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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will Brexit impact on borders and the control of immigration?

There is now an ever-growing need for immigration and border criminologists to focus on the harms inflicted by racist state policies and practices, and strengthen strategies of resistance.

“Rethinking gender is a tool for world revolution”

Increasingly, original ideas coming up from the Global South are getting into the world civil society agenda. The field of LGBT rights is a good example. Español

"Modificar y repensar el género es una herramienta para la revolución mundial"

Cada vez más, la agenda global de la sociedad civil asume ideas procedentes originalmente del Sur Global. El campo de los derechos LGTB es un ejemplo. English

Women and children first: Homeland Security targets “family units” for deportation in May and June

Homeland Security is about to embark on quest to arrest and deport Central Americans who applied for refugee status in the United States in the summer of 2014, focusing particulary on women and children. Español

Turkey´s Kurdish peace process: regional implications

The rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP coincides with the country´s growing democratic deficit under the AKP and a re-intensification of armed conflict against the PKK, with implications for the entire region.

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

Os protestos não são movimentos

Como podemos transformar estes protestos, que ocuparam as ruas e as praças de todo o planeta, em movimento efetivos, capazes de pôr em causa as relações de poder? English Español

Israeli mishap in Latin America?

A diplomatic incident between Brazil and Israel shows how Netanyahu is prisoner of his extreme-right and ultra-nationalists coalition friends. Español

La guerra contra las drogas y la crisis de derechos humanos en México

La impunidad de las violaciones de derechos humanos genera una mezcla irracional: mientras que los intereses económicos y políticos de la criminalidad salen indemnes, marginados e inocentes sufren las peores consecuencias. English

"More people, more agency": Turning protests into movements

How do we transform the waves of protests—which have occupied streets and squares worldwide over the past few years—into movements that can challenge power? Português Español

Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

The EU is creating an ever-growing population of illegally detained refugees, including vulnerable men, women and children, who are forced to live in appalling conditions and without recourse to justice. 

Entre a pobreza, corrupção e violência, os agricultores lutam pela terra no Paraguai

O encerramento duma radio comunitária é a ultima demonstração da repressão existente num país onde 1.6% da população controla 80% da terra cultivável. English Español

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

Today’s People of the Abyss

Is the book a time capsule from a bygone era from which we can learn ‘how it was’ rather than ‘how it is today’?

Entre pobreza, corrupción y violencia, los campesinos luchan por la tierra en Paraguay

El cierre de una radio comunitaria es la última muestra de represión en un país donde un 1,6% de la población paraguaya controla el 80% de la tierra cultivable. Português English

Rojava revolution: reshaping masculinity

Rojava's battle with ISIS stronghold  Raqqa is not simply a military one, but an ideological one in which the position of women could not be more polarised. Part 4.

Las mujeres y la guerra contra las drogas

Supervivientes y víctimas de la guerra contra las drogas viajaron desde Honduras en una caravana para la paz, la vida y la justicia para presentar su caso ante la UNGASS. English

'The Devil is in the Details': development, women's rights and religious fundamentalisms

Dealing with the escalation of violence against women across the world requires a wider adoption of a feminist approach to working at the nexus of development, religious fundamentalisms and women’s rights.

O risco de publicar aquilo que alguns não querem que se publique

O jornalismo foi sempre uma profissão arriscada. De acordo com o Índice Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa para 2016, regista-se uma diminuição da liberdade de imprensa em todo o mundo, especialmente nas Américas. Español English

The risky business of printing what someone else does not want printed

Journalism has always been a risky endeavour. According to the World Press Freedom Index 2016, there has been a sharp decline in press freedom worldwide, especially in the Americas. Português Español

El riesgo de publicar lo que alguien no quiere que se publique

El periodismo siempre ha sido una profesión arriesgada. Según el Índice Mundial de Libertad de la Prensa de 2016, se registra una disminución de la libertad de prensa en todo el mundo, especialmente en las Américas. Português English

Abortar en Argentina: mujeres doblemente traicionadas

Un alarmante caso de aborto en Tucumán, Argentina, demuestra cómo las instituciones, pensadas para cuidarnos y protegernos, violan constantemente nuestros derechos, incluyendo la sanidad, la confidencialidad y el juicio justo. English

Abortion in Argentina: women twice betrayed

Belén's troubling abortion case in Tucumán, Argentina, demonstrates how institutions meant to care for and protect us instead regularly violate our rights—including the right to health, confidentiality, and due process. Español

‘Un símbolo de vida’: cuando tomar drogas es un acto sagrado

La guerra contra las drogas se presenta como una lucha contra ciertos males sociales. Pero desde los Andes hasta el Caribe, lo que la prohibición ha criminalizado son expresiones culturales. English

Will Iran’s new parliament improve women’s rights?

The problem was the Guardian Council, a body which has veto authority over any legislature, which in this case rejected all 33 bills introduced by women deputies.

Why are we Brits in such a muddle about antisemitism?

We may be at a critical moment in British public life, risking a plunge into an American-style pseudo-politics, sucking attention away from the real inequalities of our world and our society.

UNGASS 2016: de la oportunidad al oportunismo

La cumbre representaba una gran oportunidad para acabar con la "guerra contra las drogas",  pero los defensores del estatus quo lograron abortar las aspiraciones de transformación en la materia. English

What do Muslims think? Same old, same old... time to wake up

It is important not to surrender to fear by seeing all manifestations of Islam, including the conservative ones, as an indicator of terrorism.

Papua New Guinea High Court ruling: the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island must close

But the main power blocks in Australia politics – the ALP and the Coalition – show no signs at all of even blushing, now that the Manus Island game is up.

Asylum seeker dies from self-inflicted burns

An Iranian asylum seeker has died after setting himself on fire at an Australian detention centre on the remote Pacific island of Nauru.

Interviewing Babah Tarawally, Dutch novelist and former refugee from Sierra Leone

Babah Tarawally’s message is one of hope; he urges refugees to emancipate themselves from both a racist or excessively self-pitying discourse, and to acquire an active role in the construction of their future. 

Slovakia: Roma exclusion and the dark side of democracy

The EU should heed Slovakia consistently falling short of ‘Council of Europe standards’ in a seemingly inexorable shift to the dark side of democracy: illiberal, majoritarian, Christian and national.

The Turkey–EU refugee deal and how to really solve 'the problem'

Unless there is mobilisation to provide a better life for those in underdeveloped parts of the world, the 'problem' of people's desire to migrate in search of a better life will persist.

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