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Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
As usual, God is being unjustly blamed for tragedies that are the consequence in large part of human failure. Maruf Khwaja weighs the balance of cosmic justice and earthly negligence revealed by the Kashmir earthquake.
Even before the devastated coasts and archipelagos of the eastern Indian Ocean had revealed their dead after the tsunami of 26 December 2004, obscurantist mullahs in Pakistan were explaining away to the faithful the largest seaborne disaster in recorded history as Allahs punishment of those who had turned His land into the playgroun
United States forces cannot win in Iraq, but neither can they retreat in disarray. So what next?
Much of the lefts opposition to the Iraq war and the Bush administrations anti-terror campaigns voiced by figures like Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk, George Galloway, Naomi Klein, and John Pilger has blinded it to the need to engage with real problems and threats, says Sasha Abramsky.
Britains multicultural model is held responsible for the London bombs of July 2005. Rather, says Tariq Modood, it needs to be extended to a politics of equal respect that includes Britains Muslims in a new, shared sense of national belonging.
A rebuff from the United Statess Nato partners over counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan reveals the military and political pressures facing the Pentagon.
Israels breaches of human rights and international law give moral force to the argument for an international boycott, says Palestinian writer Omar Barghouti.
Iraqi realities belie Washingtons picture of military progress and bring closer the prospect of civil war and division of the country.
The differences among British Muslims should not be aligned with the events of 7 July in London. Both the BBCs John Ware and Ehsan Masood in openDemocracy have got the community wrong, says Abdullah al-Kateb.
openDemocracys editor Isabel Hilton introduces a selection of the reflections and analyses we have published about the two hours that shook the world.
A Katyusha rocket attack on United States warships in Aqaba, Jordan, is a telling indicator of the evolving al-Qaida menace.
The United States government is not merely incompetent but criminally negligent in its response to Hurricane Katrina, argues Thomas R Asher.
Those opposing a cultural and academic boycott of Israel should examine the South African precedent, says Jacqueline Rose.
May we first thank you for giving us this opportunity to produce this report. We were surprised and pleased when the International Security Policy Group at 10 Downing Street contracted us to produce a report for them four months ago, as we thought this was an innovative attempt to obtain a wider view of the progress of what you still call your "global war on terror".
As you will recall, our previous consultancies in this field were for a somewhat different group, the Strategic Planning Cell of al-Qaida, and we are pleased that you and your British colleagues have recognised that, as consultants, we will work with anyone.
A low-level war of ideas has exploded into an open conflict among British Muslims. The government, the media, and even openDemocracy have been caught in the crossfire, says Ehsan Masood.
After Israels Gaza withdrawal, Israeli public opinion bears prime responsibility for further political progress, says Hazem Saghieh.
Matthias Matussek, London correspondent of Der Spiegel (and brother to the German ambassador to Britain), bids farewell to a nation he loves to chastise and a city he adores.
In his 200th global security column, Paul Rogers highlights five seminal events in the first four years of a long war.
The London bombs expose the failure of Britains multicultural model, but also pose a challenge to Europes sense of identity, says Gilles Kepel.
A boycott of Israeli writers is repressive, regressive and unworkable cultural policing, says Linda Grant.
The deadline for agreement on the Iraqi constitution is slipping. Sami Zubaida examines the issues that may prevent a workable agreement.
The global jihad retailed by al-Qaida has obscured the old-fashioned Islamic fundamentalism which dominated Muslim politics during the cold war, adopting from it categories such as ideology and revolution in the quest for an Islamic state. With the end of the cold war and the emergence of global networks in which goods, ideas and people circulate outside the language of citizenship, the fundamentalist fight for ideological states has lost influence.
George W Bush has opened the door to an attack on Iran. The prospects are uncomfortable, the outcome uncertain, the risks enormous.
In “The Question of Zion”, Jacqueline Rose applies the insights of psychoanalysis to the inner world of Zionist doctrine and attitudes. openDemocracy’s Rosemary Bechler talks to her.
openDemocracy: The Question of Zion is dedicated to the memory of Edward Said: its title a tribute to his 1979 work, The Question of Palestine. In what sense is this study a continuation of Edward Said’s project?
How can western citizens aid people in shattered post-war Iraq? In her first monthly openDemocracy column, Maura Stephens tells a story of fragile solidarity.
Iraqi politicians have a new deadline of 22 August to reach agreement on a new constitution. Zaid Al-Ali asks if extra time can resolve fundamental differences of political principle over federalism, women, and religion.
Hizb-ut-Tahrir welcomes careful, objective scrutiny of its ideas, says Abdul Wahid, but much of the criticism it receives is inaccurate and outdated.
Britains Muslims must reclaim their faiths true character from those who would use it for extreme political ends, says Aftab Malik.
The core fact about Hizb-ut-Tahrir is that it is a party of theocrats not democrats, says David T of Harrys Place.
Iraqs insurgency is becoming more sophisticated and effective. A new analysis reveals how it operates.
The militant Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir is to be made illegal in Britain. To avoid this fate it will have to make a cruel choice, says Ehsan Masood.
The renewed attempt to normalise and justify torture is ethically wrong and practically dangerous, says the leading human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. He draws on his experience with Guantánamo prisoners to advocate a better way.
The fallout of the London bomb attacks finds British-Iraqi-Muslim Huda Jawad facing a challenge on two fronts: the British governments assault on civil liberties, but also the failure of radical Islamist groups like Hizb-ut-Tahrir to speak to her real experience and aspirations.
Tony Blairs plans to counter radical Islamism include a legal ban on the Hizb-ut-Tahrir party. Abdul Wahid, a member of its executive committee, responds.
A month after the London bomb attacks, openDemocracys chair Laura Sandys calls on Britains government to shift its policy and thinking in relation to the countrys Muslim citizens.
If Hiroshima and Nagasaki had not worked, the United States had a plan for winning the war against Japan that involved massive use of chemical weapons.