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Doublespeak: Islam and the media

A western news agenda dominated by hostile, careless coverage of Islam distorts reality and destroys trust. It is countered on the Muslim side by a fierce, unimaginative partisanship. The result, says the founding editor of Q-News, is a mutual siege mentality that serves neither side well. This makes a dynamic, relevant, and professional Muslim media all the more necessary.

The underside of Globalisation: on Michael Winterbottom's <i>In This World</i>

The new film from British Director Michael Winterbottom, which won top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, brings a rough-grained documentary immediacy to the story of two young Afghanis smuggled across Europe to the UK. In the context of the war in Iraq- threatening to displace tens of thousands – and recent attempts to toughen European immigration laws, it has a grim timeliness.

Married to the mob

Ahead of the publication of openDemocracy’s keynote roundtable on Corporate Power & Responsibility, Deborah Doane reflects on the debate so far and concludes that our relationship with modern capitalism and big companies is like a rocky marriage. It needs constant attention and compromise, but can ultimately be beneficial if only we are ready to take responsibility for our own actions.

Not (yet) an Arabian Tet

The shadow of Vietnam hangs over every later US war. There, the communists’ Tet offensive of January 1968 broke America’s belief in ultimate victory. In Iraq, the military challenge is limited by comparison, but a lengthy post-war occupation will face the US with comparable political problems. After the victory of force, will America have the intelligence to know how to win the peace?

Europe's future in the mirror of the Balkans

The future of Europe will be decided in the Balkans, says the former Swedish prime minister and international envoy to Yugoslavia. He demands leadership and support to bring the region into the European fold and heal its bitter legacies. But the Balkans’ deeper resources of diverse creativity also offer hopes, and lessons, for the 21st century world – and Iraq.

America goes to war - a report from New York & Washington

In New York and Washington as the bombers were primed, openDemocracy’s editor found sober reflection rather than patriotic excess. Amid media narcissim, anti-war protests continue. But this is not a repeat of the 1960s: the American left is learning from its own history, and so too is the conservative right.

War in the ruins of law

The invasion of Iraq is an assault on reason, morality, and international law itself. It provokes Michael Naumann to agonised memory and grim foreboding: the triumph of pre-emptive war offers to the world a principle of violence unleavened by justice.

Black Hawk Down: the Baghdad sequel?

If Saddam Hussein seeks to evade capture in the labyrinth of Baghdad, he may try to follow the example of another US enemy: the Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid. In 1993, Aidid survived a four-month American manhunt, and became president of the country after a humiliating US withdrawal. A Somali journalist who closely followed Aidid's hide-and-seek odyssey asks what lessons it might offer Saddam.

Is the UN obsolete? A response to Frank Vibert

The United Nations is and will remain a force for good, argues this senior and influential insider. The charges against it of irrelevance and impotence forget the world body’s ability to manage crises, contribute to regional security, deliver valuable programmes for the world’s poor – and represent a universality of human interest increasingly guided by democracy.

Jordan: coping with a war next door

Jordan, already deeply preoccupied by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is acutely affected by the impact of war on its Iraqi neighbour. With a common border and 380,000 Iraqis living there, the country has made extensive humanitarian preparations with virtually no consultation from the US. Jordan’s UN ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, talks to Arthur Helton about the challenges that will follow war.

A light in the north

Sulaimaniya is following the war intently, judging the moment, weighing the possibilities. With memories of exile, conscription and chemical attack, Kurds have no illusions about the Iraqi regime. In freedom, they gaze upon the people of the south – human shields of an iron regime – with wonder and pity.

'What we Syrians think about this war!'

Rumsfeld’s accusation that Syria has helped the Iraqi war effort have been characterised in Syrian papers this week as ‘efforts to distract people’ from US misdeeds. How are ordinary Syrians thinking and feeling about this war? A teacher in her late twenties tells us about her immediate circle.

After failure: US strategy in Iraq

The planning, timetabling and execution of the war have revealed severe flaws in US and British strategy. Iraqi armed resistance and civilian suspicion have been far higher than expected. Anti-war sentiment continues to rise in the region. How will the US respond?

