About Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is mainsite Editor of openDemocracy. She chaired the National Peace Council and Peaceworkers UK before joining openDemocracy in 2000. For the British Council, she has edited four volumes of Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined (2003 – 2012) and written Unbounded Freedom – a guide to Creative Commons thinking for cultural organizations (2006). Her compilation from the Convention on Modern Liberty was published by Imprint Academic in 2010.

Articles by Rosemary Bechler

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In new gods do we trust?

Do you expect the machine to solve the problems? In this wide-ranging interview with the Director of the Open Rights Group we discuss bulk collection, state bureaucracies, the pre-crime era and trust.

14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Here are fourteen reasons for the celebration of this work of genius, beginning with seven celebrating what Pride and Prejudice might be said to have gained from its own historical moment, before moving to the 'feel good factor' of our times. A Valentine's card, originally published on February 14, 2014.

Turkey, openDemocracy and ‘so-called pluralist debate’

We were pleased to take a rare opportunity to publish an interview with Turkey's prime minister. We humbly hope we are at the beginning of this journey, not the end.

Is Europe well served by its media, old and new? A Ferrara debate

How should Europe's media hold its leaders, its institutions, its decisions to account? Is it the fault of EU citizens that they don't? Is there a different role for old and new media? The oD Editor argues that new media might make the difference.

Book review: Eric is Awake, by Dom Shaw

If Orwell were alive today, what would he say?

Avi Mograbi making sure we don’t see something that isn’t there

The motivation becomes artistic. You want to tell a story like a good storyteller and then you become political again and then you become artistic again. At least if you are hated, maybe, you are doing something right.  Interview with the filmmaker.

Don't miss Stream of Love

After a while, we begin to feel that the stream of love embraces many people in this community - there is so much greeting and laughing, confiding and story-telling, and dancing, including a wonderful account of waltzing into fifty years of marriage. Film review.

Effective blogging in a digital commons

Three questions are important to us. First and foremost, who is the content or knowledge for? Which conversations is it already part of? How can the wider audience be built for that conversation most effectively?

Unbounded Freedom

A guide to Creative Commons thinking for cultural organisations

The people want – but do they have a chance?

Nasserism, by far, is the main form of progressive political consciousness that one can find in Egypt, when it takes the form of nostalgia, not for military rule, but for social benefits, jobs, agrarian reform, democratisation of education, and the national dignity of Egypt as incarnated and embodied by Nasser. Interview: 14 February 2014.

14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

It is February 14, 2014, and here are fourteen reasons for the celebration of this work of genius, beginning with seven celebrating what Pride and Prejudice might be said to have gained from its own historical moment, before moving to the 'feel good factor' of our times.

Translating out for our readers

In the second in a series of blogs on openDemocracy's editorial partnerships, the importance of introducing ideas to a wider audience whilst retaining respect for the original voice.

The European elections in May, 2014

How to make European elections coverage less boring than usual? Here is openDemocracy's Can Europe make it? take.

Editorial partnerships and the importance of impact

Why we do editorial partnerships, and are looking forward to two or three new opportunities in 2014.

Can Europe make it? looks back at 2013

The editors of our Can Europe make it? debate pick some favourite articles from 2013, and wish you all the best for the new year.


Sisi’s Egypt

In this follow-up interview with leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, Sameh Naguib, we talk about Al-Sisi's Egypt, the new alliance around the general, what challenges face opposition parties and movements and the future of Tahrir Square ( long interview, October 24, 2013)

Egypt’s long revolution: knowing your enemy

What we have learned so far during these two and a half years of revolution is that people do learn from experience. It is this high level of political consciousness which will save our revolution. (A long interview, July 24, 2013.)

What can we say? On Prism, the Snooper's Charter, whistleblowers, spies and secret courts ...

In February 2009 the Convention of Modern Liberty gathered a distinguished crowd who cared about the issues raised by a growing UK surveillance state. Their words are worth revisiting today. 

Populism: a European warning shot and what to do about it

This sudden emergence of populism was in fact a true sign of modernity. This is what you might describe as a warning shot – and when you see it happen, you have to realize that something is very wrong with democracy. An interview.

We need your ideas and your input

openDemocracy's Editor on how an open debate between men and women could be one way in which openDemocracy moves ahead

France is a universal nation: Mélenchon speaks out

In London last month to speak on a progressive alternative to the austerity policies which are being implemented across Europe (at the European Institute of UCL), France’s Left Front leader gave a follow-up interview to openDemocracy on the politics of the media, the evolving image of Marine Le Pen, colonialism, laicité, ideological hegemony, France and Europe.

Tariq Ramadan interviewed post-Arab spring

We are making a mistake, a very big mistake if we look at what we call the Arab Awakening only by looking at the whole dynamics in political and not in economic terms.

Free speech: working our way towards the liberal minimum

openDemocracy’s Editor spends a summer afternoon in Oxford, catching up with the Free Speech Debate as it nears the end of its first phase. 

Jalal Alamgir, 17 January 1971 – 3 December 2011

The tragic early death of the scholar, consultant, researcher and teacher, has elicited a series of tributes and testimonies to the life of a remarkable man.

Subterranean politics and the European debate

Subterranean European politics draws on a new meaning of Europe already visible in cross-border citizens’ mobilisations, civil society networks, trade union struggles; it has now to shape Europe’s politics and policy-making.

Stronger, safer Scotland?

Being part of the Union makes Scotland stronger, safer, richer and fairer. So says David Cameron, but Scotland is building an alternative vision of itself as a nation, outside the parameters of the neo-liberal model.

‘I am an American’ - filming the fear of difference: a book review

Ten years after 9/11 and counting, Cynthia Weber’s project in ‘filming the fear of difference’ is more than ever relevant to our debates.

July update from openDemocracy editors

How the dramatic events of the last few weeks have been seen through the eyes of openDemocracy writers...

From the future, what we want is….

An invitation to readers, commenters and contributors...

Top Ten on openDemocracy - Editors’ choice

openDemocracy editors choose a first draft of the best of a decade

The first quarter of 2011 on openDemocracy, a look back

openDemocracy's editor looks back over the first few months of 2011 on openDemocracy

Voices from the military abyss – An Introduction to The Skinback Fusiliers.

openDemocracy and Our Kingdom are proud to serialiseThe Skinback Fusiliers, a fast, funny and deeply disturbing novel about life in the British army today seen through the eyes of three young men.

The dangers of illiberalism call for a pluralist state

Paul Hirst explored one particular cause for the creeping authoritarianism of the liberal democratic state that he identified before 9/11: the worsening crisis caused by the attempt to govern by one community standard in a diversifying world.

The higher education debate exposes the need for a new approach to social organisation, large and small

While we must respect the organic nature of our institutions, we must also accept them as social constructs. We need to develop a new approach to social organisation that is radically democratic, encourages accountability and works to resist tribalism.
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