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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The IMF abetted the European Union’s subversion of Greek democracy

Who was accountable and who is accountable to the Greek people? European handling of the Greek crisis takes economic colonialism to a twenty-first-century high-water mark.

The currency crisis in Argentina and the dawning of the IMF

The Argentine government has requested financial assistance from the IMF to tackle the consequences of a huge foreign exchange crisis. Doubts about the country's foreseeable future are re-emerging. Español

Naipaul: an abandoned child looks and relooks at the motherland

Naipaul always felt that his books would stand the test of time. But which of his books on India, after multiple visits to his ancestral land, will stand that test?

El fracaso del megacanal nicaragüense, una buena noticia para las comunidades indígenas

El proyecto del megacanal es muy revelador de cómo Daniel Ortega trata los asuntos públicos y en particular los que afectan de manera directa a las comunidades indígenas. English

Is the Nicaraguan mega-canal failure good news for indigenous communities?

The issue of the mega-canal project is very telling of how Nicaragua's ruler, Daniel Ortega, deals with public affairs, and particularly with indigenous communities. Español

Brexit disaster narrative: whose interest does it serve?

Underestimating one’s opponent and denying the possibility of the worst is not a sound political strategy.

Understanding the mainstreaming of the far right

It is essential to move beyond electoral politics to understand the way the far right is being mainstreamed. It involves asking, “ is there any such thing as public opinion” ?

Apropos of AMLO: It's time to leave behind the term "populism"

That the term populism has become so commonly used does not mean, however, that it is useful for those who want to understand our changing political reality. On the contrary, if anything the term hampers understanding of that reality. Español

A propósito de AMLO: es hora de dejar atrás el término “populismo”

La popularidad del concepto de populismo no significa que éste sea un término útil para quienes desean entender nuestra cambiante realidad política. Por el contrario, el término nos ayuda poco a entender esta realidad. English

Colombia: Regulating protests, organizing consciences

The incoming Colombian president has called for "leaving hatred behind" and "joining forces" to undertake a new chapter in Colombian political history. However, this unitary discourse results in an act of inevitable political coercion. Español

Reconocimiento colombiano a Palestina: el ángulo histórico

En noviembre de 1947, la comunidad internacional aprobó el despiece de Palestina para crear dos Estados como posible solución al conflicto entre los nacionalismos judío y árabe. Pero Colombia se abstuvo de la votación. English

Pacified politics or risk of disintegration? A race against time in Ethiopia

The dramatic changes of the last months have moved Ethiopia away from “the gates of hell ”, but all options are still on the table, from the worst to the best.

Greece, August 2018: a mid-term report from a Syriza MP

"Are the critics of Tsipras right?  This is the first government in a European crisis country that will complete its full term. Look at the facts."

A call for an international right of hospitality on World Humanitarian Day

In the current situation there is a crying need to limit the arbitrariness of States by confronting them with legitimate and internationally recognized counter-powers.

When liberals have had enough: a new wave of protests in Romania

Whereas the stereotypical pro-government voter consumes partisan local media; by contrast, the stereotypical protester in Bucharest owns an iPhone and reads international newspapers online.

Appeal from a political economist: the left internationalist case for a second referendum on Brexit

The critical consideration is the strategic interests of that sector of the global corporate and wealth elites who want the dissolution of the EU as a bulwark against unfettered capitalism.

The danger of nationalisms today: a four-part essay on the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us

Nationalisms of one kind or another have been with modern human society for centuries. Why write now to urge new attention to the current upsurge in nationalisms?

Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

BBC Diversity – getting through The Moral Maze

"This story starts with an invitation to appear as witness on “The Morality of Diversity” in the BBC Radio 4 “The Moral Maze” series, presented by Michael Buerk..."

No, the racial diversity of a country does not perfectly predict pro-immigrant attitudes

Given the political salience of immigration and how affected we are by our own perceptions of immigration, it is critical that we get the details right.

Theodor Adorno and the Prague Spring 1968

There was nearly society-wide consensus that as a power, the communist party could create a more democratic and humane society than those in western liberal capitalism.

Hungary and the end of democracy

Hungary has taken its leave of democracy and has transformed itself into a dictatorship.

The case of the Sarost 5: black holes of responsibility in the central Mediterranean

With EU states brushing away their responsibilities to provide a port of safety for people rescued at sea, weaker parties are left to deal with the consequences of this deadly approach.

The great Greek wildfires

With incentives for property speculators being as high as ever and budgets shrunk to a bare minimum, the Greek fire brigade might not have faced its hardest test yet.

América Latina: la región más mortífera para los defensores del medio ambiente

Más activistas medioambientales fueron asesinados en América Latina el año pasado que en cualquier otro lugar del mundo, según un nuevo informe de Global Witness. English

Latin America is the deadliest region for environmental activists

More land and environmental activists were killed in Latin America last year than anywhere else in the world, according to a new report by watchdog group Global Witness. Español

Multicultural Nationalism

Does multicultural nationalism represent the political idea and tendency most likely to offer a feasible alternative rallying point to monocultural nationalism?

Facebook and journalism. Part two

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

The neo-fascist moment of neoliberalism

How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an antifascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this “neo-fascist moment.”

Democracy eats its parents!

"If a principled yet powerful leader does emerge, he can only come from yesterday’s disempowered classes."

¿Golpe fallido en Nicaragua?

Aunque la presión internacional continúa, a mediados de julio quedó claro que, de momento, la oposición en Nicaragua no cuenta con el apoyo local suficiente para lograr sus objetivos. English

Nicaragua’s failed coup

While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. Español

How the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us is at work in Zionism and Brexit

The Monocultural National Us wreaks havoc all over the world. How do we loosen its grip on our imaginations, and what might this mean for the defence of our democracies? Pt.3 of 4.

Everything that is wrong is the fault of '68: regaining cultural hegemony by trashing the left

In the burgeoning literature on the populist right, smouldering resentment has so far not been sufficiently appreciated and expressed.

Arrests of women’s rights activists put Saudi Arabia on the wrong side of history

From Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, Muslim women’s movements for equality are increasingly interconnected – and unstoppable.

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