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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

No threat from Iraq

US policy towards Iraq is a replay of the deceits that launched and sustained its long conflicts with the Soviet Union and Vietnam. The detail of its past support for the Saddam regime reveals the Bush administration’s chilling hypocrisy. The coming war is not justified and must be opposed.

Living with AIDS: the experience of Botswana

World Aids Day, 1 December, finds around 42 million people infected with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS. Nowhere is its spread greater than Botswana. Amidst the suffering, does the country’s experience of this devastating illness offer slender hope?

Beyond romance and repression: social authorship in a capitalist age

The imposition of punitive new intellectual property regimes represents a corporate assault on public culture. The connection between capitalism and copyright helps us to understand why it is happening; while the reality of ‘social authorship’ offers a way to open up new possibilities for creative workers in a reformed copyright system.

Hairlines - a new strand running East to West

New and ancient poetry and images will be added to this space over the coming weeks and months, starting with Yosano Akiko’s Hair in Sweet Disorder.

Ending the silence


The US debate on war with Iraq is spreading. The key issues - interests of Iraq's people, justice and morality of war, US power and UN role - were discussed at a major New York University event on 22 November. Two observers summarise and critique the panelists' views.

The war movement and the peace movement

The anti-war movement is growing in the US. What role should it play? Our North Americas editor expressed his view at a major event at New York University. See “Ending the Silence” for a full account of that panel debate.

Illusions of the primitive: the Stone Age meets the post-modern

The discussion of hunting and hunters needs to be conducted with realism and without sentimentality, says Richard D North.

The light within: Muslims in transition

In dialogue with Dave Belden, one Muslim Indian living in America voices the optimism of a rising generation. In an atmosphere of freedom to speak the truth, and despite political oppression in Islamic states and secularist pressures in the west, Muslims are making progress by changing from within the faith.

To and fro and back to the middle of the status quo

The campus seethes, lawyers huddle, and reformists wait. Everywhere, police and vocal loyalists hold the line. Welcome to Tehran, city of passions, slogans and stasis.

The March of our dreams

The European Social Forum in Florence was planned to end with a carnival procession of peace, music, and joyful life. What’s more, it all happened.

Genes and ownership: a scientific approach

Genetic testing and stem cell research are two areas of recent development which are receiving considerable public and political interest, and which have very important social, economic and political repercussions. But the scientific concepts at issue are poorly understood, which may well fatally distort the debate.

Stone Dogs and War

Oil and money flow between Baku and Ceyhan; Iraqi women and American men discuss the prospect of war; and why Christ travels on two wheels.

Mapping the future generation

Poison in Germany, Plagiarism in Senegal, Jesus in a Hummer

Voices of prophecy

A young Dutch woman of Somali origin is in deep trouble for criticising Islam. To a writer formed within a tight religious community, her travails reveal a chasm where our understanding of the connections between religion, freedom and democracy should be. Dave Belden fuses the personal and political to illuminate a key contest of the new century: not left vs right, but multicultural vs universal.

Deliberately Europe

The Convention on the Future of Europe is charged with discussing a new constitutional set-up for an expanded, reformed European Union. Arguments over a constitution’s institutional shape and character are buzzing between member states and in public media. But Europe’s future may also be foreshadowed in the way issues are deliberated over within the Convention itself.

Truth or dare? Truth commissions between old and new nations

Truth and reconciliation commissions are one of the innovative institutions that have emerged in the search for social healing after violent conflict. In Chile, South Africa and the Czech Republic, three very different stories and styles of truth-telling have unfolded. How have they helped to bring social justice, national reconciliation, and to repair damaged lives?

‘There was a time when we thought that by now we would be cutting necks and putting people on the firing line.

Muslims and society in western Europe: lessons from Bosnia

Can Muslims in western Europe move beyond social stagnation, and in the process help their neighbours towards a new understanding of the identity they share? Are the problems of Muslim people living in western, secular societies caused by too much religion, or too little? A young British Muslim travels to Bosnia and discovers a fresh perspective on these vital questions.

Diary of an art competition (under occupation)

When a country and its people are not free, how do its artists respond?

From history to moral fable: truth and reconciliation in South Africa

In the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, the country’s pioneering Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a key medium of national catharsis. Did it allow the society to face honestly, and thus move beyond, its violent past? The ambiguous story of Mkleyi Henry Khanliye, an ANC political activist and convicted child-killer, suggests that the answer lies in the process as much as the outcome.

South Africa’s first general elections were successfully completed in April 1994.

After war, humanitarian disaster?

Even as the weapons inspection process unfolds, the timetable for US war with Iraq by January is on course.

The e-Democracy world map

Explore how the world has used the Net for politics.

Genetic privacy unveiled

How will data revealing the health risks embedded in our genetic make-up affect our health insurance and employment chances? Will we ask policy-makers to regulate the emerging market for genetic testing? Or, can market mechanisms be trusted to protect ‘genetic privacy’?

New politics for a networked planet?

Bill Thompson opens the debate by introducing the 'e' in e-Democracy.

France and the Security Council: poker diplomacy wins

The lengthy negotiations leading to Security Council Resolution 1441 were a success for French diplomacy. France’s ‘two-step’ approach may not avert war on Iraq; but in deflecting the United States’ unilateral drive to war she has served the world’s interest.

Whenever France acts independently in the international arena and, especially if she fails to fall in line with the United States, the country is deemed to be a troublemaker. Viewed from Washington or London, we are an obvious ‘usual suspect’.

Turkish bizarre

Giscard, Gerhard, and the latest from King Mswati III

Hard facts and soft law: what's the evidence?

Before taking action in Iraq, the United States is writing a new chapter in the law of nations, by recognising the need for evidence. But the factual cornerstone for Bush’s policy remains contested.

The monarchy as entertainment: Is it more than a joke?

The long, slow collapse of the British monarchy is a global story. The shrivelling of its main parliamentary chamber is a local tragedy. But behind these ‘entertaining’ and ‘dignified’ realms, ‘efficient’ power in Britain has moved to the new field of regulation. Can it be made democratic?

French Kings, Penguins and the Cosmos

What will be the lasting outcomes of last week’s European Social Forum? And why does US Congressman Tom De Lay have contempt for science?

Strategic blowback

The Bush administration is savouring Republican electoral victory, Security Council unity, and a successful military operation in Yemen. More significant than all these is the newly-unified US Strategic Command backed by a globally-ambitious National Security Strategy. There is one problem: the scale of US military objectives will over time ensure the opposite of what is intended.