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Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.

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Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Listening to Refugee Tales on the Pilgrim’s Way

The act of listening and the power of voice constitute the ‘act in the dark’ which can unite us and re-shape the punitive and hostile immigration landscape in Britain.

Theresa May and the love police

In Theresa May’s “One Nation” we are all border guards. Her vision of the Big Society will make us all shrink.

Diversity - what Ofcom needs to do

Ofcom's new CEO has pledged to make diversity and inclusion a priority. The regulator needs to improve or it could face judicial review.

Refugee women in the UK: Pushing a stone into the sea

From personal experience I know that arrival in the UK for asylum seekers does not signal safety, but reform is a ‘chaser game’: refugee women are pressuring the Home Office to improve decision making and end detention, says Beatrice Botomani.

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

The Great British Bake Off defects to Channel 4 - what does it all mean?

How did a baking show become the BBC's biggest hit? And how risky is it for Channel 4 to bid £10 million a year more than the BBC was willing to pay to poach the programme?

Reply to Jonathan Rosenhead: ‘Is Zionist a rude word?’

A distinction must in all cases be made between the state and civil society.

We need bolder politicians

“We have seen a lengthy period during which politicians have deliberately disengaged from important aspects of what they should be doing, leading to a lot of disillusionment with politics.”

Introducing our new series: what is public service?

Today Our Beeb launches a new series on public service in the post-Brexit age. Here editor Ellie Mae O'Hagan explains what inspired the series.

Who, apart from its people, wants peace in Yemen?

Diplomatic activity has increased. But how serious are their efforts? Will they achieve anything?

The Corbyn crowd, and its signal

What is really going on in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party? An open-air meeting and the changes in a ward branch give some clues.

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals?

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters?

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, we take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Should Jeremy Corbyn learn from Hillary Clinton’s education plan?

Student debt is as American as apple pie. But the system is in crisis, which is why Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is proposing to scrap university tuition fees.

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness.

My 350 on BREXIT: No apocalypse

"In India, the liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) regime and related reforms are and will decide the direction of the economy, and no, Brexit is not a factor."

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

Sharia, security and the church: dangers of the British Home Office Inquiry

Does the UK’s Sharia Review resemble the sharia ‘courts’: secretive procedures and discriminatory advisors? Are the Home Office and the Church ignoring conflicts of interest and evidence of discrimination?

Lessons from the UK’s Chilcot Report for Turkey’s post-coup response

Chilcot says the state must put in place measures to systematically challenge the basic assumptions of the executive, however plausible they appear. No organ of the Turkish state can do that.

Fighting the politics of confusion

Post-factualism and incoherent political narratives are the right's new anti-opposition strategy — here’s what we must do.

DiEM25: confronting the ‘People’s Front of Judea’ dilemma

How can we possibly mobilise European millennials for progressive reform of the EU, if we continue to indulge in age-old petty bickering among the Left?

Children’s centres and integration

Children’s centres in the United Kingdom are a perfect institution to stimulate contact between different groups and therefore help the integration of minorities.  

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

Digital democracy meets the oligarchs uptown

If Labour is to win the next general election, these activists must enthuse those who aren't their Facebook friends, Twitter followers or blog readers.

The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers

Why did people vote the way they did, what were they voting for, and will they still feel the same way when the time comes to leave the EU? 

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Far away view of Brexit

“To go to a referendum was curious… the UK has a regime of representative government that works to ensure that popular concerns have only limited impact on the conduct of government.”

Can the British monarchy last forever?

Increasing awareness of the shady dealings of the monarchy - and the institutions that protect it - are leading to a growing republican movement in the UK.

Britain's nuclear-weapons future: no done deal

A new British nuclear arsenal will face great obstacles. Not least: is it legal?

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

My 350 on BREXIT: Last call for new leaders?

We could yet be thanking the UK for saving us by the alarm bell.

My 350 on BREXIT: From an immigrant’s perspective

It‘s utterly heartbreaking for me to see my British friends, once having been patriotic and loving their country, now want to leave Britain.

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