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How starting – and losing – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped create the conditions for Brexit

On International Peace Day, Anthony Barnett discusses one of the key arguments in his new book on Brexit and Trump, The Lure of Greatness

How starting – and losing – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped create the conditions for Brexit

On International Peace Day, Anthony Barnett discusses one of the key arguments in his new book on Brexit and Trump, The Lure of Greatness

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Call for submissions: Listening to Libya - Intervention and its aftermath

NAWA seeks to provide a deeper look into Libya by inviting Libyan writers, and readers to submit their thoughts, articles and pitches but also their reading recommendations to us.

Job: openDemocracy project editor - part time lead editorial / communications role for Civil Society Futures

Civil Society Futures is the independent inquiry into how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. We're looking for someone to take on the role of facilitating our online debate.

Call for participants: Tunisia, Middle East Forum

يبحث موقع openDemocracy عن مشاركين لمنتدى الشرق الأوسط لتونس.

openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Tunisia.

They rode on horseback to deliver babies: a century later, midwives are still crucial

“I grew up with mares foaling and cows calving. I knew critters could do better than that; kinda figured women could too if given the chance.”

Not in my classroom: Russia’s refugee children struggle to get to school

Headteachers in Russia’s schools are turning foreign children away — fearing hefty fines and pressure from the migration services. RU

Uzbekistan’s new leader fails his first test

One year after the death of Islam Karimov, the continued use of forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields shows how slow the pace of change really is.

 

Can democracy alone deliver prosperity and stability?

Democracy worldwide faces deep challenges. But good ideas can help overcome them.

Lexit: defeatism dressed as ambition

Lexiters are deluded: Brexit is a right-wing project. The future of the UK left is with the European left, in the international struggle. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lexit” argument by Xavier Buxton.

Lexit: looking forwards, not backwards

The EU is riddled with neoliberalism. Brexit has shattered the status quo, and presents an opportunity to the UK left. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lemain” argument by Julian Sayarer.

Looking at Lexit: mission statement

Should Labour fight Brexit, or embrace it? Julian Sayarer and Xavier Buxton introduce a new project on openDemocracy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of “Lexit”.

Lure of Greatness, the video

Caroline Lucas MP, Zadie Smith, John Cleese, Kate Raworth, Aditya Chakrabortty, Peter Oborne, Quentin Skinner, Niki Seth Smith and Ralph Pritchard enjoy Anthony Barnett's new book.

How to spend €500 million: women’s rights groups on Europe’s UN grant

We welcome this week’s historic funding announcement for work to end violence against women and girls. But there are important caveats.

The President, the General and their country

The transition in Angola is already on its way. Fortunately for Angolans– except for Mr. Dos Santos and his entourage – it is not heading to where the former President wants. Español Português

The 51st State of Housing: The American housing crisis, and what it means for the UK

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, a moving extract from the author's ‘There’s No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK’. 

Brexit means…progressive alliances, or ‘corporate absolutism’?

The ‘Leave’ vote, however manipulated by the media, was not just a rejection of Brussels technocracy but of the political status quo at Westminster. It’s time to rewrite the constitutional and political rules from scratch.

A new hope for a nuclear free world - but where is the UK?

A new UN treaty could make nuclear sabre-rattling and boasts of a willingness to incinerate cities, as unacceptable as threats to use chemical and biological weapons.

Violencia de género en el sector agrícola centroamericano

Las trabajadoras del sector agrícola en Centroamérica buscan combatir la discriminación de género a través de los convenios internacionales. English

Eastern Kurdistan: a silent politics with huge casualties

It is surely time that organisations that are internally active should dedicate their efforts to resuming activities that give hope to the people.

Peace writ large: peacebuilding works, but we may need to shout about it more

On International Peace Day, a new report showcases the positive cumulative effect of peacebuilding initiatives, even when conflicts worldwide and the people killed or suffering are on the increase.

What is peacebuilding? Ask the public

This International Peace Day a striking 84% of people in the UK, US and Germany agree that ‘human beings have the right to live in peace: free from conflict’.

Georgian land, Georgian freedom

A proposed amendment to Georgia’s constitution would ban the sale of agricultural land to foreign citizens. Is it a necessary evil, or a hollow gesture?

Edwin Ardener: the life-force of ideas

The work of the social anthropologist Edwin Ardener (1927-87) remains a fertile source of insight and influence, says his former student and editor of a collection of his essays, Malcolm Chapman.

(This article was first published on 21 September 2007)

Catalonia’s de facto independence

Catalonia is trying to hold a referendum, to provoke a reaction from the State that would boost massive protests and deliver a majority which, so far, has proven elusive. Español

Georgia’s highlanders against hydropower

As the Georgian government moves ahead with its plans for increasing the country’s hydropower capacity, local communities are being sidelined in the process of compensation payments.

Open letter to Third World Quarterly on the publication of 'The case for colonialism'

A letter of complaint to the editors of Third World Quarterly at Taylor & Francis on the publication of 'The case for colonialism' by Bruce Gilley.

A long-forgotten wall: the struggle of the Sahrawi people

Lost Land exposes the painful reality of the Sahrawi people, whose homeland is occupied by Morocco, while they crave independence. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 7th September 2017.

How starting – and losing – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped create the conditions for Brexit

Anthony Barnett discusses one of the key arguments in his new book on Brexit and Trump, The Lure of Greatness.

Oops! How Moscow’s municipal election turned into a headache for city hall

The unexpected success of independent candidates in Moscow’s recent council elections may be relative — but it's real enough. RU

Can China help fix Venezuela?

After years of economic mismanagement and political strife, Venezuela finds itself in the midst of a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, due in part to a loans-for-oil debtor relationship with China. Español Português

Pain, torture and alienation

Due to Egypt’s dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.