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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

For Tbilisi’s squatters, things must change

Georgia's approach to homelessness is beset by myths and myopia. If the authorities are serious about tackling social exclusion, they have to move on from the carrot and the stick. 

A new politics for health: the Birmingham Health Charter, November 23

Inequality kills - even Theresa May admits it. This November sees the launch of a new movement to prevent ill health - a movement that's not afraid to take on vested interests.

FP October 21

Olympians in the post-Soviet era

Don’t be fooled by the edited images of athletes’ emotions, pride and joy in post-Soviet sports. In many cases, perception does not match reality.

How to protect white people's feelings in the workplace

Does your organization need white fragility training? Find out in this five-minute video.

Irregular war, and how to reverse it

A military-led response to violent movements such as ISIS and al-Qaida misses the wider global forces that are triggering their rise.

Tbilisi’s Panorama project is urban boosterism at its worst

A massive new construction project overlooking Georgia’s capital reveals the true extent of an oligarch’s grip on politics — and Tbilisi’s struggle to become a city for all its people.

Where is Argentina’s Defense heading?

Blurring the distinction between defense and public security, Mauricio Macri’s government is now planning to use the armed forces for fighting organized crime and other “new threats”. Español

'Not a tomboy, a lesbian or a Hijra but a transman'

‘Whenever laws and bills in India are passed regarding transgender rights, transmen are almost never called to the discussion table. So what can I, a transman expect? Sometimes I feel I am in ‘No Man's Land’.

Lost childhoods: age disputes in the UK asylum system

Children seeking asylum in the UK are regularly disbelieved about how old they are and can end up facing harmful, protracted disputes. The culture of disbelief so often criticised in the Home Office has now seeped into some local authorities.

FP October 20

Civil society 2.0

In Jordan, a younger generation of educated activists are reinventing their approach in order to build new perceptions of civil society organizations.

What UK-EU relations do we want and what is the 'good society'?

An interview with Catherine West, MP, secretary and co-founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, scrutinising Brexit negotiations and pushing for a progressive relationship with our European neighbours.

Why Africa is off-limits in the US presidential debates

The US cannot afford another presidential cycle where more than 15% of the world’s population remains on the periphery of foreign affairs.

Journalism in times of crisis

Rebecca Abecassis argues that in times of crisis, journalists need to be clearer in their work and go beyond simply reporting the news. Interview. Español Português

Brazilian democracy has been attacked

"Brazilian elites never showed any interest in democracy. We will have to make a superhuman effort to revalue democracy," said Jucá Ferreira, Brazil's former Minister of Culture. Español Português

The fight for Mosul: the danger of arming Sunni opponents to Daesh and the Sunni/Shia power struggle

The liberation of Mosul, backed up by Sunni powers, themselves backed up by western powers, will only add to the general feeling of injustice experienced by Shias and will only benefit Iran and its conspiracy theories.

FP October 19

The death of the post-Soviet project in Russia

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s demise, it’s high time to remember what Soviet ideology was — and what it wasn’t. Русский

ICC will investigate environmental destruction as well as war crimes

The ICC is now prioritizing crimes involving environmental destruction and land grabbing. How will this change economic development? A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on the International Criminal Court. Español