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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Blood and soil: the global history of genocide

The murderous impulse to ethnic, racial and religious mass violence has - from Armenia to Rwanda, Nazi Germany to Cambodia - dominated the last century. But to track the history of genocide is to understand its far deeper roots in human experience, says Ben Kiernan.

The power of the few

Globalisation is making the world simultaneously unruly and connective, transnational and tribal, cosmopolitan and insular. The result, says Andrés Ortega, is a potent, transformative fusion of identity-formation and power-capacity.

The US foreign-policy future: a progressive-realist union?

The argument for a new-model American foreign policy that unites liberal internationalism and Realpolitik is intellectually and politically flawed, argues Michael Lind of the New America Foundation.

The seductions of denial

Why is the systematic refusal of evidence-based, reason-fuelled conclusions about human and natural realities - from genocide and 9/11 to global warming - so persistent? Keith Kahn-Harris investigates.

Nashi: Russia’s youth counter-movement

Russia's young people are mobilising in a campaign to advance the Kremlin's vision of "sovereign democracy", finds Armine Ishkanian.

Venezuela: is Hugo Chávez in control?

"Everything is broken, and there is total movement." Ivan Briscoe plunges into the maelstrom of the "Bolivarian revolution" and emerges with a forensic assesssment - both panoramic and ground-level - of a major political experiment.


China goes global

China's purchase of a stake in a leading western bank signals a new phase in the country's global ambitions, says Kerry Brown.

"Terror doctors": anatomy of a void concept

How can saviours of life become takers? In the wake of the al-Qaida terror plot involving British-based health professionals, Michel Thieren explores the history and idea of the "evil doctor".

Egypt: a diagnosis

Egypt is stuck: its institutions, ideas and young population covered by a pall of stagnation that to many offers only emigration or radicalism as available options. What is the nature of the paralysis, and what can be done? Tarek Osman reports.

"The Islamist": a radical journey

Ed Husain’s political and intellectual trajectory reveals much about the seductions of dogma, says Tahir Abbas.

The secret visitations of memory

Palestinians’ modern experience is defined by exile from, remembrance of and longing for homeland. What has been lost, what can be recovered from the catastrophe of 1948 and the wars and dislocations since? Omar Al-Qattan weaves the threads of personal and national memory into a compelling reflection.

At the Red Mosque in Islamabad

The epicentre of Pakistan's crisis is a redoubt of political Islamists in the country's capital city. Anatol Lieven visits the Lal Masjid, talks to its leading cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, and assesses an unfolding drama that challenges Pervez Musharraf and western policy in the region alike.

Tony Blair and Europe

Tony Blair came to power in Britain in 1997 promising a fresh era in Britain's often difficult relationship with the European Union. Has the soon-to-depart prime minister succeeded? An experienced writer with extensive professional knowledge of the union's inner workings, Simon Berlaymont, draws up a balance-sheet of achievement and failure.
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