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Mariam Ali

Mariam Ali is Associate Editor for openDemocracy's Arab Awakening page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

openDemocracy writers longlisted for Orwell Prize

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi and Clare Sambrook are among 15 writers in contention for one of journalism’s highest honours.

The winning preamble for a written constitution in the UK

The winning introductory preamble for a written constitution from the competition hosted by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.

Event: Disorganising the world: neoliberalism and the global

Thurs 23 Oct 2014, Marx Memorial Library, London EC1R 0DU (Facebook event)

Modernise: de-privatise - new OurKingdom series

Today we launch our new series on democracy and the economy: modernise, de-privatise.

 

Event: hear the radical case for Scottish independence in the heart of Westminster

Join openDemocracy and Red Pepper in the Houses of Parliament on Thursday the 26th of June to hear some of the leading voices making the radical case for Scottish independence.

OurKingdom speaks to prospective Euro MEPs about key issues ahead of the polls

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are their answers.

Interviews with Euro candidates: Jean Lambert MEP, Greens

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are Jean Lambert's answers.

Interviews with Euro candidates: Glenis Willmott, Labour

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are Glenis Willmott's answers.

Interviews with Euro candidates: Ian Hudghton, SNP

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are Ian Hudghton's answers.

Interviews with Euro candidates: Jill Evans MEP, Plaid Cymru

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are Jill Evans' answers.

Interviews with Euro candidates: Sarah Ludford MEP, Liberal Democrats

We put the same 6 questions to a number of prospective MEPs ahead of this Thursdays elections, on austerity, the far right, European integration, the CAP and more. Here are Sarah Ludford's answers.

New OurKingdom series - There is an Alternative

Logo-There is an alternative

Today we launch a new series on ideas for reshaping the UK's dysfunctional economy, centering on the new Civitas pamphlet from economist and businessman John Mills.

Free event: After the Party? The future of and beyond the mass party

In collaboration with OurKingdom, the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck are hosting a free debate on April 24 about the future of mass party politics - is radical reform needed, or will we move beyond parties completely?

Appeal: donate to Scotland's conversation with the world

Today we launch an appeal to fund our Scottish referendum series – because the indendence debate needs independent journalism.

On holiday

142 years after the passage of the Bank Holidays Act, the OurKingdom team are on vacation. Check out our highlights for the year, and we'll see you next year.

Job vacancy - OurKingdom, Deputy Editor

OurKingdom is looking for a new Deputy Editor, with a view to becoming a full Co-Editor. Details and how to apply below.

Reclaim St George for all English, say leading faith figures

A statement from faith groups and campaigners across England, to take back the patron saint from racists and extremists.

Ding Dong

Radical artist Peter Kennard was a chief satirist of Thatcher during her era. On the day of her funeral, we revisit some of the images that captured the Iron Lady and her demons.

Thatcher: Al Jazeera interview with Anthony Barnett

A video interview with Anthony Barnett for Al Jazeera. The cult of the leader, North Sea Oil, the sale of weapons to Saddam Hussein and more.

openDemocracy writer longlisted for Orwell Prize

Clare Sambrook, one of OurKingdom’s co-editors, is among 14 nominees for the UK’s leading prize for political journalism.

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Changes to the 'fitness to work' test sneaking under the radar

Changes to the contentious test designed to judge whether seriously sick or disabled people in Britain are fit for employment are being proposed without debate, despite evidence to show they will have a "huge and damaging impact".

OurKingdom Debates

OurKingdom hosts debates across a variety of topics. Links to current debates can be found below, plus details of past debates.

Have your say on the Leveson Bill

The campaign group Hacked Off, which represents victims of press abuse, has drawn up a parliamentary bill designed to put into law Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations. They are now holding a public consultation.

'Forgetful editors' giving evidence to Leveson

Remember what they 'didn't remember'? A video from the campaign group Hacked Off of editors giving evidence during Leveson's public inquiry in the British press. With thanks to Hacked Off

Leveson's report on the UK press: reactions

Reactions so far include: the Black Triangle Campaign, Gavin Macfadyen, David Marquand, Lis Howell, Henry Porter, Steve Barnett, Simon Barrow, Barbara Gunnell, Sylvia Harvey, Dan Hind... and many more!

Roseline lives! Court overrules UK government decision to condemn kidney transplant patient to death

Roseline Akhalu successfully appeals against decision to deport her to Nigeria where she would die within four weeks. OurKingdom, which has reported on this case since May 2012, publishes today’s statement from her advocates, Public Interest Lawyers.

Leveson has reported, now let the campaigning begin!

Two of the most prominent campaigners for wide-reaching reform of the British press, Hacked Off and Media Reform, respond to the long-awaited Leveson Inquiry report.

Leveson's report on the UK press looms... here's a podcast to catch up

We publish an interview with Angela Phillips, a leading authority on the British media, in the run-up to Lord Justice Leveson's report on the culture, practices and ethics of the UK press. 

Can we trust the BBC? Come join a public debate on 10 Dec

openDemocracy invites you to an open discussion on the future of Britain's most important cultural and current affairs institution. How do we re-establish trust between the BBC and the public?

A new head of the BBC appointed in the face of our petition

Last week, OurKingdom launched a petition asking that the new Director General of the BBC be appointed transparently and openly. Today a closed-door decision was made. Have they learned anything?

‘What was the true Legacy of the Olympics?’: join in the debate online

From its immediate impact on the host-city to the global reverberations, listen to the full audio recording of openDemocracy’s debate ‘Culture, Liberty and London after the Olympics’. Join the debate and help shape the Legacy of the 2012 Games. 

The Great British Summer?

As the UK gears up to the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games, the 'Great British Summer' is beginning. But behind the pomp and dazzle, big questions loom. What is 'great' and 'British' about these celebrations? Do they belong to the British people? OurKingdom invites you to investigate.

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