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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

China is a “major driver” of environmental degradation in Latin America

China launched its “go global” strategy over a decade ago, and has funneled upwards of US$ 120 billion into Latin America, more than any other country. Bu this comes to an environmental price. Español. Português.

China é “forte promotora” da degradação ambiental na América Latina

A China lançou sua estratégia de “expansão global”, há uma década, e já aportou mais de US$ 120 bilhões à América Latina, mais do que qualquer outro país. Mas isto implica um alto preço meio-ambiental. English. Español.

No peace and quiet for Israel until the occupation ends

Palestinian activists are faced with knowing that their unarmed resistance, whilst it has attracted international civil society support, has failed to exercise any leverage over Israel.

Body counting and precision bombing in failed states

The words ‘precision-guided missiles’ are used to make us think that British warplanes can go there and help the good guys, the so-called moderate rebels, without much, if any, collateral damage. 

Turkey: from conservative democracy to popular authoritarianism

Turkey is experiencing a popular authoritarian moment. Defeating it requires relentless bottom-up work in an increasingly hostile environment toward criticism.

Los desafíos de la Venezuela post-Chávez

La Revolución Bolivariana celebra elecciones parlamentarias en un contexto de crisis. El descontento alcanza incluso a los “chavistas no maduristas". English.

The challenges of post-Chávez Venezuela

With high expectations nurtured by the opposition, the Bolivarian Revolution is facing parliamentary elections on December 6. The whole region is looking at how post-chavism will play down. Español

With winter fast approaching the refugee crisis could become a medical disaster

As temperatures drop in eastern Europe, western attitudes to refugees cool. The Paris attacks have hardened many hearts, yet still the migrants arrive, at medical camps and aid agencies.

Colombia: La confusión en Saludcoop

Tras conocerse denuncias sobre desvíos de fondos, la principal Entidad Proveedora de salud del país fue intervenida por el Estado. La historia completa, que implica corrupción y salud pública, es kafkiana. English. Português.

Colômbia: a confusão na Saludcoop

O Governo colombiano resgatou a principal Entidade Provedora de Saúde do país imediatamente depois de ter conhecimento das denúncias sobre desvios de fundos em benefício de alguns dos seus administradores. Contudo, a história completa é kafkiana. English. Español.

Syria: to bomb or not to bomb? That is not the question

Recognise and accept the hard reality that there is no quick fix to the ISIS problem, no one solution: bombing is not the only option.

UK activists’ report on the struggle for autonomy in Silvan

When the city of Farqîn or Silvan declared autonomy, the Turkish state responded with violence and curfews: a firsthand account of residents' experiences.

The thinking behind a mental health workers pledge for Palestine

Concerned professionals may need to move beyond their accustomed professional roles to support a genuine transformation in Israel and occupied Palestine that respects the human needs and rights of all who live there.

Saludcoop: Colombian-style confusion

After allegations were made that funds had been diverted, the government took control of the main healthcare provider in Colombia. The full story, involving corruption and public health, is Kafkaesque. Español. Português.

Three realities of the Isis conflict

The west must prioritise civilian wellbeing in any intervention. What might help?

Libya, the Fezzan, egoism and the danger of self-interest

The survival of Libya depends very much on the fate of the Fezzan region and on Libyans’ willingness to dialogue and cooperate among themselves.

Macri and the Latin American pendulum

In Latin America, due to the growing disconnection between a changing demos, with a variety of demands, and a cratos, with a very low responsiveness, we are in a state of confusion. Español. Português.

Paris as a test case for the west

One effective way for western governments to keep their people safe is to press for fundamental reforms in countries where armed extremists thrive, rather than subverting democracy at home.

Macri e o pêndulo latino-americano

A América Latina encontra-se num estado de confusão que se deve à crescente desconexão entre um demos em transformação, com uma diversidade de exigências, e um cratos com pouca porosidade para dar respostas. English. Español

Macri y el péndulo latinoamericano

América Latina se encuentra en un estado de confusión que se debe a la creciente desconexión entre un demos en transformación, con una diversidad de demandas, y un cratos con poca porosidad para dar respuestas. English. Português.

La pobreza mundial: los errores del Nobel de Economía

La pobreza no es un problema individual de falta de recursos que puede resolverse a través de la educación, como defienden Angus Deaton y el Banco Mundial. El problema es la forma en que se distribuyen los recursos. English.

Russia’s policy in the Middle East imperilled by the Syrian intervention

This risky experiment in power projection continues traditional Russian policy in the region, but also departs from the careful manoeuvring aimed at exploiting confusion in US and European policies.  

من بيروت إلى باريس، الحزن الانتقائي: "كلّنا يعني كلّنا" مذنبون

في كشفنا الحزن الانتقائي للآخرين، يبرز حزننا الانتقائي. علينا أن نعترف بعدم كفاءتنا في التعامل مع مصائب وعذابات الناس وأن نظهر التضامن بالفعل وبالقول مع جميع ضحايا الإرهاب والقمع English

The Turkish stadium scandal: why we should be concerned about the decision to not grieve for Paris

That the AKP election victory comes in the aftermath of a tumultuous summer is disconcerting, for it makes fear and violence not only an acceptable, but also a rewarding tactic.

Aerial bombing against Isis is counterproductive

The few politicians in Europe resisting the pull of air strikes, such as Jeremy Corbyn and Matteo Renzi, appear intimidated. They should be strongly supported with activism and intellectual argument.

Why we should oppose British air strikes against ISIL in Syria

Britain’s Prime Minister says we should not undertake air strikes lightly – he is right: we need to think about legitimate state building, not replying to terror with terror.

¿Hay discordias entre manifestantes y organizadores de protestas antigubernamentales en Brasil?

Los manifestantes reconocen que tanto el gobierno como la oposición son culpables de corrupción, a pesar del discurso selectivo de los coordinadores de las manifestaciones. English. Português.

Another ‘Dodgy Dossier’ for war

Undeterred by the disastrous results of ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya, western powers have for four years been determinedly trying to help regime change in Syria along.

Playing with people’s emotions

'Every time the western media decides what to air, and who to call a terrorist, they generate a lot of debate in our country.' A leading Pakistani digital rights activist on the politics of counter-terror and surveillance.

A discord between demonstrators and the organizers of antigovernment protests in Brazil?

Demonstrators in Brazil recognize that both the government and the opposition are guilty of corruption, despite the selective discourse of the groups coordinating the demonstrations. Português. Español. 

Um desacordo entre manifestantes e os convocantes dos protestos?

Manifestantes percebem a corrupção afetando tanto Governo como oposição, a despeito do discurso seletivo dos grupos que tem chamado as manifestações. Também defendem serviços públicos universais e gratuitos como saúde e educação. English. Español.

Post-democracy in Armenia? How the new Constitution will depoliticize Armenian society

Is the new constitution an attempt by Armenian capital and oligarchs to signal to EU elites and European capital that they are determined to fulfil transnational capital’s wildest dreams? A conversation.

Mourning Paris, Beirut and Kabul

Most western commentators describe ‘the events’ in Paris as entirely different, an attack on our way of life. Which ‘way of life’ is under attack in Kabul and Beirut? 

Why the west cannot defeat ISIS

Maged Mandour

ISIS has emerged from the wounds of the Arab world—for which the west is to a large extent responsibleand current airstrikes are pouring salt into these wounds.

The aid crisis for Syrian refugees

As the war is prolonged, families are exhausting their savings. Without a massive re-thinking of how aid is delivered and distributed, refugees in the region are going to look for ways to leave.

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