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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Israel’s invisible refugees

We often think of the Refugees Welcome culture as a ‘European’ phenomenon, but an exchange between German and Israeli civil society shows the value of turning our eyes outwards towards global examples of solidarity and support.

In Israel, as in Gaza, human rights are the last line of protection

Plain and simple sadness is a natural human reaction to the killing in Gaza. But we are told such emotional reactions must be politically calibrated.

Taking the mask off: Asylum seekers in Israel

‘In this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.

China casts doubt on escalation of sanctions against Iran

China calls for talks with Iran rather than sanctions. Obama to announce 34,000 troop increase. Israel lashes out at EU over Jerusalem. Philippine mayor charged over political massacre. Iran seizes five British sailors. All this and much more, in today’s briefing.
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