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The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
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Meteoric rise of Islamic State
In November 2004 Fares Braizat, a polling expert at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, presented some of the key findings from the opinion polls he had conducted in five Arab countries on the subject of terrorism, to a conference in Trujillo, Spain jointly supported by openDemocracy, FRIDE and Kings College, London. The results make sobering reading.
An advisor to the Madrid summit on terror and democracy in March 2005 outlines what can be done to tackle terror while retaining and strengthening democratic principles.
Where is the war on terror going?
The planning of Iraqs national elections in January 2005 is accompanied by extreme violence and political uncertainty. Zaid Al-Ali asks whether Shia divisions over participation and the extent of Iranian influence in Iraq could further inflame a dangerous situation.
The United States missile defence programme is mired in huge costs and technical failures. Could Iraqs insurgency deal it a fatal blow?
How should democratic societies respond to terrorism? On 11 March 2005, a year after bombs in Madrid killed 191 people and almost killed thousands, a major summit in the Spanish capital will address this most fundamental question. Here, Mary Kaldor suggests an agenda.
How can democracies respond to terrorism without damaging their own institutions and values? In March 2005, thousands of people - including state leaders, scholars, citizens and activists - will gather in Madrid on the anniversary of the horrific "11-M" attacks to seek an answer to this dilemma of our age. Chloe Davies introduces a major collaborative project between openDemocracy and safe-democracy which aims to extend the Madrid debate to the world's public.
Can the worlds leading conflict zone clear a path towards peace, prosperity and freedom? The last article of Reinhard Hesse openDemocracy contributor and adviser to the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder looks forward to analyse the forces that might transform a troubled region.
Washington hawks, undeterred by problems in Iraq, are intensifying their hardline attitudes towards Iran, North Korea, and Syria.
After failure in Fallujah, what next for beleaguered United States forces in Iraq?
Tehrans sense of strategic encirclement, allied to Washingtons hostile rhetoric, could make Iran the epicentre of the next regional crisis.
Will war or politics prevail in Iraq? Two months before the planned elections, Iraqi civil society scholar Yahia Said tells openDemocracys Caspar Henderson that he can glimpse a small window of opportunity amidst this cycle of occupation, alienation and violence.
The official American line is that the Fallujah operation was a success and the insurgency is in retreat. The real story is very different.
In Washington, post-election exuberance distorts what is really happening in Fallujah and across Sunni Iraq.
The United States-led assault on Fallujah signals the political failure of the attempt to stabilise Iraq by re-empowering supporters of Saddams Baath party and the Sunni elite it represents, says Sama Hadad.
What is it like to be swept on a whirlwind tour scene of one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world? The director of a western aid organisation describes a recent visit to Darfur in western Sudan.
The demise of the Palestinian national leader also marks the symbolic end of the anti-colonialist politics that dominated the third world after 1945, says Stephen Howe.
The death of three young Scots soldiers in central Iraq may, says a grieving Stephen Howe, be the decisive moment for Scotlands democratic nationalism to assert itself over the imperial militarism that sent its sons into a killingfield.
The United Statess overwhelming force will enable it to declare victory after its assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah. But at what long-term cost?
The assault on Fallujah is inflicting great political as well as humanitarian damage, reports Dahr Jamail from Baghdad.
The skilful rhetoric as well as the politicallycharged content of Osama bin Ladens latest videotaped message carries a potent warning to the reelected President Bush.
Americas occupation of Iraq is making real an imagined link.
The United States is planning to escalate its already intense assaults on key urban centres in Iraq. But is this strategy based on a fundamental misreading of the insurgency?
Anatol Lievens misunderstanding of nationalism, inconsistent liberalism, and personal prejudices deform his judgment of the relationship between Israel, the United States, and the Arab world, says Emanuele Ottolenghi.
Anatol Lieven responds to Emanuele Ottolenghis fierce criticism of him in openDemocracy.
The alliance between the United States and Israel has become a fusion of regressive nationalisms that carries great dangers for both states and for the world, says Anatol Lieven in an edited extract from the Israel chapter of his book, America Right or Wrong.
Washington is sending mixed signals over Irans planned development of nuclear weapons. Will Israel preempt its decision by launching an attack?
A young Iraqi returns to his devastated homeland and commits himself to help rebuild its future.
The sheer intensity of Iraqs insurgency is leading the United States to escalate its military assaults. The impact on the war against alQaida may be ominous.
A troubled Washington faces urgent choices in Iraq. With exit no option, and victory nowhere in sight, the commandment of a second Bush administration may be: follow the oil.
Are the Americans and British facing a humiliating retreat from Iraq? If so, what will be the impact on Iyad Allawis government and the timetable for elections in January 2005? Robert Fox, an experienced correspondent who recently met senior military personnel in Iraq, hears their concerns and assesses Iraqs political prospects.
A Jordanian terrorist in Iraq is using the wests emotional weakness for satanic ends. Time to stand firm against the hostagetakers, says Douglas Murray.
An escalating Iraqi insurgency is inflicting severe damage on United States forces. The political timetable in Washington will determine the scale and timing of their response.
After eighteen months of tumult in Iraq, it is clear that United States military strategy has resoundingly failed. How, why, and what comes next?
The savage wars in Chechnya and Iraq continue to deplete Russian and American morale, but recent events in Pakistan equally expose the contradictions of the war on terror.