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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The covert drone war in Yemen

The United States’ covert drone war in Yemen - at least 15 years old now – continues. European countries are directly and indirectly involved.

Looking back at DemocraciaAbierta, one year on

openDemocracy's Latin section is an independent space to foster debate in the region. As it celebrates a year of existence, 10 articles that best capture its spirit. Português Español

The end of post-neoliberalism

In response to the crisis, "progressive" governments adopted increasingly market-friendly measures. The "conservative restoration" that they regularly denounce was in fact surreptitiously introduced from within. Español

El final del post-neoliberalismo

En respuesta a la crisis, los gobiernos “progresistas” adoptaron medidas cada vez más favorables a los mercados. La “restauración conservadora” que denuncian con regularidad la introdujeron subrepticiamente ellos mismos. English

Chilcot tells us what we already knew – how do we implement?

Decisions to go to war don’t just analyze whether we can win. That is the easy part: the superiority of the western military machine makes this an absolute.

The assault on Tiempo Argentino

The attack on the Argentinian cooperative newspaper happens at a time of profound communicational asymmetry: most of the media are aligned with President Macri and his program of neoliberal restoration. Español

Asalto a Tiempo Argentino

Los sucesos de Tiempo Argentino tienen lugar en momentos de profunda asimetría comunicacional: la mayoría de los medios se ha alineado con el presidente Macri y su programa de restauración neoliberal. English

Will Chilcot mention the real reasons for the Iraq War and the hundreds of thousands who have died since March 2003?

As all sides are protecting their interests, who counts the lost lives alongside their own economic and political benefits?

Violent attack to press freedom in Argentina

The cooperative weekly newspaper Tiempo Argentino, was attacked in the early hours of Monday. July 4. Links between the paper's previous owners and the Argentine secret services paint a dark picture. Español

Violento ataque a la libertad de expresión en la Argentina

El diario auto-gestionado por los trabajadores, Tiempo Argentino, sufrió en la madrugada del lunes un ataque a sus instalaciones. Vínculos entre los antiguos dueños y los servicios de inteligencia locales agravan el panorama. English

Death, Rocard and the demise of European social democracy

The Big Tent model has given way to a fight to the finish between ideologues and pragmatists, both further and further away from the “People” they are supposed to represent. 

The similarities between Suez in 1956 and Iraq in 2003 are uncanny

The Chilcot report will, at long last, draw lessons from the Iraq war of 2003 – which many experts have concluded was Britain’s worst strategic blunder since the Suez débâcle of 1956.

The dilemma of the European Left

We must, without ceding to the old myths of totalitarianism, restore meaning to the ideal of sovereignty.

Opting out: why my decision to not vote has everything to do with the attacks at Atatürk Airport

By choosing not to vote, I am opting out of choosing whose life, whose community, I view as expendable. I cannot stop the next attack, or the one after that.

The Libyan GNA: the rise and impending fall of the Libyan political agreement

A viable Libyan state that will restore normalcy and security to the daily lives of its citizens must be given the same priority as the international community’s immediate desire to combat Daesh. 

Giving up control: where are we and what next?

The public as a whole – not just those who voted for Leave – have every right to have a say on what they would like to come next.

Blimey, it could be the unconstraining voice

Anthony Barnett’s book on BREXIT prompts the hope that Britain will continue to inspire both the US and Europe to ‘transcend ourselves by finding ourselves.’

Slavoj Žižek habla sobre el Brexit, la crisis de la izquierda, y el futuro de Europa

“La supervivencia del proyecto europeo es un tema demasiado importante para que se decida a través de un referéndum” le dice el filósofo esloveno a Benjamin Ramm. English

A painful lesson from Brexit: Why DiEM25 needs a simpler message

The facts are simple: for the past three decades, 80% of the people are taken to the cleaners 95% of the time by the top 20% of society.

Labour must fight for our European rights (neither Corbyn nor his opponents have got the response to the crisis right)

This is probably the first opportunity since Blair’s disastrous Iraq venture fractured Labour’s support for Labour to reconstruct the alliance of left and centre which Blairites reminisce about.

Turkey’s cautionary tale

The case of Academics for Peace in Turkey shows us academics trapped between authoritarianism and precarity, and why international solidarity has become crucial.

Brexit lessons: we need European media for a European public sphere

A neglected reason for the multiple crises of the EU is the absence of a European public sphere, where Europeans would be able to negotiate controversial issues with each other.

Brexit might provide an opportunity for genuine change in Europe

At a time when the EU and its members are struggling with crises and therefore have more than enough on their plates, British voters decided to hand it yet another major crisis.

El impacto de la onda expansiva del Brexit en España

¿Qué tiene que ver el Brexit con el resultado de Podemos en las elecciones españolas del 26 de Junio? English

Carnage in Istanbul and the point of no return

Once the external anchor of Turkey’s democracy, the EU‘s normative influence has sunk as low as its reputation among its many erstwhile supporters, who now feel betrayed and abandoned.

Theresa May and the love police

In Theresa May’s “One Nation” we are all border guards. Her vision of the Big Society will make us all shrink.

DiEM25: a new anti-fascist alliance for Europe?

A crucial stage in the rise of far right movements is the breakdown of the barrier between their own agenda and the policies of traditional conservative parties.

Post-exit Britain: democracy or autocracy?

The people have voted on what they don’t want. Nobody has voted on what we do next. A general election must be called before Article 50 is triggered.

Boicot, conflicto y cambio. ¿Podrá Venezuela destituir pacíficamente a su presidente?

Asistimos a  un ataque sistemático a la Asamblea Nacional por parte del régimen del presidente Nicolás Maduro y sus instituciones.  La tensión insoportable obliga a negociar una salida electoral. English

Como en 1977: ¿Argentina en el túnel del tiempo?

Revisionismo histórico, censura y guerra contra la memoria. El lenguaje y las políticas – aunque no los medios - en la Argentina de Macri recuerdan los días oscuros de la dictadura. English

El Brexit, visto desde el sur del Sur

El Reino des-Unido y sin poder de veto dentro de la UE, está solo y aislado en su incumplimiento de las 41 Resoluciones de Naciones Unidas que exhortan a reiniciar las negociaciones con Argentina. English

European leaders should recognize their own mistakes

Positive momentum for a stronger and better Europe is a process that could start in Britain. Remarks to European Parliament, expanded version, June 30, 2016

Brexit, as seen from the Southern Cone

The dis-United Kingdom, now lacking a veto in the EU, is alone and isolated in its failure to respect the 41 UN resolutions demanding a resumption of negotiations with Argentina. Español

As in 1977: Argentina in a time warp?

Historical revisionism, censorship and war on memory. The language and the policies – though not the means - in Macri’s Argentina are eerily reminiscent of the dark days of Videla’s dictatorship. Español

Defensores del medio ambiente en terreno peligroso en América Latina

El año pasado fue el más letal para los defensores del medio ambiente, según cifras de la ONG Global Witness. La tasa de homicidios es hoy de tres por semana. English Português

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