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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is submissions editor at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Police terror in Brazil

How many deaths of black youth are necessary before they are considered ‘genocide’ or political assassinations?

Intensifica-se o domínio do Facebook

A América Latina parece especialmente vulnerável perante as iniciativas recentes do Facebook, que procuram afiançar a hegemonia global da empresa. Estamos ante um monopólio moral em construção? Español. English.

Rolling back corporate capture will take more than EU lobby transparency

If Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it. 

The failure of mainstream European federalism

Simply stating over and over again that something – in this case a European democratic federation – is possible and desirable does not make it more likely.

Time for nuclear sharing to end

You have to keep threatening to use nuclear weapons to make nuclear deterrence work. A view from Germany on the planned deployment of new US nuclear weapons.

The hopes of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party

Is Turkey poised on the brink of the violent conflict of the 90s? Or does the entry of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) into Parliament offer shoots of hope for an alternative path?

Se intensifica el dominio de Facebook

América Latina parece especialmente vulnerable ante iniciativas recientes de Facebook, que buscan afianzar la hegemonía global de la empresa. ¿Estamos ante un monopolio moral en ciernes? English. Português

Los silencios de las elecciones Argentinas

El 25 de octubre los votantes argentinos van a las urnas para elegir a su nuevo presidente. Pero el modelo de desarrollo extractivista del país no está en discusión. English.

The silences of Argentina’s election

On October 25, voters in Argentina go to the polls to elect their new president. The country’s extractivist development model, however, is not up for discussion. Español.

México: entre una democracia peligrosa y una democracia en riesgo.

Lejos del sueño democrático de progreso, los ciudadanos en México se encuentran inmersos en una democracia peligrosa y aún sumamente frágil. English.

Mexico: between a dangerous democracy and a democracy at risk.

Far from the democratic dream of progress, citizens in Mexico are living in a dangerous and still fragile democracy. Español.

Cognitive dissonance in Egypt

Mina Fayek

The Egyptian regime tries to show the world an image of respect for freedoms and rights while widely violating them.


Your fatwa does not apply here

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed Karima Bennoune as Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights. Read articles by Karima on openDemocracy 50.50's platform, Frontline voices against Muslim fundamentalism.

Netanyahu-Khamenei political tango

Netanyahu did have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, disgraced former Iranian President, who with the support of Khamenei, would say one foul thing after another about Israel.

Parálisis creciente de la izquierda en América Latina (Segunda Parte): Uruguay

La izquierda se está quedando sin ideas ni energía en América del Sur. Uruguay parece ahora embarcado en el mismo desalentador viaje emprendido por la socialdemocracia en todo el mundo. English.

The mounting paralysis of Latin America’s Left (Part II): Uruguay

The left is running out of ideas and steam in South America. Uruguay, a small country often ignored, now seems to have embarked on the same journey undertaken by social democracy worldwide. Español.

Can non-Western democracy help to foster political transformation?

Democratic renewal is urgently needed everywhere, and in that process all societies can learn from each other.

The good student of Europe at a dead-end

Portugal feels like a ticking bomb, yet the country still lacks the political structures that would make dissent a rational choice.

Beijing tightens the screws

The Chinese state is now more ideological and more repressive than ever since the days of Mao.

¿Por qué no hay un Syriza en Portugal?

Al contrario que en Grecia o en España, en Portugal ni la crisis, ni las duras medidas de austeridad han supuesto cambios importantes en el sistema de partidos. ¿Por qué? English. Português.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

On centrism and independence in Spain

"Facing an increasingly self-centered centre, we stand for citizens who are open to the world and to the present time, capable of organizing and cooperating according to their abilities and aspirations."

Australian medics refuse to be silenced over refugee abuse at detention centers

A new gag law has turned refugee policy into a free speech issue, mobilizing health professionals to oppose the government’s policy more strongly.

No maps, no manuals: retrieving radical republicanism, restoring popular sovereignty

Republicanism brings into sharp focus an articulation of common freedoms strived for under extremely varying political conditions, in different times and places, with the shared commonality of facing unequal odds.

Parálisis creciente de la izquierda en América Latina (Primera parte)

Unas izquierdas latinoamericanas cada vez más exhaustas parecen atrapadas en las mismas contradicciones que han venido socavando a sus contrapartes europeas. English

Is the 'migrant crisis' simply a question of humanitarian assistance?

The European left is crushed between right-wing movements declaring the moral priority of fellow nationals, and huge flows of migrants asking for dignity. How should social democrats respond?

Time to move beyond nuclear tribalism

"Question: Is nuclear power good or bad?

 Answer: No. Some nuclear is good, some is bad. For example, the Govt. should support an IFR."

The mounting paralysis of Latin America’s Left (Part 1)

An increasingly exhausted South American Left finds itself trapped between similar contradictions to those undermining its counterparts in Europe. Español.

Bahrain’s uprising: resistance and repression in the Gulf

A review of an interdisciplinary book exploring both the contemporary uprising and Bahrain’s lengthy history of contentious politics, exploring postcolonialism, foreign actors, human rights, and social media.

Administrative detention and Israel's moral imperative

A review of Israel’s detention policy reveals it to be outrageous, convoluted, and self-defeating.

Internal and external factors in intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and antisemitism

Since 2000, the questions of Israel and antisemitism have become a source of ever greater conflict in British Jewry, as well as in other diaspora Jewish populations.

The undeniable overlap: right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia

A considerable faction of right-wing Zionists, of the sort who have long dominated pro-Israel politics, are often linked to organised Islamophobia promotion.

Between Russia and the west

Dysfunctionality in Serbia and Bosnia reflects the larger economic conflict between Russia and the west.

President Xi Jinping, this is how you can win the Nobel peace prize

From his new position of power, Xi Jinping can show that China is a generous emerging power, rather than a vengeful revisionist state.

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