Top Ten on openDemocracy - Editors’ choice

openDemocracy editors choose a first draft of the best of a decade
Rosemary Bechler
12 May 2011

Can a machine change your mind?
Jane O'Grady, 25 May 2009

The mind is not the brain. Confusing the two leads to a dehumanized world and a controlling politics

Andrei Loshak: Kafka’s Castle is collapsing
Andrei Loshak, 19 March 2010

You can’t reason with the absurd, as IKEA found when it tried to build a model business in Russia

Landscape and identity in a globalised world
Roger Scruton and Ken Worpole, 5 June 2002

How is globalisation changing our sense of place, essential to people’s ability to find meaning in the world?

The Left and the Jihad
Fred Halliday, 6 April 2011

The left was once the principal enemy of radical Islamism. So how did old enemies become new friends?

The World’s Fair
Susan Richards, 5 February 2003

A new world is also a new way of seeing. For Susan Richards, it all came together at Porto Alegre. 

Hooligans of the Absolute
Tom Nairn, 4 October 2001

The impulse of the attacks was not confidence but despair – the strike of a miserable old world against the unsettling but promising new.

Do women and girls have human rights?
Pinar Ilkkaracan, 26 February 2007

The CSW at the United Nations has become a vehicle of global political interests rather than a body to advance women's human rights

Diary of an Uzbek gastarbeiter 
Mumin Shakirov, 18 March 2009

Once a physics teacher in Uzbekistan, Shukhrat works as a builder to keep his family alive. He has been robbed, cheated, almost burned to death

Love and change
Michael Edwards, 22 December 2005

The foundation of a healthy civil society is a marriage of two human faculties often undervalued or misunderstood: reason and love.

The strands of today 
Tony Curzon Price, 13 December 2010

Authors, authority and authoritarianism. A turbulent week raises the question of truth and legitimacy

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