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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Commons report on “fake news” says failing electoral laws are putting UK democracy at risk

Report from MPs builds on openDemocracy’s work exposing unaccountable ‘dark money’ and influence on our elections

 

On the need to shape the Arab exile body in Berlin

A long essay on why the Arab intellectual community in Berlin needs to acquire a name, shape, and a mandate of sorts.

Has America always been capitalist?

History shows that capitalism isn’t natural or normal, strengthening the belief that we can create something better.

FP Feb 17


The wall isn’t a state of emergency but a state of exception

The German legal scholar and Nazi ideologue Carl Schmitt described a ‘State of Exception’ as the process by which a sovereign leader can transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good. 

FP Feb 16


Can shareholder activism tame the financial system?

Activists are increasingly targeting businesses – from oil companies to gun manufacturers – on the stock market. But can this strategy lead to lasting change?

Johnson & Davis claim chemicals industry will be Brexit winners – so where are the firms clamouring to leave?

Part one of a three-part-series: Will Brexit mean a toxic chemicals BREACH?

FP Feb 15


How can allies protect communities threatened with violence?

How to avoid the ‘white savior syndrome.’

Sophia de Mello Breyner: when art is not free, people are not free

Poetry is a form of resistance against indignity. The responsibility of the writer is not only to interpret life, but to shape how we understand and inhabit our societies. Português.

Venezuela & Cuba: an exhausted revolutionary?

Venezuela's oil populism is mired in a deep crisis. Cuba is transiting to a capitalist restoration of its own. But Cuba and Venezuela share a certainty: there are no havens to return to. Español

The radical right, immigration and the future of the EU

In the May European elections, the immigration issue will continue to play a role in the expected success of radical right parties.

In Iraq, Iran and Turkey are the real winners

The US is trying to create a Middle Eastern coalition to undermine Iran. They are sixteen years too late.

A tale of two events, and two cultures

The Science Congress and Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), held in India every January, are the largest events of their kind in the world. This year a curious kind of osmosis took place.

FP Feb 14


Steve Martin: Changing your ways is easier than changing your mind

The author of international bestseller 'Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive' joins us to answer the question he dreaded – what had he changed his mind on?

The emperor’s new wall

President Donald Trump will continue trying to fund his border wall. If he succeeds, the human cost will make the final price tag much higher than $5.7 billion.

Radio Hakaya Podcast, episode 2: Abu Mohammed - from revolution to war

Episode 2 of a podcast series about the socio-political climate faced by Syrians and their host communities through their own eyes as the pressure rises for refugees to return to Syria.

A European take on Warsaw’s anti-Iran show

Analysis of US diplomacy and discourse after May 2018 suggests that the administration has revived its 1979 Iran-pathology with a vengeance.