andrews.
The unequivocal lesson of history and current politics is that torture corrodes the bonds of law and humanity that underpin any society with a claim to be civilised, says Geoffrey Robertson.
The landscape artist Ian Hamilton Finlay created an extraordinary fusion of sculpture, inscription and philosophy in his Little Sparta garden. Ken Worpole considers a complex figure.
A pitiless market is met by an anomic politics. John Berger dissects the official language of crisis in France.
Kadima's election victory opens a new phase in Israeli politics in which Ehud Olmert's government faces two major domestic challenges, warns Dov Waxman.
In seeking a system which can bring security, stability and prosperity, Israel's people are ahead of their politicians, says Jim Lederman.
The controversy surrounding the murder of Denis Donaldson, a former senior Sinn Féin official who spied for Britain, underlines the need for political transparency and responsibility in Northern Ireland, says Robin Wilson of Democratic Dialogue.
An empowered community of participating citizens is the ideal of much international development and public policy. But, asks Ehsan Masood, what happens if the people at its heart lack the resources needed to make it work?