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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Kurdish struggles and the challenge of foreign support: the case of Syrian Kurds

What needs discussing critically is the historical and structural reasons that would leave a revolutionary movement with no option but to ask for help from virtually whoever offers it.

Resisting Trumpism

How best to oppose fascism and populism? A lesson of history is that the left needs unity and democracy in order to win.

Conflict prevention: will the United Nations return to its roots?

The secretary general is an advocate for reform. But change will not be easy and the case of Bosnia shows how complex peacebuilding can be.

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?

US cross-border data deal could open surveillance floodgates

Internet users should assess whether their domestic system would adequately prevent their government from abusing the arrangement, and whether local law enforcement can be held accountable.

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.

Power relations in New Turkey and the naked truth

The power holders have almost unrestricted control over people’s freedoms and lives, as well as over how they perceive reality.

Ethnic cleansing and the price of silence

For years Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar by any means possible. It is time to re-examine theses advanced by Arendt and Staub, taking the role of bystanders far more seriously.

Participatory democracy in emerging contexts: Fiji and Nepal

“They used to insist that they were sufficiently conversant with the issues. How would they know unless they discuss with us, or at least ask us?”

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.

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

DiEM25: A historic moment for the international progressive movement?

DiEM25 needs to create a Janus-faced, progressive union out of the cooperation of every individual – individuals who in turn need to willingly relax their egos for the bigger cause.

Critical voices in critical times: Fanon, race & politics - an interview with Mireille Fanon-Mendès France (part 1 of 2)

Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, activist, scholar, and daughter of Frantz Fanon, talks about the enduring relevance of his ideas and passions in contemporary political life.

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.

A Treatise on European Government: on a constitution and the transnational

This treatise on constitutional European government is linked to the first on the EU treaties: outlining the foundations for a transnational constitution as the keystone for a 'second Reformation of Europe'. (Long - 13,000 words)

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.

Kumamoto enfrenta o PRI: #SinVotoNoHayDinero

O Congresso de Jalisco reduzirá o financiamento aos partidos políticos. O movimento liderado por Pedro Kumamoto agora está buscando que a campanha #SinVotoNoHayDinero (Sem voto não há dinheiro) seja também uma realidade nos outros estados do México. Español English

Kumamoto se enfrenta al PRI: #SinVotoNoHayDinero

El Congreso de Jalisco recortará el financiamiento a los partidos políticos. El movimiento encabezado por Pedro Kumamoto busca ahora que #SinVotoNoHayDinero sea una realidad en los demás estados de México. English Português

Kumamoto vs. the Mexican parties of the establishment: #SinVotoNoHayDinero

The Congress of Jalisco will cut down the financing of political parties. The movement led by Pedro Kumamoto is now trying to make #SinVotoNoHayDinero a reality in other Mexican states. Español Português

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.

A Treatise on European Government: on the international and the problems of the treaties

This treatise on constitutional European government has been prepared for a DiEM25 debate. The argument here for moving beyond the 'international', is based on a critique of the EU treaties. (Long - 6,000 words)

Las “supermanzanas” de Barcelona, ¿un desafío radical a la ciudad neoliberal?

Las supermanzanas barcelonesas, ¿desafían la voracidad, la desigualdad y la capacidad de destrucción de la ciudad neoliberal, o simplemente mitigan sus efectos? English

Are Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

Do superblocks challenge the voracity, inequality and capacity for destruction of the neoliberal city, or simply mitgate its effects? Español

Nuclear weapons modernised as nations prepare to ban them

DiEM25 calls on all European nations to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty as a matter of human survival.

A crack in history? – a conversation between two recent UK Labour party recruits

We need to find a way to build political movements that make space for difficult questions, for diversity, for ambivalence. But how?

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 

Show me the money: the fight for funding and accountability for women’s rights

Aid donors, governments and the United Nations have made many commitments to gender equality. Their actions have been less impressive.

Squeezing civil society hurts India’s economy and democracy

India played a key moral role in international affairs during the anti-colonial struggles and as a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement during the cold war. What happened then?

Scandinavian Nazis on the march again

The past four years in Norway give the lie to Norwegian political analysts proclaiming that a populist right-wing party in power acts as a brake on rising right-wing extremism.

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.

Charlottesville, far-right rallies, racism and relating to power

The term 'alt-right' is appropriate for a loose movement able to mainstream white nationalism and fascism and make them part of popular culture, the media landscape and the national dialogue.

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.

Strikes, protests and Egyptian nights of curfew

A conversation about journalism and research in times of uprising and repression on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Rabaa massacre.

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