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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.

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.

Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

Varoufakis’ unspeakably shocking plan B

This Greek rule-bending ambition, from a position of weakness, violates the basic principles of financial realism.

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between NGO’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Renewing the Latin American connection

All the countries of those sitting around this table were born in genocide. In the case of Brazil, we were the world champion of slavery. So we are based on that! Sweet but violent. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Solidarity needs to be infectious: a conversation between activists in Greece and Scotland

On the eve of the 2015 Greek bailout referendum, Robin McAlpine of Scotland’s Common Weal and researcher Christina Psarra from Greece, sat down to discuss radicalized generations, alternative spaces, and the need for solidarity. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

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.

Is counter-propaganda the only antidote to propaganda?

Russia Today is packed full of lies. But aren't there motes aplenty in our own eyes onto the world? Is media credibility shot, and can we hope to improve trust in news?  An academic conference this autumn in Prague aims to bring journalists and acdemics together to explore the problem

Democratic dialogues: how to communicate with the people of Nuneaton

The 2015 General Election was a disaster for people and political parties that can loosely be called ‘progressive’. Rather than relying upon the one-way communication of ‘messages’ and ‘narratives’, they now need to learn how to engage in open-ended ‘Democratic Dialogues’.

A “velvet Grexit” is a trick. Argentina, Ecuador and Iceland prove default can work.

Temporary Eurozone exit plan is a smokescreen for shock doctrine tactics that would condemn the Greeks to perpetual austerity. Argentina, Ecuador or Iceland show there is an alternative. Español

O enemigo da Europa não é a crise Grega

Uma moeda única implica um estado federal, como os Estados Unidos ou o Brazil. A crise Grega confronta a Europa com o seu futuro. English.

El default de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestra que el Grexit temporal es una trampa

La salida temporal de Grecia de la zona euro es una cortina de humo que oculta la doctrina de schock que condenaría a los griegos a una austeridad perpetua. Los casos de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestran que el default es posible. English.

Europe’s enemy is not the Greek crisis

A single currency implies a federal state, like the US or Brazil. The Greek crisis confronts Europe with its future. Português

Chavista theory of transition towards the communal state

If the Maduro administration steps up the counter-offensive against speculation, such measures might well result in the retention of a Chavista majority in the National Assembly this December.

A solução “Portuguesa” e a Grécia

Portugal, segundo o que se entende pelas palavras do seu primeiro-ministro, orgulha-se de ter contribuído para uma decisão que supõe um golpe à soberania Grega em detrimento do sonho Europeu. English. Español

La vía portuguesa no vale para Grecia

Portugal, según se desprende de las palabras de su primer-ministro, se enorgullece de haber contribuido a una decisión que supone un golpe a la soberanía griega, en detrimento del sueño Europeo. English. Português.

The Portuguese way is not the way for Greece

Portugal, as its Prime Minister says, is proud to have contributed to an agreement that has dealt the last blow to Greece’s sovereignty at the expense of the European dream. Español, Português

Mexican winds and the need for community alternatives

Wind is a localised common resource, as copper or coal is. Its extraction should respect the property and institutions of the indigenous communities in the territory. Español.

Co-operatives: redefining local journalism?

Local media is marked by monopolised ownership and a consistent decline in availability and quality. With over 400 members, the Bristol Cable is a local media co-operative bucking the trend through common ownership, challenging investigations and multimedia.

Cuba: through her eyes

What do Cuban women imagine for their country’s future? In the wake of recent reforms, Cyd Bernstein talks to four women leaders about feminism, culture and cultivating change.

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.

The Brussels diktat: and what followed

Alexis Tsipras won the battle on a question of principle - the need for a new Europe - even if he lost the war that ensued. What are the implications for the Greek left and for Europe? (Long: 9,000 words) Français. Deutsch.

Lula, from magician to sharp shooter

Lula is trying to break away from “his” Workers Party (PT) and to establish himself as a leader outraged by corruption. But the biggest bogey for Brazilian ‘progressismo’ is now the possibility that Lula himself could be arrested. Español, Portugués.

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.

Greeks and the world

This week has seen what many - both on the left and on the right in Greece – have termed a humiliating surrender to the combined force of the fiscal hawks in Northern Europe. But the debt crisis apart, how do ordinary Greeks view the outside world? Spanish.

The left returns to an old love – saying No to Europe

It is the politics of Europe’s current rulers that must be challenged, not the UK’s membership of the EU.

“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.

Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

Energy companies are exploiting "clean coal" myths to justify dirty developments and profit from lucrative subsidies.

Nonviolent resistance in Palestine: steadfastness, creativity and hope

"I don’t want my children to live my life. I’m looking for a future for my children and all children that is without occupation and violence. We have to have hope to resist.”

Democracy's dying days?

Political meritocracy distinguishes China's political system from other non-democratic political systems and is central to the country's success. Yet it continues to be misunderstood by western intellectuals. A response to Stein Ringen.

Uma rebelião grega

Ao que estamos a fazer frente na crise grega é a uma inacreditável corrupção moral a grande escala. English

La rebelión griega

A lo que estamos haciendo frente en la crisis griega es a una asombrosa corrupción moral a gran escala. English

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