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I want to talk about my miscarriage

Avoiding the topic in the hope that you don’t upset me isn’t doing me a favour.

I want to talk about my miscarriage

Avoiding the topic in the hope that you don’t upset me isn’t doing me a favour.

This week’s front page editor

Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Call for participants: Middle East Forum

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openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum.

Las nuevas plataformas que están transformando la gestión pública

La demanda de modelos participativos más abiertos conlleva la creación de espacios más digitalizados, transparentes, horizontales y abiertos en el sector público, pero también el empoderamiento de todos los agentes sociales. English, Português

The new platforms transforming public management

The demand for more open participatory models entails the creation of more digitized, transparent, horizontal and open spaces in the public sector, but also the empowerment of all social agents. Español, Português

As novas plataformas que estão transformando a gestão pública

A exigência de modelos participativos mais abertos supõe a criação de espaços mais digitalizados, transparentes, horizontais e abertos no sector público, mas também o apoderamento de todos os agentes sociais. English, Español

You are all Northern Ireland now

The post BREXIT landscape sees two rival blocs with totally different, seemingly irreconcilable national aspirations. Welcome to my world.

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

Cómo los chequeos ideológicos empoderan a ciudadanos

La tecnología fomenta -por lo menos en teoría- procesos de participación más  informados. Los chequeos ideológicos permiten a los ciudadanos contrastar y comprender mejor los programas electorales y enriquecen procesos como la convocatoria de elecciones. English, Português

How ideological checking is empowering citizens

Technology has fostered – theoretically – better informed participatory processes. Ideological checking apps, which allow citizens to contrast and better understand electoral programs, are enriching traditional processes, such as holding elections. Español, Português

Como as verificações ideológicas empoderam os cidadãos

A tecnologia fomenta processos de participação mais informados. As verificações ideológicas, que permitem aos cidadãos contrastar e compreender melhor os programas eleitorais, enriquecem processos tradicionais, tais como a convocatória de eleições. English, Español

VIDEO: How to create a democratic energy system

An interview with Tim Crook from Regen.  

Amnesty, not apology

In a free and fair society, amnesty for all migrants stuck within yet excluded from our dysfunctional system, is the only workable reparation for the government’s hostile environment immigration policies. 

Darkest Hour: another film about 1940

Is this film any better at history than Dunkirk? Does it matter when you have such a multi-faceted central character as this ‘real war leader ’? Review.

Life in the ashes: where now for survivors of the Rostov blaze?

Eight months on from a colossal fire in the centre of this southern Russian city, people affected by the fire are still looking for homes. RU

¿Se acabó la era de la privacidad?

La mensajería instantánea se ha convertido en el principal instrumento digital para el activismo social y político, pero abre brechas para su seguridad. English, Português

Are the days of user privacy over?

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español, Português

Os dias de privacidade acabaram?

As mensagens instantâneas tornaram-se o principal instrumento digital para o activismo social e político. Ao mesmo tempo que a sua implementação aumenta, também o fazem as dúvidas sobre a sua confidencialidade. English, Español

Whose human rights? The marginalisation of dissent in France and spreading

The use of human rights to criminalize the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign sends out a warning alert.

Middle East nightmare, made in Washington

The United States talks to North Korea but seeks Saudi war on Iran.

Turkish mainstream media’s bad habit keeps getting worse

The Turkish public has been puzzled by fabricated news stories appearing every day in the mass media.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

Democracy gone digital

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español, Português

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

No appetite for a deregulatory post-Brexit Britain: new findings on public attitudes

The transformation of the aims of Brexit emerged during the early days of the referendum campaign, when the cross-party campaign for leave realised where the route to broad-based success lay.

Costa Rica's next President lacks a plan to tackle rising insecurity

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn’t seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in the country related to its growing role in the regional drug trade. Español

Enoch Powell’s ghost and bigotry still haunt modern Britain

We are better than Enoch Powell – but, as recent events show, not by as much as we think.

Why the problem is economics, not economists

To avoid hitting an intellectual dead end, economics must embrace a wider diversity of views and focus less on the derivation of abstract models.