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This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Fighting for clean air in Kamianske, Ukraine

This town in eastern Ukraine suffers from serious emissions thanks to its metallurgical plant. But rounds of public negotiations over pollution have revealed what it’s lacking most: accountability. RU

Argentina, the G20, and the mobilisations against it

As we are entering a new phase of authoritarian neoliberalism it is essential that we continue strengthening ties between movements fighting the structures of oppression and advance in the construction of better worlds.

Save Ridley Road – how the community is fighting back against faceless developers

Whilst the media bemoans the ‘death of the high street’, across London, investors are trying to drive out the kind of local, culturally appropriate small retail that keeps areas alive.

Bullying Iran will not work

The US narrative should be adjusted in such way to be more in ‘synch’ with realities on the ground and not simply restricted to hostile and at times highly exaggerated denunciations.

How one woman is mapping femicides in Mexico

From her home and cafés in Mexico City, María Salguero is filling in the gaps left by official data on gender-related killings.

إمبراطورية الكلاشينكوف

في الواقع، ثمة عوامل عدة تفسر انتشار هذا السلاح في العالم العربي، منها سعره الرخيص نسبياً 

“Renegade research”: hierarchies of knowledge production in Central Asia

For those researching the global south, fieldwork needs to be reimagined as a collaborative process which can help overturn structures of oppression.

Brexit Citizens Assembly: rising to the United Kingdom's crisis in democracy

On Brexit, as with every other big issue, the future will be negotiated not imposed.

If you oppose Donald Trump, please don’t hate him

When we allow ourselves to fall victim to hatred, we are doing our opponents’ work for them.

What the Anti-Nazi-League and Rock against Racism teach us about how to defeat the fascists

The challenge is on the streets, at the ballot box, and through popular culture, as a new history makes clear.

The antisemitic turn of the “Alternative for Germany” party

The AfD wants to use Israel to exploit the false notion that whoever is pro-Israel could not be antisemitic, and to find strategic allies in its fight against Muslim immigration.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe

What we talk about when we talk about gender in Armenia

As Armenia votes in a new parliament after the revolution earlier this year, it seems the new authorities’ political opponents are uniting in an anti-LGBT campaign.

Britain’s housing crisis: Refugee family given just one week to find new home

Jayne and her children won their long battle for the right to stay in the UK. Then they faced a fresh fight, with security company G4S.

Attacks against women health workers show how workplace violence hurts us all

Violence in the health sector, where a majority of workers are women, accounts for a quarter of assaults at work – impacting societies at large.

The Brexit disaster is an existential crisis in the ‘Idea’ of Britain

Brexit – driven by unenlightened, defiantly anti-modern nationalism – could be the most serious constitutional crisis since Great Britain’s inception in 1707.

Is the internet to blame for the rise of authoritarianism?

Three perspectives on whether the internet is having a damaging impact on democracy.

Yellow Vests – the first battle

They want Macron to know that they are the people and they will be ignored no longer. So perhaps there is democracy in the streets after all.

Demands of France's yellow vests as uploaded by France Bleu, November 29

"MPs from France, we inform you of the People's Directives for you to transpose them into LAW. "

What next for the Gilets Jaunes?

The movement today is national, and in part nationalistic, very difficult to talk to about the reform of Europe. Nevertheless, it is a challenge to a pan-European movement like DiEM25.

Nurses raise concern about Royal College backing for NHS volunteers campaign

On Saturday the Daily Mail called for "an army of volunteers" to "transform" the NHS. Royal College of Nursing members have written to Dame Prof. Donna Kinnair, the acting head of the RCN, in response to their involvement in the "Helpforce" campaign.

Message from Commercy: the time of the communes still rings out!

Commercy's Yellow Vests offer a political solution to the movement: autonomous local committees, direct democracy, sovereign general assembly, delegates with a precise mandate revocable at any time, rotating responsibilities.

It's time for the DUP to ditch its Brexit crusade and wake up to Northern Ireland’s real issues

Northern Irish confidence is in short supply as political deadlock continues and the DUP flirt with No Deal and non-existent alternatives.

OPINION: We need to talk about racism in the aid sector

Casual racism, implicit bias and jobs offered over beer. Two humanitarian workers reveal the ugly side of the international aid sector.

The Central Asian valley where borders dissolve in grassroots cooperation

Sandwiched between three Central Asian states, people living on all sides of the Ferghana Valley are overcoming securitisation – through everyday cooperation.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

Colombian resistance against the Odebrecht-nurtured mafia

On 27th November, an emergency debate on Odebrecht corruption was scheduled by senators of the opposition. The raison d’être for extreme violence and rampant corruption in Colombia was openly hung-out.

How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights.