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Olly Huitson, Editor

Oliver Huitson is Co-Editor at OurKingdom and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Right Cause: a suitcase without a handle

Optimistic reports of the Kremlin embracing liberal party politics have proven highly exaggerated. Such an agenda lacks the full support of the ruling elites, and as such is doomed to failure, explains Andrei Kolesnikov.

Justice Goldstone's reversal and the question of intent

In its attempts to evade international accountability, Israel is silencing its own civil society, without which it cannot credibly establish intent, or lack of it, under international criminal law

Chinese democracy: the neglected story

The evolution of new forms of governance in rural China is an important if often hidden part of the country’s major transition, says Kerry Brown.

The Left and the Jihad

The approaching fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States highlights an issue much in evidence in the world today, but one that receives too little historically-informed and critical analysis: the relationship between militant Islamic groups and the left.

Migrants in Brussels – against the odds

Migrant women especially face extreme discrimination in Brussels. But they don’t necessarily see it that way.

Can we become 'happy citizens' in a climate of insecurity?

We are told that a healthy happy citizen must enjoy "meaning, mastery and autonomy". Cameron's Big Society requires citizens to be innovative and not averse to risk. Yet can we become happy and playful in a climate of economic insecurity?

Juliano Mer Khamis, 1958-2011

In memory of the Jewish Palestinian and Israeli actor, director, film-maker and activist who founded the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp.

Liberation technology: dreams, politics, history

The doctrinal commitment to new cyber and social technologies as a means of solving political problems needs to learn from the past and take a more realistic view, says Armine Ishkanian.

How to be radical? An interview with Todd Gitlin and George Monbiot

openDemocracy: Todd, what is your view of The Age of Consent?

Todd Gitlin: There are three reasons I like this book. First, I heartily approve its refusal of gesture politics, of the kind of activism which just stands on the sidelines and condemns everything.

Second, I am encouraged by the way George takes government seriously.

Kuchma: warring elites or justice at last?

The re-opening of the investigation into the 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze is motivated more by President Yanukovych’s wish to cut a positive figure in the West and solve domestic problems than by a desire for justice. Ordinary Ukrainians, meanwhile, are more likely to regard it as part of elite infighting and as a presidential show of strength, explains Vadim Karasyov.

Yemen: travails of unity

Yemen is in the news, and for all the wrong reasons. A spate of kidnappings and killings of foreign tourists and aid workers in the first months of 2009 has highlighted the dangers of a country whose people are renowned for their hospitality.

Consolidating emerging MENA democracies

Democracy is once again the challenge. Overcoming divisions through the development of new welfare systems will be vital to the success of this project.

In defence of Black Bloc

The state, with its monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, can afford to be idiotic in its analysis of the black bloc, denouncing their actions on March 26th as "mindless violence". But the clamouring within the anti-cuts movement to disown this element violates the basic principles of solidarity.

Europe’s tipping-point, Turkey’s solution

The prospect of Turkish membership of the European Union looks more remote than ever. But neither Europe’s infirmity nor Turkey’s widening horizons need be the end of the story. A revived relationship based on mutual benefit remains possible, says Nora Fisher Onar.

The new food movement: politics and pleasure

The emergent movements around the politics of food are a vital component of debates on the planet’s future, says Geoff Andrews.

Asylum decision-making in the UK: disbelief or denial?

Having identified a culture of disbelief at the heart of the British Home Office, campaigners for refugee rights must also address its culture of denial, says James Souter

The War and Peace Report

Democracy Now's War and Peace Report, presented by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, is a unique source of television news on world conflict. We are glad to rebroadcast their daily show here on openDemocracy.

Korea after reunification: challenges and opportunities

Last year’s deadly rise in tensions in the Korean peninsula put off any prospects of reunification. Young-II Kim, a North Korean defector and executive director of PSCORE, an organisation furthering the understanding between Seoul and Pyongyang, appears more optimistic. In an interview with Javier Delgado Rivera, he dissects the major issues the Korean Peninsula will face when reunification comes about.

The Open-Sourcing of Political Activism: How the internet and networks help build resistance

The fallout from the TUC demonstration on March 26th, which saw the mass arrest of peaceful UK Uncut activists following the police’s failure to deal with the controversial black bloc earlier in the day, has lent added urgency to debates about the nature of networked activism, its limits and potential in a shrill and reductive political environment. Here, we are re-publishing an article by Guy Aitchison and Aaron Peters which deals with some of these issues in the context of the emergent anti-cuts movement. Written at the end of 2010 as a contribution to Fight back!, it forms part of OK’s debate on the “networked society”.

Wikileaks, South Ossetia and the Russian "reset"

Wikileaks has finally settled the controversy over who attacked whom first in the Russo-Georgian war of August 2008, with papers firmly pointing to a miscalculation by Georgia and its superpower friend. For Hans Mouritzen, however, such historical details are dwarfed by a more significant subsequent development: the US-Russia great-power reset.