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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Job advert: Assistant Editor, Economics Hub

openDemocracy is looking for two talented Assistant Editors – one based in the North America and another in the European Union – to support our new global Economics Hub.

US appeals court declines to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

Trump tweets: “SEE YOU IN COURT".

In conversation after the US inauguration: Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Owen Jones, Sam Kriss, Abi Wilkinson

In our first openDemocracy podcast of 2017, Ellie Mae O’Hagan chairs a roundtable from Washington DC, as the Trump presidency begins.

Recuperemos nuestros medios

Periódicos racistas, noticias falsas - ¿ya has tenido suficiente? openDemocracy se enfrenta a los déspotas del mundo, da voz a los más débiles y promueve un debate sensible e inteligente. Únete a nosotros hoy.

Let's take back our media

Racist newspapers, fake news – had enough? openDemocracy takes on the world’s bullies, gives voice to the powerless and hosts sensitive, intelligent debate. Join us today.

UN Security Council condemns Israeli settlements

The historic resolution passed after the US abstained.

In Trump’s America, you can’t lecture China any more

We won't be hearing too many lectures from American intellectuals about China being on the “wrong side of history", as former president Bill Clinton put it.

Bloodshed, shame and lies – this is why you should give a damn about prohibitionist drug policy

This is the reality of the ‘war on drugs’: children dying alone because of shame and stigma, escalating incarceration of women, and violent enforcement centred on the global south.

What do mayors do when they get together? A look at the 2016 Global Mayoral Forum

Mayors from over 20 different countries met in the Philippines to discuss the challenges of running a city in the twenty-first century. Here is a rare taste of what mayors talk about when they meet.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy guest week: Gender and political progress

Are quotas for female African leaders enough? An interview with Icelandic Pirate Party co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir. A call to action for British women after Brexit. Coming up in our week focused on gender and political progress.

Tweeting Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit

Get your overview of the Barcelona conference on Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit storified.

Job: Arab Awakening Lead Editor

openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to lead and manage the Arab Awakening project, providing a space for pluralist debate on the Middle East for experts and young writers alike, before a global audience. Application deadline: Tuesday 16th August 2016 at 10am

‘Parliament must leave London’ and 4 other ideas for Britain’s future post-Brexit

The UK voted to leave the EU -- so, what now? Here are some ideas from openDemocracy readers, including calls for migrant solidarity, for a general election and for new ways of organising party politics. 

Great Britain rides stunning decision to leave the EU: what you said about Brexit

Was this vote an unprecedented act of self-sabotage? And is this the end of a centuries-old union? Here’s what our readers are saying about the UK’s EU referendum.

'A country suffering a nervous breakdown': openDemocracy readers respond to Brexit vote

Shock. Rage. Analytic calm. A sense of loss. In the aftermath of the historic British vote to leave the EU, openDemocracy is asking for our readers' thoughts on Brexit and what needs to happen next. Here are some of your responses.

Jeremy Corbyn under fire: What you said about Labour 'coup'

Should the UK's Labour leader stay or should he go? At a time like this, the party's internal squabbles are a disgrace, says Adam Ramsay. But Jeremy Corbyn has been a disappointment, argues Joe Sandler Clarke. What are our readers saying about the drama?

Another Europe is Possible: opening and closing plenaries

The openings and closing plenaries from the Another Europe is Possible event, feat. Yanis Varoufakis, Caroline Lucas, Owen Jones, Anthony Barnett, John McDonnell and more.

Pep Subiros, kind guardian spirit for good causes: in memoriam

Pep Subirós, who died in early May, was an important political and cultural figure of post-Franco Spain: philosopher, editor, author, cultural organizer. 

Job: OurBeeb editor

openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to help shape a public debate about the future of the BBC. Application deadline: May 31st 10am (GMT)

This is how Singapore teaches children to stay away from drugs

The city-state has been distributing morbid anti-drug propaganda in its schools. So we asked an expert what Singapore’s harsh anti-drug policies actually achieve in reality.

El capitalismo, motor de la guerra contra las drogas

En las Américas,  con la excusa de la lucha anti-drogas, las políticas gubernamentales llevan al terror y al desplazamiento. Esta violencia terrorífica favorece al capital transnacional de una manera abrumadora. English

9 cosas que hemos aprendido tras 50 años de guerra contra las drogas

En el continente americano, el modelo prohibicionista ha fomentado la desigualdad, el derramamiento de sangre y la violación masiva de derechos humanos. Necesitamos comprender qué ha fallado. English

The United Nations is supposed to be negotiating a solution to the ‘world drug problem’, and it’s not going well

Nearly 200 civil society organisations are expressing serious concerns with the preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs.

Is capitalism fuelling the war on drugs?

In the Americas, state policies, under cover of an anti-narcotics struggle, lead to terror and displacement. And this terrifying violence overwhelmingly favours transnational capital. Español

9 things we’ve learned from a 50-year war on drugs

Across the Americas, the model of prohibition has fuelled inequality, bloodshed, and the mass violation of human rights. We need to understand why it has failed. Español

Recibir a los refugiados en Europa – Un imperativo moral y político

Nosotros, ciudadanos de los estados miembros de la Unión Europea, del Espacio Schengen, de los Balcanes, del Mediterráneo y de Oriente Medio, así como ciudadanos de otros países del mundo que comparten nuestras preocupaciones, lanzamos una llamada de emergencia. English

Violence comes home: an interview with Arun Kundnani

ISIS’s recruits are not corrupted by ideology but by the end of ideology. More radicalisation, in the genuine sense of the word, is the solution, not the problem.

World Forum for Democracy Day 3, storified

Twitter coverage of the WFD 2015 on "Freedom vs Control: For a Democratic Response", Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015. See Day 1Day 2.

World Forum for Democracy Day 2, storified

Twitter coverage of the WFD 2015 on "Freedom vs Control: For a Democratic Response", Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015. See Day 1.

World Forum for Democracy Day 1, storified

Twitter coverage of the WFD 2015 on "Freedom vs Control: For a Democratic Response", Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015.

Вакансия: главный редактор сайта openDemocracyRussia

Издание openDemocracy ищет энергичного главного редактора для сайта openDemocracyRussia, готового возглавить редакцию в ключевой для постсоветского мира момент. in English

Tweeting Squares and Beyond

Get your overview of the event here: Squares and Beyond storified.

A taste of Squares and Beyond

A medley of voices from the Day Two debrief on the LSE seminar. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Lecture: 'UK referendum on Europe: could the public decide?'

Weds 20 May, 6-8pm The Open University, London

» Part of the CCIG Lecture series on 'Being on the line: citizenship, identities and governance in times of crises'. Keynote given by Kesi Mahendran. This event provides an opportunity to debate the UK referendum on Europe and explore social psychological research on how we, the public, debate big political questions.


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