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Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition.

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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition.

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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Feminist comedians are laughing at privilege – and it’s funny

Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated. These feminists are using humour to speak truth to power.

Don’t let Russia leave the Council of Europe

Those who wish to punish the Kremlin for its aggressive actions in Ukraine and elsewhere are missing the target: it is not the Russian government, but the Russian public who will suffer if the country leaves the Council of Europe. 

Digital parties on the rise: a mass politics for the era of platforms

The old party system appears in serious distress, faced with challengers using digital technology as a means to achieve the utopian goal of a more democratic society.

Brexit and the British constitution: it doesn't work

If Parliament is sovereign and wants to vote, it votes. If someone else (the government) is in a position to “give” it the right to vote, it is not sovereign.

Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition.

"Demand the impossible": what the left should learn from 1968

The legacy of 1968 is about the future of a united Europe and the left.

Crisis in the Azov sea: the fate of Ukraine’s naval personnel in Russia

What happened in the Black Sea on 25 November, and what awaits the Ukrainian personnel held in Russia? RU

How to treat a stranger in need: a moral response to the migrant caravans

Throughout history, the story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution.

Opioid crisis: community and care, not law and order, is the answer

Any response to the crisis must address the underlying conditions of drug addiction.

A very English take on Denmark

“Here’s also why Brexit happened. Europe is a mystery. Europeans come from a faraway land. Australia is nearer.”

The politics of protest in Argentina

Political life in Argentina is characterized by a particularly active culture of social protest. This is a key element to understanding political dynamics throughout the 21st century. Español

Scandals in sex worker rescue shelters: is ‘awful’ distracting from ‘lawful’?

How should we channel concern over the growing number of anti-trafficking scandals?

Do not take Oman's stability for granted

While the future of Oman is far from certain, the world has so fair paid little attention to the turbulences that might be awaiting the Sultanate.

Organising for a better future for work

Unions must reach outside their comfort zones and develop an inclusive collective voice so that workers can organise effectively in a hostile political environment.

“It’s very difficult to investigate anything while the war continues”: Ukrainian human rights activist Yevgen Zakharov on investigating war crimes

Four years since the war in eastern Ukraine started, issues over qualification and investigation of war crimes are coming to the fore. RU

#ArchivoDemoAbierta2018: a year of environmental challenges

The protection of the environment is so crucial for upholding democracy that however the subject is approached, it is often impossible to express the real magnitude of the issue. That’s why we present some of the most important environmental conflicts of 2018. Español

Yellow fever in France

Almost everyone agrees on the analysis of what caused this movement: the growth of inequalities, the marginalization of certain regions and social categories, austerity and neoliberal politics. Then accounts diverge.

Elections in Libya: the difficult way ahead

The Libya conference in Palermo has ended in a renewed push for elections in the crisis-ridden country. But is Libya really in a fit state to deliver on this commitment?

Marching with Dabrowski – what the centenary of Polish Independence can tell us about the radical right?

“I could not think of a better way to grasp what is behind the nationalist frenzy than to take part in their public events. On November 11, Poland celebrated National Independence Day.”

Solidarity with migrants isn’t ‘terrorism’ – the Stansted 15 case shames the UK

We should cherish dissenters trying to stop human rights abuses – not imprison them under anti-terrorism laws designed to prevent further Lockerbie bombings.

Labour's Brexit trilemma: in search of the least bad outcome

The great irony of Brexit is that most outcomes will lead to a loss of sovereignty and democracy. But there is a route forward.

Corporate social responsibility helps hide workers’ rights abuse until brands can quietly exit

Corporations rarely volunteer to do the right thing, yet responses to labour exploitation continue to rely upon corporate goodwill to protect worker rights. A different future requires a different approach.

Gay life in Stalin’s Gulag

The sprawling system of Soviet camps contained many untold stories. I spoke to one of the few historians researching the experiences of gay men and lesbians in the Gulag to find out more. RU

Fighting for clean air in Kamianske, Ukraine

This town in eastern Ukraine suffers from serious emissions thanks to its metallurgical plant. But rounds of public negotiations over pollution have revealed what it’s lacking most: accountability. RU

Remainers must change their tune

For Remainers to win a People's Vote, they need to make a positive case

Argentina, the G20, and the mobilisations against it

As we are entering a new phase of authoritarian neoliberalism it is essential that we continue strengthening ties between movements fighting the structures of oppression and advance in the construction of better worlds.

Save Ridley Road – how the community is fighting back against faceless developers

Whilst the media bemoans the ‘death of the high street’, across London, investors are trying to drive out the kind of local, culturally appropriate small retail that keeps areas alive.

Bullying Iran will not work

The US narrative should be adjusted in such way to be more in ‘synch’ with realities on the ground and not simply restricted to hostile and at times highly exaggerated denunciations.

How one woman is mapping femicides in Mexico

From her home and cafés in Mexico City, María Salguero is filling in the gaps left by official data on gender-related killings.

إمبراطورية الكلاشينكوف

في الواقع، ثمة عوامل عدة تفسر انتشار هذا السلاح في العالم العربي، منها سعره الرخيص نسبياً