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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

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Populism and fraternity in Portugal

There are moments of truth in which, due to some sort of blip in the functioning of the oligarchic system that governs our present world, we glimpse another humane populism.

What causes the populist infection? How can it be cured?

In all countries, established political parties have the dangerous propensity to counter this electoral wave of populism by adopting the issues and language used by them.

The Orban regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

One 1941 law passed under the ultra-nationalist and Nazi collaborator Miklos Horthy banned all forms of sexual intercourse between Jews and Gentiles in the name of ethnic purity.

The new UNSG is poised to show the world what a feminist looks like

There has been real progress at this year's UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the new Secretary General has asked women around the world to "keep our feet to the fire". 

The European University at St Petersburg: no license to learn?

The European University at St Petersburg has had its education license revoked. What’s next for one of Russia’s top higher education institutions? Русский

Donald Trump’s proposal to slash UN funding: a threat to international peace and security

In a clear signal of priorities, Trump called for a $52 billion increase in defense spending, the US already spending nearly as much as the next 14 countries combined.

Bengal residents resist hazardous power grid amid repression

In January, police in Bhangar, West Bengal, shot two people dead as residents of the village protested a dangerous and unwanted electrical grid.

Time for the west to fight for the exiled

Today’s autocrats are displaying a growing audacity in their willingness to pursuing dissenters everywhere, blatantly disregarding national boundaries in the process.

Postscript to a letter to extremists

We can defeat extremism by building something beautiful together.

Sarajevo 25 years after: paradigm for the future

The dynamic and sometimes dramatic interplay between the essence and the fate of a city provides the key for a wholesome national reintegration process.