In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli rights groups. Part of the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañol العربية ,עברית

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Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

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In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli rights groups. Part of the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañol العربية ,עברית

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Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

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This week's editor

James Ron

James Ron hosts this week's openGlobalRights theme: public opinion and human rights.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Data-driven optimism for global rights activists

Opinion polls across four world regions suggest that human rights activists can be cautiously optimistic—the public likes and trusts them. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.   EspañolFrançais, العربية

Does it matter when polls go wrong?

When political polls go wrong, many people start to doubt polling entirely. But that’s a costly mistake. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.

Barbara is being tagged and monitored like a criminal

Barbara is an asylum seeker living in the UK. How the government’s immigration crackdown creates opportunities for humiliation and profit.

Introducing openGlobalRights’ newest debate: public opinion and human rights – what can (and can’t) be learned from surveys?

Today’s human rights networks are sophisticated, dense, and multifaceted. Access to the debates shaping these networks’ activities, however, is still restricted by language, money, ideology, and power.

Crimean Tatar TV back on air

After a two-month hiatus, the world's only Crimean Tatar TV station is back on air. Only now it's in Kyiv, not Simferopol.

 

Where are you, Arab intellectuals?

A plea for the poetic inspiration and vision needed to counter despair, complacency, repression and extremism.

España: el holograma como protesta

Millones de españoles han participado en manifestaciones y protestas en los últimos cuatro años. A partir del 1 de julio de este año pueden ser objeto de penas desproporcionadas y hasta de encarcelamiento por ejercer sus derechos democráticos. Entrevista.

Greferendum - once upon a time in Europe democracy broke out

The revolt is real against authoritarianism, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview.

Last tango in Athens?

Doom merchants predict social catastrophe for Greece. But when Argentina defaulted in 2001,  the people - not the banks -  rallied to the rescue. Español

Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli human rights organizations – especially those defending Palestinians. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights. Españolالعربية ,עברית

Embracing the dissenting Jew (from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv)

Should Tel Aviv become the sister city of Amsterdam? And if Amsterdam says no, is the city giving in to anti-Semitic forces - or daring to embrace critical Jewish voices in a way Israel no longer can?

Iceland's unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason

The award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution', discusses with Phil England the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution.

Warehousing Palestine

The Israeli state ‘warehouses’ Palestinians in Gaza for many of the same reasons that the United States has historically incarcerated a disproportionate amount of African Americans.

Why Roma migrate

Almost all central and east European Roma migrants to western Europe are not trafficked. They seek opportunities denied at home and escape from the racism perpetuating their marginalisation.

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Devolution, for and against: a tale of many cities

The debate on devolution has become increasingly remote from democratic participation. It needs to be opened up.

The symbolism of NO in Greece

Why getting Greeks to vote NO may be easier than getting them to vote YES.

 

Why I will be voting NO in Sunday's Greek referendum

In its essence, Sunday's question is one of dignity and our lives from this point on.

Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

After several North Caucasus commanders transferred their allegiance to Islamic State, an ISIS spokesman announced the creation of a 'Caucasus Province'. Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

On Arab Awakening: a response

Can the mass uprisings that happened across the Arab world in 2011 accurately be called an awakening? The editors of Arab Awakening defend the title of their section, while admitting that it may be time to move on.

Doubling down on human rights data

NGOs have often resisted social science methods, but random sampling and public opinion survey data can help us understand what people actually think and want. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançaisРу́сский

After Baku, let's not forget about human rights

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With the European Games in Baku over, what does the future hold for Europe's relationship with Azerbaijan?

 

Syria’s refugees: a global responsibility

Unless the Syrian refugee emergency is treated as a truly global responsibility, we cannot expect hard-pressed countries in the region to maintain the generosity they have demonstrated since the crisis erupted.  

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

On 'Arab Awakening'

What's in a name? A critical look at our choice of page title some years after the so called Arab Spring.

Europe as a republic: the story of Europe in the twenty first century

Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. So European integration is yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. We all are Europe! Deutsch. (8,907 words)

Europe in the 21st century: a new version of Europe is available

“No idea is a good idea unless it first appears to be completely illusory.” (Albert Einstein)

Polly Toynbee, Jeremy Corbyn and the limits of acceptable politics

If anyone is "out of touch" with British public opinion it is not Jeremy Corbyn, but the liberal intelligentsia.