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RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The "Coptic issue" and the cycle of suffering

Mina Fayek

To single out the mistreatment of Copts and the failure of the state to protect them, as a “Coptic issue”, is a wrong diagnosis of the problem.

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Did Erdoğan finally get his Gezi?

Could this be a win-win situation for Erdoğan and the AKP: able to enhance their power while reinstating their organic relationship with the people?

'Hollow' states: the presidents re-writing the rules to stay in power

Should he stay or should he go? When it comes to the president, it's the subject of heated debate in Burundi, Congo, DR Congo and Rwanda.

Brasil: normalização democrática, mas pouco entusiasmo

De acordo com as sondagens, a maioria dos Brasileiros acredita que a mudança de presidente marca o inicio de uma nova fase para o país. Español English

Brasil: normalización democrática, pero poco entusiasmo

Según los sondeos, la mayoría de los brasileños creen que el cambio presidencial marca el principio de una nueva fase para el país. English Português

Brazil: democratic normalisation, but little enthusiasm

According to the opinion polls, a majority of Brazilians seem inclined to think that the presidential change marks the beginning of a new phase for the country. Español Português

Bahrain's uprising and its movement for radical change

Women and youth were at the forefront of Bahrain's uprising in February 2011, and are at the heart of the ensuing movement for radical change.

Zones of turbulence in the wake of EU-Turkey’s migration agreement

The implementation of the EU-Turkey deal helps restore order to liberal markets and the political economy. The results of the deal are entirely to the detriment of the migrants affected. Who gains?

Far away view of Brexit

“To go to a referendum was curious… the UK has a regime of representative government that works to ensure that popular concerns have only limited impact on the conduct of government.”

Em matéria de direitos humanos, é o poder popular que pode fazer a diferença

Maltratado pelos Estados, o sistema de proteção dos direitos humanos na América Latina enfraqueceu. Temos que defender os defensores dos direitos humanos para que eles possam fazer o seu trabalho. English Español

When it comes to human rights, it is the power of the people that can achieve real change

Battered by the states, the protection of human rights system in Latin America has weakened. We need to defend the defenders so they can do their work.Español Português

En materia de Derechos Humanos, es el poder popular el que realmente puede lograr los cambios

Maltratada por los estados, la protección del sistema de derechos humanos en América Latina se ha debilitado. Tenemos que defender a los defensores para que puedan hacer su trabajo. English Português

La convención Republicana de Cleveland: una perspectiva histórica

Si Buenos Aires fue la capital mundial del populismo después de 1945, existe una posibilidad real de que Washington se convierta en su capital global en el siglo XXI. English

The wave of democracy in Egypt

A democratic force no doubt existed in Egyptian politics but it was marginal and contingent upon circumstances which, in turn, resulted in its transience. عربي

Other erratic nations of our time

While the US and the Soviet Union were in a proxy war, Americans were also fighting an internal ideological war, believing themselves defenders of liberal American thought in the face of communist evils. عربي

Cleveland: a historical perspective

The rhetoric that surrounds Donald Trump's convention triumph signals a new phase in the intertwined history of fascism and populism. Español 

What is missing in President Barzani’s rhetoric for a Kurdish state-building enterprise?

The question before Masoud Barzani is what to do in order to turn state-building rhetoric into a future Kurdish state.

Golpes y contragolpes en Brasil 2016

La crisis política y de representación que asola Brasil está lejos de terminar. Mientras las instituciones del país se colapsan, los slogans “Fuera Temer” y “Vuelve Dilma” ya no tienen sentido. English

To coup or not to coup: radical political reform is the only way to resolve Brazil’s political crisis

Brazil continues to struggle with a political and representational crisis. As the country’s institutions collapse, the slogans Fora Temer and Volta Dilma no longer serve a purpose. Español

Brasil: “sem mulheres, não há democracia”

No meio dos gritos de “Fora Temer!”, as feministas estão lembrando ao Brasil a necessidade de reinstaurar Rousseff no cargo e de garantir os direitos humanos e a dignidade social. Español  English

Politics of fear in South Sudan

This is a country where a considerable number of citizens are crammed into UN protection camps out of fear of their own government.

The fluidity of identity among Jordanian foreign fighters in Syria

Jordanian volunteers in Syria come from diverse ideological backgrounds that do not necessarily align with the groups they join.

Durão Barroso: de europeísta a banquero global

El nombramiento de Durão Barroso como presidente no ejecutivo de Goldman Sachs es inaceptable. Su posición como ex-Presidente de la Comisión Europea le exige cumplir con unos mínimos estándares éticos. English

Choose a woman to lead the UN!

UN leaders and experts have sent an Open Letter to each member of the UN Security Council asking for the selection of a woman and gender equality champion as the next UN Secretary-General.

¿La CIA en Ecuador? De la NED, la corrupción, y el sistema judicial

La falta de transparencia y el control del sistema judicial en Ecuador crean las condiciones en las que agencias de EE.UU. pueden operar con mayor libertad. English

The CIA in Ecuador? Corruption, the press and the National Endowment for Democracy

The lack of transparency, the lack of corruption control, and the lack of accountability of the judicial system in Ecuador, create the conditions in which US agencies can operate freely. Español

Turkey: of coups and popular resistance

The construct of ‘the people’  thrives on and demands homogeneity of values and unity of purpose and banishes diversity and difference to the realm of the evil ‘other’.

Brazil: “Without women, there is no democracy”

Amid the cries of “Fora, Temer!” (Out with Temer), feminists are reminding Brazil of the need to re-instate Rousseff, and guarantee human rights and social dignity. Español Português

Brasil: “sin mujeres, no hay democracia”

En medio de gritos de "Fora, Temer!", las feministas le están recordando a Brasil la necesidad de reinstaurar a Rousseff y de garantizar los derechos humanos y la dignidad social. English Português

Surveillance, power and communication

Coalitions of actors – scholars, activists, some politicians, and even some captains of industry, will need to collaborate if the pathway we pursue to a calculated, unequal future is to change.

Cinco razones para temer la innovación

Innovación es una palabra de moda en el sector de los derechos humanos. El concepto es enfatizado cada vez más por financiadores y las ONG están comenzando a prestarle atención. English Português

Not Hitler or Augustus, but a hybrid that shows what the American polity is becoming

“Our national crisis isn’t really about Trump; it’s about what’s happening to the American people.” Long essay.

A lone raised hand: who will become the next UN Secretary-General ?

Six women and six men are competing to become the next UN Secretary-General. As the drama unfolds, it’s still not clear who will make the Security Council’s shortlist when it votes this week.

El descalabro de la democracia que queríamos para Brasil

Gradualmente, se volvieron a introducir los viejos mecanismos de la democracia oligárquica, incluyendo la desafección entre los derechos de representación de la élite y los derechos de participación de la gente en general. English Português

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