After Zoran Djindjic: the future of international criminal justice

War crimes tribunals for Rwanda and ex-Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court, involve supranational bodies in the affairs of states and their domestic politics. The assassination of Serbia’s prime minister illustrates the dangers of this process. How can the pursuit of international justice balance principle and political compromise?

Justice against peace?

The crisis over Saddam Hussein and his regime raises acute questions of law, war, justice, and peace. Can the practice of international criminal justice actually undermine peace and lead to even greater violence? Could a more flexible understanding of the relationship between law and politics help avoid this outcome?

'I am blind with crying': in the Kurdistan mountains

The frontier between Iraqi forces and Kurdish militias is a crossroads of uncertainty and fear. The long-awaited arrival of US forces raises Kurdish hopes of a return to Kirkuk and Mosul. But in the mountains, among the thousands of displaced civilians and bitter memories, there is still intense wariness of Saddam.

Curing malaria: all Africa can try this at home

Malaria kills a million infants every year. The Tropical Disease Research Programme shows that ‘home-based’ management of malaria can save hundreds of thousands of lives at low cost. It suggests a global health care paradigm, where people without medical training play a far greater role in their own primary health care.

Democracy in the Arab world: the case of Kuwait

The international media is on the road with the US military convoys streaming north towards Baghdad. Back in Kuwait, news photographer Jens Münch takes time to reflect on what kind of democratic model the Arab state truly offers for the future of its Iraqi neighbour.

'You have to have a story' - Aboriginal memory and opportunity

The history of Australia is often told as a story of how settlers made productive use of an empty land, thus saving Aboriginal peoples from destitution. Modern Aboriginal land campaigns are based on different rememberings, finds Hugh Brody. They ‘reclaim’ the past as well as ‘claim’ the present, and in the process weave a unique tapestry of memory, ownership – and opportunity for a future.

Discussion posts: about protest

The 'politics of protest' discussion has been wide-ranging. These are some of the posts about the nature of protest.

Discussion posts: what alternatives?

The 'politics of protest' discussion has been asking whether protest is enough. This strand of posts explores alternative ways of avoiding conflict.

Discussion posts: exchanging views

While problems remain for protest, in the 'politics of protest' discussion it seems clear that an exchange of views is more productive than an exchange of fire.

Discussion posts: marchers' messages

The 'politics of protest' discussion has also covered the details of protest technique.

Discussion posts: marchers' stories

These are some of the marchers' stories that have been posted in the 'politics of protest' discussion.

Discussion posts: representing dissent

Among some of the questions raised in the 'politics of protest' discussion: what do polls and statistics really tell us and how are dissenting views represented - for example, by celebrities? These posts tackle the arguments.

A long or a short war?

At the outset of the Iraq war, five different projections of its character and timescale were available. After eight days of fighting, which now seems most convincing? And does the unthinkable – US defeat – remain so?

After eight days of war in Iraq, there is growing evidence that the campaign is not going the way the US and Britain wanted or expected. The situation remains very fluid, with an enormous amount of misinformation coming from both sides.

Iraq: a war like no other

The war in Iraq serves the interests of a US power elite rather than democracy and global justice. In the midst of conflict, it is urgent to retrieve an international humanitarian perspective, one that can bind popular support to the ideal of genuinely humane intervention.

A British journalist at a recent seminar I attended talked approvingly about the alliance between American neo-conservatism and liberal interventionism. He favours the current war in Iraq.

Beyond protest?

Even in war, protestors remain active, alert, or in waiting. One lesson of passionate pre-war debates (including on openDemocracy) is that democracy inheres in quality of attitude not mere opinion, plurality not monotony, conversation not blunt instrument of power. If protestors learn this, and explain it to their fellow-citizens, what lies beyond protest may be creative beyond dreams.

Iraqi Faces

A series of black and white portraits by Italian photographer Michele Stallo.

Rebuilding Iraq - London sees it differently from Washington

The joint US-British military operation in Iraq involves not only the integration of two separate force structures but also the coordination of two different approaches to humanitarian assistance and recovery operations. In an interview with Peter Troy, Humanitarian Programmes Manager at the UK’s Department for International Development, Gil Loescher explores the contrasts in the two countries’ approaches.