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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Sahel: north-west Africa’s security weakest link

In addition to terrorism, the Sahel faces a host of thorny intertwined issues, which if not dealt with could plunge the region into chaos.

Targeted killings through drones are war crimes

The threat that terrorists pose to US interests and security did not create killing drones: rather the technical feasibility of killing drones has generated imagined terrorist threats. Book review.

Human rights at the World Forum for Democracy 2015

The Council for Europe's commissioner for human rights warns that Europe’s new security-oriented turn restricts fundamental human rights, a success for terrorists who want us to abandon our lifestyle and live in fear. Short interview.

Can the Saudi-led coalition win the war in Yemen?

Those deciding for war in March 2015 gave little thought to Yemeni realities, military, logistic, topographic, social or political, human cost, or an exit strategy. But questions are being raised.

Fujimori bis

Keiko Fujimori,  hija del ex dictador peruano encarcelado por corrupción, ha estado haciendo campaña desde que perdió las elecciones en 2011. Representa el populismo derechista más fuerte de América Latina. English

Fujimori 2.0

Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former Peruvian dictator, today imprisoned for corruption, has been campaigning since she lost in 2011. She now represents the strongest right-wing populism in Latin America. Español

Emotion and protest in Turkey: what happened on 19 January, 2007?

Those gathering spontaneously after the assassination of Hrant Dink have been part of the Gezi movement — in a non-violent way, manifesting their desire to be the Subjects of their own lives.

Will booming India topple China in Latin America?

Much like China since the turn of the century, India is increasingly looking overseas for raw materials to fuel its breakneck growth. Español Português

A Índia desbancará a China na América Latina?

Desde o início do século, assim como a China, sua rival econômica na Ásia, a Índia tem olhado cada vez mais para fora em busca de matérias-primas para alimentar seu crescimento vertiginoso. Español English

The streets are talking a lot, but democracy advances very little

Participation in Brazil has grown, but so far it has not come with an increase in democratic quality through a more consistent public debate or a better functioning political system. Español Português

Hablan las calles, pero la democracia avanza poco

La participación en Brasil aumentó, pero hasta ahora no se ha traducido en una mejora de la calidad democrática, en un debate público más consistente o en un sistema político más funcional. Português English

As ruas falam, mas a democracia avança pouco

A participação no Brasil cresceu, mas até agora não se combinou com a elevação da qualidade da democracia, com um debate público mais consistente ou com o melhor funcionamento do sistema político. Español English

‘Policed multiculturalism’ and predicting disaster

Counter-radicalisation in France draws on British and Dutch policies developed in the mid-2000s. It extends police action to areas of diversity management such as education, religion and social policy. With what results? Interview.

The struggles that turn around the Brazilian crisis

A time of crisis is also an opportunity to create something new. The Free Pass Movement is contributing to turn the negativity of the crisis into the positivity of democratic innovation. Español Português

Las luchas por darle la vuelta a la crisis brasileña

Los momentos de crisis son también oportunidades para crear algo nuevo. El Movimiento Pase Libre es una buena contribución para convertir la negatividad de la crisis en positividad de innovación democrática. Português English

A luta para dar a volta à crise brasileira

Os momentos de crise são também oportunidades para criar algo novo. O Movimento Passe Livre é uma boa contribuição para converter a negatividade da crise em positividade de inovação democrática. Español English

Peace: a meaningless concept?

Netanyahu and suicide bombers represent two sides of the same coin; both lethal and unstoppable.

Reengineering democracy in Portugal

It is time to rethink Portugal´s democratic blueprint. Ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections, the real debate should focus on the urgent break with the current semi-presidentialist system. Español Português

Limpieza social en El Salvador

En el país más violento del mundo, la juventud se mata entre ella, el Estado está en pie de guerra, y los asesinatos extrajudiciales siguen en aumento. Esto no puede continuar así. English

Repensar la democracia en Portugal

Ha llegado el momento de repensar las bases de la democracia portuguesa. Ante las elecciones presidenciales, el verdadero debate está en la necesidad urgente de ruptura con el actual sistema semi-presidencialista. English Português

Redesenhar a democracia em Portugal

Chegou o momento de repensar as bases do sistema democrático em Portugal. Perante a proximidade das próximas eleições presidenciais, o debate real deveria centrar-se numa urgente rutura com o atual sistema semipresidencialista. Español English

Macri and the judges

By deciding to unilaterally fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court of National Justice by decree, adducing necessity and urgency, the new Argentine president is at odds with his electoral promises. Español.

Macri y los jueces

Al decidir designar de forma unilateral, vía decreto de necesidad y urgencia, a dos magistrados en la Corte Suprema de Justicia Nacional, el nuevo presidente argentino contradice sus promesas electorales. English.

Sur: urban renewal in the Southeast Anatolian war zone

While the Turkish government claims that all original residents will be able to return to Sur, it is likely that, similar to what happened in New Orleans, many of those who have fled will not come back.

Smear campaign against Academics for Peace

A peace manifesto circulated by many Turkish academicians against the political war being conducted by the Turkish Government in the Kurdish region of Turkey has prompted a severe reaction. 

The re-emergence of social cleansing in El Salvador

In the most violent country in the world, youth is killing youth, the state is in a state of war and extrajudicial killings are on the rise. This cannot continue unabated. Español.

The open source city as the transnational democratic future

Open source local government is the first step towards scaling up new public policy spheres and interwoven citizen practices that can make neoliberalism unnecessary. Español

Multi-stakeholder governance: a corporate push for a new global governance

The World Economic Forum wants to elevate annual Davos and regional multi-stakeholder meetings and experimental forms in multi-stakeholder governance into a new form of global governance. Is this an advance?

The battle for neoliberal hegemony: an interview with Nancy Fraser

The conditions of working-class people in the global north are converging with the conditions of the global south.

How to fight impunity in Mexico

The assassination of social activists, human rights militants, journalists and politicians in Mexico is a continuing criminal affair. It feeds on the total impunity that the government guarantees its partners. Español

Contra la impunidad en México

El asesinato de activistas sociales, defensores de derechos humanos, periodistas y políticos sigue alimentándose de la impunidad que el gobierno mexicano garantiza a sus asociados delincuentes. English

Rebuilding Kobanê

A report from the war-torn city of Kobanê about the people trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed.

Between Trump and Baghdadi

Maged Mandour

Backwards looking politics is a malaise affecting both the west and east. It breeds violence as global elites clamber to maintain their grip on power.


Turkish academics deserve solidarity: the fight for academic freedom is global

One can only conclude that the Turkish Government’s heavy-handed reaction to petitions supporting arrested academics is the continuation of a wider trend of restricting civil liberties and freedom of speech.

Escaping ISIS, facing insecurity

A first-hand account of a family's escape from an ISIS-held village, only a few kilometres from the front line with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

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