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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Yair Netanyahu: a scandalous man

Benjamin Netanyahu's eldest son has been at the center of many scandals from corruption to social media activity.

Theodor Adorno and the Prague Spring 1968

There was nearly society-wide consensus that as a power, the communist party could create a more democratic and humane society than those in western liberal capitalism.

Hungary and the end of democracy

Hungary has taken its leave of democracy and has transformed itself into a dictatorship.

“I wanted to wail, to scream at them: ‘What in the world are you doing to my daughter? Are you human or not?’”

An interview with the mother of Anna Pavlikova, an 18-year-old facing extremism charges in Russia.

Research the revenge: what we’re getting wrong about Russia Today

Data-mining and analysis will not reveal what makes Russian propaganda tick.

 

Free Shahidul Alam: the Bangladeshi photographer exposing injustices around the world

Alam must be released immediately to continue his vital work as a voice for the powerless.

How to break the impasse on Labour’s anti-semitism mess

Labour should adopt the IHRA code, with the Home Affairs Select Committee’s caveats