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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Perguntas velhas, respostas novas

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English Español 

Can the Kurds pull off Kurdexit?

Iraqi Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani and former Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari share their thoughts about the upcoming referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

A distribuição em massa de tudo

A inovação não é uma opção: é uma necessidade - para melhorar o que fazemos e ter um papel a desempenhar no contexto da economia líquida. English Español

La distribución masiva de todo

La innovación no es una opción: es una necesidad – para mejorar lo que hacemos y tener un papel que desempeñar en el contexto de la economía líquida. English Português

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

América Latina: mais além da representação

A investigadora brasileira Thamy Pogrebinschi, sediada no Berlin Social Science Center, conversa com a DemocraciaAbierta dias antes da apresentação do projecto de investigação LATINNO, em Berlim, no dia 26 de Junho. Entrevista. English Español

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Macron and absolute responsibility

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

Cidades e democracia: novas geografias e novas geometrias

Libertemos a nossa forma de ver a realidade, aprofundemos novos olhares e enfoques, e teremos novas ideias e perspectivas para os problemas de gestão do bem comum. English Español

América Latina: democracia más allá de la representación

La investigadora brasileña Thamy Pogrebinschi, con sede en el WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), conversa con DemocraciaAbierta días antes de la presentación del proyecto de investigación LATINNO, en Berlín, en el 27 de junio. Entrevista. English Português

Latin America: democracy beyond representation

WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)-based Brazilian researcher Thamy Pogrebinschi talks to DemocraciaAbierta ahead of LATINNO’s research project presentation in Berlin, on the 27th of June. Interview. Español Português

15M, seen from the day after tomorrow

"Excuse me: It's not just that this left-right axis misrepresents me, it's also that I’m interested in the bottom-up one too, and I don't just want justice, I also want freedom." Interview Español

Warriors (of different sort) first

It is not that Washington should be more alert about what happens in the world; it is the world that should be concerned with what is going on in the United States. Español

“Guerreros primero” en la América de Trump

No es que Washington deba estar más pendiente de lo que sucede en el mundo; es el mundo el que debería estar preocupado por lo que está pasando en los Estados Unidos. English

100º aniversário de Roa Bastos: a sua reflexão sobre o poder continua vigente

A América Latina teve em Roa Bastos um escritor independente empenhado na causa dos abandonados pela história, numa terra que parece apaixonada pelo infortúnio. Español 

Behind The Saudi-Qatari spat and the fragmentation of the GCC

The sanctions on Qatar aim to force the government of Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to alter its foreign policy – particularly regarding its warming relations with Iran.

Mental help: the story of Gaza’s trauma unit

Palestine has the highest rate of mental health disorders in the MENA region. Even though resources are limited, there are incredible people fighting for mental health in Gaza. 

Lebanon in the eye of the regional storm

Hizbollah’s proven armed capability in Syria, Israel’s perceived political defeat in 2006, coupled with a possible US and Saudi green light, may make confrontation inevitable.

El 15M, visto desde Pasado Mañana

Lo que el 15M dice es: “perdonen ustedes: no me acaba de representar este eje derecha izquierda, me interesa también el abajo arriba, y no sólo quiero justicia, quiero también libertad”. Entrevista. English

"A ideologia serve para desviar a atenção para algumas coisas, enquanto acontecem outras”

A hegemonia das corporações de média no Brasil é um fenómeno que não tem precedentes na história do país. Não existem notícias equilibradas, livres de manipulação. Entrevista. English Español

“La ideología sirve para desviar la atención hacia algunas cosas, mientras suceden otras”

La hegemonía de las corporaciones de medios en Brasil es un fenómeno que no tiene antecedentes en la historia del país. No hay noticias equilibradas, exentas de manipulación. Entrevista. English Português

"Ideology can be used to divert attention towards some things, while other things are happening"

The hegemony of media corporations in Brazil is a phenomenon that has no precedent in the country's history. There are no balanced, manipulation-free news. Interview. Español Português

Sanctuary and refuge cities

At Fearless Cities –  we catch up with the Coordinator of the Refuge City Plan of Barcelona City Council, and two fellow panellists, activists from Berlin, Germany and Philadelphia, USA.

“We Europeans have to take our fate into our own hands”

The European Union was a creation of an outstanding generation of politicians. Saving it demands our current generation to rise to a new challenge. The European project was – and will always remain – a choice.

Why the UK’s hung parliament is an opportunity for constructive Europeans

The reality is that after this election any UK government will be a weak one: no matter whether the cabinet is led by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. There are opportunities here.

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards. First published on September 19, 2016.

Cambio de guardia en Ecuador

Lenin Moreno tomó el relevo de Rafael Correa prometiendo continuar las políticas de su predecesor. Pero su tarea, tanto desde el punto de vista político como económico, no será fácil. English

The changing of the guard in Ecuador

Lenin Moreno took office on May 24, pledging to continue the policies of his predecessor Rafael Correa. But he faces a tough job, both politically and economically. Español

The surreal ‘grand coalition’ against Iran

The open manifestation of an ‘American-Sunni’ coalition against Iran with huge anti-Shia intonations does nothing to promote peace, stability and coexistence in the region.

Of sacred cows and profane men

The cow has highlighted religious, regional, social and cultural differences. Some humans have been killed in the name of the cow.

Four dilemmas facing Britain – as others see it

What is Britain's place in tomorrow's world? – a hugely important issue for a nation that, until seven decades ago, was a global empire.

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up.

Treinta y seis años después, el juicio por las masacres de El Mozote puede cambiar la historia de El Salvador

La reapertura del caso de El Mozote trae una oportunidad histórica en la búsqueda de la verdad y justicia, el Estado y la Fiscalía deben estar a la altura del desafío
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