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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Iraq’s protest movement reveals the failure of the post-2003 regime

While Iraq is experiencing its fourth week of mass protests, it is essential to understand not only their direct causes but also the economic and political dynamics they reveal. العربية

Stealing a dream: young migrants living through anti-immigrant times

In the cacophony of opinion surrounding the ‘migrant crisis’ those least heard are young migrants themselves. Les Back and Shamser Sinha have spent ten years listening to those voices in London, which they’ve now collected into the book Migrant City.

#FreeFatima: how the Tajik regime treats the children of political exiles as hostages

Preventing the children of opposition exiles from leaving Tajikistan is one of the cruellest forms of repression.  

Inmovilidad como protección en el régimen de controles migratorios

Los regímenes migratorios nunca han sido una cuestión de «proteger a las personas migrantes», sino un modo de ejercer poder sobre ellas. ¿Cuándo empezaremos a llamarlos por lo que son? English

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

What is more offensive—concealing your face or misleading the public?

It's time for the participatory society

Our political model isn't made for an era of universal education. It's time to unleash our collective genius: and a new centre in Edinburgh is looking to do just that.

Indian elections: disinformation threatens to exacerbate religious tensions

In a country with low press freedom and media literacy, fake news could be a recipe for disaster. 

How citizens battling a controversial gold mining project are testing Armenia’s new democracy

Can Armenia’s Velvet Revolution deliver change for communities struggling for their health, livelihoods and futures? ArmenianRU

Neoliberalism drives climate breakdown, not human nature

Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook.

International Aid groups must reform in the face of sexual abuse scandals

Sexual exploitation of aid recipients is far too common. Here's what the sector must do to clean itself up

Sexual exploitation and abuse: why pick on charities?

There is always a line to be drawn between protecting reputation and doing the right thing. Charity trustees should be judged on whether they draw it in the right place.

How Kazakhstan’s anti-extremism blacklist forces activists, bloggers and opposition politicians into the shadows

In Kazakhstan, persecution of citizens convicted for extremism does not end with a court judgement or sentence. Being blacklisted also threatens an indefinite suspension of your financial rights. RU

NEW PODCASTS: The future of trade unions – masterclass series

Revitalising trade unions depends on new ideas and learning from what works. A new series of podcasts co-produced with Unions 21 presents new insights on key issues facing unions.

#SOSVenezuela: migrants or refugees?

The Venezuelan migratory crisis has the potential to surpass that of Syria. We are faced with a huge regional refugee crisis, not a mere wave of economic migration. Español

The future of sharing: it's still about freedom

The original vision of the sharing economy hasn’t died—it just needs more support and protection.

Everything that is wrong is the fault of '68: regaining cultural hegemony by trashing the left

In the burgeoning literature on the populist right, smouldering resentment has so far not been sufficiently appreciated and expressed.

Arrests of women’s rights activists put Saudi Arabia on the wrong side of history

From Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, Muslim women’s movements for equality are increasingly interconnected – and unstoppable.

Opinion: The Electoral Commission’s DUP decision shows again how the rules that should protect our democracy are failing

The UK’s elections watchdog has decided it “does not have grounds to open an investigation” into the DUP’s mysterious £435,000 Brexit donation—once more raising questions about how British democracy is regulated.

Why Russian prison officers can torture with impunity

Russian courts continue to protect prison service officers accused of torturing and murdering inmates. RU

Airport, transparency and the new government in Mexico

As President, AMLO should develop real policies aimed at combatting the legal and financial structures in Mexico which continue to prevent transparency and facilitate corruption. Español

The image of Arabs in Kurdish oral heritage

Jazira’s Kurds have a rich oral heritage targeting their Arab neighbours. العربية

عن صورة العرب في الموروث الشفاهي الكردي

التجاور الجغرافي ووحدة الحال بين العرب والكرد لم تحل دون تشكّل صور نمطية وقاموس لفظي وقصص وأمثال ومحكيات تنحو في مدلولاتها المباشرة والمضمرة نحو تكريس صور نمطية عن الآخر. English

Depression and the healing desert

Nature offers solace for a man living with depression—and a lesson in acceptance for his anxious partner.

The anti-semitism crisis shows the Labour leadership needs to get better at listening

Team-Corbyn need to get better at listening – starting with the organised Jewish community.

The hard right and the open left

One of the main reasons liberal democracy appears to be imploding is that the liberal international capitalist order on which it has been based for the last seventy years is imploding.

'Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline

Westminster's Fake News Inquiry has some good recommendations, but provides too many scapegoats for our failing politics.

Turkey: the organic crisis of a post-populist moment

How can we make better sense of debates about populism. Can there be a progressive populism? Is populism really a danger for the survival of democracy or a key to democracy’s future?

The lessons of the World Cup for our victim culture

If these rebels hadn’t somehow found the courage to strike out in bold, new and, frankly, dangerous directions, we would all be the poorer for it.

Taliban from enemy to ally

The threat of ISIS's affiliate in Afghanistan is turning heads in Washington