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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies. Lithuanian (part1, part 2)

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

Divide and conquer: offer Jabhat al-Nusra access to the Syrian peace talks

Jabhat al-Nusra’s split from al-Qaeda offers the west a unique and crucial opportunity to create a fully inclusive and strengthened transition in Syria.

The moment the revolution broke down in tears

Globally, it seems that younger generations are on the losing side of the battles for more democratic, progressive and inclusive policies and societies.

Iraq 13 years on

As life goes on in Baghdad, plans need to be put in place to make people’s lives more bearable. Planning should not wait until the war ends, because in Baghdad, as in much of Iraq, war is now the new normal.

¿De dónde vienen las armas del crimen en Río de Janeiro?

La mayoría de las armas de fuego en manos de la población están fabricadas en Brasil. Su control es clave para reducir la escandalosa cifra de muertos por herida de bala. English

Regeni and cosmopolitanism: the false question of national belonging

"Where are you from? - Italy." "Ah, you have Regeni. We have thousands of Regeni in Syria."

Where do Rio de Janeiro's crime guns come from?

The vast majority of firearms in the hands of the population are of Brazilian origin. Its control is the key to reduce the striking number of deaths caused by gunshots. Español

The future of civil society in Erdoğan’s Turkey: between control and co-option

Methods of state repression include tactics such as excessive fining of independent organisations on the basis of questionable audits, and attacking organisations in the state media. Then there is state co-option.

“Minarets (and cell towers) are our bayonets”: reflections on the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey

"Finally on a TV appearance on July 30, Erdogan declared his desire to bring the vigils to an end with a massive rally in Yenikapi, Istanbul on August 7."

Lessons from the UK’s Chilcot Report for Turkey’s post-coup response

Chilcot says the state must put in place measures to systematically challenge the basic assumptions of the executive, however plausible they appear. No organ of the Turkish state can do that.

More than black and white: a report from Istanbul

A critical engagement with the question of the ‘right’ relationship between religion and politics, would immensely benefit analysis of the events in Turkey, as well as future European political decision-making.

El silencio y el miedo: pedagogía de la represión en México

Nos hace falta entender mejor la lógica represiva para poder empezar a contrarrestarla. Ante la dimensión que ha adquirido en los últimos tiempos, la sociedad mexicana debe hacer este esfuerzo. English

Silence and fear: understanding repression in Mexico

We still need to better understand the logic of repression to be able to begin countering it, but the dimension it has taken lately urges the Mexican society to take action now. Español

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: El golpe en Brasil ya ha ocurrido

No se puede negar que Brasil está atravesando una grave crisis económica. Dilma Rousseff reacciona con las mismas políticas neoliberales que acusó a sus oponentes de querer llevar a cabo.

Stealing the spectacle

A new Polish xenophobia cannot be explained only by political economy, but also needs to be understood in terms of political aesthetics.

DemocraciaAbierta, primer año: selección Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

What we may expect from recent Wikileaks on Turkish politics

How is it that socio-political disruptions in Turkey consistently boost the power of the ruling party?

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

Children’s centres and integration

Children’s centres in the United Kingdom are a perfect institution to stimulate contact between different groups and therefore help the integration of minorities.  

رمضان والشرطة

تختلف آراء الناس حول ما إذا كان الشرب أو الأكل خلال شهر رمضان الكريم جريمة ولكن عندما تصبّ الشرطة اهتمامها ووقتها على هذا الموضوع أكثر من الجرائم الفعلية، يتساءل المرء عن الجهة أو الغرض الذي تخدمه. English

We need to rethink the relationship between mental health and political violence

Simplistic, sensationalist media coverage of terrorism obscures our understanding of its causes, and hinders our ability to prevent it.

Why most Syrian men are not joining ISIS

It is by recognising the role masculinities and gender expectations play in societies that we can fully understand and hope to address violence.

Turkey’s coup failed everywhere, except in Egyptian media

Egypt's media welcomed, unabashedly, the Turkish military coup; prematurely hailing Erdogan’s overthrow.

The "Coptic issue" and the cycle of suffering

Mina Fayek

To single out the mistreatment of Copts and the failure of the state to protect them, as a “Coptic issue”, is a wrong diagnosis of the problem.

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Did Erdoğan finally get his Gezi?

Could this be a win-win situation for Erdoğan and the AKP: able to enhance their power while reinstating their organic relationship with the people?

'Hollow' states: the presidents re-writing the rules to stay in power

Should he stay or should he go? When it comes to the president, it's the subject of heated debate in Burundi, Congo, DR Congo and Rwanda.

Brasil: normalização democrática, mas pouco entusiasmo

De acordo com as sondagens, a maioria dos Brasileiros acredita que a mudança de presidente marca o inicio de uma nova fase para o país. Español English

Brasil: normalización democrática, pero poco entusiasmo

Según los sondeos, la mayoría de los brasileños creen que el cambio presidencial marca el principio de una nueva fase para el país. English Português

Brazil: democratic normalisation, but little enthusiasm

According to the opinion polls, a majority of Brazilians seem inclined to think that the presidential change marks the beginning of a new phase for the country. Español Português

Bahrain's uprising and its movement for radical change

Women and youth were at the forefront of Bahrain's uprising in February 2011, and are at the heart of the ensuing movement for radical change.

Zones of turbulence in the wake of EU-Turkey’s migration agreement

The implementation of the EU-Turkey deal helps restore order to liberal markets and the political economy. The results of the deal are entirely to the detriment of the migrants affected. Who gains?

New Turkey and the double failure of the non-European intellectual

When the west has monopolized everything signifying success, beauty, veracity, rationality, humanity, history – everything positive on this earth, what remains for those to become who feel wounded by the west?

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