only search

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? - free thinking for the world

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? - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

Rosemary Belcher-2.jpg

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

2020: A new beginning for Latin America

In the next decade, Latin American cities will register the highest growth rates in the world, the working age population in the region will be larger than the inactive sectors and its economy will be well positioned on the world stage. 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.

Eight steps to achieving forgiveness

Foregiveness can be incredibly difficult. Here's how to practise it in a meaningful way.

Why scrapping nursing bursaries is a disaster - a student nurse speaks

George Osborne announced the scrapping of nurse training bursaries in this week's Spending Review. He seems to have forgotten why nursing bursaries were introduced in the first place.

Why the BBC’s independence is the best guarantee of its creative freedom

The BBC should have an effective system of regulation that guarantees its editorial independence and creative freedom, including the freedom to fail.

The media and public intellectuals: Fred Halliday vs Noam Chomsky

If the media lionises one and demonises the other, the favoured man must surely have been right on the big issues of the last 15 years. Right?

Another ‘Dodgy Dossier’ for war

Undeterred by the disastrous results of ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya, western powers have for four years been determinedly trying to help regime change in Syria along.

The will of Idomeni

The individuals stuck in Greece have begun a hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there?

Belgrade Waterfront - the dark side of 'urban renewal'

The development project known as the "Belgrade Waterfront" vividly illustrates the mechanisms of dispossession and exclusion in the Serbian 'transition progress'.

Playing with people’s emotions

'Every time the western media decides what to air, and who to call a terrorist, they generate a lot of debate in our country.' A leading Pakistani digital rights activist on the politics of counter-terror and surveillance.

Crimea needs a cure

DIY diagnoses, shortages of basic medical supplies, drugs and doctors. This is healthcare in annexation Crimea. Русский