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French tragedy or farce: a ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

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French tragedy or farce: a ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

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The Turkish referendum and Bild

A tale of two deep states?

The Second Amendment and democracy

Could our democracies be on the wane and our rights under attack because we are less willing to take up arms to die and kill for our country?

Making the future possible again

The twentieth century began with two major models of progressive change in society, revolution and reformism, and the twenty-first century begins with neither.

100 days of Trump — and resistance from grassroots women's groups

The multiplicity of harms can feel overwhelming. But with thoughtful coordination we can support each other to resist this administration's agenda and its global impacts.

Virtue-signalling as a route to social status: instances from the semi-periphery

Two Budapest-based activists give a vivid account of the ideological constraints they are working under, not helped by certain fashionable forms of ‘intersectionality’.

Towards an inclusive and pluralistic citizenship in Syria

Talk about building a new form of citizenship in Syria might seem unrealistic today, but in fact, it should be seen as a long-term strategy.

Setting the EU scene: a management crisis, not a refugee crisis

The EU can and must show leadership in managing refugee movements effectively in accordance with international law.

A nuclear peril, and its silences

The true history of Britain's nuclear-weapons policy should be discussed frankly, not buried in evasion and smear.

Those who want more, do more? A view from Bulgaria

The idea of a 'two-speed European Union', proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, ignores the actual problems which are causing this to be discussed in the first place.

The stunning disappearance of candidate Trump

Trump’s rapid surrender exposes what we all knew to be true: that his populism was a posture, not a policy. He has no interest in taking on the establishment.

Trump’s first one hundred days: corporate rights trump human rights

Trump's administration has disdain for all rights, except, of course, the rights of corporations. Over the past 100 days, he has taken this enduring tendency to new extremes.

Russian authorities ramp up repression against anti-corruption protesters

The Russian authorities are pressuring protesters and protest organisers ahead of further anti-corruption protests. Русский

Participation and foresight: putting people at the heart of the future

The demise of the Commission at the stroke of a Minister’s pen demonstrated the fragility of such bodies. So Welsh Government set out to incorporate the Commission’s function within legislation.

Society becomes a network

A common perspective facilitates larger social and political understandings that support needed reforms, improving governance and political understanding. Interview with the former Chilean Minister and proponent of foresight.

A letter from my future self on citizen foresight, why and how?

Keep doing what you do with discussion cards, interactive videos and futures games, which are far more effective in communicating futures to people in the street.

How Rojava-inspired women's councils have spread across Europe

Could this little-known system provide a way forward for real democracy – from the bottom up – in our failing neoliberal political systems?

Brexit, free movement and children’s rights

Children living in the UK under EU rights are at risk because of Brexit, but they are often unable to solidify their footing on their own. Others must help them do so.

Smoke but no fire: how not to read UK government trafficking statistics

The year-end reports from the UK’s national referral mechanism fail to present a comprehensive understanding of trafficking in the UK.

What does it take for activists to get your attention?

We need campaigns that educate media consumers on how they are manipulated.

Multiple entanglements

“My presence in a public space holding a notebook let alone a voice recorder or camera would cause immediate suspicion.”

Fostering alliances across progressive movements

The Cross-movement mobilizations series will provide a platform for reflection and research on the conditions under which successful movement alliances evolve.

From civil rights to the occupy movement: talking across issues in independent media

Interest in the dynamics of collaboration, alliance-building, coordination, and networking point to intersectionalities in participants, issues, and tactics that movements have always faced. DemocracyNow! is a good example.

India's university students are raising questions the state doesn't want to hear

Amid a timid media, weak political opposition, and restrictions on civil society, university campuses are among the only spaces left for dissent and debate.

Western democracy needs a new narrative

The democratic narrative offered, among other things, a better national society – a more perfect union and greater equality among all. The economic story turned the focus towards individual flourishing.

Innovating for the future through Strategic Narrative

In order to emerge intact, healthy, and strong, organizations today need not only a shared vision of who they are, but also an animating understanding of who they can become in the face of future change.

Appreciative Inquiry – putting people at the heart of the future

It is a cyclic, iterative process which means that you continue to capture and use the learning you have as you go forward.

“It’s a deeply personal matter”: An interview with Vadim Prokhorov, Boris Nemtsov’s lawyer

For Vadim Prokhorov, lawyer for murdered Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, finding justice is more than a matter of professionalism. Русский

Turning weakness into strength: lessons as a new advocate

Without adequate preparation, new human rights advocates can be easily traumatized and struggle to understand what they are going through. A contribution openGlobalRights’ debate on mental health and well-being.