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A false reality has contributed to a new political reality

The descent into complex post-factual politics goes some way to showing why Brexit and Trump were so successful, and their opposition so ineffective. 

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A woman takes a selfie in front of a piece of street art by artist Bambi, entitled Lie Lie Land - depicting Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump, dancing in a pose parodying the film La La Land. London.

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A false reality has contributed to a new political reality

The descent into complex post-factual politics goes some way to showing why Brexit and Trump were so successful, and their opposition so ineffective. 

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A woman takes a selfie in front of a piece of street art by artist Bambi, entitled Lie Lie Land - depicting Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump, dancing in a pose parodying the film La La Land. London.

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’ and immigrant-bashing? openDemocracy is different - join us and hear from Elif Shafak, Brian Eno, Peter Oborne, Sultan al-Qassemi, Birgitta Jonsdottir & many more on what we can do together in 2017.

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Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

Mining in South Africa: radical resistance

The oppression and exploitation of mining communities means that even within our democracy, the legacy of the apartheid and colonial era mining regimes continues.

Trade union building in Myanmar

Basically all unions demand a stronger sanctioning capacity for the Arbitration Council.

The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence

The Article 50 vote meant the end of Britain as we know it. Everyone needs to come to terms with what that means.

The crossing

Life continues across the "neutral zone" between Ukraine's separatist territories and government-controlled areas, but only just.  

Adhocracy helps create a future of political engagement

For us, it is already a democratic achievement if you have the possibility to participate.

Trying to save the world should be fun

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

The Trump-Netanyahu meeting: a hint of policy behind the Trump-speak?

During the joint press conference held by Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu this Wednesday, the US president appeared to break with the two-state position.

In Italy's centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

The ruling Democratic party is on the verge of a breakup – given its history, this comes as no surprise.

10 years at war: rethinking drug trafficking

If Mexico is to be a less violent country, it has to rethink the concepts that have led it to adopt strategies which have produced unacceptable results. It needs to think of criminal groups as organizations, beyond the narco tales. Português Español

Socialist love: from utopia to pragmatism

What we know as love can change fast. In Czechoslovakia, the state’s idea of marriage went from an utopian ideal to a functional arrangement in 20 years flat.

From failure to engagement: a new western strategy in the Middle East

Western strategy in the Middle East has been torn between support for brutal dictatorships, and an urge to see the region change in the western image.

The death knell of American Exceptionalism under Trump

If Trump pushes his agenda too far, Republicans concerned with liberal democracy and rule of law might start to push back. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ Trump and human rights debate.

Why People Vote against Themselves - a Lesson From Colombia

The outcome of the referendum on the peace agreement in Colombia was as surprising as Brexit. Why do people around the world vote against choices that obviously make sense? Español

Fail, fail, and have another government contract

Security contractors G4S and Serco and housing company Clearsprings have for years supplied UK asylum seekers with shoddy housing. The contracts carry on regardless.

The online world of surrogacy

What do we know about the women using their own bodies to help intended parents realise their dreams?

The EU (notification of withdrawal) bill: bargaining chips on the Commons table

After passing the House of Commons without amendment, the House of Lords must now review the Brexit bill. Do amendments guaranteeing the rights of non-UK EU citizens stand a chance there?

Trump's Afghan test

The trend of events in Afghanistan, as much as in Washington, makes the aim of crushing ISIS look even more remote.

#Rezist. Citizens are back on the streets in Romania

What makes these protests different from the ones that have come before in Romania?

The seeds of a new special relationship: US voices for justice in Palestine

While the ideological compatibility between Trump and Netanyahu will improve ties between the two leaders, it will have long-standing implications on US approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump handbook for aspiring autocrats

At issue is due process, the rule of law and the division of powers that defines American democracy.

Legalising occupation: Netanyahu's Trump card

The new law passed by the Israeli Knesset can be a dangerous precedent for the expansion and legalization of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, and the eventual annexation of large swathes of the occupied West Bank.

Brexit, nostalgia and the Great British fantasy

We need to question the Brexiteers’ view of history – their understanding of the past tells us how they view British democracy in the present, and what they want for the future.

Japan must learn to see refugees not as ‘useful’ subjects, but human beings

The country’s problematic asylum policy is rooted in the absence of public debate – forced migration is treated as an issue that happens ‘over there’.