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Are the people good enough?

Responses to the Brexit vote have revealed a disturbing current of anti-democratic sentiment. We need to challenge these attitudes and commit to a deeper form of democracy.

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Are the people good enough?

Responses to the Brexit vote have revealed a disturbing current of anti-democratic sentiment. We need to challenge these attitudes and commit to a deeper form of democracy.

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Liam Fox and the worst secret trade stitch up you've never heard of

The EU/US 'TTIP trade deal' is dead - but another deal that will do similar damage to our public services and protections is almost in place already. And the socialists are split...

 

Putin Country

As authoritarian control and renewed superpower tension dominate headlines, telling stories of Russia’s everyday heroes can reveal lost alternatives.

Donald Trump: the wrong man

Uncertainty surrounds the US president-elect. Europe and Latin America must learn to defend the republican ideals of the French revolution, the associated liberties and cosmopolitanism in general, by themselves. Español Português

From Ramallah to Paris: the Middle East’s forgotten conflict

There are issues the international community should consider in the wake of the Paris talks if it is serious about its responsibilities under the United Nations Charter. 

A manifesto for Manchester

Andy Burnham has hit the ground running with an honest campaign around housing, although some of the ghosts of New Labour remain.

Employment Diversity – Has Ofcom been nobbled by the TV industry?

When it comes to diversity, Ofcom is being captured by the broadcasting industry.

Under threat: five countries in which civic space is rapidly closing

Restricted freedoms and intensifying governmental control raise the risk for social and geopolitical conflict. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

Towards a feminist United Nations: a six-point agenda for the new SG

Leading feminist thinkers and UN staff, past and present, have articulated six key recommendations for António Guterres, the new Secretary-General.

What does the future hold for Ukraine's children in care?

Kyiv wants $2 billion from the EU to scrap its Soviet-era orphanages.

Late night in Buenos Aires

"Although with poetry we cannot take power, we cannot make the revolution, poetry itself is a great warrior against the alienation that Che Guevara speaks about." Interview. Español

Through the eyes of a queer Arab man: a review of ‘Guapa’

The novel Guapa by Saleem Haddad is set in the aftermath of the 2011 revolutions. Reading it during the fall of Aleppo, on the sixth anniversary of the Arab Spring, is a moving experience.

The Two-State solution’s silver bullet

If the international community cannot come to recognize the State of Palestine before Trump takes office, the State of Palestine may ultimately be reconstituted from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

The Emperor’s new clothes: identity politics in Romania 10 years after joining the EU

Romania celebrated its first decade as a member of the EU on 1 January 2017. This then is a time for assessing what this decade has meant for the country that still lies, geographically speaking, at 'the margin' of Europe.

Radical left strategies in the era of the collapse of 'Actually Existing Liberalism'

A few decades after the fall of ‘actually existing socialism’, we are experiencing the fall of ‘actually existing liberalism’, so to speak. How should the left approach this historical moment?

Theresa May lays out her 12 priorities for Brexit negotiations

The important points in the UK prime minister's speech today, explained.

Fatah’s seventh party congress: a masterstroke by Abbas?

The Fatah leadership, with the tacit support of its international backers, has chosen small gains at the cost of an uncertain future. 

Mexican President is adding fuel to the fire

President Peña Nieto asks: What would you have done? as unrest spreads over gas hike. Español

Aleppo's forgotten revolutionaries

Countless icons of the Syrian revolution who struggled for freedom between 2012-2014 have been ignored and erased from history by the western media.

From funding projects to funding struggles: Reimagining the role of donors

While donors partner with civil society to counter shrinking civic space, their rigid funding systems can undermine progress. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on new business models for human rights. Español 

5 reasons Brexit is hazardous to our health

The post-Brexit deals now being negotiated are likely to leave Britons in poorer health and with a severely damaged or even privatised NHS.

How well protected are Syrians in Turkey?

EU policymakers hope Syrians will stay in Turkey, but while they have some rights there lasting solutions are elusive.

Targeting vulnerable communities: public awareness of human trafficking must align with policies directly benefiting all victims and survivors

Public awareness campaigns have lots to say about sex trafficking, but often fail to reach communities directly impacted by trafficking or to complement programmes that help survivors.

Maybe it is time to tell new stories of Scotland

On the new Scotland and its emerging political culture.

The challenge is not so different in Germany from the rest of Europe

Philosopher and activist Thomas Seibert at the "Brexit Britain: what went wrong and what next?" conference in October, last year. (Video archive, 12 mins)

Branding and Identity partner wanted for the Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society Project

The Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society is looking for a partner to develop and deliver the branding and identity for this landmark two year project that aims to provide a clear vision for the role of civil society in England over the next ten years.

Nationalism in Jordan: king, tribe, or country? Part two

Part two of this two-part series reveals the fragmented nature of nationhood in Jordan with the East/West Bank divide and tribalism.

Nationalism in Jordan: king, tribe, or country? Part one

The first article in this two-part series traces the formation of nationalism in Jordan as both a pan-Arab identity and a relationship between Arabs and family rulers.