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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

دعوة إلى تقديم المقالات: الاستماع إلى ليبيا – التّدخّل وآثاره

تسعى صفحة نوى إلى نقل نظرة معمّقة عن الوضع في ليبيا من خلال دعوة الكتّاب والقرّاء الليبيين إلى الإدلاء بآرائهم والتعبير عن أفكارهم وتقديم مقالات بالإضافة إلى اقتراح قراءات متعلّقة بهذا الشأن.

 

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority. Español

Cataluña: reconocimiento y dignidad

El día 2 de octubre será necesario buscar salidas que no impliquen la derrota total del otro y que exista capacidad de reconocimiento de la diversidad nacional de España. English

Simplemente queremos dejar de rogar

No deja de ser inquietante que en España no haya modo de celebrar un referéndum. Y me refiero a cualquier referéndum. English

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

Cataluña se declara de facto independiente

Los nacionalistas catalanes están intentando imponer un referéndum ilegal para provocar una reacción por parte del Estado que impulse protestas masivas y facilite una mayoría que, hasta ahora, les ha sido imposible alcanzar. English

Catalonia’s de facto independence

Catalonia is trying to hold a referendum, to provoke a reaction from the State that would boost massive protests and deliver a majority which, so far, has proven elusive. Español

Pain, torture and alienation

Due to Egypt’s dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.

Neocolonial geographies of occupation: portrait of Diyarbakir

The terms military zone and death zone trace the colonial dynamics which have compartmentalised the city, in order to unpack further the claim that Kurdistan is a colony.

Kurdish struggles and the challenge of foreign support: the case of Syrian Kurds

What needs discussing critically is the historical and structural reasons that would leave a revolutionary movement with no option but to ask for help from virtually whoever offers it.

Conflict prevention: will the United Nations return to its roots?

The secretary general is an advocate for reform. But change will not be easy and the case of Bosnia shows how complex peacebuilding can be.

Kurds in Iraq: from Sykes-Picot to no-fly zones and beyond

Will the approaching referendum on independence open up a new phase for the Kurds, abrogating the Sykes-Picot Agreement?

US cross-border data deal could open surveillance floodgates

Internet users should assess whether their domestic system would adequately prevent their government from abusing the arrangement, and whether local law enforcement can be held accountable.

Power relations in New Turkey and the naked truth

The power holders have almost unrestricted control over people’s freedoms and lives, as well as over how they perceive reality.

Ethnic cleansing and the price of silence

For years Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar by any means possible. It is time to re-examine theses advanced by Arendt and Staub, taking the role of bystanders far more seriously.

When is a genocide a genocide?

(Or, why is the world allowing the Rohingya to be slaughtered?) There is a genocide happening before our eyes. If only we can bear to look.

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

شبح بأظافر مطلية بالأحمر

المعاناة تأكلك ولن تتقيأ فجأة شخصاً عظيماً من حطامك. إنك بائس، وهكذا هو الأمر. والآن ماذا؟

The importance of Europeans sticking together to achieve a progressive Europe

Thoughts arising from Brexit for the DiEM25 September event in the Bozar in Brussels on the ‘Real State of the European Union’. (speech)

"نائبان لوزير الداخلية: كواليس معركة السيسي ضد "مافيا الشرطة

ترى من سينتصر في النهاية: الشعب و الرئيس، أم مافيا الشرطة والداخلية؟

Pink buses and race politics

To ally campaigns for women’s rights with racism is to accept the very logic that, at its ideological core, feminism seeks to destroy.

Victory at last

In America’s wars, failure is the new success. Three generals stand alone, except for President Trump’s own family members, at the pinnacle of power in Washington.

Militias and crony capitalism to hamper Syria reconstruction

Reconstruction is a main project of the regime and crony capitalists, linked with a plan to consolidate their political and economic power, while rewarding foreign allies for their assistance with a share of the market.

A Treatise on European Government: on the international and the problems of the treaties

This treatise on constitutional European government has been prepared for a DiEM25 debate. The argument here for moving beyond the 'international', is based on a critique of the EU treaties. (Long - 6,000 words)

Are Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

Do superblocks challenge the voracity, inequality and capacity for destruction of the neoliberal city, or simply mitgate its effects? Español

Nuclear weapons modernised as nations prepare to ban them

DiEM25 calls on all European nations to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty as a matter of human survival.

A crack in history? – a conversation between two recent UK Labour party recruits

We need to find a way to build political movements that make space for difficult questions, for diversity, for ambivalence. But how?

The ongoing march of the EU’s security-industrial complex

The reinforcement of pervasive, high-tech security measures has long been the primary consideration for EU security strategists, egged on by private interests. Time for a new direction before it is too late. New report 

Scandinavian Nazis on the march again

The past four years in Norway give the lie to Norwegian political analysts proclaiming that a populist right-wing party in power acts as a brake on rising right-wing extremism.

Kurdistan referendum: why now is the wrong time

It appears that the referendum is arguably nothing more than a bargaining chip used by President Barzani, whilst also covering itself as a clever ploy to lull the suffering Kurdish population away from the on-going problems.

Charlottesville, far-right rallies, racism and relating to power

The term 'alt-right' is appropriate for a loose movement able to mainstream white nationalism and fascism and make them part of popular culture, the media landscape and the national dialogue.

India at 70: bigotry rules

"Hyper-nationalism and the closing of the mind is also ‘a manifestation of insecurity about one’s place in the world.’”

Strikes, protests and Egyptian nights of curfew

A conversation about journalism and research in times of uprising and repression on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Rabaa massacre.

A view of the Kenyan elections

Kenya’s violence cannot be regarded as isolated events unconnected to how society negotiates the terms on which it will live together by accounting for gender, class and regional dynamics.

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