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About Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is the editor of, and was editor of openDemocracy from March 2005-July 2007. She is a journalist, broadcaster, writer and commentator.

Articles by Isabel Hilton

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

China and Japan: a textbook argument

China’s anger over how Japan remembers its history drowns its own past, says Isabel Hilton.

Five principles for a safer future

Democracies can effectively fight terror only by remaining true to themselves, says Isabel Hilton.

Torture: who gives the orders?

“Torture thrives when those who make the policy are convinced that they possess a moral superiority that should not be constrained by regulation.” From Argentina to Iran and Central America, Isabel Hilton excavates the logic as well as the gruesome precedents of America’s moral collapse at Abu Ghraib.

Colombia: in evil hour

Colombia's government promotes an image of political progress. Its United States backers see the country as a branch office of the global war on terror. An experienced observer of Colombia is struck by the narrowing ground for civil society work and peaceful dissent during a downward spiral of paramilitary violence. 

Semper Fidel

The reaction of people in Cuba was heartfelt and human. For Fidel and the TV schedulers, the line was less straightforward.

Justice in the world's light

The man who ruled Chile for twenty years was brought to account by judges in Spain and Britain, and ultimately Chile itself, for crimes against humanity. Does this globalising of justice run roughshod over national sovereignty? The architects of Pinochet’s arrest tell their story. The piece is followed by two responses from openDemocracy readers.General Augusto Pinochet was Chile’s president – some would say dictator – from 1973 to 1990. In the Autumn of 1998, he visited London for a medical check.
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