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Unreality politics

'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?

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Unreality politics

'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?

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Job: Project Coordinator – Inquiry into the future of civil society

The Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society seeks a full-time Project Co-ordinator

The anti-intellectualism of the social justice community is killing us

When faced by complicated ideas we should reach for them together, as though we believe ourselves to be worthy of intellectual leadership.

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel

Why are we voting for the worst characters of capitalism? If we lose the centre-ground, we risk repeating the mistakes of the 1930s. How should we avoid the mistakes of the past? Interview Español

Transforming justice for women in Latin America

More women are murdered in Latin America than any other region of the world. In Guatemala alone, more than five thousand women have been deliberately killed since 2000. Español

Beauty and callousness: the world of drone art

Artist Mahwish Chishty approaches the world of military drone warfare through the language of vibrant Pakistani ‘truck art’, in a stunning new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

Right to privacy requires encrypted messaging

Some tech companies ensure encryption for instant messaging, but others don’t—and there’s no good reason not to in order to ensure our privacy rights are respected. Español

Can Cambodia overcome its ruptured past?

Decades after the Khmer Rouge genocide, Cambodia remains a fractured nation with an untold history. An emotive new film, Angkor Awakens, tells this tragic story in full, and finds plenty of cause for hope at the end.

Lost in time: Hada, an Inner Mongolian dissident

Twenty years ago, a bookseller was turned into a living ghost. Amid the great changes shaking China, America, Britain, and the world, he still matters.

Are universities preventing violence against women?

Sexual harassment of women students is rife and violence against women in universities is commonplace. Are universities reflecting cultural norms of violence against women instead of shaping new norms?

Unreality politics

'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?

Waking up to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act

The myth of ‘this is a liberal democracy, these things don’t happen here’ is shattered. And now we have created an infrastructure for really serious social and political control.

Liberation pedagogy in Mexico’s social movements

Education understood as a pillar of political activity, on the basis of criticism and resistance, becomes a fundamental means for struggling to end poverty, marginalization, slavery and exploitation.

No blank checks for Europe’s populists

The populist turn in the West since the global economic crisis is undermining Europe’s liberal democratic model. But are illiberal ideas really as popular as they seem?

Donald Trump is going to keep wrecking Afghanistan

As commander-in-chief, dealing with the realities of the region will not be as simple as shifting soundbites.

The future of EU nationals in the UK

Ultimately, the economic claims made by Remain were unconvincing because those in power made them so.

The end of the road? The global crisis and the disintegration of neoliberalism

There is a race between the restoration of social and political collectivity and barbarism.

John Dewey’s ‘intelligent populism’: beyond Brexit, Trump and post-truth

Both left and right populism are based on a low opinion of public intelligence (an assumption, incidentally, shared with neoliberalism). What is needed is an ‘intelligent populism’.

Theresa May, populism and citizenship

We shouldn't dismiss moves towards a populist notion of national citizenship.

A lesson from Argentina in the times of Trump

This document used to be distributed as a pamphlet in Argentina in the first decade of this century. Today it can be useful to readers to reflect on the new despotisms. Español

Populism and the return of the political

"A future you can believe in" is the reverse of "Make America great again", because it doesn’t retreat into moral rejection or resistance politics.

What lies beneath prostitution policy in New Zealand?

The rosy rhetoric that surrounds prostitution policy in New Zealand is being exposed by survivors of the prostitution system and the way that harm is glossed over by defenders of this approach.

State-owned enterprises in China could be an entry point for human rights

To make headway on human rights in China, advocates need to get creative by partnering with state-owned enterprises. A contribution to the openGlobalRights sub-debate on rethinking the human rights business model. 简体中文

'All day, everyday': where is the protection against violence in schools and universities?

The scale of harassment and violence in schools means girls and boys need more than sex and relationships education. It’s time we used human rights law.

What will Brexit mean for asylum in the UK?

Brexit was a vote largely against regular movement from the EU, but what about refugees? A new series seek to explore what Brexit will mean for those in search of safety.

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK?

Dedicated refuges were created to answer a desperate need. Now their survival is at risk. 

Spirituality and the insurrection of seeds

All monopolies—religious, social, political and economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.

Mexican environmental grassroots protest: what does it mean to resist and defend the territory in a repressive context?

Facing up to the fear of repression, powerlessness, loneliness, and hopelessness is the only way for people not to give up.

Rethinking the Public: A book launch

Prominent thinkers on the BBC joined Our Beeb for an evening of debate in London.