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No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

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No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Call for applications: Tunisia Facilitator, Middle East Forum

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openDemocracy is looking to hire a facilitator for the Middle East Forum in Tunisia.

Donbas: “We’re used to the shelling”

The situation in Ukraine's Donbas is tense as ever. While politicians play at diplomacy, civilians spend their lives under artillery bombardment, walking along blown-up roads and burying family members killed by tripwires. RU

Violence from the future: on the logics of the G20 state of emergency

Chaotic crowds, like natural disasters or terrorism, are perceived as ultimate threats. The excesses of the resulting strategies of preemption became obvious during the G20 summit. Deutsche.

Just passing by the Kremlin

How a Russian tourist went to look at the Kremlin — and ended up behind bars. 

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain where the past shapes the future

Nostalgia for ‘Dunkirk’ exposes the threadbare nature of our national stories, as do both Tory and Labour responses to Brexit.

Defying conventional wisdom and ‘getting real’ with Iran

The process of reviewing the new US administration’s policy on Iran has been greatly hampered by out-of-date preconceptions and wanton comments on the part of some senior officials interested in scoring points with certain domestic constituencies.

Milli Vanilli fake diversity at the BBC

“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

E-residency: the citizenship of the future?

Estonia's program of 'e-residency' allows you to be a citizen of the country no matter where you live - an especially lucrative proposal for Remain supporters in a post-Brexit Britain.

Capital in the twenty-first century, and an alternative

We need a new paradigm, informed by the past, which can address most of the problems that capitalism has been creating, for the benefit of the many and of the environment.

Afghanistan: despair...then imagine

A big policy shift could still halt Kabul's downward spiral. Welcome to a parallel universe.

Six principles of nonviolence

Nonviolence can be a safe, effective and lasting way to defeat injustice, but like any other science it takes knowledge, courage and determination.

No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

Where the west sets

The refugee crisis and the political paralysis around how to tackle it has deeply impacted parts of Greece. ‘Where the west sets’ is a documentary project that attempts to chronicle this unprecedented crisis.

Where is the line between Islam and Islamism?

A recent conference on freedom of expression threw up issues around relationships between ex-Muslims and reformist Muslims – and the ideological confusion of their allies.

The digital revolution in Havana: between liberation and submission

How might Cubans make actual the words of revolution, so that they recall not only past glory, but one that could come? Is digital development part of an agenda of renovation, and in what capacity?

More mouthy male feminists please

Team Syntegrity 2017 light blue group: “It would be strategic to create feeling spaces where we can explore the masculine experience of patriarchy. Real democracy now!”

Elections do not mean democracy

Elections are not a bad thing. But for the sake of our own commitment to honesty, let us not deceive ourselves into believing that Jordan is democratizing. 

When local and migrant domestic workers fight together

Care workers put their hearts into the job. Is asking for recognition and rights in return too much?

Has God the Father really disappeared?

The patriarchal deity could not have died in the First World War if he was seen landing on the beaches in the Second: a response to Rachel Mann.

New US sanctions bill on Russia threatens to further erode Minsk agreement

The diplomatic spat over new US Russia sanctions risks eroding a common US-EU position on Ukraine conflict.

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham’s gamble: the failure of blood

As HTS grows at the expense of others, opposition representatives will continue to lose negotiating power in the Astana and Geneva talks, leaving Assad and Russia only one option with which to end the war.

The murder of Manuel Buendía, journalist

What sort of a country is it that does not defend its journalists, leaves them alone on the front lines, and cannot, or does not want to find the culprits? Español

National trade unions in a globalised world

Transnational bargaining, corporate accountability, and a full revamp of the global labour architecture – these are the challenges facing unions as they seek to address exploitation in global supply chains.

Finding a cure to the resource curse

Ghana outstrips Uganda on most indicators of democracy, development and governance, yet Uganda is much stronger when it comes to getting a good deal for the country from natural resource extraction. It's not about what instutions you have in place, but how they function.

You must respect fear

"The best protection that a journalist can have is probably to keep on publishing stuff, to keep on waging a public battle." Interview. Español Português

How to build trust in the Middle East

Timur takes us through nearly a thousand years of history, as he traces the Middle East's persistent underdevelopment to a culture of mistrust and certain Islamic institutions.

North America is your future

Economic globalisation, as a process, ended around 2008. So what does the future global economic landscape look like?