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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The terrible price of zero tolerance immigration

The US Attorney General claims these separations are justified by the Bible and will deter illegal immigration, though there is no evidence backing either claim. His is a minority position.

American students as teachers: facing the world adults are wrecking

“I’m glad to see corporate America standing with me and the other students of Parkland and everybody else,” he said, “because when we work together we can accomplish anything.”

As Trump and Kim shake hands, what does this mean for Koreans?

To implement the Singapore and Panmunjom commitments, what is needed is a collective plan to denuclearize security relations across North-East Asia. 

CIA whistleblower: ''No regrets. I would do it all again''

Whistleblower John Kiriakou explains why he and fellow-whistlebower Thomas Drake are committed to alerting their fellow Americans to a dangerous surveillance and war system designed to monitor their every activity. 31-minute video Interview.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain. Part 1

Once Britain moved beyond religious nationalism, religion itself became a spent force, though not one prevented from speaking truth to power. Contrast India.

Germany's falling crime rates show the left should drop identity politics

AfD is a far-right party which has drawn a lot of strength over the past five years by banging on about how unsafe German streets have become.

Progressive psychoanalytic organization splits, silencing members over a Tel Aviv conference

Both the supporters and the opponents of a Tel Aviv conference are getting ready for the IARPP 2018 conference in NYC. All have been invited to an open discussion on Israel-Palestine.

Coping with the failures of technocratic rule – from Brussels to Silicon Valley

Rather than abandoning institutions like the European Union and Facebook, we should push them to act more like democracies.

Understanding right and left populisms

Neoliberal globalization has increased both economic insecurity and cultural anxiety. Have theories of populism taken adequate account of such insecurity – key to understanding the difference between right and left populisms?

Liberals, Year Zero

If we are faced with an implosion of liberal democracy – as I believe – then the challenge we face is that of reinventing liberal democracy.

“Just be fair”: when does journalism undermine its own reputation?

 “I don't think I have ever seen another media organisation targeted by the full force of the State, as WikiLeaks is.” Interview with Stefania Maurizi.

Zionism: the history of a contested word

These polarising terms should be shelved, and taken out only when we are discussing political philosophy, which most of the time, we are not.

There is established US legal precedent on water torture

Does CIA nominee Gina Haspel agree with US convictions of Japanese for water torture?

US Iran policy is driven more by psychology than geopolitics

Could Trump’s mark of a successful term in office be the degree to which he erases Obama’s presidency?

Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as merely irrational - nor by withdrawing from Europe.

Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The most popular political philosopher of his generation makes an invaluable contribution to openDemocracy's debate on liberal responsiblity worldwide for the rise of the hard right.

Microsoft’s Tech Accord – what it tells us about the cyber state of play

In the current climate, the impact of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord which, without explicitly saying it, gestures towards a form of self-regulation for the tech industry – needs close monitoring.

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed.

Why Chomsky felt ‘guilty most of the time’: war research and linguistics at MIT

This article continues our ongoing debate on whether military funding affected Chomsky's linguistics. The author contests the argument that, for the renowned linguist, such funding was always a non-issue.

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

“Motivated by justice”: defending the world’s courageous people

Australian human rights lawyer and member of the legal team defending Wikileaks since 2010, talks about the hacker from Queensland who chose to fight against surveillance capitalism. Interview.

Gassing and selective applications of a ‘Red Line’: lest we forget

The gassing of people is considered exceptionally inhumane, officially a categorical “red line” dividing good from evil. This belief now threatens to trigger an escalation with unpredictable consequences.

A redneck revolt? Radical responses to Trumpism in the rural US

There are radical responses to Trumpism in rural and working class white communities. The story of one of them, called Redneck Revolt, reveals important lessons for the US left.

The Cam-Book gate scandal will not restore our privacy, will it?

For us to care about the practices of corporations, reclaim our privacy and contest mass-surveillance we should not need the shock therapy of Trumpian politics.

Chomsky's linguistics and military funding: a non-issue

There is no evidence that Chomsky’s research program has been driven by a desire to devise a theory that is devoid of any potential military applications.

Goodbye WTO?

The WTO has to be reformed and updated, not discarded. And the EU should play its part, while at the same time promoting its own industrial growth.

The misuse of abuse: fears of potentially abusive litigation are overriding the reality of abusive companies in Europe

It’s time to look to the future of collective redress in the EU on the basis of the evidence, for victims of corporate abuse in all member states and for all types of harm.

To beat the hard right we’ll need to change too – a response to Edmund Fawcett

Joining forces demands a democratic renewal that will dig deep into our cultures and our nations.

Labor can take the Democrats back to the White House

If Democrats want to win back seats in Congress and eventually the White House, then they must continue to push for social and economic equality.

Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Authoritarian capitalism and the prison industrial complex is a two-tiered tyrannical system designed to enslave through mass incarceration.

Dreadful symmetry: kill boxes, racism and US sovereign power in the digital age

Nearly all of the killings and excuses for killings carry this mark of the “pre-insurgent”. All the time we hear, “we thought he was reaching for a gun”.

Snowden to Cambridge Analytica – making the case for the social value of privacy

Constitutionally inculcated rights and morality are slowly being undone “by the use of automated processes to assess risk and allocate opportunity”.

Restore Julian Assange’s access to visitors and to the outside world

We call upon all citizens of good conscience to ask the Ecuadorian authorities to restore Assange’s access to the outside world, and demand that the British authorities end his detention.

Chomsky’s choice: how the linguist’s early military work led to a life of campaigning against the military

Noam Chomsky’s choice was to launch himself as an outspoken anti-militarist activist even while remaining in one of the US’s most prestigious military labs. It came at a cost.

Why we should not be surprised Trump could do a deal over nuclear weapons with North Korea

“I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially” Donald Trump, interview, 16 January 2017.

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