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This week's editor
The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
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.
Two weeks after the London bombings, openDemocracy and Q-News convened a meeting at Londons Chatham House to debate the origins and consequences of the attacks and let Muslims and non-Muslims thrash out the issues.
Many commentators regard the London terror attacks as Tony Blairs payback for Britains role in Iraq. Sami Zubaida assesses the evidence.
Will the era of digital networks and terrorism produce the worst of both worlds: a society of mass surveillance that increases insecurity? William Davies maps a new political-technological frontier.
The tolerant, diverse Indonesian island of Bali, target of a terrorist assault in October 2002 that killed 202 people, has hosted an international, interfaith dialogue. Jan McGirk reports, and openDemocracy publishes the full text of the conferences Bali Declaration.
British Muslims are under a harsh spotlight following the July bomb attacks in London. Maruf Khwaja offers a sympathetic but clear-eyed view of how they are trying to make sense of a difficult predicament.
An international democratic movement against terrorism emerged from the Madrid attacks of 2004 it is time for world leaders to catch up, says Anthony Barnett.
The atrocity of 7 July in London is the latest manifestation of a rooted culture of ignorance and intolerance in the Muslim world. Only reform can save Islam from itself, says Maruf Khwaja.
The lesson of the Madrid summit of March 2005 is that the tools for a democratic and effective response to terrorism are already available, says Peter R Neumann.
The London bus bomb exploded beside peace park where the pioneer of non-violence, Gandhi, is honoured. Vinay Lal sees in the event another violation of the war on terror.
Arab citizens are squeezed between authoritarian rulers, violent opposition groups and western counter-terrorism. But in their spaces of freedom, a quietly intense search for orderly change is occurring, says Rami G Khouri.
I dont really know why those men from Beeston set off those bombs in London, but I think I know where to look for the answers. Max Farrar draws on his fieldwork among northern Englands deprived young people to explore the deeper roots of 7/7.
After two sieges and under an intense security regime, armed resistance to United States forces continues in Fallujah.
The roots of bombings in Madrid and London, Istanbul and Baghdad lie in a complex mixture of political, cultural and religious influences. Turi Munthe clears the path to a better understanding.
The decisive instrument in preventing attacks like those in London is the capacity of the human mind to imagine and implement solutions that lead to real change. Scilla Elworthy proposes a fresh way of addressing terrorism.
A globalised public sphere no longer affords the luxury of isolation, splendid or sordid, from the other, argues Amyn B. Sajoo, nor from the mirror it holds up to our shallow liberalism.
Violence and intimidation against women are escalating across Iraq. The worlds commitment is needed to halt this assault on human and democratic rights, says Lesley Abdela.
Communal trust and public debate between citizens have proven to be the most formidable weapon against terrorists, writes Jim Lederman
As I write these words, a suicide terrorist's bomb has exploded barely 100 kilometres from my home. Three women are dead and more than ninety people have been wounded.
The lesson of the London bombs is that the war on terror is failing.
The London bombings are the latest assault on a prominent global symbol, intended to emphasise the empires vulnerability. In response, the world needs a new way of thinking that combines technology and democracy, says Francesco Grillo.
The conjunction of the G8 and the London bombings carries a message of democracy to the global community, says Tom Nairn.
I once recommended that Srebrenica be fenced in as a memorial to the suffering and death inflicted by genocide. Today, half the Serb population denies genocide ever took place. The return of laughing children to the playgrounds is held up as a symbol of enduring normality. But I’ve seen these children play hopscotch on the foundation of a razed mosque in Zvornik, symbol of a community that is no more. They dance, innocently, unaware of the graves beneath their feet.
The best response to Londons terror attacks is to stay calm and keep a steady focus on existing, vital political issues, says Mary Kaldor.
The explosive force that killed and wounded hundreds of Londoners on 7 July is part of a chain of events that stretches to Fallujah and Baghdad.
How does the election of Irans new president affect the likelihood of a United States or an Israeli attack?
What will Gaza become after Israeli occupation? Eóin Murray reports on embattled Jewish settlers and Palestinian fears.
Iraqs insurgents, in developing new tactics as fast as the United States can counter their old, are forcing Washington to review its Iraq strategy.
Alia Amer defends her calling as a service to the Iraqi people and asks herself every day if the sacrifices they are being asked to make are worth it.
A days walk in Serbias capital brings journalist Dusan Velickovic closer to the emotional heart of a country still struggling to face the truth of its past.
An upsurge in violence in the first post-9/11 theatre of the war on terror presents severe problems for United States military forces.
The historic rapprochement between India and Pakistan will not endure if fundamentalists on both sides have their way, argues Maruf Khwaja.
Lebanese democracy has spoken. But Syrian influence, Hizbollahs weapons, United States intransigence, sectarian divisions, personal rivalries, and regional pressures signal an unstable road ahead for the cedar revolution, reports Hazem Saghieh.
The peoples of the middle east need to create new ways of living together that recall the rich historical mixing of Muslims, Christians and Jews, says Jihad N Fakhreddine.
Alya Shakirs family has survived wars, conscription, prison, robbery and exile, but it is a 3-year-old cousin who opens her eyes to Iraqs current nightmare.