For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

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For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Regional elections in Italy: Could Renzi’s honeymoon be over?

On Sunday, 31 May, regional elections will be held in seven very sensitive regions in Italy. Though Renzi has been predicting a victory, the rise of eurosceptic parties in Italy and in Europe could have an unpredictable effect.

Sexual politics in Ireland

If marriage depended on the exclusion of gay love, then its inclusion fundamentally shakes its core function for patriarchy.

"A unique, one-size-fits-all foreign policy will not benefit us in the longer run." Interview with Emma Bonino

The former Italian Foreign Minister discusses the migration tragedy in the Mediterranean, open borders in Europe, and the fallout of a potential Brexit.

Rewriting (some of) the rules of the American economy: the Stiglitz Report

In this report as in the work of Piketty or Atkinson, there appears a new sense of confidence. But in adopting a middle class frame, it misses an opportunity.

A dissident’s tale

One of the grey cardinals of modern Russian politics, Gleb Pavlovsky talks dissent, history and politics in the late-Soviet era.

 

Why the Conservatives should be fighting to keep the BBC exactly as it is, and why they won't

The support of a widely mistrusted press is not enough to keep the UK together.

40 acres and a mule would be at least $6.4 trillion today: what the US really owes Black America

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African-American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Labour and the Hunting Act

The ban on hunting with dogs has done nothing for animal welfare and should be repealed.

Now is the time when we most need hope

An extract from "Injustice: why social inequality still persists".

At any cost: the injustice of the “4 and 4 rule” in Canada

Immigration rules in Canada are forcing out already-vulnerable temporary foreign workers. The measure’s class dimensions are representative of the injustice of Canada’s revolving-door system of labour exploitation.

The morphology of a peaceful Turkish protest

They demanded greater rights and fair treatment from Oyak-Renault and Türk Metal, but they argued that their movement had nothing to do with politics.

Georgian fiction – in translation at last

Georgia_Mural (MEdwards).pngAt last, we can read what we have been missing – a literature as unpredictable as Georgian politics.

 

Yelena Mizulina: the creation of a conservative

RIAN_02517983.LR_.ru_.jpgToday, the name Yelena Mizulina is a byword for Russian ultra-conservatism. But her ‘patriotic’ policies have a surprisingly liberal backstory.

For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

Through the looking glass

The planet currently seems to be on the cusp of a decidedly unharmonic convergence. Did ‘Market-Leninism’ win the Cold War? 

Voyeuring occupation

Taking pictures in Palestinian refugee camps feels crude. But what is more clumsy is to go to the West Bank and ignore the occupation.

The government says no to democratic reform

One of the first things this government has done is to effectively disband the Committee for political and constitutional reform.

Towards a multipolar civil society

With the world more multipolar than ever, why is civil society power still disproportionately located in the global North? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Internationalizing human rights organizations. Español, Português

NPT: cornerstone of nuclear non-proliferation or stumbling block?

After the NPT Review Conference collapsed in disarray last week with disagreement over new proposals for a Middle East disarmament conference in 2016, humanitarian initiatives for a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty look like the only way forward.

The age of 'white men in suits'

Maged Mandour

White men in suits support Arab autocrats while the suffering many are vilified as dangerous to the fabric of western societies: external threats or worse, immigrants attempting to infiltrate.

Slavery, asylum, and the face of social death in modern day Britain

The dehumanisation of transatlantic slaves has strong echoes in the UK’s current immigration regime, which separates families, denies parents custodial rights over their children, and condemns migrants to social death.

The Polish presidential election: what happens now?

Everything you need to know about Poland's recent presidential election, at a glance.

Beyond Ada Colau: the common people of Barcelona en Comú

Since the launch of Barcelona en Comú less than a year ago, Colau has taken pains to emphasize that she is just the most visible face of a movement that is horizontal in structure and collective in spirit.

Heysel: 30 years on

A reflection on the thirtieth anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster - one of football's worst tragedies.

Islam and non-violence: Badshah Khan's example

The story of a Pashtun hero of peaceful struggle needs to be told, now more than ever. An original new book does just that.

When nonviolent action is the last resort

Against a repressive government, nonviolent action can often be more effective than violence. A new book surveys how the switch from armed to nonviolent resistance can occur. Book review.

Transnistria: West Berlin of the post-Soviet world

How to play hardball: Ukraine's parliament has revoked the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the movement of Russian troops through Ukrainian territory to Transnistria.

Mosul under IS

Three Sunni men from Mosul describe life under the so-called Islamic State.

David Cameron is a bigger threat to “British Values” than ISIS

The British government's clampdown on civil liberties is an assault on our way of life.

Kyrgyz LBGT attacked on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Kalys image Bishkek.jpg

Ahead of elections this autumn, the political drama around LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan hots up.