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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Politics in Turkey is seldom what it seems

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hinted that the President would be toning down his style of active political leadership and meddling in government. Hours later the President seemed to demur.

Gender, peace, security, slavery and cigarettes

Progress against gender-based violence means thinking about models of masculinity and femininity, and how these may encourage violent, victimising and victimised behaviour.

TPP and intellectual honesty

Basically, big corporations discovered how valuable the ISDS could be when dealing with foreign governments who were a bit too ambitious in the regulatory domain.

Building cultural citizenship with women seeking refuge and asylum

Using participatory, biographical and visual methods, we got in touch with women’s ‘realities’ in a way that demanded critical reflection.

Face to face

As an anthropologist and ethnographer, I attempt to gain access to the participants’ memories in the way I would have liked to have been interviewed. 

In Myanmar, students test the sincerity of democratic transition

Students in Myanmar have achieved what few other citizens have since independence: the creation of a lasting national, cohesive social movement united around a core set of grievances and demands.

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city.

Turkey’s election: voting to revisit the past?

Expect more Turkish turbulence and drama to come, and for Turkish politics to once again resemble the years preceding 2002.                

Turkey’s Kurdish movement: in search of 'Real Islam'

In order to gain popularity among Turkey’s Kurdish conservative Muslims, HDP is promoting a “Pro-Kurdish democratic Islam” rather than secularism.

Turkey’s populist politics

Erdoğan’s signature speech act is reciting poems; whereas Demirtaş excites his crowds by singing.  

Turkey’s democratic deficit

The younger generation is seeing their political awakening in a highly divided Turkey and being forced to take sides in a system where democracy and its institutions are the battleground.

It is 20 years since a great anti-death penalty judgement

Although the Mandela government was abolitionist, the attorney general of Witwatersrand pressed for the death penalty for two people. This, it turned out, did the world a favour. 

What is your occupation

Despatches from a trip to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Part two: occupation.

Lego state

Despatches from a trip to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Part one: Allenby.

Social movement in Chile and the call for a constitutional assembly

By de-demonizing the signifier ‘communism’ we can open new ways to think about the explosive combination of popular actors questioning the legitimacy of democracy and the figure of the State. Español

The rise of the HDP - elections and democracy in Turkey

“You are not only Turkish, Kurdish; not solely Armenian, Arab, Circassian, Georgian or Bosniak… Alevi, Sunni, Syriac, or Yazidi… Jewish, Hebrew, or Christian. You are all of them.” 

Pro-Kurdish party at the heart of the Turkish elections: prospects for the peace process

As has been seen clearly during this campaign period, the harsh rhetoric used by the AK Party and the HDP regarding one another has brought the negotiations to the edge of a total freeze.

Singling out Israel: a perspective from the left

How did the struggle for Palestine gain such prominence on the left? The answer might tell us something about broader patterns of thought in left-wing politics today.

Demanding justice in Angola

We must call for the Angolan government to drop all charges against the journalist Rafael Marques de Morais. His work needs to be supported, not silenced.

Decidindo como decidir: os indígenas Munduruku e a participação política no Brasil

Os limites às “políticas participativas” evidenciam a necessidade de se construir instrumentos culturalmente adequados de participação direta e efetiva dos grupos étnicos. English

Deciding how to decide: the Munduruku Indigenous Group and political participation in Brazil

The struggles of a variety of movements, peoples, communities and organizations have opened new and creative spaces for participation. Português

Exposing the invisible

We can take advantage of the flaws that run across our current data landscape in order to investigate corruption and abuse of power.

TTIP and common regulatory standards

The European Commission should take a hard stance and insist on European standards, while looking for novel ways in which to break down “behind-the-border” barriers to trade. 

TTIP transparency debated at Yale

Those worried by aspects of TTIP should be wary of reflexively rejecting a deal that seems bad at first glance, and should instead take up the harder but nobler task of fixing it. 

Trusting the European Union; a Yale debate with recommendations

All of the students who take up the democratic challenges currently facing the EU and offer the following policy recommendations to address them are united in their desire to improve Europe for the future, a Europe which they wish to help create.

The Syrian impasse: navigating hard truths and the road forward

US diplomatic efforts to quell violence in Syria have been halfhearted and ineffective.

Buses take the front in struggle against apartheid in Israel

Israeli policy makers make sure to stay on the safe side of a de-jure separation, but often their daily actions speak louder than laws.

The morphology of a peaceful Turkish protest

They demanded greater rights and fair treatment from Oyak-Renault and Türk Metal, but they argued that their movement had nothing to do with politics.

For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

Through the looking glass

The planet currently seems to be on the cusp of a decidedly unharmonic convergence. Did ‘Market-Leninism’ win the Cold War? 

Voyeuring occupation

Taking pictures in Palestinian refugee camps feels crude. But what is more clumsy is to go to the West Bank and ignore the occupation.

When nonviolent action is the last resort

Against a repressive government, nonviolent action can often be more effective than violence. A new book surveys how the switch from armed to nonviolent resistance can occur. Book review.

Mosul under IS

Three Sunni men from Mosul describe life under the so-called Islamic State.

Out of the Middle East

It is time for Arab Gulf countries to stop being on the defensive and to accept their responsibility for what is happening in the region.

Ayotzinapa: the events that shook the Mexican youth

These protests did not oust the government of Peña Nieto, although they demanded the resignation of the president, but they did force the government to react and try to explain what had happened. 

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