only search

This week’s front page editor


Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Is Iraq entering an era of post-sectarianism?

In the absence of civil war, the people of Iraq have found an opportunity to demand that the political elite deliver on their election campaign promises.

Iraq’s protest movement reveals the failure of the post-2003 regime

While Iraq is experiencing its fourth week of mass protests, it is essential to understand not only their direct causes but also the economic and political dynamics they reveal. العربية

Morocco's social protests across time and space

Between the Rif republic, the “Arab Spring”, and the diaspora in Europe, to what extent will current and future protests bring about change in Morocco?

In Palestine: self-dehumanisation against the disregard of human value

While the US was opening its new embassy in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians were being shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army.

التونسيون يعترضون على قرارات صندوق النقد الدولي

يبرز نضال الطبقة العاملة التونسية ضدّ الفقر والفساد والبطالة الآن أكثر من أيّ وقت مضى. English

Neoliberalism and Iran’s protest movement

The protests in Iran, like those elsewhere, are the outcome of discontent in our circumstance and the present situation in the world.

Tunisians oppose the IMF

The Tunisian working class’ fight against poverty, corruption and unemployment is ever more present. عربي

The decentralization of Palestinian national discourse

Recent developments on the ground are creating a localized Palestinian national discourse countering the threats that traditional political movements have failed to address.

"Less-lethal" weapons in Jerusalem: "The purpose of these bullets isn’t corresponding to the reality"

Israeli photojournalist Tali Mayer, 28, was shot by a black-tipped sponge bullet while reporting on a demonstration. This led to her project with the ACRI, a member of INCLO, photographing Palestinians injured by these crowd-control bullets.

حراك الريف المغربي: القمع سيّد الموقف

يعيش المغرب اليوم تراجعا كبيرا على مستوى احترام حقوق الإنسان و النهوض بها، الشيء الذي يبرهن على تصاعد المظالم و الانتهاكات التي يتعرض لها النشطاء بشكل شبه يومي.

المغرب: حراك الريف السلمي يُقمع

يعرف إقليم الحسيمة، الواقع في الشمال الشرقي للمغرب احتجاجات منذ ما يقارب 9 أشهر، منذ مقتل بائع السمك محسن فكري في حاوية للنفايات في 28 أكتوبر من سنة 2016 . English

Iraqi feminists mobilise against sectarian laws

The sectarian personal status code comes in a context marked by social and religious conservatisms, sectarian conflicts, political instability and the absence of a strong unifying state.

Why aren't Egyptians revolting against the price hikes?

Some are frustrated at the Egyptian public’s ‘non-reaction’ to the waves of successive price hikes and deterioration of living standards. العربية

Tunisia’s struggle against corruption: time to fight, not forgive

A new economic reconciliation law protects clientelist structures in Tunisia and replaces the process of transitional justice, but a real transition away from the old authoritarian social contract will be impossible if it passes.

'The oppression is brutal’: Morocco breaks up Western Sahara protest ahead of UN talks

The confrontation highlights the Moroccan routine response towards self-determination and human rights activists in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

‘The intellectuals don’t have the answers’: Lebanese documentary wins at Berlinale

"What can the ghosts of protests past tell us?" A particularly relevant question that Mary Jirmanus Saba's documentary, A Feeling Greater Than Love, asks, and tries to answer.

Disobedient Objects - you must go

Disobedient Objects is not a UK exhibition of well-designed protest materials. Disobedient Objects is a protest.

The shifting balance of identity politics after the Syrian uprising

An account of the drastic identity and narrative shifts during the Syrian uprising. The author focuses on the discourse of the Syrian regime, as well as those of anti- and pro-Assad Syrians. 

A letter from Alaa

Alaa Abdel Fattah, a prominent Egyptian blogger and activist, was arrested on 28 November 2013. This is a letter he wrote on 24 December 2013, from his prison cell to his sisters. openDemocracy is honoured to publish this letter to remind people on January 25, the anniversary of Egypt's revolution, of political prisoners everywhere.

History is on McCluskey's side: Unite must go beyond the law

As has happened time and time again, trade unions are being repressed and sidelined, the future of workers' rights is put into question. How can the unions, and the people they represent, respond?

UK police and (anti) fascist protests - a bad joke

With 286 anti-fascists arrested this weekend - one of the biggest mass arrests of protestors in recent history - one of them asks questions of British policing: what is their aim: are they controlling the events at hand, or trying to prevent protest from happening at all?

Moral Mondays: the new face of protest?

"This is no momentary protest. This is a movement. We've been here before, and if slavery didn't kill us, if the oppression of women didn't kill us, surely no weak legislator with 86 votes gonna kill us...instead of defeating us, they've made us defiant." 

Protest politics and the ethical imagination

Protest, like marriage, means re-imagining relations to self and other. The Taksim Square Book Club - in which demonstrators in Istanbul stood silently and read books - used reflection as a riposte to state brutality. The ethical imagination is at the root of this. 

Postcard to Khodorkovsky

“Dear Mikhail Borisovich, we’re having such a lovely time in London – weather is fabulous, the shops are SO good! Sorry we haven’t been in touch, but we are just so busy defending democracy! Wish you were here.”

The burning train

Anastasia Valeeva describes a bullish mood aboard the train carrying opposition leader Aleksey Navalny from Moscow to Kirov yesterday. Navalny and 'accomplice' Petr Ofitserov would in the morning be sentenced to 5 and 4 years imprisonment respectively — a harsh verdict likely to have profound political consequences for the country. 

A recipe for revolution: Could 1968 happen today?

‘A lack of imagination is not having the imagination to see what’s missing’ - in this week's Friday Essay, Robert Gildea looks at 1968 and asks where the missing energy of 2013 is going to come from.

Stand Up, They're Not Closing Us Down

The people of Lewisham are on the march, to save their hospital and to secure the future of our NHS. This five minute video captures Lewisham's proud history of protest and highlights from their campaign, including the day a 'buggy army' went to 'Hunt the Hunt'...

When cooperation is collaboration

How should liberal Russians interact with an increasingly illiberal regime? Writer and Putin critic Grigory Chkhartishvili (a.k.a Boris Akunin) delivered a simple message at yesterday's opposition rally in Moscow.

Syndicate content