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On superdiversity in a ‘crisis mood’

“Recognising the need to question our categorisation and how we pigeon-hole society doesn’t only have analytical power. It also provides us with a different way of looking at society.” An interview.

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On superdiversity in a ‘crisis mood’

“Recognising the need to question our categorisation and how we pigeon-hole society doesn’t only have analytical power. It also provides us with a different way of looking at society.” An interview.

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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

When it comes to human rights, it is the power of the people that can achieve real change

Battered by the states, the protection of human rights system in Latin America has weakened. We need to defend the defenders so they can do their work.Español Português

Tangled soft and brutal powers at the root of Brexit

How will Brexit affect the UK's soft power in Europe?

After Brexit: The received ideas of racism and nationalism

It's time to challenge 'common sense' on immigration.

New Turkey and the double failure of the non-European intellectual

When the west has monopolized everything signifying success, beauty, veracity, rationality, humanity, history – everything positive on this earth, what remains for those to become who feel wounded by the west?

The Ministry of Fear

Holiday pleasures can't quite shake the sense of background dread at the state of the world - and the state of the NHS. But there is clearly appetite for resistance.

Is the new 'collaboration' in the NHS merely a way to make cuts?

It's hard to see how the latest NHS reorganisation now secretively underway does anything other than put the accountants in charge, and balance sheets ahead of patient care.

Why the backlash against dowry laws in India?

The backlash against gender-just law which seeks to protect women against dowry violence reveals the full extent of the patriarchal mindset that underpins the criminal justice system in India.

In Asia, freedom of speech is critical in the fight for human rights

Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

As Ukraine's women speak up on sexual violence, we must not ignore those affected by conflict

DJ_profile-1.jpgA new campaign is challenging taboos over speaking about sexual violence in Ukraine, but we need to include survivors of conflict violence too.

 

On patriotism

After living abroad for five years, I found myself asking my mother, who still lives in Alexandria, how she still has this strong patriotic bond to Egypt after all she has seen.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with Cathy Feingold

At this year's International Labour Conference, BTS interviewed US labour leader Cathy Feingold.

On superdiversity in a ‘crisis mood’

“Recognising the need to question our categorisation and how we pigeon-hole society doesn’t only have analytical power. It also provides us with a different way of looking at society.” An interview.

Buddhism and economic transformation

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

An open letter on the attempted coup in Turkey

Open letter to: Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission

To: Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Rough handling and restraint: UK forced removals still a nasty business

A support group gathers disturbing testimony from people deported by commercial contractors.

The wave of democracy in Egypt

A democratic force no doubt existed in Egyptian politics but it was marginal and contingent upon circumstances which, in turn, resulted in its transience. عربي

Other erratic nations of our time

While the US and the Soviet Union were in a proxy war, Americans were also fighting an internal ideological war, believing themselves defenders of liberal American thought in the face of communist evils. عربي

Let’s reset our future

The starting pistol for openDemocracy's new series on how to refound politics in Britain.

Finding the path forwards

The political systems of the United(ish) Kingdom are irredeemably broken. Join the conversation about why & how to replace them.

Scotland and Europe, Iris Murdoch and Antonio Gramsci: an interview with Tom Nairn

From The left against Europe to The break up of Britain, Tom Nairn's essays have been far-sighted and era-defining for half a century. Here, we publish the first recorded interview on his intellectual history.

Cleveland: a historical perspective

The rhetoric that surrounds Donald Trump's convention triumph signals a new phase in the intertwined history of fascism and populism. Español 

Brexit and the phenomenon of intra-European bigotry

To paraphrase Edward Said – “everyone who writes about eastern Europe must locate himself vis-à-vis eastern Europe."

When the world of documentary films became a factory production line, I fought back

At this gathering of documentary filmmakers, the only thing to pitch is your tent.

What is missing in President Barzani’s rhetoric for a Kurdish state-building enterprise?

The question before Masoud Barzani is what to do in order to turn state-building rhetoric into a future Kurdish state.

Russian journalism’s double white lines

A recent leak from a leading Russian media outlet has sparked a bitter debate about censorship and professional ethics, exposing how fragmented Russia’s journalist community truly is. Русский

To coup or not to coup: radical political reform is the only way to resolve Brazil’s political crisis

Brazil continues to struggle with a political and representational crisis. As the country’s institutions collapse, the slogans Fora Temer and Volta Dilma no longer serve a purpose. Español

Theresa May's dangerous record on immigration

Theresa May's time as home secretary was marked by the further marginalisation of immigrants in this society. In a diverse nation, it's worrying that such a person becomes prime minister.

Inequality: the nexus of wealth and debt

If we are to create a more equal world, and reduce the risk of financial meltdown, we need to cure ourselves not only of our love of debt, but of our love of wealth.

Politics of fear in South Sudan

This is a country where a considerable number of citizens are crammed into UN protection camps out of fear of their own government.

The fluidity of identity among Jordanian foreign fighters in Syria

Jordanian volunteers in Syria come from diverse ideological backgrounds that do not necessarily align with the groups they join.