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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Never forget politics

Civil society must keep the dialogue over migration open, to retain relevance and to survive.

Breaking ideological gridlock from the bottom up

The key to advancing policies is to build diverse political support at grassroots level, leveraging that support against policymakers who put party loyalty before the needs of their constituents.

Palestinian winemaking under occupation

The stories of two Palestinians reviving winemaking as a source of livelihood in Palestine and a reminder of the rich cultures and history that is often obscured by the conflict.

All refugees want to go home. Right?

Wanting to return home and restore one’s country should be a choice, not an obligation placed upon you by those also claiming to offer you protection.

The New York Declaration on refugees: one year on

The New York Declaration called for states to ease pressure on less-developed countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia that host the most refugees.

EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

Workers are not poor and disadvantaged because they have been left behind. They are poor because they are being robbed.

Spain: how a democratic country can silence its citizens

Spain, one of the European countries at the sharp end of imposed austerity measures, has also been in the vanguard of imposing restrictions on protest against them. Archive: originally published May 2014. Español

Winterization in Kara Tepe camp, Lesvos

Depending so highly on a single donor makes UNHCR the operational arm of the EU’s shortsighted policies. This is the third winter for UNHCR in Greece...

الربيع العربي..عودة للأسباب وتصحيح اتجاهات أصابع الاتهام

العوامل الموضوعية المؤدية إلى انفجار الثورات العربية تكاد تكون متطابقة في معظم الدول العربية، وكانت شرارة الاحتجاجات، وإن لم تلعب الدور الأكبر في استمرارها، تباين مساراتها لاحقاً.

Live and let die? The end of the EU migrant relocation programme

Solidarity and responsibility-sharing in this sensitive policy area are likely to draw increasingly on a more fragmented, unpredictable and bottom up set of principles and modus operandi.

The eternal Chancellor

Is Germany ready for a new ‘social contract’, more adequate to the global age? Or does it want to continue under the comfortable protection of a reassuring Mutti?

The day after the vote in Düsseldorf

Everybody knows that something has changed – even here.

Neocolonial geographies of occupation: portrait of Diyarbakir

The terms military zone and death zone trace the colonial dynamics which have compartmentalised the city, in order to unpack further the claim that Kurdistan is a colony.

Kurds in Iraq: from Sykes-Picot to no-fly zones and beyond

Will the approaching referendum on independence open up a new phase for the Kurds, abrogating the Sykes-Picot Agreement?

German elections 2017: 8 proposals for Germany's progressives

Germany needs new narratives and policy agendas in order to energise a new politics across Europe – a politics which will reflect the common interest of the majority of Europeans.

When is a genocide a genocide?

(Or, why is the world allowing the Rohingya to be slaughtered?) There is a genocide happening before our eyes. If only we can bear to look.

المبتكرون الشباب من أجل مكافحة التغير المناخي: كيف يتصدى الشباب لتغير المناخ بصناعة إبتكارات جديدة

تتيح أكبر شبكة ابتكارات مناخية في أوروبا فرصة للشباب لتطوير أفكارهم لمشاريع تتناول موضوع التغير المناخي. هل يمكن أن يوفر نهج العمل حلولا للتعامل مع اَثار التغير المناخي للجيل القادم؟

The importance of Europeans sticking together to achieve a progressive Europe

Thoughts arising from Brexit for the DiEM25 September event in the Bozar in Brussels on the ‘Real State of the European Union’. (speech)

Another case of energy colonialism: Tunisia’s Tunur solar project

The unrestricted flow of cheap natural resources from the global south to the rich industrialized north, maintains a profoundly unjust international division of labour.

Victory at last

In America’s wars, failure is the new success. Three generals stand alone, except for President Trump’s own family members, at the pinnacle of power in Washington.

Militias and crony capitalism to hamper Syria reconstruction

Reconstruction is a main project of the regime and crony capitalists, linked with a plan to consolidate their political and economic power, while rewarding foreign allies for their assistance with a share of the market.

The ongoing march of the EU’s security-industrial complex

The reinforcement of pervasive, high-tech security measures has long been the primary consideration for EU security strategists, egged on by private interests. Time for a new direction before it is too late. New report 

Chartering the trajectory of the Syrian poultry industry

While momentary decline in price offers a short-term reprieve for Syria’s struggling citizens, the future of a staple food source in Syria grows increasingly uncertain.

Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide?

If Erdoğan persists in his callous quest, it will only be a matter of time before he succumbs to increasing economic pressure that will threaten to leave the country destitute. 

Kurdistan referendum: why now is the wrong time

It appears that the referendum is arguably nothing more than a bargaining chip used by President Barzani, whilst also covering itself as a clever ploy to lull the suffering Kurdish population away from the on-going problems.

Dubai and Gwadar: the silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman

The expansion of Gwadar port in Pakistan is a game-changing venture that would reformulate the economic agenda of the entire region.

Iraq after ISIS: continued conflict or rebuilding beyond ethno-sectarian identities?

Ignoring priorities that have popular support in Iraq risks undermining post-ISIS attempts to build a stable country, with knock-on effects at a regional level. 

Hyper-political anti-politics

Are we standing on the brink of a new kind of nihilistic governmentality, where politics is turned into perpetual theatre, disconnected from any kind of coherent government programming?

A new leftist narrative is required

In discussion with Nancy Fraser on identity politics, social justice and an emergent anti-Trump coalition.

The possible devastating outcome of a Kurdish referendum

An attempt to establish a Kurdish state including Kirkuk is likely to result in a truncated and economically devastated mini-Kurdistan.

Race to the sea: Qatar and the balance of power in the Middle East

If the Qatari crisis is not managed rationally, then it is likely to compound the present risks in the regional balance of power, with consequences for all states in the region.

Milli Vanilli fake diversity at the BBC

“When it comes to BAME, Ofcom must set a minimum standard that the BBC have to meet behind the camera.”

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

Gaza: ten years of economic blockade

Supporting BDS will hasten an end to the siege on Gaza and help lance a running sore in the Middle East and international relations. It deserves your support.

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