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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

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Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too.

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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too.

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

Will Brazil seize the chance to lead the debate on migration?

UN Member States have adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at an Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 11. Español

Want to see peace in Afghanistan? Make sure women are included

It is not enough to have token female representation in negotiations. Or room for compromise on the interests and rights of Afghan women citizens in future Afghan society.

Global Compact for Migration: Chile and its fear of the unknown

It is not trivial that a small and geographically isolated country like Chile did not sign the Global Compact. The migratory crisis originated in Central and South America has not only affected the northern borders. Español

The Common Travel Area (CTA): complacent talk about migration

Whether the UK leaves the EU or not, and no matter under what terms, the fight to uphold higher standards in public debate is a vital task for a human-centred world.

The conceptual paradox of trusting in Brexit

What the UK government is asking for is not trust but blind faith – literally like turkeys knowing they will be on the Christmas menu with some choice in the various permutations of vegetable.

Mexico: great expectations

AMLO intends to carry out the "fourth transformation" in Mexico, but the global economic context is unfavorable and the region’s political climate is marked by the rise of the new right. Español

Revealed: Arron Banks Brexit campaign's 'secret' meetings with Cambridge Analytica

Leaked emails show Leave.EU misled parliament and UK regulator about meetings with controversial Trump-linked firm – where they discussed targeting British voters. Steve Bannon was included in correspondence.

Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too.

Man at work outside the box – Bertrand Badie

This essay is a strong wake-up call for a new type of diplomacy from those western countries that wish to continue to govern the world despite the passage of time. Review.

Why Gandhi’s ideas continue to thrive, even in the post-truth era

Faced by a global dearth of alternative ideas, it’s no wonder we are turning again to the Mahatma for inspiration.

Rough justice in Kyrgyzstan

New data shows that 96% of people who find themselves before a Kyrgyz court receive a guilty verdict (unless they are state officials, that is).

Imelda and the plight of the Salvadoran woman

The judge of the case of Imelda Cortez, accused of intent of homicide after giving birth on the toilet in her home, has declared her innocent. However, many challenges remain for reproductive freedom in El Salvador. Español

Sara’s story should speak to us all on International Migrants Day

Her story – of survival, of wanting a better life, and of the need for human contact – is as old as the story of mankind itself.

The Swedish model dismantled: premature closure of the Gender Equality Agency

The cleavage was between pleas to continue the work to reduce segregation and further equal rights and gender equality (jämlikhet och jämställdhet), and appeals to enforce security and law-and-order (lag och ordning).

Global Compact for Migration – missed opportunities for Europe

The way in which far-right politicians took advantage of the Global Compact as a tool for political posturing can be instructive. The Global Compact for Migration is also for Europeans.

Estonia’s populist and radical right: how radical are they?

Many political observers have noticed how the most recent anti-immigration protests relating to the debate on the UN compact have displayed comparatively higher levels of violent rhetoric and political heat.

The yellow vests, or the discrediting of representative democracy

Even though the most scathing criticism is directed at the president of the republic, it is the entire political personnel that is targeted by the mocking, unflattering, even hatefilled comments.  

Why Peter Gabriel questioned his faith in the internet

Singer, songwriter and humanitarian activist Peter Gabriel on becoming skeptical of an unregulated internet.

Socialism or barbarism in Brazil

The crisis of the left around the world has opened up a vacuum for extreme right movements to gain traction and threaten our democracies. How does Boaventura de Sousa Santos make sense of this in Brazil? Español

Will post-Brexit Britain see the breaking apart of even more families?

As many families unite for the Christmas season, those torn apart by the UK government's 'mimumum income requirement' feel their separation more acutely. This is one family's story.

Climate action: the new frontier

An array of bold climateers is rising worldwide. The next step is to link ideas and practice.

Why studying climate change made me quit my PhD

Why the knowledge that I gained while researching climate change at PhD level led me to renounce my career prospects, and how I now feel compelled to dedicate my time.

Harassment and persecution of the voices denouncing repression in Nicaragua

There is a pressing need for the international community to recognize the right to defend rights and to provide a safe space for defenders to do their work. Español

Climate change will kill my generation, unless we step up now

Ireland has the necessary means to invest in cleaner energy and should be flying way beyond our self-set climate accord measures, yet we continually fail them.  

Mental health for all – a gift that will keep on giving

Mental health receives less than 11 per cent of health spending in the UK and one per cent in low-­income countries, yet it is central to national wellbeing. 

Grassroots action prominent in the platform economy

It is newer, more grassroots forms of labour organisation than the established trade unions that have been the most active in this burgeoning sphere. We need their zest and zeal.

Empowering Saami people: greater autonomy for greater equality

Living for the most part in countries praised for their democratic system, the Saami population still feels threatened. Is this evidence that colonialism is hardly a thing of the past?

What is ‘transformation’ in South Africa’s public interest legal services sector?

Reform is crucial to change the silent messaging that black people, people living with disabilities and other marginalised groups, are inferior to the able-bodied, heteronormative white people in the sector.

Theresa May, Max Weber, Brexit, and political leadership

May doesn’t believe in Brexit at all, but behaves as though she does, indeed as though it has been her burning ambition since she entered the House of Commons.