In this 4-part series, Mary Ann O'Donnell explores the social antagonisms that
have emerged through Shenzhen's informal urbanization of villages. Each article features a corresponding photo-walk. Next: Lessons from Shenzhen: the Nantou peninsula
uprising, Erdoğan and Davutoğlu tried to turn Damascus and Aleppo into safe
market havens. Perhaps Turkey still expects eventually to have the lion's share
in a future reconstructed Syria, but the ruling AKP party may pay a high price
for its regional policies.
The only Arab country where
protests started from rural areas might find itself facing an internationally
funded reconstruction which will award money to urban centres, thus abandoning the
very roots of the current crisis. The only solution is to build economic
awareness. Starting from now.
Recent spikes in homicides across São Paulo challenge the city's reputation as a darling of public security and underscores the pervasive control criminal gangs like the Primeiro Comando da Capital have on the everyday security of city-residents.
While North Korea's nuclear threats towards the US remain in the realm of the absurd, the government's latest denunciation of the armistice agreement dangerously raises tensions between an inexperienced leader in Pyongyang and an untested president in Seoul.
The Syrian social movement has
to be conscious of the necessity of establishing a just economy. Strong checks need
to be built against the post-war government so that all Syrians understand the
conditions of aid and consequences of reconstruction plans on their lives and
the lives of their children.
Integrating into the urban landscape, the
humanitarian sector has contributed to various processes of transformation in Goma. While creating new opportunities,
their presence has reinforced patterns of conflict and competition over the
urban political and socioeconomic space.
Soon after it started openDemocracy was plunged into the war on terror and the preparations for the Iraq war. They defined its editorial approach. oD's founding editor looks back to argue that so much more remains to be done.
since the 2005 Parisian riots and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault announces a ‘return of the state’ to the banlieues. The
recent resistance to this ‘return’ has marked an end to its
short-lived political consensus and has forced a revaluation of what it truly means to be a citizen of France’s so-called ‘abandoned’ suburbs.
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