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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Open innovation in the public sector

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

After Mosul, what?

Amid a bitter contest for Iraq's second city, Baghdad's sectarian militias and Washington's new order cast a shadow over the future.

Fatima Bhutto: cinema can be powerful and inspiring, but it is never innocent

The CIA have had their fingerprints on more films than you’ve ever realised – The Good Shepherd, Argo, Blackhawk Down, Zero Dark Thirty. We must always ask: who exactly are our storytellers?

Thank you Trump, for legitimising debate about a ‘one-state solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

After decades of a failed peace process, the US president’s comments, breaking US orthodoxy on the ‘two-state solution’, may inadvertently have planted a seed of hope for the future.

Love, North Caucasus style

In the North Caucasus, traditional and modern expectations of relationships are more chequered than a patchwork quilt. Here’s how young couples negotiate them. Русский

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon: mission accomplished?

Where to start in discussing Marine Le Pen’s visit to Lebanon? The French “Trump without the crazy” got her first meeting with a head of state and performed a successful media stunt.

Could volunteer-based CSOs be a model for practicing human rights in China?

In China, new laws make fundraising even harder, but the LGBTQ community is getting creative. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on new business models for human rightsEspañol简体中文

Beyond Bolotnaya: the future of Russia’s civil society

Russians are increasingly aware that, instead of waiting for the state’s good graces, they need to take some matters into their own hands. Русский

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The neophyte president, Netanyahu, and Palestine

Trump is unencumbered by any knowledge of the Palestinians, their history, their politics, or their legitimate struggle for statehood.

The right kind of money: Part 3 on funding women's rights

Mama Cash explores how funding women and girls translates (or doesn’t) into money for feminist movements. The final of this three-part series highlights how funding can reach women activists.

Collaborations: Part 2 on funding women's rights

Mama Cash explores how funding women and girls translates (or doesn’t) into money for feminist movements. The second of three, this article examines the new landscape of feminist collaborations.

Quantity and quality: Part 1 on funding women’s rights

The first international women’s fund explores how funding women and girls translates (or doesn’t) into money for feminist movements. Part 1 of 3, this article defines quality in funding.

When no good deed goes unpunished

Families in the UK that open their doors to child relatives fleeing the camps of Calais are being penalised by stringent rules on legal aid.

Interview: is rights-based ‘good migration governance’ possible?

The director of the migration policy and research department at the International Organisation for Migration goes in-depth on global migration policies, the forthcoming global compacts, and the policy challenges going forward.

Mexico at the crossroads

Mexico is facing a deep legitimacy crisis. Presidential elections will be held next year in a context where the urgency of facing necessary changes must be an absolute priority. Español Português

Why play? This is serious.

Play isn’t the opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.

Grab him by the wallet

The anti-Trump movement in the States can learn a lot from the experiences of Soviet dissidents  in today’s legislative and economic reality, new resistance tactics are essential.


Many birds, one stone: why did Iran execute 25 Sunni Kurds in August 2016?

In the chaos and instability the region is experiencing, now more than ever, religious and racial minorities find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

Ecuador elections: sufragus interruptus

On February, 19, Ecuadorians went to the polls to elect a new National Assembly and a new president. They were to decide on the continuity of Correísmo or change. Español

In Georgia, labour exploitation still pays

In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.

Putinism as Gaullism

There are limits of defining a regime by the name of its leader, but Putinism has the echoes of post-war France, and of its president.

 

Between Israel and Palestine: reflections on a House of Commons debate

MPs shouldn't allow themselves to be scared off talking about Palestinian rights.

Refugee politics from the local to the international

The Trump administration is affecting refugee politics from small towns to the world stage, and activists have a long road ahead. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

The strange death of social democracy in Europe

What happened to social democratic parties in Europe? And what is coming to take their place?

The ecosystem of an open democracy

The emergence of relational, cross-over, participative power is what gives technopolitics its meaning and prominence, the basis on which a new vision of democracy – open, direct, interactive - is being developed. Español Português

In Theresa May’s Britain, a proposed new ‘espionage act’ is alarming, but hardly surprising

It is part of a misguided trend of civil liberties being sacrificed in the name of security across Europe and the United States.

How can we create an ethical framework for journalism in an age of terror?

The issue, as always, is where to draw the line between public safety and public knowledge. A new book argues that it’s the job of journalists and intelligence agencies to negotiate a responsible middle-ground.