The murder of Serbias prime minister has created a dangerous political vacuum in a country still trying to recover from a decade of war, poverty, and unrest. Dejan Djokic laments a tragedy, puts it in historical context, and assesses the likelihood of Serbian democracy coming together to challenge the gangsters threatening it.
What are the key events in the rise of modern corporations? Why do these institutions matter? Are they more powerful now than before, better behaved or worse? openDemocracy's corporate timeline explores the long, complex and controversial history of this engine of contemporary capitalism.
An experienced journalist and advocate of peace journalism takes on David Loyn in a compelling and comprehensive defence of engaged journalism.
The performances of Salma Hayek and Nicole Kidman, two candidates for the best actress Oscar award, draw on their celebrity status as well as the allure of the great artists they portray: Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf. But only one burns with life.
Twelve years ago this month some 2 million Iraqi Kurds, fleeing Iraqi suppression of widespread revolt in northern Iraq, escaped to the Turkish border and into Iran. They suffered terribly. How would they fare in the event of conflict this time?
From the world's most popular novelist, Paulo Coelho, an open letter of praise for President Bush.
The benefits of globalisation are hard to see in Cameroon. The deprivation of the rural majority, says one of its social activists, is reinforced by the venality of the World Trade Organisation, giant corporations, and local politicians. The answer? Cameroon people must learn from the vibrant protest movements of India and Latin America, and imagine themselves into a better country.
The West African state of Guinea is home to thousands of refugees, in flight from its neighbours wars. One mutilated teenager born in Sierra Leone, raised in Liberia, in limbo in Guinea has nowhere left to turn.
A devastating new weapon will be part of the USs massive assault on Iraq. Paul Rogers, openDemocracys international security correspondent, explains what it is, how it developed, and why its use is likely to destroy civilian lives in their thousands.
Exclusively for openDemocracy, a young artist and curator explains why, this time, she went in search of other peoples eye-views. Plus, a selection of images from her exhibition.
To win a war in Iraq, the US has to win the peace. Its military forces as well as one of its leading independent humanitarian agencies, the International Rescue Committee, will have a crucial role. But can the military work with the United Nations and non-governmental organisations in ways that save lives, secure post-war order, and preserve the latters independence?
The interactive television revolution will mean more choice, more control and more freedom for the viewer, right? Wrong says the man behind White Dot the campaign to switch off television all it means is more ways for media corporations to keep tabs on your viewing habits and tailor their products to your tastes. Dont believe him? Listen to what the corporations say
The internet is culture not trade, library not warehouse, treasure-house not bank, popular not elitist. Free it, train everyone to use it, and it will fly and carry democracy on its wings.
A grand tour reveals that Frances attitude to America mirrors its soul: jealous, glorious, sensual and venal. Between Seine, Sorbonne, and Algeria, Dominic Hilton listens to the voices off and ends up with a scoop about the Foreign Legion.
The slogan No to war: No to Saddam! leaves the world polarised and incapable of concerted action. What would it take to reconfigure this crippling divide so that a clear choice helps the world move forward? Could the European Unions foreign policy coordinator, Javier Solana, lead the way?
Hollywood protest, human shields, and Swiss utopia
The US advance toward war has myriad justifications, but is best understood in the framework of a new world order: perpetual war for perpetual peace, says Michael Naumann. Multilateralism is dying, but what will take its place? At the least, existing nuclear powers like North Korea look set to buttress their defences...
The political potential of the internet lies not in connecting people to politicians, still less in online voting; it lies in the possibility of bringing citizens together to help themselves, argues a veteran of online politics.
Five years ago, the company deCODE made the first bid to set up a comprehensive, medical records database, in Iceland. A leading activist explores the ways in which the equation of medical data with economic promise can lead to the erosion of truth, raising the key issue of presumed versus informed consent and other challenges for any democratic society.
This Sierra Leonean filmmaker was saved from prison and torture in Liberia by Americans. But when he worked in Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan, American good intentions appeared in a different light. Can democracys big daddy learn from its mistakes?