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Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is the mainsite editor of openDemocracy.

The struggle for freedom of speech in Tajikistan: Khayrullo Mirsaidov and the question of international responsibility

The conviction of a well-known journalist once again raises the question of the international community’s attitude to repressive regimes – and how foreign aid and human rights have been decoupled.

Khayrullo Mirsaidov: the journalist from Tajikistan who received 12 years in prison for his honesty and courage

Screen Shot 2018-07-15 at 22.38.10.pngThe west cannot preach democracy and free media in Tajikistan while leaving the locals who implement these principles to fend for themselves.



Does Donald Trump’s foreign policy actually make sense?

It’s entirely logical for narcissists to seek alliances with authoritarian leaders.

Video: Trump's anti-immigrant policies aren’t all that different from our own

The state-sanctioned backlash against migrant rights is transatlantic. At a protest against Trump in London, we asked people about the parallels between US and UK policies.

Greece & Macedonia: negotiating history doesn’t make it true

Geopolitical expediency has forced a people to bargain with the only name history has left them. Reflect on this, before again dismissing them as mere instruments of NATO policy. 

Nato, and a thinking gap

If the west's military alliance is adrift, it's not because of Putin or Trump.

Trump's visit marks the start of shock doctrine Brexit

The radical right want a no-deal Brexit so they can force Britain into a disaster capitalist trade deal with the USA.

The Turkish election as a warning against the irresistible charms of populism

We urgently need a constructive and open dialogue between different strands of thought within the populism theoretical oeuvre, if we are to develop progressive political strategies.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

The attack on the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Interview: Colombian lawyer Iván Velásquez Gómez has been the international commissioner against impunity in Guatemala since 2013. Español

Why global justice must lie at the heart of the debate about Britain’s economic future

Capitalism is an imperialistic economic system, but too often the left assumes that our economy operates in isolation.

Theresa May won the Chequers game – now Remainers must face reality

It’s time for rational Remainers to start planning for the possibility that Britain could be out the EU before the end of 2018.

When workers lead on enforcing labour standards: a case study of Electronics Watch

Electronics Watch is pioneering a way to safeguard workers’ rights in the electronics industry by working with workers, buyers and brands. 

Remembering Dorothy Cotton, freedom educator

We need to believe ourselves capable of something greater than the dehumanizing roles our society has given us.

How social media users in Kyrgyzstan are turned into “extremists”

In Kyrgyzstan, social media users are persecuted for sharing their opinions online. It’s easy to find “incitement to hatred” where there is none. RU

The pre-history of post-democracy

Amidst the currently contested conceptions of democracy, a review of Michael Schudson’s The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (2015).

The story of Saida Manoubiya: A Tunisian feminist icon

By calling for women's education and freedom, Saida Manoubiya was truly a feminist ahead of her time. العربية

Lula and the future of the Brazilian coup

The coup government has failed to overcome the political crisis and reactivate the economy 2 years after impeaching ex-president Rousseff. What will happen now that their main opponent is behind bars? Español

Don't Delete Your Account: online organising in times of crisis

We need to build the sort of social media which allows us to build the collective identities we need.

‘1968’: The neglected intellectual legacy

The journals which sprung from 1968 have shaped thinking on the left to this day.

Opinion: George Osborne’s real ‘Future London’ is a crass exercise that readers won’t swallow

Someone needs to tell Osborne that Londoners are not mugs. The rebrand of his controversial deal with Uber, Google and others still stinks.

George Osborne’s Evening Standard launches delayed ‘money-can’t-buy’ campaign – with more controversial partners

Private healthcare firm and a French conglomerate with a record of lawsuits against media join Uber, Google and others in lucrative sponsorship deal.

In Russia, a spoonful of propaganda helps the pension reform go down

This is how the Kremlin enacts an unpopular economic reform: deny responsibility, declare its inevitability and, yes, distract the public with a popular sporting event.


Putting sex workers’ rights at the centre

Regardless of your view on sex work, denying that it is a job only harms those engaging in it.

Facebook and journalism. Part one

How Facebook turned into the world’s biggest news platform, with newsrooms and journalists paving the way.

Fines are fine, but only structural reform can rein in the platform monopolies

Why we must rethink the deep institutional underpinnings of digital economy.

Revealed: Charity watchdog probes pro-Brexit anti-NHS think tank

The Institute of Economic Affairs has been a fixture of political and media debates on Brexit and more. Now, the Charity Commission is examining whether the IEA breached rules on political independence

Young people are the unsung heroes of Grenfell

Meet some of the extraordinary young people bringing life to the Grenfell community.

Muslim women’s rights are also women’s rights

More than 100 Muslim women are calling for a real European model of inclusion and pluralism giving everyone access to employment and education while not placing an extra burden on women.