UN Summit weblogs

14 September 2005
The 2005 UN Summit in New York starts today, and openDemocracy is co-editing a daily newsletter together with the Stakeholder Forum. It's called Outreach. The first issue will be circulated to UN delegates and press tomorrow. I was inside the UN building today for the first time. Even the security guards (and there are many) were multinational. This afternoon was quiet, but so far the talk of the town is UN reform, the stale document that has been drafted for the Summit, and what George Bush will say later today. The streets surrounding the UN are full of secret security types in dark suits and NYC police. And if you walk far enough from the UN you might meet the occasional protester too. But overall, I'd say New York is underwhelmed. Here are a couple of blogs it's worth keeping an eye on throughout the Summit. * :::the:::mdgs::: * 2005 ODI Blog * UN Dispatch * World Changing

US election: what's at stake for the rest of us?

Our editor-in-chief, Mary Fitzgerald, is on the ground in key battleground states ahead of the US election.

There's never been more at stake. But the pandemic has kept many foreign journalists away. Hundreds of international observers who normally oversee US elections aren't there.

Hear Mary describe what she's seeing and hearing across the country, from regular citizens to social justice activists to right-wing militias arming themselves for election day.

Plus: hear from the journalists behind openDemocracy's latest big 'follow-the-money' investigation, which lifts the lid on how Trump-linked groups have exported their culture wars across the world.

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