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One law for the poor at Grenfell Tower

In austerity Britain, can justice and accountability be served for the victims of the Grenfell fire? Or are our laws already too much shaped to the needs of the business class?

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General view of the side of Grenfell Tower after a blaze ripped through the 24-Storey building in West London.

One law for the poor at Grenfell Tower

In austerity Britain, can justice and accountability be served for the victims of the Grenfell fire? Or are our laws already too much shaped to the needs of the business class?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
General view of the side of Grenfell Tower after a blaze ripped through the 24-Storey building in West London.

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Manuel Serrano

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DemocraciaAbierta – the ‘Latin’ section of the global website openDemocracy, is seeking to hire a part-time editor with a media / audience development focus to be located in Latin America.

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Build it and they will come: Scotland and independence after the election

To survive, the SNP needs to focus on the politics of the long-term and develop a truly ambitious strategy, which so far it has neglected to do.

Theresa May did not win a majority for her Brexit of deregulation. We can’t allow her to take it forward

May may have failed to secure a mandate for her extreme version of Brexit, low-tax, low regulation Britain, but yesterday she set out a programme to take it forwards nonetheless.

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

The rise of Andrei Zvyagintsev

The recent successes of Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev is a reminder of how artists are pigeon-holed into national frames — and how Russian culture has become all-too parochial.

The Age of Corbyn 2: Inferno

The meaning of Grenfell was immediately understood. Grenfell condemns neoliberal government, which denies it has a name, and forces confrontation with the brutal inequality that is its context.

What could a multi-million euro arts festival offer struggling communities in Greece?

The world-class €37 million Documenta arts festival comes to Athens and brings challenging questions about art’s relevance amid economic and humanitarian crises.

Feared for all the wrong reasons? The workings of Russia’s conservative soft power

Western pundits and policymakers often see Russian influence in terms of the hybrid threat. But the lens of soft power explains more in terms of Russia’s attraction for marginal politicians.

Democracy and the city: new geographies, new geometries

One of the risks of conventional politics is seeing the world through ideas which are subsidiary to a certain, old way of understanding the geography and the geometry of concepts. Español Português

On the Duality of Laicism and Dictatorship and the Rise of Political Islam

Is there another outlet or framework in the Arab world outside the dichotomy of Islamism or nationalism? [عربي]

Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest

This year is the 800th anniversary of a founding document of the British constitution, and of other constitutions as well. Issued in the name of a ten-year-old King Henry III alongside the modified Ch...

Georgia’s Russian cipher

What can the politics of ethnic Russians in Georgia tell us about the country’s attempt to build a truly civic national identity?

One law for the poor at Grenfell Tower

In austerity Britain, can justice and accountability be served for the victims of the Grenfell fire? Or are our laws already too much shaped to the needs of the business class?

Rosatom: climate’s new best friend

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As Russia’s economic crisis continues to hit budgets, the country’s state nuclear corporation is going green to raise funds on the international level. 

 

Werk woorden - Words of labour

A collection of terms from the ILO Convention 189 accompanied with stories from domestic workers.

Strengthening our ecological imagination

To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

Latin America: democracy beyond representation

WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)-based Brazilian researcher Thamy Pogrebinschi talks to DemocraciaAbierta ahead of LATINNO’s research project presentation in Berlin, on the 27th of June. Interview. Español

5 principles to guide Britain's new trade policy

For the first time in decades Britain will have to devise its own trade policy. It's essential that we get it right. 

“Northern Ireland still holds the harshest punishment for illegal abortions anywhere in Europe”

Last week’s court ruling upholding Northern Ireland’s abortion ban out of political ‘respect’ suggests women’s bodies are still subjugated to politicking. What does the future hold for women across Britain and Ireland?

Russian youths are taking to the streets, but let's not over-hype the revolt of the “Putin generation” just yet

If we're going to understand how young people in Russia are becoming more political, we need to ask the right questions before applying our own labels. 

15M, seen from the day after tomorrow

"Excuse me: It's not just that this left-right axis misrepresents me, it's also that I’m interested in the bottom-up one too, and I don't just want justice, I also want freedom." Interview Español

Theresa May has prioritised the rights of absentee landlords over the Grenfell victims

Objections to the requisitioning of empty properties have nothing to do with fears of state coercion. Instead, it's about protecting the interests of the rich at all costs.

Warriors (of different sort) first

It is not that Washington should be more alert about what happens in the world; it is the world that should be concerned with what is going on in the United States. Español

“No One Warned Me”: the trade-off between self-care and effective activism

Is there a trade off between protecting your mental health as an activist and doing effective work? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. العربية.

Justice for domestic workers: it’s about rights, not protection

Britain’s drive to limit migration has removed many of the rights migrant domestic workers once had in the UK. Could collective organising help bring them back?

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