The foundation of a healthy civil society, reflects Michael Edwards, is a marriage of two human faculties often undervalued or misunderstood: reason and love.
What does it mean to build a civil society? Given the frequency with which these words are thrown around these days (even appearing as a rationale for war in Iraq), one might think they signify something clear and unambiguous.
Forty-nine of openDemocracys distinguished contributors, from Mariano Aguirre to Slavoj Zizek, Neal Ascherson to Jonathan Zittrain offer their predictions for the coming year. Since this is openDemocracy, we did not expect them to agree. We were not disappointed.
The earthquake-triggered tsunami that slammed the rim of the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004, killing at least 250,000 people and inflicting injuries on another 188,000 survivors, plunged aid agencies into a crisis.
Ordinary people watched the horror of the huge waves replayed on television sets around the world, and the apocalyptical scale of death and destru
Angolas government, in need of reconstruction funds after the countrys long civil war, was in the process of negotiating a new loan with the International Monetary Fund in 2004. The IMF, aware of Angolas long history of corruption and poor governance since independence from Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, was keen to include measures to cut corruption and tighten the countrys economic management.