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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Months later, Saudi still silent on stranded migrants

Until Saudi Arabia takes ownership of the crisis, it will remain responsible for the egregious human rights abuses tens of thousands of migrants are forced to endure each day.

European net neutrality, at last?

Article 3 of the Regulation defined the legal foundations of net neutrality in the EU, including the operators' obligation to "treat all traffic equally."

Colombia, healing the rift

The peace process in Colombia has just suffered a huge blow. We should be thinking, with honesty and courage, how to start healing the rifts that the referendum has opened. Español Português

Fechar a brecha colombiana

O processo de paz na Colômbia acaba de sofrer um contratempo duríssimo. Temos que pensar, com honestidade e valentia, como fechar a brecha aberta. English Español

Starving Yemen

Is the forgotten war turning into a forgotten famine? What answers will we give when the next generation ask how we could watch these tragedies and do nothing?

Cerrar la brecha colombiana

El proceso de paz en Colombia acaba de sufrir un revés durísimo. Habrá que pensar, con honestidad y valentía, cómo empezar a cerrar la brecha abierta. English Português

From torture to de-radicalisation: towards public accountability of secret policies designed to prevent terrorism

To penetrate walls of official secrecy and eddies of highly selective information provision, civil society might use the proposed benchmark of accountability demands to help navigate this difficult area.

Colombia just voted no on its plebiscite for peace. Here’s why and what it means.

On Sunday, the Colombian people rejected the recent peace deal that the Colombian government had reached with the FARC after 52 years of civil war. Español

One year after the Kunduz hospital airstrike, we’re still bombing the hell out of humanitarianism

The wretched truth is that if the Geneva Conventions did not exist today, no one would invent them.

Note on Shimon Peres: from domination to hegemony and back again

The outpouring of grief following his departure represents global recognition of the cover provided by Peres.

Central and eastern Europe as playground of a conservative avant-garde

Central and eastern European hard right parties have more rapid success than their western counterparts, due to these countries’ subjection to the worst effects of neoliberalism and financialisation.

7 steps to education for democracy for all

Education should be an engine for democracy and not just for business, argues Democracy Matters participant in the World Forum for Democracy 2016 in Strasbourg this November.

Thai youthful thinking on education and democracy

A message from Thai youth to the World Forum for Democracy 2016 on ‘Democracy and equality – does education matter?’. Yes it does.

Anti-Immigration Referendum Sunday in Hungary

Our first major interview on openDemocracy was on the ‘Post-Fascism’ thesis recently expounded by the Hungarian philosopher in the year 2000. Here, Tamás regretfully revisits concept and reality. LeftEast interview. Serbo-Croat.

Post-humanitarianism in situ: Moria in flames

Did ultra-nationalist locals burn down the hotspot, was it the migrants themselves who did it, or was it the result of agent provocateur actions?

Unsafe Turkey, unsafe Europe

We need to look at the profound political, legal and ethical costs of reducing refugee flows.

Post-conflict in Colombia (19) Uncertainty and fears after the war

After the signing of the peace agreements, doubts remain about their true reach in the context of the country's complex social and security situation. Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (19) Incertidumbre y temores después de la guerra

Tras la firma de los acuerdos de paz, persisten las dudas sobre su verdadero alcance ante la compleja situación social y de seguridad  en que se encuentra Colombia. English

Cambio desde abajo: unidos contra las “Leyes Mordaza” en España

La consecuencia más preocupante de las llamadas Leyes Mordaza en España es el temor de la población a ejercer sus libertades, en particular la libertad de expresión y de información. English

European refugees and Twitter

The political parties, professions and media that were registered as the most active in the Twitter storm #DiaMundialdelosRefugiados were those from the centre left.

Peace is possible… if we remember 4 lessons

By 2014, people were fighting 40 wars, with terrorism reaching an all-time high and battle deaths reaching a 25-year high. As International Peace Day passes, what lessons are there?

Colombia: paz real en tiempos de guerras tramposas

Mientras se rumorea que un "nuevo Plan Cóndor" acecha en América Latina, Colombia podría necesitar en los próximos años algo más que una mirada de reojo de sus ensimismados vecinos. English

Um golpe contra a política

Ao retirar uma presidente eleita por razões evidentemente políticas, o impedimento da Dilma é um golpe contra a democracia. Español English

Why the real test for Colombia’s peace begins after the demobilization process

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleon Jimenez, leader of FARC, have formally signed a historic peace deal, hoping to end 52 years of civil war in Colombia. Español

Sports diplomacy: Bahrain’s martial arts venture distracts from human rights abuses

While the use of successful sporting events is a persuasive approach to international relations, it is limited in its ability to disguise Bahrain's true nature.

Israel’s right to exist

The reason why the claimed ‘right to exist’ is problematic is a question of definition, not of dematerialisation. A reply to Mary Davis’ reply.

Un golpe a la brasileña

La destitución de la presidenta elegida, ostensiblemente por razones políticas, es un golpe contra la democracia. Português English

A very Brazilian coup

In removing the elected president for ostensibly political reasons, the impeachment of Dilma is a coup against democracy. Português Español 

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

While a "new Condor Plan" is rumoured to be stalking the region, Colombia might need more than a sideways glance from self-absorbed neighbours in the years to come .Español

Post-conflict in Colombia (18) Amnesty and pardon in the peace process

The complex system of justice created at the negotiating table in Havana will require a great deal of effort for its implementation to meet the expectations. Español Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (18): Amnistias e indultos no processo de paz

O sistema de justiça criado na mesa de negociações para prestar contas é complexo e exigirá um grande esforço para que a sua implementação cumpra as expetativas criadas. English Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (18) Amnistías e indultos en el proceso de paz

El sistema de justicia creado en la mesa de negociaciones para rendir cuentas es complejo y requerirá un gran esfuerzo para que su implementación cumpla las expectativas creadas. English Português

Progressivism, populism and the left in Latin America

Progressivism is a disputed concept in Latin America. Between the manipulation of the populist governments and the discomposure of the Left, there is little room for understanding what it means. Español

Progresismo, populismo y la izquierda en América Latina

El progresismo es un concepto discutido en América Latina. Entre la manipulación de los gobiernos populistas y el desconcierto de la izquierda, queda poco margen para entender qué significa. English

As cimeiras mundiais sobre migrações, de alto risco e grande transcendência

O resultado das cimeiras sobre os refugiados desta semana em Nova Iorque deveria consistir em partilhar responsabilidades, não em eludi-las ou modifica-las. Español English

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