What hope for Labour and the left?

To understand what a Corbyn win would mean, we need to understand what happened in the 80s. Labour must start building beyond the party – it must be part of broader social currents.

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Jeremy Corbyn. Flickr/Chris Beckett. Some rights reserved.

What hope for Labour and the left?

To understand what a Corbyn win would mean, we need to understand what happened in the 80s. Labour must start building beyond the party – it must be part of broader social currents.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Jeremy Corbyn. Flickr/Chris Beckett. Some rights reserved.

This week's editor

En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is a submissions editor at openDemocracy.

Egypt's military economy

The army, now in government with international support, is increasing its economic power and is free to impose the conditions it deems suitable.

Homelessness in Manchester – the problem and the solution

Manchester city council has plenty of means by which to address its homeless crisis - it is just choosing not to.

Transforming the lives of women in trouble

Jobs, safe housing, childcare support. That’s what women need. Not prison.

A sad farewell - New Left Project closes

New Left Project has closed. Here the editors offer some parting reflections on their experiences running the site.

Jihadists and activists: Tunisian youth five years later

Refocusing attention on activist youth helps clarify the complexity of this historical moment we have variably called the 'Arab Spring' or 'Arab Awakening'.

A tale of two parks: a conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey

... Nor Zartonk [New Awakening] the recently emerged leftwing Armenian youth association was there in Gezi Park. And they were one of the main actors in Gezi. They had a tent and when you entered the commune the first thing you saw was Nor Zartonk... From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between ngo’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Tweeting Squares and Beyond

Get your overview of the event here: Squares and Beyond storified.

Participatory representation: an interview with Paolo Gerbaudo

For too long we have regarded participation and representation as mutually exclusive concepts. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Believing women's narratives in Sweden and Norway

Too often women's oppression is sidelined as a lesser cause, and women's experiences dismissed, as two cases in Sweden and Norway show.

Renewing the Latin American connection

All the countries of those sitting around this table were born in genocide. In the case of Brazil, we were the world champion of slavery. So we are based on that! Sweet but violent. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Learning from social movement failure

I think we see four different pathways to failure in the Arab uprisings which are well worth examining… From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Solidarity needs to be infectious: a conversation between activists in Greece and Scotland

On the eve of the 2015 Greek bailout referendum, Robin McAlpine of Scotland’s Common Weal and researcher Christina Psarra from Greece, sat down to discuss radicalized generations, alternative spaces, and the need for solidarity. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Protests of the marginalised: an interview

A glimpse of refugee movements in Berlin and Los Angeles. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Getting ahead of ourselves: interview with an anti-TTIP activist

"What I am doing is fighting enclosure. This way of objectifying reality, of not being ‘with’ things, not being with nature, not being with the earth, not being with the ‘other’…" From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

A taste of Squares and Beyond

A medley of voices from the Day Two debrief on the LSE seminar. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Are humanitarian aid and professional ambition mutually exclusive?

The professionalization of human rights organizations is only effective if management adapts their strategies. An amateur mentality simply will not work. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on internationalizing human rights organizations. Français

Window on the Middle East - July 28, 2015

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. 

The overwhelming whiteness of Portland's World Naked Bike Ride

Seeing a mass of drunk and high naked white people celebrating their newfound liberty with police officers standing guard is a slap to the face. 

No broadcaster is an island

The fragility of the BBC’s independence from the state cannot continue to be ignored. Nor can its overall future be discussed in a silo.

Why selling healthcare isn't like selling underwear

The last thing the NHS needs is another supermarket-man selling 'market' solutions.

Why does the UK need a constitutional convention? An interview with Anthony Barnett

Phil England asks Anthony Barnett, founder of openDemocracy, about the UK's constitutional crisis and the relevance of Iceland's constitutional convention.

Video debate - the wealth delusion

Do we need a more equal society, and a global tax on wealth, or does wealth benefit us all as a driver of investment and growth?

Russia is swimming in oil

Russia’s oil industry lacks the infrastructure to avoid spills and leaks; and the environmental consequences are horrific.

 

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

Ukrainian refugees in Russia receive a mixed welcome

Many people took refuge in Russia after fleeing eastern Ukraine last summer. Their experiences are far from uniform. на русском языке

 

'Building A Better Future Through Civic Partnership'

The Centre for Inclusive Futures is a small London-based development agency with the mission of supporting efforts to develop sustainable communities which include everyone as equal citizens.

Does the Polish left have a future?

Poland’s left-wing parties have formed an electoral alliance to contest October's parliamentary election. However, the as-yet-unnamed coalition still faces formidable obstacles.

Dozens of fathers among migrants to be forcibly deported tonight

Men with strong family ties to the UK are being forcibly removed on ghost flights, leaving pregnant partners and young children behind.