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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How to make peace with the forest: development and war in Colombia

This launches a series of articles looking at the relationship between environmental and human rights, to unpack one of the world’s longest-running wars, the Peace Agreement and its seeming collapse.

Moazzam Begg and The Confession, Part Two.

"Whatever you want to think about Moazzam Begg...  the film demands that you recognize that the rule of law, that quintessential British value, has not been exercised in our time."

Next steps in the democracy argument

Any engagement approach not focused on getting the widest possible range of voices, and creating multiple environments in which they feel comfortable will be no improvement on the current system.

Small steps in the struggle for digital rights?

In this rapidly expanding internet, the kinds of rights we need are often difficult to pin down – though pin them down we must if they are to be protected.

Slovakia: when seeing means myopia

Observation is one tool for approaching an understanding of socio-economic marginality – especially in its racialised forms – but mere observation is not enough.

Egypt's Military Inc.

Unless Egyptian capitalism evolves beyond the current stage of cronyism to competitive accumulation, no amount of loans or policy reforms will solve the problems of the economy.

Was a peace agreement ever possible in a country as complicated as Colombia?

Easy to imagine the president sizing up how that Nobel Prize would look on his mantelpiece. But the impact of the No vote will only become known in the fullness of time.

Turkey’s largest environmental legal case

In addition to the incompetence of the Turkish legal system, this case illustrates how twenty first century power politics is being played out in the arena of environmental projects.

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."

Starving Yemen

Is the forgotten war turning into a forgotten famine? What answers will we give when the next generation ask how we could watch these tragedies and do nothing?

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.

7 steps to education for democracy for all

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

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?

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.

Peace is possible… if we remember 4 lessons

By 2014, people were fighting 40 wars, with terrorism reaching an all-time high and battle deaths reaching a 25-year high. As International Peace Day passes, what lessons are there?

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

Whose revolution?

The Egyptian mass protests can only be classified as a reform movement that had hoped to create a liberal order. A modest goal that has degenerated into a full-spectrum military autocracy.

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.

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.

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

Maduro: ¿quién te asesora?

La oposición a Nicolás Maduro está aumentando también entre los chavistas, que le acusan no sólo de no estar ya en la izquierda, sino de cometer repetidamente errores estúpidos. English

Maduro, who on earth is advising you?

Opposition to Nicolás Maduro’s tenure is now increasing also among Chavistas, who accuse him not only of being no longer on the Left but of repeatedly making stupid mistakes. Español

Anti-populist coups: Thaksin, dictatorship and Thailand’s new constitution

The “Red Shirts” movement has caused large-scale political instability, but it has brought to the fore critical questions about the road to Thai democratization.

We need bolder politicians

“We have seen a lengthy period during which politicians have deliberately disengaged from important aspects of what they should be doing, leading to a lot of disillusionment with politics.”

In Guyana, the future of the forests – and the rule of law – hangs in the balance

The impact of the Chinese group BSL in the Guyanese logging industry is huge.  Its weight is hampering transparency and foreign direct investment good governance, undermining the "rule of law". Español Português

En Guyana, el futuro de los bosques – y el imperio de la ley – pende de un hilo

El impacto de las inversiones del grupo Chino BSL en la explotación maderera guyanesa en enorme. Su peso pone a prueba la transparencia y el buen gobierno de la inversión extranjera directa y el "imperio de la ley". English Português

América Latina en marea baja

La "década virtuosa" de gobiernos progresistas en América Latina parace que toca a su fin. Pero, según el vicepresidente de Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera, las revoluciones proceden por oleadas. English

Governing Google

As for Google, without a more ‘joined up’ EU legal and regulatory framework integrating digital rights and economic concerns, users may need to look to solutions outside the law.

Fighting for climate/environmental justice in the Maghreb

Environmental problems need to be analysed in a comprehensive way with consideration to social justice, entitlements and fair redistribution.

Brazilian political cycles and the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff

The impeachment process marks the end of the three different political cycles undergone by Brazil since the 1970s. Something new has to emerge.

Brasil, a punto de abrir la caja de Pandora

Las próximas elecciones locales en Brasil son la oportunidad para recuperar la democracia y superar la crisis política. Si no se aprovecha, “viviremos más de una década oscura en América Latina”, dice Jean Wyllys. Português English

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

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