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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies. Lithuanian (part1, part 2)

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: América Latina 2000-2015: un balance provisional

La gran insuficiencia de los líderes mesiánicos fue no haber entendido la raíz de su propia postura, tan latinoamericana, de no asumir que los ciclos se agotan inevitablemente.

President Macri’s perilous gambit

It is time not to open the Pandora Box of the “war on drugs” in Argentina. It is crucial that the United States avoid any signal in favor of such a strategy. Español

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

Divide and conquer: offer Jabhat al-Nusra access to the Syrian peace talks

Jabhat al-Nusra’s split from al-Qaeda offers the west a unique and crucial opportunity to create a fully inclusive and strengthened transition in Syria.

Erdogan and Gülen: two sides of the same coin

A response to an article in the Huffington Post appealing to Fethullah Gülen.

Regeni and cosmopolitanism: the false question of national belonging

"Where are you from? - Italy." "Ah, you have Regeni. We have thousands of Regeni in Syria."

The future of civil society in Erdoğan’s Turkey: between control and co-option

Methods of state repression include tactics such as excessive fining of independent organisations on the basis of questionable audits, and attacking organisations in the state media. Then there is state co-option.

“Minarets (and cell towers) are our bayonets”: reflections on the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey

"Finally on a TV appearance on July 30, Erdogan declared his desire to bring the vigils to an end with a massive rally in Yenikapi, Istanbul on August 7."

Lessons from the UK’s Chilcot Report for Turkey’s post-coup response

Chilcot says the state must put in place measures to systematically challenge the basic assumptions of the executive, however plausible they appear. No organ of the Turkish state can do that.

More than black and white: a report from Istanbul

A critical engagement with the question of the ‘right’ relationship between religion and politics, would immensely benefit analysis of the events in Turkey, as well as future European political decision-making.

HIV community condemns witch-hunt against civil society in India

It is imperative that Governments, while committing to ending AIDS by 2030, remain alive to the indispensable role of civil society organisations in creating sustainable change.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: El golpe en Brasil ya ha ocurrido

No se puede negar que Brasil está atravesando una grave crisis económica. Dilma Rousseff reacciona con las mismas políticas neoliberales que acusó a sus oponentes de querer llevar a cabo.

Stealing the spectacle

A new Polish xenophobia cannot be explained only by political economy, but also needs to be understood in terms of political aesthetics.

DemocraciaAbierta, primer año: selección Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

What we may expect from recent Wikileaks on Turkish politics

How is it that socio-political disruptions in Turkey consistently boost the power of the ruling party?

Fleeing Europe?

Europe’s dire politics of deterrence is leaving people in a social and legal limbo while others consider escaping what they had previously believed to be a place of safety and rights. 

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: La libertad de expresión para quien la trabaja

Carlos Payán, fundador de La Jornada en México, señala cuáles han sido las presiones que tuvo que enfrentar en su dilatada carrera de periodista.

Children’s centres and integration

Children’s centres in the United Kingdom are a perfect institution to stimulate contact between different groups and therefore help the integration of minorities.  

Poland welcomes internet filtering

Any limits set for free expression online must be traced in pencil, not in ink, and not, and this is particularly important - within a hastily drafted piece of legislation.

How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

La insurrección de Hanan Harawi

“Esta vida tiene todas las posibilidades, pero a veces sólo seguimos un camino vivido millones de veces con un discurso repetido durante eones. Ese es el problema.” Entrevista. English

Hanan Harawi’s insurrection

Independent publishing, poetry, the vivacious - perhaps cyclical - return of indigenous literature, and the current situation of Peruvian politics in relation to culture and literature. Interview. Español

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Did Erdoğan finally get his Gezi?

Could this be a win-win situation for Erdoğan and the AKP: able to enhance their power while reinstating their organic relationship with the people?

'Hollow' states: the presidents re-writing the rules to stay in power

Should he stay or should he go? When it comes to the president, it's the subject of heated debate in Burundi, Congo, DR Congo and Rwanda.

Brasil: normalização democrática, mas pouco entusiasmo

De acordo com as sondagens, a maioria dos Brasileiros acredita que a mudança de presidente marca o inicio de uma nova fase para o país. Español English

Brazil: democratic normalisation, but little enthusiasm

According to the opinion polls, a majority of Brazilians seem inclined to think that the presidential change marks the beginning of a new phase for the country. Español Português

Zones of turbulence in the wake of EU-Turkey’s migration agreement

The implementation of the EU-Turkey deal helps restore order to liberal markets and the political economy. The results of the deal are entirely to the detriment of the migrants affected. Who gains?

Far away view of Brexit

“To go to a referendum was curious… the UK has a regime of representative government that works to ensure that popular concerns have only limited impact on the conduct of government.”

Em matéria de direitos humanos, é o poder popular que pode fazer a diferença

Maltratado pelos Estados, o sistema de proteção dos direitos humanos na América Latina enfraqueceu. Temos que defender os defensores dos direitos humanos para que eles possam fazer o seu trabalho. English Español

When it comes to human rights, it is the power of the people that can achieve real change

Battered by the states, the protection of human rights system in Latin America has weakened. We need to defend the defenders so they can do their work.Español Português

En materia de Derechos Humanos, es el poder popular el que realmente puede lograr los cambios

Maltratada por los estados, la protección del sistema de derechos humanos en América Latina se ha debilitado. Tenemos que defender a los defensores para que puedan hacer su trabajo. English Português

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