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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

When liberals have had enough: a new wave of protests in Romania

Whereas the stereotypical pro-government voter consumes partisan local media; by contrast, the stereotypical protester in Bucharest owns an iPhone and reads international newspapers online.

Appeal from a political economist: the left internationalist case for a second referendum on Brexit

The critical consideration is the strategic interests of that sector of the global corporate and wealth elites who want the dissolution of the EU as a bulwark against unfettered capitalism.

The danger of nationalisms today: a four-part essay on the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us

Nationalisms of one kind or another have been with modern human society for centuries. Why write now to urge new attention to the current upsurge in nationalisms?

#LulaLivre: 4 things you should know

The campaign for the up and coming presidential elections in Brazil officially began on the 15th of August, in a context of political chaos and uncertainty. What can we expect given the current circumstances? Español

In defence of (some) conspiracy theory

Of course powerful people organise together. Dismissing everyone who challenges them as "conspiracy theorists" is dangerous

Bangladesh teen protests are proof that politics is not the preserve of adults

Student-led mass protests in Dhaka challenge the notion that political consciousness begins at adulthood.

Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

Meet the Syrian regime’s trusted friend

The next phase in Syria’s brutal modern history will likely see more Khaled al-Ahmad type figures propagated by the regime, repackaged and sold in western media as ‘fixers’.

“The price on everything is love:” how a Detroit community overcomes a lack of city services.

A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs that aren’t met by local government.

The legacy of infinite war: special ops, generational struggle, and the Cooperstown of commandos

US Special Operations Command continues to thrive. Its budget, its personnel numbers, and just about any other measure you might choose (from missions to global reach) continue to rise.

A war close to home

The slow-burn effects of ISIS's dispersal are coming to the west.

A nation divided? The identities, politics and governance of England

The public want change. It’s time for civil society to lead this essential, overdue public discussion. An edited version of a Speakers Lecture by John Denham.

How Turkmenistan spies on its citizens at home and abroad

A mix of traditional techniques and new technologies allows the Turkmen regime to follow its citizens’ every move.

Looking at Lexit : Everyday Lexiteers - Interview 3 : Oliver

" When viewed in [the] Europe-wide context, it becomes clear that a vote for Leave is not a vote for UKIP or for neoliberalism. In fact, it may deprive such forces of the international structures which sustain them."

BBC Diversity – getting through The Moral Maze

"This story starts with an invitation to appear as witness on “The Morality of Diversity” in the BBC Radio 4 “The Moral Maze” series, presented by Michael Buerk..."

No, the racial diversity of a country does not perfectly predict pro-immigrant attitudes

Given the political salience of immigration and how affected we are by our own perceptions of immigration, it is critical that we get the details right.

Scottish independence needing more minds than hearts, brave or not

For Scotland, the question of self-determination is intimitely tied to the question of land

Ten years after the crash, civil society has come a long way. But much more remains to be done

The public still don’t think that the financial system is working in their interests.

The BBC and Cliff Richard: in terms of press freedom, this is a sideshow

The BBC has dropped the idea of appealing against the award of damages to Cliff Richard for invasion of privacy, but continues to muddy the waters with fake legal arguments.

A torture scandal makes Russia pay attention

Graphic footage of a prisoner being tortured has gripped the Russian public. But the lawyer who helped expose this torture needs state protection.