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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Call for submissions: Listening to Libya - Intervention and its aftermath

NAWA seeks to provide a deeper look into Libya by inviting Libyan writers, and readers to submit their thoughts, articles and pitches but also their reading recommendations to us.

Call for participants: Tunisia, Middle East Forum

يبحث موقع openDemocracy عن مشاركين لمنتدى الشرق الأوسط لتونس.

openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Tunisia.

The national conversation: free, open and broad debate

In the UK, do we see political polarisation facilitated by politically partisan websites and social media, or the disintegration of a governing consensus?

Pro-Remain media and Brexit: an unwise response to populism

Since the Referendum, the liberal élite and their media have largely neglected the societal threats inherent in the rifts exposed, while inadequately addressing the practicalities of Brexit.

Did you know we were seeking an AA/DCFTA deal?

A blog on making sense of Brexit: one version of what happens when members of the 'educated' British middle classes seek clarity.

From a barrier to a bridge: reclaiming economics a tool for change

We need a new generation of economics educators, communicators and commentators

Babiš’ Czech Republic: too thin a gruel?

There is always a chance that, owing to unforeseen domestic or external dynamics, the Czech Republic may yet slide into illiberal isolation. But it will be not be by design.

Brexit dark money revelations trigger MP's question on 'foreign interference'

openDemocracy's investigations into Leave donor Arron Banks and the DUP make global headlines, prompting calls for transparency. 

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‘Please get me moved from here!’ Pregnant woman in G4S asylum housing

Refugee and asylum seeking women are shockingly over-represented in the records of UK maternal deaths. Yet pregnant women and infants continue to be placed in dangerous housing.

After Raqqa: what will it take to get to peace in Syria?

While the ruins of Raqqa have changed hands, the drivers and impacts of the war remain open wounds.

No answers on 2016 attack against international election observers in Georgia

An incident involving international election observers during Georgia's 2016 parliamentary election raised questions that the official investigation is still yet to answer.

Harvey Weinstein: Italian media coverage of the scandal has been predictably outrageous

The Italian media has failed, once again, to focus on systems of power and abuse. Actress Asia Argento has been treated particularly harshly. 

Peace-building versus human rights in Ukraine’s Donbas

13654189_1762518223963655_138236124276395719_n.jpgDiplomatic games are being played in and around Ukraine. But officially recognising a Russian invasion is the only way toward peace. RU

 

Vesti: Weapon or casualty in the information war?

The search for Russian influence in Ukraine’s media is an important task. But when the mainstream makes little space for inconvenient facts, who ends up losing?

My white friend asked me to explain white privilege, so I decided to be honest.

He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.

Estonia’s Narva: caught between two worlds?

An attempt at self-immolation in this Estonian border town is shifting the focus back on geopolitical games between Russia and the EU. RU

Palestinian winemaking under occupation

The stories of two Palestinians reviving winemaking as a source of livelihood in Palestine and a reminder of the rich cultures and history that is often obscured by the conflict.

ISIS, a global franchise

What do a Somalia truck, a Filipino city, and a Niger start-up have in common?

Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.