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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Cuatro años después, la matanza de Curuguaty en Paraguay sigue sin aclararse

Aunque en Paraguay se sabe que lo que pasó en Curuguaty no es lo que dice la versión oficial, también hay dudas de que alguna vez se sepa la verdad de lo que allí ocurrió. English

Defeating the Islamic State will take more than gunpowder

Attempting to defeat IS without beginning to address the political and structural failures that have led to these circumstances borders on the ridiculous.

Povos indígenas protestam na ONU contra a perseguição

Os povos indígenas queixaram-se às Nações Unidas pela  perseguição a que estão sujeitos. A América Latina foi alvo de críticas pela violação dos direitos e pela ausência de salvaguardas. English Español

A humanitarian battlefield: redefining border control as saving victims

Care and control both fuel and feed off each other, nurturing a ‘compassionate repression’ that fails to bridge the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

VoteIn might have better arguments, but it is failing those it needs to reach

The arguments made at the openDemocracy-sponsored VoteIn rally were, at last, convincing. But is the campaign refusing to engage with Brexiteers’ grievances?

Lexit will only strengthen nationalism

The geometrics of politics have changed. European federalism is ill-designed to respond, to be sure. But national rescaling can only reinvigorate nationalism. 

Undigested Snowden

These pieces of research indicate a pattern of behavioural change that dampens dissent and resistance to overbearing power, both of which are hallmarks of an active democratic citizenry.

The rise of the far-right in Westminster as Brexit looms

A victorious ‘Leave’ vote, vindicating a campaign driven by xenophobia and clearing the path for far-right domination of British politics, could mark a shift towards hyper-nationalist policies across further member states.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (13). A pós-guerra contra as drogas

Os acordos da Havana permitem pensar em pôr fim à guerra contra as drogas enfocando desde outra perspectiva uma situação que tem sido até agora tratada como um problema de segurança. English Español

Post-conflict in Colombia (13). Post-war on drugs

The Havana agreements offer an opportunity to put an end to the war on drugs through an approach from a territorial development perspective to what has been, until now, a security problem. Português Español

Post-conflicto en Colombia (13). La posguerra contra las drogas

Los acuerdos de La Habana permiten pensar en poner fin a la guerra contra las drogas enfocando desde otra perspectiva lo que ha sido hasta ahora un problema de seguridad. Português English

We are gaining ground on the evil of authoritarianism

If we take into account that the Universal Declaration dates from 1948, and that subsequent legislative instruments are relatively new, then we can see that the rate of progress is very rapid. Español Português

Will Brexit impact on borders and the control of immigration?

There is now an ever-growing need for immigration and border criminologists to focus on the harms inflicted by racist state policies and practices, and strengthen strategies of resistance.

Iran’s military objectives in Syria and Russia’s contradictory positions

As the US and Russia speak of a mutual agreement over Syria, Iran and Assad are continuing their ruthless slaughtering of the Syrian people.

ISIS and Israel on the Golan Heights

The Yarmouk Valley is run by ISIS – and left alone by Israel. This is a testament to the complex, cynical and calculated machinations of the actors in this conflict.

The role of the EU in the Syrian conflict

As a new round of Geneva talks is under way, the EU should ensure that the outcome is not merely the result of US and Russian talks.

Cybersecurity: the case for a European approach

The EU objective of developing a cyber ‘soft’ power privileging defence, resilience and civil society, sharply contrasts with national cybersecurity policies developed both inside and outside Europe.

#CIDHenCrisis: urgent action needed to save the regional human rights system in the Americas

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is in deep financial crisis. At a time when Human Rights in Latin America are central for strengthening troubled democracies, the (IACHR) should thrive. Español

#CIDHenCrisis: Acción urgente es necesaria para salvar al sistema regional de derechos humanos de las Américas

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) sufre una profunda crisis financiera. En un momento en que los derechos humanos son centrales para la consolidación de las democracias latinoamericanas, la CIDH debería prosperar. English

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

Turkey and NATO as seen from Ankara

Turkey is currently experiencing the paradox of being integrated into the western security and defense system, while not sharing some of the most basic western objectives.

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.

El Güegüense: estrategias para la erupción en Nicaragua

Concluimos el repaso de este importante año electoral en Nicaragua examinando la estrategia de la principal coalición opositora. ¿Qué posibilidades tiene de insuflar vida a una conciencia democrática adormecida? English

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Turkey´s Kurdish peace process: regional implications

The rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP coincides with the country´s growing democratic deficit under the AKP and a re-intensification of armed conflict against the PKK, with implications for the entire region.

Mogherini’s The European Union in a changing global environment: a discursive space to rethink the world

“I want a strategy that responds to the ideas, the fears, and even the dreams of the European citizens, the young and the older generations”, Federica Mogherini, 2015.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

Peace talks in Kuwait: will they solve Yemen’s crisis?

There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

As peace deal nears, Colombia’s journalists and activists still live in fear

Colombia conflict´s end may be upon us. Peace, however, is only the beginning, as the long state of war stands out as a breeding ground for crimes against anyone who dares to speak out. Español

El acuerdo de paz está cerca, pero periodistas y activistas colombianos aún operan en el miedo

El fin del conflicto se acerca en Colombia, pero es solo el principio. El largo enfrentamiento es un caldo de cultivo que favorece la represión y violencia contra activistas y periodistas. English

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