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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Spectre: I see a red door and I want it painted black

The attempts to escape the nightmare of Stalinism provoke false fantasy alternatives, of vacuous democratic participation or individual freedom. NSK works through elements of the revolution betrayed, and in the process, instills anxiety about what is real, and about what must be given up.

Anxious subjects, political fears

If it did not sound too eccentric or polemical, then, I would go as far as singing the praises of a politics of anxiety, i.e. a politics preserving the limits and enigmatic essence of social life.

Why the Open City Docs Fest is so important

I am still filled with wonder and admiration by how many good documentary films are being made around the world today, often very hard to find. 

Judgment in Hungary

In 2008 and 2009, a group of Hungarian right-wing extremists committed a series of vicious attacks on members of the Roma community. Six people were killed, including a five year old boy. Film review.

365 Days of Snowden

What is being done around the world to mark the first anniversary of the Snowden leak.

"It's going to blow up one day"

Marc Bauder's Master of the Universe runs like a sociological narrative of high finance as experienced by one man, former investment banker Rainer Voss. Film review.

Syria, tunnel and exit

The Damascus regime is winning its war for survival; Syria's conflict will continue and even escalate. In the morass, diplomacy remains vital to any progress. 

Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media

Does media coverage of issues like immigration, the economy and political scandal exacerbate or merely reflect citizens’ dissatisfaction with politics? In May, a Counterpoint discussion panel explored the impact on populist politics, including UKIP, Front National in France, the PVV in the Netherlands, and the Finns Party in Finland. (Podcast 95 mins)

Tiananmen at 25: the fate of mass demonstration in China

China's growing economic prosperity has distinguished today's youth – and their demands – from the "89 generation". But though unlikely to occupy the square, the introduction of digital technologies means that political protest is not dead. 

From China to Poland, lessons from June 4, 1989

What can we learn from comparing the 1989 revolutions in Poland and in China?

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon: a case study in the global labour hierarchy of gender, race, and nationality

The plight of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon is not just a legal issue that can be solved by reforming the exploitative kafala or sponsorship law. It reflects deeper race and gender prejucides and must be addressed as a social and moral problem.

Flawed narrative: anti-Shi’ism, radicalism and the dangers of sectarianism in Yemen

Yemen is battling sectarianism as its Shi'a face discriminiation. Making up 45 percent of the population, they find their religion conflated with radical extremism and foreign conspiracies. 

The rebel

Maged Mandour

What makes a person a rebel? What drove millions in the Arab World to defy their oppressive states and face death, time and time again? And can this sense of rebellion ever be replaced by a sense of normality, in which one accepts the new status quo?

LGBT in Samara – pederasts and paedophiles

In Samara, LGBT people are seen as paedophiles. They face aggressive homophobia, harassment, and public incomprehension.

 

Syrian conflict transforms security regulations in Jordan

Nikita Malik

As fighters join Al Nusra and ISIL at an alarming rate, the Jordanian government responds with new anti-terrorism measures. 

 

Fraud fighters wanted in the Middle East

Rayna Stamboliyska

Egypt is just one of the places in the Arab world where scientific misconduct is tolerated. But the onus is global. What are research institutions waiting for to enforce policies? And what is the international community waiting for to stop the use of populations as guinea pigs?

Syria on our minds – fear of youth radicalisation across the European Union

Counterterrorist and counter-radicalisation policies not only have the potential to undermine the democratic principles, institutions, and processes they seek to preserve but also to produce unintended consequences.

NATO: slipping into confrontation

Russia's moves into Crimea have sparked almost reflexive predictions of a new cold war. But NATO members once again fail to understand its lessons, continuing to squander opportunities for arms control, cooperation and dialogue. 

Australia’s one hundred days of truth-telling

Operation Blame the Victims was in full swing again today as Scott Morrison insisted that it was the unarmed men who received the beating who are to blame.

What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition instead of same sex marriage?

"There are lots of poor people who have been convinced that this is the way forward by a bunch of upper class gays that have rammed it down everybody’s throats." Part of Transformation's liberation series.