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Olly Huitson, Editor

Oliver Huitson is Co-Editor at OurKingdom and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

A security-led approach to climate change and complex emergencies not only fails to address the fundamental causes of these crises – it will often exacerbate them.

Brazil´s Worker´s Party narrative: lost in the neoliberal labyrinth

Since 2014, Dilma Roussef’s government has adopted a strategy of polarisation between “left” and “right”. Nevertheless, there is a huge gap between the administration’s “progressive” rhetoric and its neoliberal policies. Español. Português.

Leviathan comes to Beijing

What is the Communist Party of China? How can its true nature and use of power be grasped? For insight, look to the English 17th-century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes. 

Letter from Iran: diplomacy trumps hostility?

The signing of the accord and the eventual loosening of the shackles of sanctions is a remarkable exercise in peace-building through negotiation and diplomacy.

Chile’s dissatisfaction

The recent proliferation of corruption scandals show the sheer necessity of substantial reforms of the political system in Chile, if only to be able to get rid of the old Pinochet regime’s remaining ghost. Español

El Chile de la insatisfacción

La proliferación de casos de corrupción pone en evidencia la necesidad de acometer profundas reformas en el sistema político de Chile, que necesita dejar atrás la sombra alargada del régimen de Pinochet. English.

¿Independencia de quién? Elecciones existenciales en Cataluña

Cataluña parece a punto de convertirse en un laboratorio de la soberanía popular en la Europa poscrisis. English.

The rise of Puerto Rico’s ‘crisis-citizen’

Debate around Puerto Rican migration and political-economic problems heralds the emergence of a new ‘crisis-citizen’, compelled to lead the way into a better future, one individual at a time.

Politics and diplomacy in Turkey: time to talk

Beset by domestic and regional crises, Turkey has adopted a defensive posture where dialogue would be preferable.

México, verdades asesinas

El brutal asesinato del fotoperiodista Rubén Espinosa es la última de una larga serie de ejecuciones. Pero la comunidad internacional sigue malinterpretando las formas en que la violencia política se ejerce en México. English.

Mexico’s deadly truths

The brutal murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa is the latest in a long line of executions. But the international community continues to misunderstand the roots of Mexico’s political violence. Español.

Brasil: o relato do PT no labirinto neoliberal

Desde 2014, o governo de Dilma Rousseff forçou a polarização estratégica entre “a esquerda” e “a direita”. No entanto, entre seu relato progressista e a sua real politik neoliberal há um abismo. Español. English.

The politics of human rights and the United Nations

The one simple yet unanswered question in the United Nations versus Anders Kompass affair is - why? Is it because he did not accept the politicisation of human rights ?

Criminalising asylum-seeking in Ireland: the case of Walli Ullah Safi

The harsh institutional approach to asylum seeking in Ireland is indicative of a mentality that places a severe and punitive burden of proof upon the asylum seeker.

Rogue states and nuclear dangers

Who would be concerned by an Iranian deterrent? The answer is plain: the rogue states that rampage in the region, with the US and Israel in the lead.

Recolonising international law: Israel’s naval blockade against Gaza

Israel invokes the privileges of engaging in international armed conflict but denies Palestinians their corresponding entitlements under the same body of law. This is the colonial nature of Israel’s legal logic.

One year after the war: Gaza’s lost hopes

A letter from Gaza, describing the impossibility of getting back to 'normal' one year after the war. Real change is needed before it is too late.

From Calais to Kent, what is wrong with how we are talking about the migrant crisis?

Popular discourse on the current migration crisis is dangerous, divisive, and inaccurate since it describes migrants as enemies to fear rather than people to help.

Time to fight for disarmament

As national security becomes increasingly understood as the advancement of military technologies, the concept of disarmament has become little more than a Cold War relic. We must save it. 

The refugee crisis facing fortress Europe

The ‘humanitarianism’ of military control, detention, and deportation, will not solve the refugee crisis facing Europe. Substantial changes in thought and practice are desperately needed.

Women and the xenophobia narrative in South Africa

Women who are victims of xenophobia are seen as betraying their ‘nation’ by not conforming to their roles: and South African women are complicit in this narrative.

Morocco, tensions of progress

Morocco has avoided the violence and instability of neighbours to the west. But to build a more inclusive economy it still has a hard route to navigate.

Understanding Japan's collective trauma

The Japanese have been bound together by a collective experience of horror since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an experience reawakened by the impact of the Fukushima disaster.

The new war for the Middle East

ISIS has stepped opportunistically into the vacuum created by the absence of state, loss of shared narrative and feeble leverage of powers. But there may be a way ahead. A NOREF report.

Where did the anti-war movement go?

The spectacle of slaughter never ends, even if the only Americans watching are sometimes unnerved drone video analysts.

Cities of sanctuary

Possibilities for hope and solidarity arise when we stop viewing asylum seekers and refugees as 'burdens' and start seeing human beings. Moments of crisis also offer opportunities.

David Cameron’s hypocrisy on Muslim radicalization

If Cameron was serious about countering extremism, what better person to allow into the UK than Jeenah, who has much to say about the contributions of the west to the problem?

The siren song of financial realism

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe.

Three myths behind the case for Grexit: a destructive analysis

Any hope of a radical change in the economic direction of Europe requires international solidarity, and that solidarity in turn requires the euro.

European values and the Arab world

Maged Mandour

EU politicians can promote 'European' values by stopping their support for autocratic regimes, and by starting to ask tough questions about radicalisation.


A world free of fear and violence

The forcefulness of the 2030 Agenda´s commitment to preventing and reducing violence is surprising even for those who campaigned for their inclusion.

The problem with the 'women of ISIL'

Deeply problematic media narratives on Islam and women go unchallanged, distracting from the difficult questions and warping perceptions directly involved in justifying western military intervention in the Middle East.

Hungary’s refugee policy: fencing off the country

The rapidly increasing influx of asylum-seekers poses a huge challenge to Hungary. The government responds with a complete lack of solidarity, massive demagoguery and arm-twisting in Brussels. 

The false promise of Turkish democracy

In its first real test after the end of military control, Turkish democracy has failed. If democracy cannot keep its promise and bring peace, then what can?

Objectivity, neutrality and the call for virtuous anger in academe

The problem with this perception of academic research as objective, dispassionate and free from emotion runs deeper. Neutrality, especially in social sciences does not exist.

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