China and the embarrassment of western democracy

  The Chinese regime has had a good 2016 because it was a bad year for democracy. Official Chinese media and various commentators have made fun of the Brexit referendum in Britain and the Trump victory in the United States as Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

With a more enterprising Russia, cards are reshuffled in the Arab world

  In North Africa, Algeria and Egypt are indulging in a form of heavy lifting that pushes the United States and the European Union to the sidelines. Some observers will welcome these changes, others will deplore them. Nobody can dispute that Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

As the world turns towards the right: what future for the “refugee crisis”?

  The “refugee crisis” is portrayed as a new phenomenon plaguing Europe, but it is another episode in an old crisis of injustice and rights.   Welcome to Greece   Upon entering Greece’s Diavata refugee camp this past summer, I immediately noticed a warehouse, painted Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A humanist to the core

  António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.   Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Why the West Wing is a masterclass for would-be screenwriters

  What I ask first and foremost of TV drama is that it feel real and lived. Aaron Sorkin seems to have a faultless ear for how clever, busy people speak.   Known primarily for the writer Aaron Sorkin’s “walk and talk” dialogue, Thursday, December 29th, 2016

A silver lining in the gilded age of Trump

  The upsides of the United States presidential election, in seven points.   In the run-up to the presidential election of 2016, an unprecedented cross-section of the United States population seeking hope and change at any cost sent a defiant message to Uncle Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The war through Raqqa’s eyes

  A series of letters has imagined the outlook of a young ISIS operative on the long war. How accurate is his view?   This series of openDemocracy articles started very soon after 9/11. Its many hundreds of contributions since then have focused Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Highlighting Bangladesh in Tokyo

  Hiroko Koshino is a Japanese fashion designer of international fame. Items with her brand name are loved by fans in Paris, Milan, New York, London and other leading fashion cities around the world.   Born in Kashiwada, Osaka Prefecture, in 1937, Hiroko Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

End of the Empire?

  America does not have any empire like the ones Britain, France, Japan and others had. Yet, it has an empire no smaller than Britain’s and has remained the sole superpower since the end of the Soviet era. The US empire Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Honouring the brave: Bangladeshi civil society member among the awardees

  This week, France and Germany will be honouring brave women and men who are fighting for the rights of others throughout the world.   Maria da Penha from Brazil has used a wheelchair since being attacked by her husband in the 1970s, Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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