only search openDemocracy.net

This week's editor

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Milli Vanilli fake diversity at the BBC

“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

Where is the line between Islam and Islamism?

A recent conference on freedom of expression threw up issues around relationships between ex-Muslims and reformist Muslims – and the ideological confusion of their allies.

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

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 .

UNESCO’s normative failure: the case of Gülmen and Özakça

In the face of institutional failure in defending democracy and basic rights, civil society action is the last line of defence.

Is the world finally breaking its silence on Turkey?

"Members of my staff are sad not just for their friends, but for their country. What will it take for the world to break its silence?"

Team Syntegrity emergent

If creativity is born from bringing different perspectives together, the group’s diversity was a positive sign from the outset.

eBook: El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

«El ecosistema de la democracia abierta» es una publicación que hemos coeditado con apps4citizens en Barcelona, en el marco de nuestra sección sobre Experimentación Política, que ha venido publicando on-line los artículos que ahora recopilamos en el eBook. Los coordinadores de la publicación son Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí, impulsor de apps4citizens, y Francesc Badia i Dalmases, director y editor de DemocraciaAbierta.

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

From civil society to political society

“You can avoid paying attention to politics only until politics starts paying attention to you.” Thoughts gathered at Team Syntegrity 2017 in Barcelona.

The vertical apartheid

Herewith, an edited version of the preface to Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land, published by Verso last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

In Indonesia, the peasant struggle of Kendeng

"We are ‘orang desa’ (country people), far from big cities. Maybe it’s hard for you to imagine that we work close to the earth, outside and sweating from morning until night."

Horn of Africa: there are no quick fixes in ‘countering violent extremism’

An effective response to violence and harmful ideologies is important. But projects are failing to adequately engage with root causes.

The governor is busy

No matter how large or crowded Istanbul becomes, the centralized government structure does not change. There is always a single governor... Part one of three.

Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece

As its northern and western neighbours close their doors to asylum seekers through policies, borders and distance, Greece continues to welcome them to the best of its ability.

Resignation letter from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi to DiEM25 and Yanis Varoufakis' reply

The writer, media theorist and activist wrote to say “I am no longer a European given Europe’s daily crimes” & “thus I resign from DiEM25”. Read his letter, and Yanis Varoufakis’ reply.

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Seeking refuge in refugees

Glimpses of life in a Greek refugee camp through the diary of a young volunteer.

Books and dreams: an autocrat’s nightmare

If seventeen activists can destabilize a regime that has been violently repressing and harassing those fighting for democracy and freedom for nearly four decades, what can 22 million Angolans achieve? Português

Livros e sonhos: o pior pesadelo dum autocrata

Se dezassete activistas conseguem desestabilizar um regime cujo modus operandi é reprimir e perseguir violentamente aqueles que lutam pela democracia e pela liberdade, o que podem fazer 22 milhões de angolanos? English

Preparing Iraq for the defeat of IS

Multiple segments of the population, including at elite level, have come together in the fight against IS and now the time has come for this effort to extend beyond the battle.

Old questions, new answers

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who can decide on public issues, but how decisions are made. Español Português

Viejas preguntas, nuevas respuestas

Repensar la representación implica ampliar la comunidad de deliberación y redefinir no sólo quiénes pueden decidir en temas públicos que les afectan, sino cómo se toman las decisiones. English Português

Perguntas velhas, respostas novas

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English Español 

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

A distribuição em massa de tudo

A inovação não é uma opção: é uma necessidade - para melhorar o que fazemos e ter um papel a desempenhar no contexto da economia líquida. English Español

La distribución masiva de todo

La innovación no es una opción: es una necesidad – para mejorar lo que hacemos y tener un papel que desempeñar en el contexto de la economía líquida. English Português

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

América Latina: mais além da representação

A investigadora brasileira Thamy Pogrebinschi, sediada no Berlin Social Science Center, conversa com a DemocraciaAbierta dias antes da apresentação do projecto de investigação LATINNO, em Berlim, no dia 26 de Junho. Entrevista. English Español

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


República del excremento: amor, violencia y patriotismo en El Salvador

Los poemas de Miroslava Rosales desgarran la plasticidad posmoderna del orden neoliberal, la necrópolis de platino y plástico impuesta a los países latinoamericanos por los regímenes locales y la penetración extranjera. Entrevista. English

The Excrement Republic: violence, patriotism, martyrdom and romance in El Salvador

Miroslava Rosales’s poems tear through the postmodern plasticity of the violent neoliberal order, the platinum and plastic necropolis imposed upon Latin American countries by local regimes and foreign penetration. Interview. Español

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Syndicate content