Film: In this series of short films Burundian women look at key issues in the wake of the civil war, which ended in 2005. More
than 1 million Burundians were internally displaced or forced to flee
the country as a result of the 12-year civil conflict which killed over
The professionalisation of entrepreneurs in violence into a legitimate 'private security' industry provokes profound questions for state-citizen relations. Who has the power to hold these companies accountable, and how?
Lebanon's plans to harnass the vast oil and gas reserves off its shores already reveal familiar echoes of past internal divisions and external conflicts. But is this finally a chance for Lebanon to remake its future?
In the wake of the Italian elections, this
excerpt from ‘Stagioni del populismo italiano’ examines populism
in Italy’s political past and present. How did Guglielmo Giannini’s
Qualunquismo movement influence the most recent forms of populism: those of the
former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and comedian-turned-politician, Beppe
network launches this week with the
twin aims of scrapping Trident and persuading the UK to join other governments
in multilateral negotiations to achieve a global treaty banning nuclear
weapons. If we get our strategies right, the peace movement can win this one,
says Rebecca Johnson.
Judith Butler pursues a similar path to Hannah Arendt in her
recent book Parting
Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism– making a series of
revised and extended contributions to the debate on Israeli state violence and
settler colonialism, in such a way that a flash of light may shine through the histories
and the memories.
More coordination and strategy are needed in Europe's response to the sinister signs of stolen revolution. The political-strategic impulse has come from the south in the past. In the current economic crisis this should be more the case, not less.
Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, an update after Libya's three-day anniversary celebrations: 'Good news' doesn't sell
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About 50.50 50.50 is openDemocracy's section dedicated to exploring issues of gender equality and social justice at the global level.
are committed to promoting human rights and inclusive democracy through
dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, 50.50 publishes women's
analysis, insight and views on current affairs.
In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS