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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

The Middle East’s new donors: rogues or team players?

Turkey and the Gulf monarchies in their savvy, if reactionary, use of aid have become important players in the international donors club.

How to support Syria

Today’s London conference might make a start by assessing the world’s catastrophic failure to stop the carnage in Syria and how this should be addressed for the future.

By misdiagnosing Israel-Palestine, donor aid harms Palestinians

No amount of aid can bring about a just, positive, and lasting peace, until the fundamental injustices of occupation and dispossession are seen for what they are.

Foreign aid: development or 'de-development'?

Foreign aid has only incapacitated Palestinians and made them ever more dependent on the west. The aid industry must choose between either blindly subsidizing oppression or recognize what is actually taking place and cease its support. 

It's raining, it's pouring and a book review

Days after the Jordan, Israel and Palestine water agreement is signed, rain falls in abundance. Efraim shares his experience in the Negev and how he took advantage of the time spent in confinement to read "The Dictators Handbook".

Niger stricken by military coup

Military officers take power in Niger. NATO suffers casualties in Afghanistan. The IAEA launches warns of Iranian warhead development. The head of the UN’s humanitarian office criticises relief efforts in Haiti. All this and more in today’s security update.
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