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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Portrait of the artist and The Confession, Part One

An interview with the director of The Confession, Moazzam Begg’s story commissioned by BBC Storyville and the BFI - one of the most resonant modern stories for our times.

How to improvise with refugees

Borderline, a new play by Sophie Besse about - and with a cast of - refugees represents an ideal of being together

'Not a tomboy, a lesbian or a Hijra but a transman'

‘Whenever laws and bills in India are passed regarding transgender rights, transmen are almost never called to the discussion table. So what can I, a transman expect? Sometimes I feel I am in ‘No Man's Land’.

Civil society 2.0

In Jordan, a younger generation of educated activists are reinventing their approach in order to build new perceptions of civil society organizations.

What UK-EU relations do we want and what is the 'good society'?

An interview with Catherine West, MP, secretary and co-founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, scrutinising Brexit negotiations and pushing for a progressive relationship with our European neighbours.

El derecho a la ciudad como práctica ciudadana

Esta semana tiene lugar la cumbre Habitat III en Quito. Si la ONU deja de lado el derecho a la ciudad, no sólo estará enfrentándose a los gobiernos locales, sino al 99%. 

Jornalismo em tempos de crise

Rebecca Abecassis defende que em tempos de crise como os que vivemos, os jornalistas têm que ser mais claros no seu trabalho e ir mais além da noticia. Entrevista. English Español

Brazilian democracy has been attacked

"Brazilian elites never showed any interest in democracy. We will have to make a superhuman effort to revalue democracy," said Jucá Ferreira, Brazil's former Minister of Culture. Español Português

The fight for Mosul: the danger of arming Sunni opponents to Daesh and the Sunni/Shia power struggle

The liberation of Mosul, backed up by Sunni powers, themselves backed up by western powers, will only add to the general feeling of injustice experienced by Shias and will only benefit Iran and its conspiracy theories.

بين هوس العَظمة واليأس، هل فقد السيسي صوابه؟

English .صنعت الدولة المصرية دائرة مفرغة من اليأس الشعبي والإرهاق العاطفي

Next steps in the democracy argument

Any engagement approach not focused on getting the widest possible range of voices, and creating multiple environments in which they feel comfortable will be no improvement on the current system.

A democracy for the Internet era

Democracy is constantly evolving. If it were to stop doing so, it would no longer be democracy. According to Pia Mancini, it is up to our generation to update it. Interview. Español Português

La paz en Colombia tiene que desarmar el miedo al género

Un voto emitido con el propósito de rechazar explícitamente el marco de referencia del género en el acuerdo de paz con las FARC, es un voto motivado por la ignorancia y el miedo. English

Colombia’s peace requires the disarmament of gender-fear

A vote cast to purposely reject the gender framework of the peace treaty with the FARC is a vote premised on ignorance and fear. Español

Uma democracia para a era da internet

A democracia está em constante evolução. No dia em que deixe de estar, deixa de ser democracia. Segundo Pía Mancini, repensar as instituições políticas é uma responsabilidade da nossa geração. Entrevista. English Español

Democracia para la era internet

La democracia está en constante evolución. El día que deje de evolucionar, dejará de ser democracia. Según Pía Mancini, nos toca a nosotros como generación actualizarla. Entrevista. Português English

Whatever is happening to the Egyptians, Pt. 5: colonizing Egyptian bodies

This is an invitation to every Egyptian to review what s/he really wants and make active personal choices that transcend the inherited imperialist norms.

In Brazil, polarization feeds upon itself

Marina Silva and José Gustavo, Sustainability Network Party (REDE) spokespersons, speak about the difficulties currently facing democracy in Brazil, but they argue that institutions are still working. Interview. Español. Português

Primavera estudiantil en Paraguay

¿Son las recientes protestas de los estudiantes paraguayos el comienzo de un despertar político en el país? English

Paraguay's Student Spring

Do recent mass protests by Paraguayan students represent the beginning of a political awakening? Español

La “ideología de género”: ¿un spoiler para la paz?

El enfoque de género, como principio orientador de los Acuerdos de Paz, es un medio para que la construcción de la paz en Colombia dé paso a relaciones incluyentes, basadas en la igualdad.

Small steps in the struggle for digital rights?

In this rapidly expanding internet, the kinds of rights we need are often difficult to pin down – though pin them down we must if they are to be protected.

Why art museums must promote social justice

Middlesbrough is one of Britain’s most deprived cities. Which is why its cultural sector must join the battle for societal change.

Volver a tejer la trama del afecto

Un proyecto de reinserción de jóvenes en Medellín enseña el Buen Vivir como manera de re-engancharse a la vida y descubrirse a sí mismos en su conexión con los demás. English

The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism. 

Fireflies shine brighter together

Vagalume means firefly in Portuguese and, like the fireflies, the organization went on an expedition all over the Amazon rainforest, implementing community libraries in remote areas and establishing intercultural dialogue.

The long reach of Orbán’s referendum experiment

Orbán’s anti-Brussels rhetoric never contains any hint of Huxit; he would have too much to lose. But it affects the community of law that underpins the EU.

One Israeli Zionist response to Mary Davis and Jonathan Rosenhead

The real problem is that anti-Semitism has become an integral part of Palestinian and Arab nationalism, imported from the west.

Can the fabric of a diverse society be undone? Diary of an EU citizen in the UK

“A few days later the PM and the Health Secretary, Hunt, have ready a proposal to train more British doctors - the same Hunt who has upset the majority of British doctors.”

A democracia brasileira foi agredida

“As elites brasileiras nunca demonstraram interesse algum pela democracia. Teremos que realizar um esforço sobre-humano para revalorizá-la”, afirma Jucá Ferreira. English Español 

No Brasil, a polarização alimenta-se a si mesma

Marina Silva e José Gustavo, porta-vozes nacionais da Rede Sustentabilidade, defendem que o seu trabalho vai no sentido de quebrar a polarização no Brasil. English Español

European net neutrality, at last?

Article 3 of the Regulation defined the legal foundations of net neutrality in the EU, including the operators' obligation to "treat all traffic equally."

Por qué Colombia ha votado no y qué significa

El domingo 2 de octubre, los colombianos rechazaron el reciente acuerdo de paz logrado entre el gobierno y las FARC después de 52 años de conflicto. English

Central and eastern Europe as playground of a conservative avant-garde

Central and eastern European hard right parties have more rapid success than their western counterparts, due to these countries’ subjection to the worst effects of neoliberalism and financialisation.

The arts and humanities: tackling the challenges of mass displacement

When we let people die rather than provide safety, we face not a ‘refugee crisis’ but a crisis of values. The arts help define those values which shape the kinds of societies we want to live in. 

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