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This week's editor
En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.
The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
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.
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.