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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In memory of Howard Clark

This video was prepared in Howard Clark’s memory for his posthumous receipt of the James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict, presented to his family on June 18, 2014, at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University. (Video, 4 mins)

The heavy presence of Jerusalem Light Rail: why Palestinian protesters attacked the tracks

The destruction of tram stations during the protests in East Jerusalem is much more than vandalism, it shows that Palestinians are not quietly acquiescing to the ‘unification’ of the city, which they understand as the annexation of occupied land.

The struggle for freedom and food sovereignty: a letter of solidarity to the farmers of Syria

The loss of control over processing agricultural goods, such as turning grains into flour, have made it easier for the regime to punish large regions with starvation, and will in the future make it easier for foreign powers to grab hold of Syria through its dependent state.


Sisi’s Egypt

In this follow-up interview with leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, Sameh Naguib, we talk about Al-Sisi's Egypt, the new alliance around the general, what challenges face opposition parties and movements and the future of Tahrir Square ( long interview, October 24, 2013)

#Strike4Sudan - its supporters and its critics debate the way forward

Activists criticizing the strike are searching for more radical revolutionary actions. The feeling of responsibility for change is the driving force both for supporters and opponents of #Strike4Sudan.

Orientalism and decentralized repression: the case of Egypt

Maged Mandour

It is essential for the revolutionary movement to create counter hegemony within the realm of civil society, where a competing narrative must be built to break the asphyxiating hold of elitism and orientalism prevalent amongst the Egyptian elites and middle classes.

Beyond civil resistance: the case of Syria

Civil resistance is not sufficient to bring down a ruthless regime, as one can see in Bahrain or in Yemen. But dismantling the ideological base of the regime is an essential first step, whether violent or nonviolent.

The trifecta of civil resistance: unity, planning, discipline

Three attributes can make the difference between success and failure for nonviolent movements around the world: unity, planning, and nonviolent discipline.

Resisting corruption: recent progress in Indonesia and Kenya

People power may be well-suited to a systemic approach to curbing corruption. Political will can be thwarted, because too many office-holders have a stake in the crooked status quo. Those benefiting from graft are much less likely to stand against it than those suffering from it.

Authentic journalism: weapon of the people

The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.
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