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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Cybersecurity: the case for a European approach

The EU objective of developing a cyber ‘soft’ power privileging defence, resilience and civil society, sharply contrasts with national cybersecurity policies developed both inside and outside Europe.

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

Las mujeres y los niños primero: la seguridad interior norteamericana busca ‘unidades familiares” para deportarlas

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional está a punto de lanzar una campaña de deportaciones de ciudadanos centroamericanos que solicitaron asilo en los Estados Unidos en el verano del 2014, centrándose sobre todo en las mujeres y niños. English

Women and children first: Homeland Security targets “family units” for deportation in May and June

Homeland Security is about to embark on quest to arrest and deport Central Americans who applied for refugee status in the United States in the summer of 2014, focusing particulary on women and children. Español

How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us?

Technologies developed by the military for use against foreign enemies have a habit of finding their way into the hands of civilian police forces.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

A bird, my cat, my shoes & Donald Trump.

The musings on a 'natural' Donald Trump phenomenon. 

Why did David Cameron reject this essay from his anti-corruption book?

Readers can judge for themselves why this contribution by a veteran politician to the UK prime minister's volume on tackling corruption was not included. Today, we are pleased to share it with our global readership.

Por qué Donald Trump sí puede ser presidente

Trump emplea reiteradamente el simbolismo, manipulando las frustraciones de distintos sectores. En una sociedad cada vez más desigual, se postula como el salvador de los perdedores. English

Why Donald Trump could be president

Trump plays very strongly in the symbolic field, operating on a series of different sectors’ frustrations. In an increasingly unequal society he introduces himself as a savior of the losers. Español

Trump diminishes democracy

How the Americans vote in their presidential election should be only their business. But it cannot be so.

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: an argument for protecting humanitarian law in US politics

The extremist goals of those who seek to abolish such laws reflect a deeply problematic ideology, in which guilt by association is a celebrated norm.

Nuestras políticas contra las drogas son un fracaso y una ruina. ¿Qué alternativas hay?

El coste exorbitante de la guerra contra las drogas es una razón de peso para cambiar de política. ¿Qué pasaría si, en su lugar, invirtiéramos en tratamientos de las adicciones? English

Why are we Brits in such a muddle about antisemitism?

We may be at a critical moment in British public life, risking a plunge into an American-style pseudo-politics, sucking attention away from the real inequalities of our world and our society.

The dawn and delusions of the ‘Nerd Reich’: BlockBusters #1

It is both possible and necessary to think politically about the blockchain: delegation, transmutation and complexity.

« Punish the deserving »: the war against terror and its dead ends

In spite of the colossal amount of resource consumed during the operations evoked, none of the coercive options of these last fifteen years has proved effective with regard to the pursued objectives of stabilization.

Why a progressive foreign policy is good for US national security

Even if the most Bernie Sanders succeeds at is pulling the national foreign policy conversation to the left, this will have been significant after a decade of living under the troublingly expansive national security complex ushered in by the events of 9/11.

"The corollary of the derivative is the border": visions for the democratic control of movement

Democracy is created in the seizing of it: those who are democratizing movement are those who, in their actions, are implicitly or explicitly demanding the abolition of borders.

The youth ruse: mobilizing concern for the younger generation

Reading through The Trials of Generation Y, a series of inflammatory headlines pit the young against the old, while skirting around the question of deepening inequalities within all age groups.

América Latina: da cosmopolítica à tecnopolítica

Uma característica específica dos novos movimentos sociais latino-americanos é o seu sincretismo: a cultura do 15M/Occupy Wall Street mistura-se com cosmovisões indígenas ancestrais. English Español

Obama, Timochenko e os Rolling Stones, juntos em Cuba

Juntar em Cuba Obama e Raul Castro, Kerry e as FARC, e ter Mick Jagger a saltar de alegria, é uma maneira revolucionária de enterrar a revolução. Español English

Obama, Timochenko & the Rolling Stones, together in Cuba

Gathering in Cuba Raúl Castro and Obama, and Kerry and the FARC, and having Mick Jagger jump up and down, is a way to bury the revolution in a revolutionary way. Español Português

Obama, Timochenko y los Rolling Stones, juntos en Cuba

Juntar en Cuba a Obama con Raúl Castro y a Kerry con las FARC, y tener a Mick Jagger saltando de alegría, es una manera revolucionaria de enterrar la revolución. English Português

The other of the others am I: risk and alterity in the Brussels attacks

An excess of security may not only increase paranoia, but can also make the ‘otherness’ much harder.  Português, Nederlands, Español

A case for demilitarizing the US military

15 years after the global war on terror was launched, America faces a deeply embedded (remarkably unsuccessful) version of militarism, and a seldom recognized crisis in civil-military relations.

It can’t happen here... can it?

Try listing similarities and differences between the US today and Weimar Germany in the 1920s -30s. At this edgy moment, the similarities, of course, tend to jump out at you.

Iraq and Syria didn’t create ISIS - we did

After the Paris attacks, ISIS became yesterday’s story, as if the terrorist movement had disappeared into far lands not able to affect our lives any more.

Donald Trump defines the term, authentic populist

Populism, in other words, is the idea of a certain democracy in which illiberalism trumps liberalism.

Ending impunity in Europe?

The International Criminal Court needs support in order to succeed with its investigation of Georgia and Russia.

US Presidential race: the feminist generation gap

Why is there strong support for Bernie Sanders from young feminists and a tepid response to Hillary Rodham Clinton, a lifelong feminist? Why has a feminist generational gap emerged in 2016?      

CSW: groundbreaking US support for sexual rights

With the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women underway in New York, the decision by the US to support sexual and reproductive health and rights - at last - presents a real opportunity to move the agenda forward.

"Nobody wants to live in a drug-free world": an interview with Carl Hart

"There has never been a drug-free world, and there never will be one." In this exclusive video-interview, professor Carl Hart discusses the sensationalism and race panic behind the war on drugs in the United States. (17:25 minutes).

Nonviolent strategies to defeat totalitarians such as ISIS

Military might has little success against violent terror organizations. If nonviolent strategies seem impractical, it is an even greater naiveté to think armed solutions can be the answer.

Obama, a Argentina e os direitos humanos

O relançamento das relações entre os Estado Unidos e a Argentina dispõe dum pilar sobre o qual se deve apoiar: os direitos humanos. Español English

Obama, Argentina and human rights

The resumption of relations between the United States and Argentina has a foundation on which to build: human rights. Español Português

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