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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is Co-Editor at openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Greece is not Weimar

The insistence by the British commentariat on seeing Greece through the eyes of their own need for Eurozone breakdown is part of British pathology about Europe.

Meet the Somalis: choose a story

These are little stories, vignettes that offer unique insights into the every day struggles of Somali migrants living in the cities of Europe.

Angels caught in a tightening noose

Many disregard the recurrent stories of prison deaths, police torture and rape because - on the other hand – Egypt's streets are empty after curfew and the walls are freshly painted; surely a clear indication that the state has succeeded in restoring security and defeating terrorism.

Meet the young hackers finding new ways to live

Since the economic crisis, young peoples' expectations have become dreams. But our generation are coming up with innovative lifestyles based on new communities and the common good: I call them the "lifestyle hackers".

Doing politics and culture differently: the potential of artistic activism

The recent Changin Scotland weekend highlights the fact that the radical left can, and must, go further than simply speaking to itself in order to help create a more democratic, equal and less institutionally-dominated Scotland.

Extreme measures: invoking moral order in Turkey

While our fingers point at cohabitation and house sharing, and our minds are troubled by the imposition of a particular lifestyle, we tend to overlook a larger project of social restructuring.

Universal values, foreign money: local human rights organizations in the Global South

Despite enjoying a fair bit of local support, local human rights organizations (LHROs) in the Global South are still largely dependent on foreign funds. To better tap into local resource pools, LHROs will have to rethink their funding strategies, and perhaps reconsider some of their activities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human Rights. Türkçe, Español, Português, Français, עברית ,العربية 

The challenge of finding funding for gay rights in Cameroon

 hspace=When the EU awarded a large grant to Alice Nkom for her work defending gay people in Cameroon it was attacked for encouraging illegal activity. Here Nkom describes the reality of trying to find funds for rights work that the government – and most people in Cameroon  - deplore. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human RightsEspañol, Françaisالعربية

Western democracy: decline and...

The slow withering of politics and democracy in the western world is reaching a point of crisis. Ernesto Gallo and Giovanni Biava offer a diagnosis and a series of remedies.

G4S owes thousands of pounds on energy bills

It's Britain's leading meter-reader. But in the homes it provides for asylum seekers, outsourcing giant G4S leaves energy bills unpaid.

Should Britain offer asylum to Afghan interpreters who served its forces?

The UK Government is currently refusing to offer automatic asylum to those who risked their lives interpreting for the British army in Afghanistan. As pressure mounts, will they change their minds?

Post-election Prague: a new Czech EU policy?

For the EU, the Czech Republic has long been Britain's partner in trouble. But the victory of a more Europe-friendly left in the recent elections might signal a radical new turn for Czech foreign policy.

The transnational lone-wolf terrorist

When Ukrainian postgraduate Pavlo Lapshyn was sentenced for racially-motivated murder and terrorism in the West Midlands, the response from Ukrainian media was to distort facts; from authorities to remain silent; and from British journalists to pin blame on UK society. These approaches obscure the uniqueness of the case, says Anton Shekhovtsov

Lessons from America, possibilities for left populism?

On this week’s show Aaron Bastani and James Butler discuss the De Blasio victory in the race for the New York mayoralty, is it possible here?

From civil to civic conflict? Violence and the city in 'fragile states'

The increasing ubiquity of riots, gang crime, and terrorist attacks in cities, would suggest the hallmark of the contemporary period is one of rising 'urban conflict' rather than 'peace'. But what is the link between the 'fragility' of states, and increasing violence in the city?

Hiding behind the Cenotaph, Cameron will seek to re-write history

The First World War plays a key role in our national story: a warning against violence, to be wary of our leaders. With his 100th anniversary events, David Cameron is seeking to change that.

Human rights funding in Brazil

Brazil’s economic success has led to foreign funders pulling the plug on human rights groups but a major education campaign is needed before Brazilian donors will take their place. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human RightsEspañol, Portuguêsالعربية

Time to challenge India for its stranglehold on funding for rights organizations

One of the country’s most informed human rights experts explains how India blocks foreign funding for rights work it doesn’t like. Philanthropists avoid supporting work that will anger the state so the only organizations able to tackle the most sensitive rights issues are those funded by small contributions from ordinary citizens. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Funding for Human Rightsहिंदीالعربية, Español.

China: who is in charge?

China's policy incoherence has disturbing echoes of the prelude to Europe's great war in 1914, says Kerry Brown.

Class is attitude above all

Class remains by nature vague and ill-defined, one of society's necessary mythologies. Class is defined not by a lowly start, nor money nor region, but ultimately as attitude, confidence and absorbed rather than learned values.