only search openDemocracy.net

This week's editor

“Sunny

Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Mass rapes to mass protests: violence against women in 2016

Impunity for violence against women remains a massive problem. Donald Trump hasn’t helped.

Round the clock control in Diyarbakir

The state will also try to put those into high positions who are close to the government or available to switch alliances. In other words: divide and rule.

In the Netherlands, the populist battle plays out over a Christmas figure

Wilders’s Freedom Party has held a consistent lead in the polls for over a year, and is now running head to head with Prime Minister Rutte’s party.

Resisting the movement of control

We must fight for more transparency, and against technologies of decision-making. We cannot not do it. But this is not enough. We must learn the language of becoming other. A Tacit Futures interview.

Fidel Castro's legacy: Cuban conversations

From the archive: first published in February 2008. "What comes after Fidel" is a well-worn topic of op-eds, but the focus should be on an assessment of the character – a combination of the institutional, political, and personal – of the Cuban revolutionary experience as a whole.

Libyan political agreement: recipe for peace or disaster?

The United Nations-brokered Libyan political agreement has failed to bear any fruits thus far because it does not address the root causes of the Libyan crisis and only adds to its complexity.

The many sides of Jack London

Speaking to us 100 years after his death, in the era of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, Jack London’s late novels make a fascinating spectacle of their author’s ‘white fragility’.

Coal ash contamination in Puerto Rico

Massive arrests in protests against fugitive coal ash contamination in Puerto Rico are yet another example of highly contaminating corporation’s impunity in the Americas. Español

Contra las cenizas del carbón en Puerto Rico

Arrestos masivos en protestas contra la contaminación de cenizas de carbón ejemplifican una creciente impunidad de las empresas contaminantes en las Américas. English 

Water rights and the peace process in Colombia

The vision of a future national territory completely full of mining, monoculture, and hydroelectric dams is a real one, and one that the current laws are on their way to realising

Trump, Putin, and the new Middle East

The election of Trump will give second wind to autocrats in the region as well as create space for the growth of Russian influence.

The two-state solution: what Europe must do and why

Despite chaos elsewhere in the region, resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict remains urgent for its own sake. International Humanitarian Law should be rigorously applied before any negotiation.

A visit to the West Bank

The West Bank has witnessed an upsurge in violence over the past year while the construction of settler colonies continues apace, but there may be hope in the BDS movement.

Eleições 2016 no Brasil: quem controla mais recursos locais a partir de 2017?

O poder que adquiriram determinados partidos nas recentes eleições municipais, assim como a queda do PT, antecipa mudanças importante a nível estatal e federal. English Español

Thank you Mr. Trump, the unifier

A letter to President-elect Trump, thanking him for unifying progressive voices from all corners of the world by winning this election.

Drones, Baby, Drones

Drama going beyond journalism at the Arcola theatre in London, until 26 November, Box Office: 0207 503 1646

Hidden Warfare 2: Drones

In an attempt to give them a better image, the British MoD has renamed them Protector rather than Predator.

Three scenarios for endorsing the new Peace Agreement with the FARC

After the setback of the peace referendum in Colombia, a new negotiation has quickly led to a new agreement. Avoiding mistakes is key to its endorsement. Español

Ethiopia’s crisis

Things fall apart: will the centre hold?

Ripping back the veil: an interview with Arun Kundnani

Trump promises politics in its naked form: the seizure of power for his clan, and be damned with all the rest. As the centre ground collapses, we must not cling to it. 

Trump's first steps on Israel / Palestine

Free advice for Trump from a fellow American citizen and Palestinian who lives and works under Israeli military occupation.

Iraq’s Kurdistan government needs a public debate on independence

To win the argument and battle for the Kurdistan state, it is more important to win the support of the Kurdish people than to win the consent of the superpowers.

Mexico in helplessness, from Tlatelolco to Ayotzinapa

The Mexican State does not protect its citizens against criminals, nor does it care much for them as victims – to say the least. It all started, arguably, in 1968. Interview. Español

Why protesting Obama after Trump's victory makes so much sense

Trump is the logical culmination of a culture: the narrator of a democratic apparatus that has come to conceal itself behind the mother of all TV shows: the US Presidency.”

US drone base in Tunisia: expanding a borderless war against terror to North Africa

By normalising the use of drones, the US might be planting a seed that people in the Arab world reject: the seed of arbitrariness.

Trump´s presidency and climate change

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States may provide China the opportunity to take over the leadership of the battle against climate change. Español Português

So what is the purpose of education?

"After a year, in the fall of 2013, I wanted to investigate the possibility of working towards being Minister of Education."  Simone Haenen told her story at the World Forum for Democracy 2016.

With the future of liberal democracy hanging in the balance, what next?

While the results of the US election should be respected, Democrats (and liberals everywhere) must rapidly begin organizing to push back. There is simply too much at stake.

Trump can't simply delete a dangerous campaign

Attacking your opponent is one thing during the campaign, but attacking entire groups has far-reaching effects that do not get ‘deleted’ so quickly.

Class, Trump, Brexit, and the decline of the West

In politics, long-term socio-economic trends and global shifts matter more than often overstated ‘progressive’ discourses about equality, progress and freedom.

My 350 on Donald Trump: reinventing global public organisations

“The recent election result in the US should serve as a call for re-invention for many of these organisations.”

Gold plated populism: Trump and the end of the liberal order

Four years after Romney lost to Obama, Trump, travelling in a private plane with a gold-plated bathroom, has been embraced by the working class as a man of the people.

Amidst Trumpian disorder, China eyes up its opportunity

Mao once observed, “everything under heaven is in utter chaos. The situation is excellent!” Will China prosper in the era of president Trump?

Soft or hard Brexit: do the UK’s political parties know what they want?

On the single market, Labour, the Tories, and UKIP, appear to agree: good access to the single market not membership of it - in disagreement with the SNP, LibDems and Greens.

Lebanon's foreign minister shouldn't celebrate Trump. Here's why

Lebanon should not celebrate any foreign president or leader who espouses “poisonous rhetoric” that affects a large portion of its population.

Syndicate content