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Women storm the capitol

Drawing from the ground, SASHALYNILLO captures the raw energy of the Women's March on Washington.

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The deep troubles of Italian banks

Why are Italian banks in such deep trouble and what can be done about it?

The failed Trident missile test is emblematic of a wider malaise

The UK Government insists that it is in favour of multilateral disarmament but this pretence has been laid bare by its vehement opposition to the forthcoming Nuclear Ban Treaty.

Mexico: no development without human rights

As a society, our actions – the indiscriminate exploitation of resources, whatever - have violated human rights in a savagely violent way for the sake of development. Interview. Español Português

It could happen anywhere

A sketch of the modern strongman.

Trump is a unifier for the left – but what matters is who leads

Protests against Trump's presidency brought the left together around the world. But who gets to decide where this movement goes next?

With a more enterprising Russia, cards are reshuffled in the Arab world

A new power structure is emerging in the Middle East as Russia uses its intervention in Syria to position itself as an important partner for regional powers as diverse and opposed to each other as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel and Iran.

Damming dissent: how an Italian multinational is persecuting environmental defenders In Colombia

The practices of an Italian multinational in Huila, Colombia, exemplify how the criminalization of activists is increasingly used to end dissent and real democratic participation in Latin America. Español

America – are you woke?

Now that the first wave of Women’s Marches is over, Americans must prepare for the difficult work of solidarity.

Women storm the capitol

Drawing from the ground, SASHALYNILLO captures the raw energy of the Women's March on Washington.

You get what you pay for – landmark study exposes NHS privatisation risks

England’s NHS has relied on outsourcing cleaning but new firm evidence about increased infection risks should make it reassess.

What is evidence anyway? Activism in the era of post-truth

An eye-witness account of the violent demolition of the Palestinian-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran by the Israeli state to replace it with a Jewish village.

After the Women's March on London: what now?

If just 3-4% of the 100,000 people who marched commit to further intersectional organising and activism, this could be a historic tipping point for feminist struggle in Britain.

The growing political impotence of images

Are photographs of war and atrocity losing the power to move us?

The Real Divide: Between Plebian and Patrician Visions of Democracy

The collapse of the Roman Republic offers salutory lessons for those who wish to strengthen democracy. We should heed the lessons of history.

Sisters and the sisterhood: a video debate with Kimberlé Crenshaw and others

As Women's Marches take place around the world, listen to civil rights advocate Kimberle Crenshaw, CEO Margaret Heffernan and journalist Myriam Francois debate feminism, class and solidarity. 

The die is cast: why Trump can’t help but try dictatorship

America’s founding fathers read intently Gibbon's account of how Augustus eviscerated the Roman republic’s remaining premises even while persuading them that he was restoring their freedoms. Now we know why.

The EU must not abandon African democracy as it battles populism at home

The EU is facing an existential crisis and a year of tumultuous elections in member states, but now more than ever, the bloc needs to prove that collective foreign policy can make a difference.

Sturgeon should give Scotland the chance to reject May’s absurd adventurism

As Theresa May demands Scotland follows her loyally into the night, it's time for Sturgeon to call an independence referendum.

Inequality: when the masters propel us further into class conflict

Aristotle once explained that if wealth ever became too skewed into the hands of too few people, then the majority might well exercise their ‘numerical superiority’ to redistribute that wealth.

From the communism of capital to capital for the commons

A paradox: the more “communist” the sharing license used in the digital commons (no restrictions on sharing), the more capitalist the practice (multinationals can use it for free).

A letter from an inmate of the Southern Gas Corridor

Ilgar_Mammadov.jpgInternational investment in fossil fuel extraction is making me and other Azerbaijani political prisoners hostages to the Aliyev regime.

 

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Part two of this interview with Joseph Daher explores some of the experiments in grassroots democracy and the possible futures in Syria.

Brazil’s locomotive has stopped

Oil production has been crucial in fostering not only economic but social growth in Brazil, but now the country is gripped by economic crisis and political instability. Español

Donald Trump and the shape of things to come

Before the end of 2017, the post-World War II global order of US hegemony will run its course, and authoritarianism will drive domestic policy.

Obama: the black (and blue) president

Obama’s legacy is not just one of inauguration and restoration but also exhaustion.

Cities have no silver bullets to fight Trump

American cities risk having global connections that are lambasted by those on the outside, and a growing insularity that separates them from their states.

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Putin's perfect storm

When we fall asleep tonight, America will officially have installed, by design or chance (likely both), a puppet government.