This week's editor

Mary Fitzgerald

Mary Fitzgerald is Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

This week's window on the Middle East - December 16, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week: Who cheered Mubarak’s acquittal on?

Tabit and sexual violence in Darfur

Darfur has practically been closed off to journalists, politicians and independent civil society organizations, and sexual violence and rape have now become a reality in women's day-to-day lives.

Arab League's absence reveals the reality of governance in the Arab world

Discrepancies in the Arab League expose the long-standing conservative, tribal, nepotistic and ineffective governance of the Arab world. Will exposure result in urgently needed government reform? 

Tea with sugar and politics in Sudan

Despite all the problems that the Sudanese now face in their troubled country, people still gather over afternoon tea in the street to discuss politics

The UN should not let Sudan get away with murder

When the UN Human Rights Council meets this week to discuss the human rights situation in Sudan, will member states condemn the targeted attacks on civilians and mass forced displacement caused by Sudanese forces? Or will they keep sending a strong signal that Sudan can, and will, continue to get away with murder?

“It is a joke”: ongoing conflict and the controversies of 'return' in Darfur

Though attention may have shifted away from Darfur, the conflict is far from over. The internally displaced are being pressured to 'return' when the issues from which they fled have yet to be resolved.

The consequences of exclusion in Sudan

The sentencing to death in Sudan of Meriam Ishag for 'apostasy' is a brutal example of a wider pattern of exclusion on racial, religious and gender lines. The majority of Sudanese experience some form of marginalisation, economically, politically, or culturally.

Meriam’s courage: facing death by hanging

Meriam Ibrahim Yahya is incarcerated and shackled in Sudan's Omdurman Women’s Prison. Her twenty month old child and her new born baby are with her. Charged with apostasy earlier this month, she faces flogging and then death by hanging.

A tribute to legendary Sudanese poet Mahjoub Sharif (1948-2014): a story of love, hope and being

As an influential character in Sudanese history, Mahjoub found his way to people’s hearts by making his poetry part of everyone’s daily life and rhythm. In memoriam.

Sudanese university students demand a campus free of violence

In a courageous and unique act of collective action, students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan have gone on strike to protest the killing of a fellow student; demanding justice and a campus free of violence. Will their demands be met?

This week's window on the Middle East - April 14, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Contempt and humiliation greet the Pope's visit to the Holy Land.

The clampdown on universities in Sudan

Sudanese universities are growing extremely hostile towards students and the violence is only escalating. If no agreement is reached, it is very likely that there will be much more bloodshed. 

This week's window on the Middle East - February 18, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Photojournalism in the Palestinian Territories.

It’s always the woman’s fault

In the day-to-day lives of women in Sudan, it's easy for a man to rape a women and get away with it. However, a woman has to know the right people if she hopes to get anywhere close to justice.

This week's window on the Middle East - February 10, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Bulgaria's 'chilly welcome' to Syrian refugees.

Ameera: the day-to-day life of a tea lady in Sudan

A story of a tea-lady in Sudan, the injustice she has endured in the face of police brutality and repression.

UK: life in limbo for Sudanese democracy activists

Britain remains blind to the reasons why threatened minorities and activists are forced to flee hostile regimes, treating those who seek asylum with hostility and disdain. We must recognise the bravery of those who want for their country the freedoms we take for granted.

The politics and culture of skin bleaching in Sudan

The past 25 years have witnessed fundamental sociopolitical and cultural changes in Sudan.  Women have been the terrain of many of the uneasy shifts in the country, even down to their skin, which they are now being encouraged to bleach.

This week's window on the Middle East - November 20, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, MENA doctors in trouble.

The myth of peace in Darfur

The National Congress Party’s (NCP) peace agreements, like the DDPD, will never achieve peace as long as their signatories exclude the real actors in the conflict.

Sudan’s popular protest movement: will the international community continue to ignore it?

The recent protests in Sudan were characterized by unprecedented levels of street participation. Dalia Haj-Omar asks why the international community continues to ignore the regime’s long-term governance failures, choosing economic interests over human rights, and failing to offer tangible support for the democracy that Sudanese citizens are demanding

This week's window on the Middle East - November 5, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Orientalism and decentralized repression: the case of Egypt.

#Strike4Sudan - its supporters and its critics debate the way forward

Activists criticizing the strike are searching for more radical revolutionary actions. The feeling of responsibility for change is the driving force both for supporters and opponents of #Strike4Sudan.

This week's window on the Middle East - October 8, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Tunisia’s political impasse.

Sudan: peaceful revolution a dream

Although the wave of protests has shrunk during the past few days, the list of grievances is increasing. Popular anger will soon explode in the streets: it’s only a matter of time.

Sudan: journalists strike amid deadly demos

The most active journalists in Khartoum are either being summoned, arrested, told what to say or are resigning.

This week's window on the Middle East - October 2, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Sudan: a revolution in the making?

Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

Amira Osman is awaiting trial for refusing to cover her hair. She is one of thousands of Sudanese women who are being arrested under Sudan's criminal code, sentenced, and publicly lashed.

Sudan: a revolution in the making?

The community in Sudan is a close one: everybody already knows someone who has died during the protests. This is getting personal.

Floods in Sudan: intervention beyond community-based initiatives is needed

Charitable initiatives, like Sadaggat and Shariee Alhawadith, have been providing food and clothes as well as medical care for years. They offer much-needed assistance and an ‘alternative’ to the official social welfare system which does not exist.

Land of gold

The early months of 2013 have once again seen the severe deterioration of Darfur’s humanitarian situation. There may be links between this recent violence, the region’s newly discovered gold mines and the Government of Sudan.

This week's window on the Middle East - July 23, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, How did the crises in Egypt snowball?

Islamists in Sudan: too many faces of the same coin

It has been really amazing to see dictators speaking of democracy and criminals demanding justice.

 


بين المثالية والسياسة الواقعية لقوة ناشئة: السياسة الخارجية لجنوب أفريقيا

جنوب أفريقيا مرشحة أكثر من معظم دول العالم لأن تكون مدافعًا ومروجًا قويًا لحقوق الإنسان، وذلك بسبب ماضيها. حيث لديها القدرة على تزعم طريق الضغط من أجل نظام دولي أكثر ديمقراطية.

Las nuevas potencias no jugarán con las viejas reglas

Esperar que las nuevas potencias globales promuevan los derechos humanos fuera de sus países a través de las Naciones Unidas supone que jugarán con las reglas viejas y, para que esa presión sea efectiva, que los factores de derechos humanos condicionarán sus relaciones bilaterales; ninguno de esos supuestos es probable.

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