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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor. She introduces this week's special issue with the World Forum for Democracy, asking "Democracy and Equality: Does Education Matter?"

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Call for applications: Syria Facilitator, Middle East Forum

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Call for applications: Middle East Forum Program Expansion Consultant

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Call for applications: Egypt Facilitator, Middle East Forum

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Uncertain, cold, and disempowered – healthcare in Greek refugee camps

How can we heal the wounds of refugees in these circumstances, asks a volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society.

The cold heart of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is arresting immigrants in a number of US states. The agency insists that it is only targeting dangerous criminals, but many have no criminal records. Español

The far right must stop talking about the death penalty in Europe

From Marine Le Pen to Paul Nuttall, the far right has resurrected the idea of the death penalty in Europe. But it’s wrong – even for the most heinous crimes.

Should domestic abuse have its own law?

In the UK, there is no specific offence for 'domestic violence'. Is the law failing women seeking justice?

Might Trump lead US activists to rediscover international human rights?

Recent social justice struggles in the US have largely eschewed the language of global human rights. But, Trump might lead US activists to seize human rights again. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump series. Français.

A Mexican 'Corruptionary'

Activists in Mexico have created the world's first "Corruptionary": a wry collection of Mexican lexicon regarding graft that carries a serious message about just how deeply ingrained corruption has become. Español Português

Dialog macht Schule: taking dialogue into schools

A highly innovative German school programme uses dialogue to move beyond the us versus them of our polarised societies. We find out how well this works. Interview.

Brexit wrecks it: the theory of collective decision making

Basically, political decision-making should not be win-or-lose, as facilitated by the most ancient, primitive, divisive and inaccurate measure of collective opinion ever invented.

Towards dialogue in Northern Ireland

Can education, notions of deliberative democracy and intercultural integration come together to rescue our dysfunctional democracies?

Silent lunches: how do we get to educational reform in the US?

“As you well know, there is a lot of inequality in American schools and schooling…  and a whole emphasis on standardised tests, especially in schools of the kids of the poor.”

Democracy education under siege and now Trump

“Build the Wall! Build the Wall! BUILD THE WALL!” Update from the US professor of the philosophy of education who was president of the John Dewey Society 2009 - 2011.

Reflections: nine years after Kosovo’s independence

A personal reflection on nine years of beleaguered independence.

ITV News takes another backward step

The end of ITV's "News at Ten" marks a step back for its current affairs coverage, and for the media plurality key to British democracy.

Crimea: peninsula of torture

Three years on from Crimea’s annexation by Russia, brutal torture is being used to scare the peninsula into silence and submission.

In a world of hate, fear and ‘alternative facts’, education really does matter

“It cannot be right, that people can grow up and go to school and hardly ever come into meaningful contact with people from other backgrounds and faiths.” David Cameron, July 2015.

Back to the future: the rebirth of a classical approach to democracy and education in a post-modern society

Education – combined with technologies  – seems to have triggered a sea-change in the contract between government and those who are governed.