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Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum

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openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Egypt.

Global connectivity and personal disconnect: filter bubbles and the collapse of public discourse

The individualisation of our exposure to information through ‘filter bubbles’ facilitates the atomisation of society and pushes dissenting voices to the margins.

Is language as we know it still relevant for the digital age?

According to a number of neuroscientists and philosophers, language might not be the ultimate medium for the transmission of ideas. In the digital age, it is essential to understand its role and explore the new possibilities technology creates.                                                                                                                                       

BitMania: why cryptocurrencies are having a bubble.

The latest spike in the price of bitcoin has all the hallmarks of investor mania.

Learning the language of a pulsar

What is happening in Brazil is a process of awakening. Many Brazilians are realizing that the political system has been “rigged” against them for a long time, maybe since the very beginning. Interview. Português

When the lights go out: the attack against Popper’s open society ideal in Hungary

Austrian-British philosopher, Karl Popper, argued for the existence of several lights to illuminate the truth. This is the essence of an open society and what the Hungarian government is fighting against.

The quiet revolution that could transform lives

Most people can't afford a transcript from their own trial even when it's the only thing that could prove their innocence. We need to move beyond the status quo.

 

Why is the UK government wheeling back on legislation against caste discrimination?

Appeasing votebanks of the Hindu right, instead of legislation, a consultation has been launched which serves to obscure the ugly reality of caste-based discrimination which is alive and well in Britain.

Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

Fighting violence against women: what happens when an organisation fails to follow its values

This is the anonymised true story of the premature death of one women's organisation. Its experience is not unique, and we must do better.

Violent and dangerous places: the rise in prison suicides in England and Wales

Cuts, overcrowding and understaffing have created a toxic mix of violence, death and human misery.

No safe passage for Syrians: fleeing armed conflict and rights violations at home and overseas

The international community has failed Syrian families by denying them safe passage, but the U.N. Global Compacts for Refugees and Migrants provide an opportunity to change that.

We protest by creating beauty

Meet the artists and activists writing love letters on the streets.

Border walls don’t stop immigration, they make migrants into criminals

As European governments solidify the Aegean edge of Fortress Europe, it’s the portrayal of migrants as criminals that makes their deportation, exploitation and abuse morally digestible to their electorates. 

Hard lessons from the Manchester attack

A personal reflection in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

"Fora Temer – eleições diretas já!" Brazil's political rupture and the left's opportunity

"Out with Temer – direct elections now!". Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice.

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Most people still don't fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed

What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. The demonstrations of March and April teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. Русский

Arab Awakening is now North Africa West Asia (NAWA)

The Arab Awakening section on openDemocracy will now be called North Africa West Asia (NAWA) a name that better reflects the scope of our coverage and the diversity of this region.

Digital platforms and democracy

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español Português

“Men have no idea what we go through”: ending violence against women in the Pacific Islands

Leaders of Pacific Island countries have introduced new initiatives to tackle violence against women – but they're largely missing the mark.

State, society and the individual in the Russian courtroom

One of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers discusses competing realities inside and outside the courtroom. Русский

Why it’s getting harder (and more dangerous) to hold companies accountable

Corporations are using defamation lawsuits to shut down their detractors—and the problem is only getting worse. Español. Français. 

What will Brexit mean for the future of European student mobility?

The UK government's stance on immigration will likely cost British students their access to Erasmus+. How will UK universities keep their students thinking globally post-Brexit?

The many Brexits of Bristol

Bristol strongly supported Remain but not all of its component parts did. Ward-level data reveals who voted for what, why, and thus how we might move forward as a community.

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: a class under siege

The urban middle class in Egypt is averse to situations where class conflict is heightened and thus justifies repression by the state.

Neoextractivism and other deadly sins of the “progressive left”

This is probably the most damaging legacy of the embrace between the "progressive left" and neo-extractivism: the impression that the nominal ideology of those contesting the election does not matter. Español Português

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

How can we resist post-Brexit racism?

What does one do when they feel their home turning against them?