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Podemos: reclaiming Europe is a revolutionary slogan

On the day of Spain's elections, we talk to Jorge Moruno of Podemos about his European strategy and the possibility of building a transnational network of rebel cities. Español

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Spain's Unidos Podemos coalition party leader Pablo Iglesias gives a speech during the campaign closing rally in Madrid, Friday, June 24, 2016. PAimages/Francisco Seco. All rights reserved.

Podemos: reclaiming Europe is a revolutionary slogan

On the day of Spain's elections, we talk to Jorge Moruno of Podemos about his European strategy and the possibility of building a transnational network of rebel cities. Español

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Spain's Unidos Podemos coalition party leader Pablo Iglesias gives a speech during the campaign closing rally in Madrid, Friday, June 24, 2016. PAimages/Francisco Seco. All rights reserved.

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Now more than ever the UK needs the compass of human rights

It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.

 

Why shouldn’t the law ignore emotion?

If the justice system becomes an assembly line devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer.

EU-Israel relations: time for reflection

The EU must confront Israel with the fundamental choice: continuing its occupation and systematic violations of international law, or being a full and respected member of the international community.

Demolitions in the West Bank

The Bedouin and rural communities in the Jordan Valley are remote from the conflict, yet key victims of a campaign of oppression.

Can Islamism provide deliverance?

Maged Mandour

Modern day Islamism represents the interests of a specific social class that has few qualms about current social and economic structures.

Scotland and the EU post-Brexit – independent Scotland in the EU or outside with the UK?

For Brussels, Scotland has become the good Europeans, England and Wales the bad.

Violence without justice: Mexico’s War and its consequences

Mexico’s War is a civil war against and amongst citizens, regardless of where they stand on the drug business, of devastating consequences for the population and the state. Español

The UK's EU referendum is not worthy of our respect

This referendum manifested a profound disrespect for democracy, in the way it was called, in the way the decision thresholds were framed, and in the way the campaign itself was conducted.

Local funding is not always the answer

In some countries, relying on local funding gives human rights defenders even less freedom. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on funding for human rights and closing space for civil society.  Españolالعربية

Piece of Silk: "When story-telling is a matter of life and death"

The play, Piece of Silk, is a powerful study of the experiences of women survivors of domestic abuse - an experience that knows no ethnic, national or class boundaries. 

We face a national emergency. Only an alliance of progressive forces can save Britain now.

The Brexit crisis offers a unique opportunity to build a politics of plurality and solidarity.

Fog in Channel – history cut off

What has happened to Britain’s historic duty in helping out other nations formerly under its yoke? There is no such thing as an inner citadel.

Myth-busting in defense of grassroots women crisis responders

False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the best use of them.

How Somaliland made its government work for the people

Parliamentary strengthening in Somaliland transformed its legislature from a 'rubber stamp' for the executive to a transparent law-making group that incorporates citizen input into decision making.

Roundtable: do we need a binding convention on decent work in global supply chains?

In our first question, respondents debate whether a binding international convention is necessary to ensure labour standards in global supply chains.

Gathering and assembling: Judith Butler on the future of politics

A new book from one of the world’s leading philosophers brims with ideas about gender, collective action and insecurity.

The press didn’t divide us – we were already divided…

Britain's divisions weren't invented by the media.

Months ago I called for a Brexit. Why did you have to listen, Britain? Why???

Last February, I wrote a short piece praising British humour and weather, thanking London for hosting me and, yes, asking Brits to vote for BrexitAnd I regret it deeply now.

Labour MPs putting internal politics ahead of international politics at a time like this is a disgrace

Half the shadow cabinet has resigned in the middle of the biggest national crisis in decades, abdicating national leadership just when it was needed.

I voted for Corbyn, but he has to go

Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has been a disappointment. Labour needs someone who can define the party, not someone who is defined by its opponents.

Who won the referendum?

Brexit should be seen as a series of different responses to globalisation.

Stop sneering at Leave voters. They knew exactly what they were doing.

People voted to leave the EU because they know that their politics is broken. It's time to fix it.

Blimey, it could be Brexit! Download the book so far

Introducing the book that foresaw Brexit was possible and set out why. With link to the pdf so far.  

Are we Spaniards better off five years afterwards?

On the eve of the elections, an audit of the political and social outcomes of the square occupation and the rise of the Podemos party in Spain.

A French elegy for the UK

Referenda are a populist gimmick drafted to unite as many people as possible on a single issue. They work when leaders are popular and voters vote for the messenger.

Figuring (out) Omar Mateen

Mateen killed 49 people, wounding 53 others, in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida, before being killed in a shootout with local police. But who was he?

With England voting for Brexit, the pillars of Britain's union are crumbling fast

In the wake of England's vote to leave the EU, the glue keeping Scotland in the UK is rapidly dissolving.

Why I’m not discussing genocide in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is not just a site of ‘conflict’, as the INOGS conference programme says. It is a site in which questions of ‘genocide’, the deliberate destruction of communities, are all too live.

What does the Brexit vote mean for the NHS?

If we let it, 'post-truth politics' will kill our NHS.