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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The crushing of Syriza: an Aesopian fable

In 2010 the image of ‘ending up like Greece’ was that of a Dickensian debtors’ prison. In 2015 it is that of hell.

India hangs another despite pleas from eminent people

Possible innocence, the fact that guilt was never proven beyond reasonable doubt and that many impoverished accused are poorly represented - just a few of the reasons anti-death penalty campaigners cite.

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

Have reports of the death of capitalism been greatly exaggerated?

Capitalism isn’t going anywhere without a fight, no matter how inventive the alternatives. 

Lula, de mágico a franco-atirador

Lula procura descolar-se do “seu” Partido dos Trabalhadores e do governo que contribuiu a eleger, para erigir-se como líder dos indignados contra a corrupção e a crise. English. Español.

Primeiro-Ministro: repare a injustiça do Maangamizi Britânico

Organizações da sociedade civil que representam pessoas com ascendência africana na Europa e na America reclamam ao Reino Unido que assuma plena responsabilidade pela sua participação no comércio transatlântico de escravos. English, Español

Primer ministro: ¡repare la injusticia del Maangamizi Británico!

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil que representan a personas con ascendente africano en Europa y América reclaman al Reino Unido que asuma plena responsabilidad por su participación en el comercio transatlántico de esclavos. English. Portugués.

It's gettin’ kinda hectic

With a few hundred years of colonial rule under its belt, the British state has mastered the art of psychological intimidation, and that’s why they use it.

Germany's demographic challenge

Germany is by no means an unstoppable juggernaut, and the re-erection of trade barriers across the continent and a return to a strong Deutschmark would ravage the economy.

“What now for Greece? What now for the left?”

Logics of financial capital are all the more powerful blended with cultural logics. From now on, do Greeks need to keep their “orientalist radar” active wherever they go?

El Papa Francisco, en la cárcel más hacinada de Bolivia: “Yo también podría estar acá”

¿Qué pasa cuando una visita papal arroja luz sobre una área vedada del Estado boliviano donde han fracasado casi por completo las reformas? English.

Momentous times for democracy in Europe

The shocking behaviour of the Eurozone leaders in punishing Greece for voting against austerity has alarming implications for the future. Is it too late to put democracy and Europe together again?

Can buying 'freely traded' coffee be socially just?

As the rise in Colombia's mimimum wage impacts the country's coffee producers, how can consumers support socially just production?

‘Love where you live’, and other lies of gentrification

Let’s admit that gentrification is an immoral urban process. It is a deliberate policy of social engineering and needs to be tackled at its source.

Ethiopia after its electoral drama: second “renewal” imminent ?

The history of this country is one of eternal recurrence. The ‘national question” re-emerges where it has always been, with varying degrees of visibility: at the heart of Ethiopian political life. 

Why I will be voting YES in Sunday’s Greek referendum

I would vote yes as I do not want my objections to the way the crisis has been managed at home and in Brussels to be usurped by politicians that dream that they can give the Union a bloody nose by destroying the Eurozone.

Why are so many Syrian children being left stateless?

Syrian women advocates recognize the links between the crisis of statelessness and the lack of reproductive justice for women, and argue that control over their own fertility and legal status is paramount.

Las revoluciones ciudadanas en Latinoamérica

Los países de la 'Revolución Ciudadana' en Latinoamérica son postneoliberales, pero no postcapitalistas.Publicado previamente en openDemocracy  English

From the squares to power in four years, 10 days

How Spain’s skilful activists have transformed politics during the crisis years and how the full effects of 15-M are still emerging. Español.

How I became pro BDS

Israelis will only wake up to their government’s discriminatory policies when they feel the effects of the BDS movement.

Refugees in the centre of Athens

A red line is crossed when you start thieving from refugees in order to survive or feed your addiction. ‘We can only survive as human beings through our solidarity.’ There is nothing else.

Haki Stërmilli’s 'If I Were a Boy': the first Albanian feminist manifesto

Haki Stërmilli 1936 novel If I Were a Boy portrays the contemporary problems of Albanian society that stem from a misogynistic mindset, and deserves to be (re-)read today.

A dilemma for Podemos

Bitter-sweet success in Spain’s regional and local election forces Podemos to choose - between joining with other left parties, following the example of Barcelona and Madrid, or going it alone in the autumn legislative election.

Exiled in Senegal

Damien Froidevaux’s Death of the Serpent God is not about politics, and yet it is a deeply political film. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015.

Chasing dreams in Guangzhou

Måns Månsson’s film Stranded in Canton straddles false promises and Sino-African culture clash. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 17 June 2015.

Digging deep into Turkish politics: what next for HDP?

Long regarded as the biggest threat to Turkey’s political system and territorial integrity, the Kurds have emerged as the champion of Turkish democracy and protector of the country’s parliamentary regime.  

HDP: focus of left-wing opposition beyond pro-Kurdish mobilization

HDP success cannot be understood without taking into consideration the ongoing Kurdish spring in Iraq, Syria and Turkey over the last decade.  

Relationship remembered

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s film Estate, a Reverie, is an unruly celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 21 June 2015.

The sea is full of bodies

Morgan Knibbe’s film Those Who Feel the Fire Burning offers up a powerful meditation on migrant deaths, the Mediterranean, and powerlessness. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 17 June 2015.

Estate of mind

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s film Estate, a Reverie is a moving documentation of what gentrification really means to those affected by it. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 21 June 2015.

The market is a cruel taskmaster

Chloe Ruthven’s film Jungle Sisters hurtles through the complexity of industrial development in south India. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015.

Building cultural citizenship with women seeking refuge and asylum

Using participatory, biographical and visual methods, we got in touch with women’s ‘realities’ in a way that demanded critical reflection.

Face to face

As an anthropologist and ethnographer, I attempt to gain access to the participants’ memories in the way I would have liked to have been interviewed. 

Why photography matters

It is no longer the extraordinariness of the image, but rather its familiarity that lends credibility to the representation of how these immigrant women have made new lives in the city.

Gender and tax justice

The heart of tax injustice is gender dominance, the language of secrecy, and an industry and culture which under free-market rules has normalised the subjugation and exclusion of women.

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