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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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. 

7 steps to education for democracy for all

Education should be an engine for democracy and not just for business, argues Democracy Matters participant in the World Forum for Democracy 2016 in Strasbourg this November.

Thai youthful thinking on education and democracy

A message from Thai youth to the World Forum for Democracy 2016 on ‘Democracy and equality – does education matter?’. Yes it does.

Anti-Immigration Referendum Sunday in Hungary

Our first major interview on openDemocracy was on the ‘Post-Fascism’ thesis recently expounded by the Hungarian philosopher in the year 2000. Here, Tamás regretfully revisits concept and reality. LeftEast interview. Serbo-Croat.

Post-humanitarianism in situ: Moria in flames

Did ultra-nationalist locals burn down the hotspot, was it the migrants themselves who did it, or was it the result of agent provocateur actions?

رياضة وثورة وسياسة: كيف أثر نادي الألتراس على الوعي المصري؟

هذا الجزء الأول من أربعة أجزاء تتعمّق في تاريخ ما يُعرف بـ"الألتراس"، أي المشجعين الرياضيين المتطرفين، وتأثيرهم على المجتمع المصري. الجزء الأول: مَن هم الألتراس؟ English

European refugees and Twitter

The political parties, professions and media that were registered as the most active in the Twitter storm #DiaMundialdelosRefugiados were those from the centre left.

On megalomania and despair: is Sisi really nuts?

The Egyptian state has composed what looks like a closed circuit of public despair and emotional drainage.

ماذا حدث للمصريين؟ الجزء الرابع: مشروع أرستقراطيين

ما الذي يثير قلق أغنياء مصر ويشعرهم بعدم الأمان؟ لماذا يريدون الهرب فجأة؟ لمَ نخيفهم؟ English

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

A very Brazilian coup

In removing the elected president for ostensibly political reasons, the impeachment of Dilma is a coup against democracy. Português Español 

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

While a "new Condor Plan" is rumoured to be stalking the region, Colombia might need more than a sideways glance from self-absorbed neighbours in the years to come .Español

Progressivism, populism and the left in Latin America

Progressivism is a disputed concept in Latin America. Between the manipulation of the populist governments and the discomposure of the Left, there is little room for understanding what it means. Español

Progresismo, populismo y la izquierda en América Latina

El progresismo es un concepto discutido en América Latina. Entre la manipulación de los gobiernos populistas y el desconcierto de la izquierda, queda poco margen para entender qué significa. English

Cumbres sobre migración global. Grandes expectativas, alto riesgo

El resultado de las cumbres de esta semana en Nueva York debería centrarse en compartir responsabilidades, no en eludirlas o en modificarlas. Português English

From "wear what you want" to reclaiming freedom, equality and solidarity

City activists across Europe have thrown beach parties against France’s burkini ban and the abuse of laïcité as a justification for the crackdown.

New data visualization explores city fragility around the world

One of the world´s most comprehensive city mapping platforms was launched in the Hague and Stockholm last week

Escaping from asylum to act as citizens: political mobilization of refugees in Europe

These forms of protest (except for the Sans Papiers movement in France) were for many years largely ignored by a wider public. This changed fundamentally in 2012.

Chile: la cuestión filosófica

La tendencia global contra las humanidades está llegando a Chile, un país donde miles de estudiantes salen regularmente a las calles exigiendo no sólo educación gratuita, sino mejor. English

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (17). Podem as FARC dedicar-se à política?

As FARC têm que aprender a fazer política sem armas. Depois de mais de 50 anos de guerra, este é o grande desafio ao que se enfrenta a Colômbia. Español English

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

What principles should guide a fair refugee responsibility sharing regime?

The world is at a crossroads for refugee protection. The UN Summit provides a rare opportunity to engineer a system that is equitable both for refugees and for host countries.

The US is failing in its moral obligation to Syrian refugees

Although the United States has fulfilled President Obama’s pledge of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, we should be doing much more.

Being a Kurdish-Turkish mistake

As a Kurdish child, I grew up in Kirkuk under the Baath regime thinking I was an existential mistake: but I liked being a mistake. I still like being a mistake.

Troca de favores nas Nações Unidas

O candidato favorito para suceder a Ban Ki-Moon como Secretário Geral da ONU é o Ex primeiro-ministro português António Guterres. Mas o procedimento de eleição continua a ser pouco democrático. English Español 

Global migration summits are high-stakes and high-risk

The outcome of the summits must be about sharing responsibility, not shirking or shifting it. It can be done. Português Español

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