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Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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?

Unsafe Turkey, unsafe Europe

We need to look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows.

Post-conflict in Colombia (19) Uncertainty and fears after the war

After the signing of the peace agreements, doubts remain about their true reach in the context of the country's complex social and security situation. Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (19) Incertidumbre y temores después de la guerra

Tras la firma de los acuerdos de paz, persisten las dudas sobre su verdadero alcance ante la compleja situación social y de seguridad  en que se encuentra Colombia. English

Cambio desde abajo: unidos contra las “Leyes Mordaza” en España

La consecuencia más preocupante de las llamadas Leyes Mordaza en España es el temor de la población a ejercer sus libertades, en particular la libertad de expresión y de información. English

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: paz real en tiempos de guerras tramposas

Mientras se rumorea que un "nuevo Plan Cóndor" acecha en América Latina, Colombia podría necesitar en los próximos años algo más que una mirada de reojo de sus ensimismados vecinos. English

Um golpe contra a política

Ao retirar uma presidente eleita por razões evidentemente políticas, o impedimento da Dilma é um golpe contra a democracia. Español English

Why the real test for Colombia’s peace begins after the demobilization process

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleon Jimenez, leader of FARC, have formally signed a historic peace deal, hoping to end 52 years of civil war in Colombia. Español

Sports diplomacy: Bahrain’s martial arts venture distracts from human rights abuses

While the use of successful sporting events is a persuasive approach to international relations, it is limited in its ability to disguise Bahrain's true nature.

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

Un golpe a la brasileña

La destitución de la presidenta elegida, ostensiblemente por razones políticas, es un golpe contra la democracia. Português English

A very Brazilian coup

In removing the elected president for ostensibly political reasons, the impeachment of Dilma is a coup against democracy. Português Español 

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

Post-conflict in Colombia (18) Amnesty and pardon in the peace process

The complex system of justice created at the negotiating table in Havana will require a great deal of effort for its implementation to meet the expectations. Español Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (18): Amnistias e indultos no processo de paz

O sistema de justiça criado na mesa de negociações para prestar contas é complexo e exigirá um grande esforço para que a sua implementação cumpra as expetativas criadas. English Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (18) Amnistías e indultos en el proceso de paz

El sistema de justicia creado en la mesa de negociaciones para rendir cuentas es complejo y requerirá un gran esfuerzo para que su implementación cumpla las expectativas creadas. English Português

Progressivism, populism and the left in Latin America

Progressivism is a disputed concept in Latin America. Between the manipulation of the populist governments and the discomposure of the Left, there is little room for understanding what it means. Español

Progresismo, populismo y la izquierda en América Latina

El progresismo es un concepto discutido en América Latina. Entre la manipulación de los gobiernos populistas y el desconcierto de la izquierda, queda poco margen para entender qué significa. English

As cimeiras mundiais sobre migrações, de alto risco e grande transcendência

O resultado das cimeiras sobre os refugiados desta semana em Nova Iorque deveria consistir em partilhar responsabilidades, não em eludi-las ou modifica-las. Español English

Cumbres sobre migración global. Grandes expectativas, alto riesgo

El resultado de las cumbres de esta semana en Nueva York debería centrarse en compartir responsabilidades, no en eludirlas o en modificarlas. Português English

From "wear what you want" to reclaiming freedom, equality and solidarity

City activists across Europe have thrown beach parties against France’s burkini ban and the abuse of laïcité as a justification for the crackdown.

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.

Chile: the philosophical question

The global trend against humanities is hitting Chile, a country where thousands of students regularly take to the streets demanding not only free but better education. Español

Chile: la cuestión filosófica

La tendencia global contra las humanidades está llegando a Chile, un país donde miles de estudiantes salen regularmente a las calles exigiendo no sólo educación gratuita, sino mejor. English

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (17). Podem as FARC dedicar-se à política?

As FARC têm que aprender a fazer política sem armas. Depois de mais de 50 anos de guerra, este é o grande desafio ao que se enfrenta a Colômbia. Español English

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

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.

Being a Kurdish-Turkish mistake

As a Kurdish child, I grew up in Kirkuk under the Baath regime thinking I was an existential mistake: but I liked being a mistake. I still like being a mistake.

Troca de favores nas Nações Unidas

O candidato favorito para suceder a Ban Ki-Moon como Secretário Geral da ONU é o Ex primeiro-ministro português António Guterres. Mas o procedimento de eleição continua a ser pouco democrático. English Español 

Postconflict in Colombia (17). Can Colombia’s FARC turn to politics?

After more than 50 years of war, the FARC have to learn to do politics with no weapons. This is the great challenge facing Colombia. Português Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (17). ¿Pueden las FARC dedicarse a la política?

 Las FARC tienen que aprender a hacer política sin armas. Tras más de 50 años de guerra, este es el gran desafío al que se enfrenta Colombia. Português English

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