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We need more, not less democracy

"We have responded with wars, and because those wars have come to your doorstep, we actually see grave interventions with more violence, which in fact feed into what Daesh wants. Daesh wants to have more war."

We need more, not less democracy

"We have responded with wars, and because those wars have come to your doorstep, we actually see grave interventions with more violence, which in fact feed into what Daesh wants. Daesh wants to have more war."

This week's editor

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

An election information service fit for BBC 2.0

The BBC could provide integrated and targeted information on all UK elections, thus helping to strengthen democratic participation. Here’s how.

16 Days: cutting Black and minority ethnic women's organisations

The EU Victims Directive comes into force this month. Will it prevent the further decimation of Black and minority ethnic organisations offering specialised services to women facing violence in the UK? 

We need to stop the moral panic around chemsex

The picture painted by the mainstream media is partial, distorted and, on occasion, hysterical.

Historic step towards access to justice for ESCR violations at UN

Amid 400,000 foreclosures, the UN Committee on ESCR finds Spain in violation of the right to housing in its first case. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rightsEspañol

Russia’s policy in the Middle East imperilled by the Syrian intervention

This risky experiment in power projection continues traditional Russian policy in the region, but also departs from the careful manoeuvring aimed at exploiting confusion in US and European policies.  

The climate conference and the corporate lobbyists dressed in green

Corporate lobbyists have been given pride of place at COP21, right next to the national delegations.

Corbyn - what's a leader really for?

Critics of Corbyn and his followers are trapped within their own limited conceptions of what politics is about.

COP21: a diary from Paris

oDR correspondent Angelina Davydova is in Paris attending COP21, where she's keeping her eye on the Russian side of things... 

TTIP and the right to protect personal data

Data protection is enshrined in EU law but the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could threaten that.

2020: A new beginning for Latin America

In the next decade, Latin American cities will register the highest growth rates in the world, while the working age population in the region will be larger than the inactive sectors. Español. Português.

COP21: forget 'the future', we need a more radical present

As COP21 begins, people around the world already realise the devastating impacts of climate change. Instead of acting for 'the future', we need to reimagine a better here and now.

16 Days: asset stripping the women’s sector in the UK

The quality of service in the independent women's sector is no guarantee against the future as the British government continues its assault on specialist women’s services protecting women from violence. 

A refugee family’s ordeal in Russia

The Russian authorities’ attitude to refugees fleeing ISIS falls short of the compassion these people deserve.


Cannibalisation and the State of Exception

Want to avoid the cannibalisation of British and European politics from below and a state of exception from above? First, ponder the global power-shift from NATO-lands to China and Russia.

How has the climate march been covered?

Thousands of people across the world joined a day of marches for climate action. How did the UK media react?

Are Mormons villains, or just people with a different story about their identity?

The Church has declined to accept same-sex couples and their children as full members. What’s going on?

New prisons, old politics?

Without more radical reform, new for old prisons will repeat the mistakes of the past.

The Turkish stadium scandal: why we should be concerned about the decision to not grieve for Paris

That the AKP election victory comes in the aftermath of a tumultuous summer is disconcerting, for it makes fear and violence not only an acceptable, but also a rewarding tactic.

Letter from Paris: which side will prevail?

The state of emergency is being used to harass ecological activists and to block demonstrations denouncing the irresponsibility of governments in facing up to climate change, during the COP21 meeting.

On ‘bad writing’, politics and killing a Kurd…

Now is the time to speak up, even if our words can be found wanting in the face of complex realities and the merciless world of politics.

Aerial bombing against Isis is counterproductive

The few politicians in Europe resisting the pull of air strikes, such as Jeremy Corbyn and Matteo Renzi, appear intimidated. They should be strongly supported with activism and intellectual argument.

Erdoğan and Putin: unalike likeness

The leaders of Turkey and Russia are often compared. But their differences are more instructive than their similarities.

(This article was first published on 22 November 2014)

Why we should oppose British air strikes against ISIL in Syria

Britain’s Prime Minister says we should not undertake air strikes lightly – he is right: we need to think about legitimate state building, not replying to terror with terror.

United for climate justice, we will march together

Whatever our faith, we will unite for climate justice this Sunday.

COP21: Five keys for unlocking the climate negotiations

With next week's Paris climate summit fast approaching, five core issue will be central to a successful outcome. What are they and how will they contribute to climate change?

Ali Smith's Public Library: civic space and intimacy

The 'serious playfulness' of Ali Smith's most recent collection is underpinned by reverence for civic space and the written word. The two come together in the form of public libraries...

We need to rethink radical Islam's appeal

The Paris attacks invite us to reassess our ways of dealing with the spread of Muslim fundamentalism in western Europe. Is 'containment' enough?

Ukraine is caught between war and reform

Two years on from the protests that ignited Maidan, Ukraine is suffering from a clash of agendas.


ISIS's plan, and the west's trap

The pattern of conflict since 2001 teaches a lesson that western states refuse to learn.