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The end of the Turkish Republic

What we have witnessed in the last two years, culminating in the horrible scenes of 10 October in Ankara, is the end of the Turkish Republic as we know it. - free thinking for the world

The end of the Turkish Republic

What we have witnessed in the last two years, culminating in the horrible scenes of 10 October in Ankara, is the end of the Turkish Republic as we know it. - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is submissions editor at openDemocracy.

£2.6bn: the price of an unfair voting system

The first past the post electoral system results in undemocratic and corrupt one-party councils. We need electoral reform for local government in England and Wales.

The next VW scandal

Buried in the minutes of an obscure new quango is evidence of vast corporate capture of the UK government.

Kids Company spoke truth to power: was it silenced?

Child social services were badly affected by 33% cuts to local government core funding, most clinical providers kept quiet but Kids Company spoke out vociferously.

What can and should the BBC do about local news?  

The Government want BBC to provide for market failure, except in the one instance where there is a clear case for it, the delivery of local news.

On the frontline: women building peace

Gender is a matter of international peace and security. The anniversary of SCR 1325 provides a platform to reclaim the actions and power of women to shape global peace and security in new ways.

Implementing Resolution 1325: the role of National Action Plans

Much has been gained by the women who secured SCR 1325. Seven resolutions on, these resolutions and their intent now sit firmly within global policy on peace and security.

Myth-busting human rights awareness

Broad public support for human rights is a false front—not a mass movement but a loosely bound herd. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, public opinion and human rights. Español

Government steps up role as a global arms dealer

The UK defence minister endorses arms sale abroad, with potentially grave political consequences.

Corbyn and the climate crisis

Corbyn can become a leader on climate change if he positions its cause at the heart of a new economic design. 

Squandered lives: Why is it so hard for young people to find decent mental health care?

Vulnerable young people suffering from mental illness are not getting the help that they need. Kesia’s story.

For these borrowers and lenders, debt is a relationship based on love

Transforming the financial system could allow debt to become a source of freedom instead of servitude. 

Rebuilding trust in Europe will mean a new and more populist way of doing politics

The truth is that ‘trust me’ didn’t work and the much-vaunted expertise of the ‘third way’ politicians have contributed to the disarray we see all around us. 

Lessons not learned in Kabardino-Balkaria


Ten years after militants attacked the town of Nalchik in the North Caucasus, the cycle of violence continues.


“We are here!”: a new wave of anti-sectarian mobilizations in Lebanon

With this political praxis based on subjectivity, experience and prefigurative politics the activists attempt to embody their transformative visions in their everyday practices. 

The Crimean blockade: how Ukraine is losing Crimea for the third time

Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 was not the first time that Ukraine lost the peninsula. In fact, Ukraine has been losing Crimea for 23 years.

Ankara bombing and the end of the Turkish Republic

What we have witnessed in the last two years, culminating in the horrible scenes of 10 October in Ankara, is the end of the Turkish Republic as we know it.

Missed opportunities: gender and the UN's peacebuilding reports

The Open Debate this week on the 15th anniversary of SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security is the UN's chance to answer the key question: why has implementation been so half-hearted? 

Lukashenka’s victory: the improbable nexus


As Aleksandr Lukashenka wins his fifth term as president, are there signs that Belarus’ political stagnation might be about to change?


Barbarians at the philanthropic gate: are foundation grants to corporations defensible?

Companies shouldn’t be on the philanthropic take: they should foot their own bills for expansion in new markets. 

As Ankara death toll rises, anger mounts against Government for courting disaster

The Government’s immediate response was to enforce a media ban throughout Turkey, rather than attending to the needs of its beleaguered citizens.

Some numbers are more important than others

The imbalances between buying into Labour vs. buying into the Conservatives must be addressed to advance a successful ‘Corbynmania’.

Dublin is over: the rise of Europe's new migrant prisons

By getting the UNHCR and Frontex to more directly intervene in the first moments of arrival with identification and fingerprinting, the EU is attempting to retake control of movement throughout Europe.

Girls speaking truth to power at the UN: the global 2030 Agenda

"Invest in adolescents. We’re not only the future, we’re the present, and we deserve to be happy."  Twelve year old Stephanie  Mendez Asturias, from Guatemala, speaking at the UN ahead of International Day of the Girl Child today.

Police terror in Brazil

How many deaths of black youth are necessary before they are considered ‘genocide’ or political assassinations?

Liquid democracy, its challenges and its forebears

Until today, particular decisions within software and product development have to be decided by privileged people. LiquidFeedback can democratize the decision-making process. An interview with the founders.

Rolling back corporate capture will take more than EU lobby transparency

If Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it. 

The failure of mainstream European federalism

Simply stating over and over again that something – in this case a European democratic federation – is possible and desirable does not make it more likely.

The airstrike harvest

From Afghanistan to Syria and Iraq, western assaults take lives and fuel enmity. Now Russia has joined in, the chances of blowback grow yet higher.

What the Belarusian elections will not be about


If we’re going to understand what happens next in Belarus, we need to listen to the people. на русском языке