In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli rights groups. Part of the openGlobalRights debate, Public opinion and human rightsEspañol العربية ,עברית

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Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

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In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli rights groups. Part of the openGlobalRights debate, Public opinion and human rightsEspañol العربية ,עברית

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Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

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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

Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can win? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Public Opinion and Human Rights.  Españolالعربية ,עברית

In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive of Israeli human rights organizations – especially those defending Palestinians. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights. Españolالعربية ,עברית

Embracing the dissenting Jew (from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv)

Should Tel Aviv become the sister city of Amsterdam? And if Amsterdam says no, is the city giving in to anti-Semitic forces - or daring to embrace critical Jewish voices in a way Israel no longer can?

Iceland's unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason

The award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution', discusses with Phil England the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution.

Warehousing Palestine

The Israeli state ‘warehouses’ Palestinians in Gaza for many of the same reasons that the United States has historically incarcerated a disproportionate amount of African Americans.

Why Roma migrate

Almost all central and east European Roma migrants to western Europe are not trafficked. They seek opportunities denied at home and escape from the racism perpetuating their marginalisation.

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Devolution, for and against: a tale of many cities

The debate on devolution has become increasingly remote from democratic participation. It needs to be opened up.

The symbolism of NO in Greece

Why getting Greeks to vote NO may be easier than getting them to vote YES.

 

Why I will be voting NO in Sunday's Greek referendum

In its essence, Sunday's question is one of dignity and our lives from this point on.

Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

After several North Caucasus commanders transferred their allegiance to Islamic State, an ISIS spokesman announced the creation of a 'Caucasus Province'. Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

On Arab Awakening: a response

Can the mass uprisings that happened across the Arab world in 2011 accurately be called an awakening? The editors of Arab Awakening defend the title of their section, while admitting that it may be time to move on.

After Baku, let's not forget about human rights

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With the European Games in Baku over, what does the future hold for Europe's relationship with Azerbaijan?

 

Syria’s refugees: a global responsibility

Unless the Syrian refugee emergency is treated as a truly global responsibility, we cannot expect hard-pressed countries in the region to maintain the generosity they have demonstrated since the crisis erupted.  

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

On 'Arab Awakening'

What's in a name? A critical look at our choice of page title some years after the so called Arab Spring.

Doubling down on human rights data

NGOs have often resisted social science methods, but random sampling and public opinion survey data can help us understand what people actually think and want. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human RightsEspañolFrançaisРу́сский

Does it matter when polls go wrong?

When political polls go wrong, many people start to doubt polling entirely. But that’s a costly mistake. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.

Data-driven optimism for global rights activists

Opinion polls across four world regions suggest that human rights activists can be cautiously optimistic—the public likes and trusts them. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.   EspañolFrançais, العربية

Europe as a republic: the story of Europe in the twenty first century

Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. So European integration is yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. We all are Europe! Deutsch. (8,907 words)

Europe in the 21st century: a new version of Europe is available (short resumé)

“No idea is a good idea unless it first appears to be completely illusory.” (Albert Einstein)

Polly Toynbee, Jeremy Corbyn and the limits of acceptable politics

If anyone is "out of touch" with British public opinion it is not Jeremy Corbyn, but the liberal intelligentsia. 

Europe: a new version is available

We are outraged. We see Europe falling apart in front of our very eyes. Europe is in dire need of radical change in social, financial and energy policies and more. Join us.

The hidden injuries of caste: south Indian tea workers and economic crisis

Economic crisis has pushed Indian tea workers to seek employment outside the plantations, forcing them to re-engage with the caste hierarchy from which their ancestors attempted to escape. 

Adivasis in India: modern-day slaves or modern-day workers?

India’s Adivasis often work in conditions commonly described as ‘modern-day slavery’, but they are not slaves. Their unfreedom is both the fuel and product of modern Indian capitalism.

Rebuilding democracy in Iceland: an interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir

In the first of a series of interviews by Phil England examining the situation in Iceland and the possible relevance of developments there to the UK, Phil talks to Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Welcome to the empathy wars

Stepping into other people’s shoes has been a catalytic force for social change throughout human history.

Mexico's 2015 Elections - A citizen triumph?

The congressional and local elections on June 7 produced some surprising victories.  Mexico's electoral map is changing. Perhaps for the first time, the people are finding their voice. Español

The geopolitical implications of Europe’s debt crisis

Up until very recently, geopolitics was one of the most unpopular and outdated intellectual concepts in contemporary Europe. The eurocrisis has changed that.

Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.