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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

US cross-border data deal could open surveillance floodgates

Internet users should assess whether their domestic system would adequately prevent their government from abusing the arrangement, and whether local law enforcement can be held accountable.

Participatory democracy in emerging contexts: Fiji and Nepal

“They used to insist that they were sufficiently conversant with the issues. How would they know unless they discuss with us, or at least ask us?”

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

In design as in politics: who decides?

Do we like to just be users of things that someone else has thought of, or would we also like to decide what we do and how we do it? Español

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list?

An Arab perspective on Channel 4’s "The State"

A review of Channel 4's "The State", a show that takes ISIS as its subject and Syria as its backdrop. But does it deliver on its promises?

Pink buses and race politics

To ally campaigns for women’s rights with racism is to accept the very logic that, at its ideological core, feminism seeks to destroy.

سياسات العمل الثقافي السوري في تركيّا: التهميش مازال مستمراً -١ من٢

الانتقال القسري نحو السياق التركي يحمل صعوبات لا يختلف طعمها كثيراً عن طعم التهميش الذي اعتاده كثير من السوريون في وطنهم، ومازالوا.

Las “supermanzanas” de Barcelona, ¿un desafío radical a la ciudad neoliberal?

Las supermanzanas barcelonesas, ¿desafían la voracidad, la desigualdad y la capacidad de destrucción de la ciudad neoliberal, o simplemente mitigan sus efectos? English

Are Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

Do superblocks challenge the voracity, inequality and capacity for destruction of the neoliberal city, or simply mitgate its effects? Español

A crack in history? – a conversation between two recent UK Labour party recruits

We need to find a way to build political movements that make space for difficult questions, for diversity, for ambivalence. But how?

Race and exploitation in the Gulf

It is time for the issue of race to become central to any discussion on the continued exploitation of workers in the Gulf.

Squeezing civil society hurts India’s economy and democracy

India played a key moral role in international affairs during the anti-colonial struggles and as a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement during the cold war. What happened then?

Charlottesville, far-right rallies, racism and relating to power

The term 'alt-right' is appropriate for a loose movement able to mainstream white nationalism and fascism and make them part of popular culture, the media landscape and the national dialogue.

India at 70: bigotry rules

"Hyper-nationalism and the closing of the mind is also ‘a manifestation of insecurity about one’s place in the world.’”

Strikes, protests and Egyptian nights of curfew

A conversation about journalism and research in times of uprising and repression on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Rabaa massacre.

Failing to transform good intentions into actions is the biggest challenge of the Colombian Peace Agreement

“If we are not able to implement the Peace Agreement to a certain operative extent, we risk the viability of Colombia as a nation,” says Lucas Carvajal, ex-member of the Colombia FARC guerrilla group. Español

Implementación del Acuerdo en Colombia: se corre el riesgo de no poder transformar la voluntad en acción

“Si no se logra una implementación cierta del Acuerdo de paz, se pondrá en riesgo la viabilidad de Colombia como nación”, dice Lucas Carvajal, exmiembro de las FARC. Entrevista. English

Hyper-political anti-politics

Are we standing on the brink of a new kind of nihilistic governmentality, where politics is turned into perpetual theatre, disconnected from any kind of coherent government programming?

Egypt: an obsession with the state

The view that social struggle should be repressed is hindering the opposition. Unless the view of the state and its coercive apparatus changes, the chances of wide scale social transformation are limited.

The politics of feelings

A meditation on the ‘millennials’ and several of the discussions at Team Syntegrity 2017.

What happened in Hamburg?

Police and protests meet at the G20: a litmus test for freedom.

Jerusalem: securing spaces in holy places

There are actors involved in all sides of this dispute who must now encourage enduring dialogue for conflict prevention. Jerusalem should remain the city of peace not conflict.

Diary of an organiser: Team Syntegrity 2017

I have been a qualified facilitator for more than two decades, but had almost forgotten what this extraordinary three-and-a-half day process was like. Would it be different in the twenty-first century?

Coitus and conversation: the digital realm is taking sex to new levels

What is the future of sex? Forget robots and tech-enabled fornication. There is progressive potential in the digital world to engender healthier sexual practices.

Milli Vanilli fake diversity at the BBC

“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

More mouthy male feminists please

Team Syntegrity 2017 light blue group: “It would be strategic to create feeling spaces where we can explore the masculine experience of patriarchy. Real democracy now!”

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

Is the world finally breaking its silence on Turkey?

"Members of my staff are sad not just for their friends, but for their country. What will it take for the world to break its silence?"

The politics of nudity as feminist protest – from Ukraine to Tunisia

Frontline activists, including women who use their topless bodies as political statements, are gathering in London to deplore threats to free expression worldwide.

Team Syntegrity emergent

If creativity is born from bringing different perspectives together, the group’s diversity was a positive sign from the outset.

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

From civil society to political society

“You can avoid paying attention to politics only until politics starts paying attention to you.” Thoughts gathered at Team Syntegrity 2017 in Barcelona.

The vertical apartheid

Herewith, an edited version of the preface to Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land, published by Verso last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

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