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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

UN report confirms that Israel is guilty of apartheid, and endorses BDS

On Wednesday afternoon, a ground breaking UN report from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) found the State of Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid.

Impunity and human rights violations in Mexico continue unabated

Human rights violations and the lack of an adequate response by the state remain the rule rather than the exception. The time has come for Mexico’s judiciary to react. Español Português

When elephants fight, the grassroots get hurt

To explain the new and unexpected dynamics we are experiencing, let us consider whether we are witnessing a new three way economic-ideological battle among global ruling elites.

Adding insult to injury: when Israel and Britain celebrate the historical trauma of Palestinians

Palestinians will not be silenced. We will voice our historical testimony and tell our narrative to make sense of the senseless grievances of colonialism.

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

It was the al Qaeda attacks in 2001, followed in quick succession by two political murders, that completely altered not just the landscape but the logic of Dutch politics.

Turkey, sick man of Europe, reappears?

This is not a call for Europeans to do the work on the Turks’ or Kurds’ behalf - but a call to show solidarity with democratic forces of the country at a critical time.

Venezuela: vozes silenciadas

A dureza com que a Venezuela trata a oposição não parece ter fim à vista. A comunidade internacional deve exigir responsabilidades ao Presidente Maduro pela sua violação dos direitos humanos. English Español 

The erosion of Dutch democracy

Ahead of Wednesday’s general election, an electoral campaign characterized by populism has masked efforts to grant arbitrary powers to the government that infringe on the rule of law.

An Arendtian approach to post-truth politics

Arendt warns that a claim to absolute truth in the political sphere, with no support from opinion, would threaten to asphyxiate politics. For debate constitutes the essence of the political. 

American carnage, fighting the forever war

Published just after the end of the Vietnam War, The Forever War was a reflection of Haldeman’s own experience in Vietnam and his return to an unrecognizable US, all transposed to space.

The president who loved generals

General Mattis, now shaping Washington’s Iran policy, asked by President Obama what he thought were the top three threats, replied “Number one: Iran. Number two: Iran. Number three: Iran.”

We got this covered!

Our perspective on the freedom to wear a headscarf, especially at work, in the context of an upcoming ruling by the EU Court of Justice on prohibiting wearing a headscarf in the workplace (on 14 March).

Egyptian feminist movement: a brief history

The reinstatement of the 'deep state' only provides continuum for the further entrenchment of the overarching powers of the patriarchal state. These power asymmetries must be undone.

Solution for Syria en route: ‘Democratic Federation of North Syria’

Hediye Yûsîf, Co-Chair of the council of the new political structure, renamed ‘Democratic Federation of North Syria’, explains the thinking and the process behind the initiative.

Doing it the Malaysian way

Ever since the wake-up call of 2008, and with more and more Malaysians online, the ruling coalition is well aware that cyberspace is an important battleground, but chooses its battles.

Lessons from Syria on women's empowerment during conflict

Syrian women will be the pillars of any future democratic process. Their efforts deserve support from national and international actors.

Responding to Brexit: returning to a social market model on migration

In the second part of the series on key inter-related aspects of the upheaval facing European countries and their citizens: how should the EU tackle the issue of internal migration?

Two and two do make four

We may be facing an existential crisis, and the odds may be against us. But we are not keeping our mouths shut. With democracy at stake, journalists cannot shy away from this fight. Español Português

Dos y dos son efectivamente cuatro

Puede que estemos enfrentando una crisis existencial y que los pronósticos no sean muy buenos. Pero no vamos a quedarnos callados. La democracia está en juego. English Português

Dois e dois são efectivamente quatro

Pode ser verdade que nos enfrentamos a uma crise existencial e que os prognósticos não são os melhores. Mas não vamos ficar calados. A democracia está em jogo. English Español

Syrian civil society

The third annual meeting of the Syrian Civil Coalition was held in Beirut on January 27-30 2017. Could a new understanding have come too late?

Human nature as victim in Colombia

"We are part of nature – human and non-human. The relationship between both and in permanent interaction creates ‘the territory’." Interview.

La democracia digital, ¿mejora la democracia?

Las innovaciones digitales pueden cambiar la calidad de la participación y la naturaleza de la democracia. Pero ¿cómo? English

#SinVotoNoHayDinero

Wikipolítica es una organización política mexicana sin filiaciones partidistas que experimenta con nuevas formas de hacer política. Su iniciativa #SinVotoNoHayDinero busca modificar los incentivos de los partidos dentro del sistema actual. English Português

A Mexican 'Corruptionary'

Activists in Mexico have created the world's first "Corruptionary": a wry collection of Mexican lexicon regarding graft that carries a serious message about just how deeply ingrained corruption has become. Español Português

O “Corrupcionário” Mexicano: uma guia de vocabulário sobre a corrupção no México

O corrupcionário mexicano é um compêndio de frases que explica o que é a corrupção, como funciona e porque é tão comum no México. English Español

Democracy education under siege and now Trump

“Build the Wall! Build the Wall! BUILD THE WALL!” Update from the US professor of the philosophy of education who was president of the John Dewey Society 2009 - 2011.

In a world of hate, fear and ‘alternative facts’, education really does matter

“It cannot be right, that people can grow up and go to school and hardly ever come into meaningful contact with people from other backgrounds and faiths.” David Cameron, July 2015.

I went to a state grammar school but no they are not the answer

Does an 11 year old who has been told they have failed seem to you like someone who is really going to rally behind learning?

The failures of Holland’s pro-immigrant party 


Was it inevitable that Think became a negative force for liberalism? One Dutch citizen tries to hold onto the middle ground in a polarizing world.

The mystery of ‘populism’ finally unveiled

The philosopher of post-Fascism enters the populism fray with his own candidate for post-truth – Left betrayal. Czech.

Prolier-than-thou: talking about identity

Who is right? Where should the left draw the line? Will the facts help us now?

Many birds, one stone: why did Iran execute 25 Sunni Kurds in August 2016?

In the chaos and instability the region is experiencing, now more than ever, religious and racial minorities find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

COP21: the climate movement’s last summit?

In Paris, by trying to lift off ‘planet summit’, its gravity became truly noticeable for the first time.

Mining in South Africa: radical resistance

The oppression and exploitation of mining communities means that even within our democracy, the legacy of the apartheid and colonial era mining regimes continues.

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