Letting corporations sue governments for changing laws may be common, it's not good

Around the world, countries are rejecting exactly the kinds of dispute mechanisms that the EU/US trade deal is trying to foist on us.

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Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Five lessons Britain must learn from the botched privatisation of asylum housing

A Parliamentary watchdog reports on the dangerous consequences of an ill-conceived, badly planned and poorly executed rush to privatise

Allowing corporations to sue governments for changing their laws may be common, but it's not good

Around the world, countries are rejecting exactly the kinds of dispute mechanisms that the EU/US trade deal is trying to foist on us.

Rana Plaza: the struggle continues

A year after the huge loss of mainly-female Bangladeshi garment workers’ lives at Rana Plaza, unions are still fighting for compensation for the victims, safety at work and a living wage

Will Labour defend the NHS from the EU/US trade deal?

Andy Burnham and John Healey's statments on the risks to the NHS of the trade deal between the EU and the US seem at odds. Labour should be speaking clearly for the NHS.

Syria: when representational violence is as ruthless as political violence

Our representations of what happens in Syria contribute to the ongoing violence. The rhetoric allows the self-nominated international community to rationalise an ongoing structure of suffering, done with the best of intentions.

Sudanese university students demand a campus free of violence

In a courageous and unique act of collective action, students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan have gone on strike to protest the killing of a fellow student; demanding justice and a campus free of violence. Will their demands be met?

Algeria post-election: The democratic struggle continues

Steadfast in the face of a witch-hunt and physical attacks against their members, the Barakat citizen's movement will not give up the call for peaceful democratic transition, Karima Bennoune reports on the post-election challenges that lie ahead.

Well-being is more than a side-show to neoliberal economics

Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important goals than simply increasing the size of the economy. To this end, new data shows that stability is better than growth.

Strengthening the anti-fascist movement in Greece

An anti-fascist festival in Athens earlier this month brought activists from across Greece and Europe together to build solidarity and co-ordinate resistance against Golden Dawn. Niki Seth-Smith reports on the debates on sexism, homophobia, fascist attacks, gender roles, and much more .

The paradox of religion and rights

While religion is foundational to human rights, it is also problematic. Broad concepts of religion often obscure identity and hide an imperialistic organization of the world. How, then, can we understand religion as more than an external social category that only protects theoretical rights, rather than lived realities?

A moment of honesty is required - New Labour began the dismantling of our NHS

Labour must pledge that it believes hospitals and community health services should be publicly owned, publicly run and publicly accountable, writes Kailash Chand OBE.

Patients occupy threatened mental health clinic, some signs of victory?

A seven-week occupation of a Cambridge NHS mental health clinic in Britain threatened with closure is having more success than past campaigning - is this the way forward?

We must find ways to devolve economic power

If Labour wish to decentralise power, they must accept that ownership matters: the alternative is a continued shift of power  - and two recent books show the road forwards.

Old nation, new age

When it comes to countries in the modern world, is bigger really better?

Sectarian strife in Luton town

Why did an ad in a local British paper create such a furore?

Nelson Mandela’s ‘I Am Prepared To Die’ speech fifty years on

April 20, 2014, marks the fiftieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock at Rivonia. What is the legacy of that trial? What does it mean for South Africans and for all those who struggle today?

Elections in Indonesia: long-term lessons for democratisation after regime change

Recent Indonesian electoral politics offer significant lessons for other Muslim nations which are grappling with the often contentious transition towards a "post-Islamic" democratic form of governance.

When personal becomes political: matrimony and the Indian political class

In a nation where politics is a family business, the marital status of politicians assumes tremendous significance. The recent commotion over the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate merely reinforces the double standards and inherent bias of India's patriarchal and caste system. 

Why are so many children in the UK going hungry?

More children in UK rely on food aid than ever before.  What chance of tackling the complexities of poverty if the government is not even working to prevent children from going hungry?

Elections and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Election season has a sinister twist in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska.  Erasure and ethnic cleansing carried out during the war is re-enacted through obstacles on the right of refugees to return.