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Expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Leave campaign – from the murky finances of Arron Banks to the law-breaking antics of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove's Vote Leave campaign.

We have many more leads to chase down – but our time and resources are running out. We urgently need to raise £100,000 so we can keep doing this important work.

As the deadline for Brexit speeds towards us, it's urgently important that citizens across the UK know who bankrolls our politicians, and who is really behind the powerful hard-Brexit lobby.

Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

Russian anti-fascist reveals a world of violence, humiliation and threats in pre-trial detention

In Russia, the security services have arrested 11 anarchists and anti-fascists on terrorism charges. Yuly Boyarshinov, a defendant, describes the conditions in pre-trial detention – where prisoners beat, bully and humiliate others in league with investigators.

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Expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Leave campaign – from the murky finances of Arron Banks to the law-breaking antics of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove's Vote Leave campaign.

We have many more leads to chase down – but our time and resources are running out. We urgently need to raise £100,000 so we can keep doing this important work.

As the deadline for Brexit speeds towards us, it's urgently important that citizens across the UK know who bankrolls our politicians, and who is really behind the powerful hard-Brexit lobby.

Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

Russian anti-fascist reveals a world of violence, humiliation and threats in pre-trial detention

In Russia, the security services have arrested 11 anarchists and anti-fascists on terrorism charges. Yuly Boyarshinov, a defendant, describes the conditions in pre-trial detention – where prisoners beat, bully and humiliate others in league with investigators.

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Those who fall asleep in a democracy might wake up in a dictatorship

Despite progress during the PT governments, Brazil is a very unequal and violent country today. Young people seem surprised: was the dictatorship not a thing of the past? Interview. Español Português

Online platforms have enabled “deluge of hatred against trans women” in the UK

Social media platforms have policies against discriminatory and hateful content – but LGBTQ+ rights activists say they’re not working.

Organising beyond silos: confronting common challenges amongst migrants and workers

Only a coordinated challenge can make work better for all. We are all in this together.

#JusticiaParaImelda: the difficult battle for women’s rights in Central America

Whilst we await the postponed trial of Imelda Cortez for the 17th of December, the battle to tear down legal barriers that stand in the way of gender equality looks set to continue for Central American women. Español

Over 80% of the UK and US think their country’s divided: our new podcast considers why

When did you last change your mind? We ask leaders what they changed they mind on, why and what they learned. This week, pollster Deborah Mattinson.

Did the US and Britain collude in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

With Khashoggi’s murder, many secrets that both the Kingdom and its western allies wanted buried, will stay that way.

Why Ukraine needs an investigation into the murder of activist Kateryna Handzyuk

Handzyuk's death has led Ukraine’s parliament to create a temporary commission to investigate violent attacks on civic activists. RU

Russian anti-fascist reveals violence, humiliation and threats in pre-trial detention

In Russia, the security services have arrested 11 anarchists and anti-fascists on terrorism charges. Yuly Boyarshinov, a defendant, describes the conditions in pre-trial detention – where prisoners beat, bully and humiliate others in league with investigators.

Adopting a child is a revolutionary act

Both policy reforms and face-to-face caring are fundamental components of a just society.

Expanding the map: how funders can ensure quality work for all

Philanthropy can have blind spots and red lines. We must resist the temptation to sidestep difficult issues when it comes to workers’ rights. 

Funding the future of work means addressing gaps in the present of work

Investing in frontline communities builds resilience and increases opportunities for non-exploitative work.

Could integration help Ukraine’s Roma?

In Ukraine, civil society campaigners are trying to stop discrimination against Roma communities by helping them organise and integrate. RU

Brexit (and Boris) torpedoed

The battle of Brexit has finally been joined as Boris Johnson is blown out of the water by his own brother.

Kyrgyzstan survives on money made by migrant workers, but it doesn’t know how to spend it

No country in the world is as dependent on remittances as Kyrgyzstan. But this money is often used by families to survive, and allows the state to avoid its obligations to its citizens. 

Mental health and artificial intelligence: losing your voice

While we still can, let us ask, "Will AI exacerbate discrimination?" as the productive forces of mental health are restructured within a techno-psychiatric complex. Poem.

Why drug policy is a feminist issue

Like feminism, harm reduction is a philosophy that encourages us to do away with the false distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ women.

Reflections on the role of philanthropy in the world of work

If philanthropic foundations want to positively affect the lives of workers, then they should use their money to hold the powerful to account and to help workers be heard. 

Donald Trump and the politics of emotion

Trump’s ability to create a shared mood among voters was honed in the world of professional wrestling.

Is Yugoslavia an “alien” or are we alien to Yugoslavia?

What is the lesson of the historical sequence of socialist Yugoslavia and its disintegration for our own dystopian moment?

In remembrance of Kristallnacht

On this eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, it is our duty not only to stand up against antisemitism, but all sorts of oppression.

Revealed: How Arron Banks’s campaign ‘ambassador’ made his millions in Russia

Jim Mellon introduced Brexit ‘bad boys’ Nigel Farage and Arron Banks, and was a Leave.EU ambassador. He claims he hasn’t been involved in Russia since the 1990s. But our investigation shows he still has major financial exposure to Russian investments.

One year on from a planned “revolution” in Russia, dozens of people are facing jail time

In November 2017, hundreds of Russian citizens were involved in an apparent attempt to organise a new “revolution” in Russia. Thirty of them are now facing serious charges. 

Resisting oblivion in El Salvador

El Mozote survivors do everything, tirelessly, to demand justice and to make sure that no one has to live through what they faced ever again. Español

Tackling the kilil system: a critical response to ‘Ethiopia: Climbing Mount Uncertainty’

“A powerful leadership cannot resolve the endless ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia and save the country. Only a genuine transition to a democracy can.”

Labour history shows us where workers “took back control” without building walls

Current debates on automation, precarity, identity and internationalism would do well to better observe the lessons of labour history.

Ethiopia’s reform process: a seven-point response to Messay Kebede’s critique

“I don’t have any “aim” when I write my articles, other than to present the situation as I understand it. I don’t have any intention, right, or ability to interfere with, let alone alter, Ethiopia’s political course.”

Russia’s Mediterranean call: from Kerch to Palmyra, but without Constantinople?

How the Russian authorities are justifying the military’s pivot to the south east.

Should Judge Moro have accepted the Ministry of Justice offered by Bolsonaro?

If judge Moro adopts the same methods that he used in Operation Lava Jato in his new role, human rights, justice and democracy face a bleak future in Brazil. Español

How Britain is a bad influence on the Gulf states – an interview with David Wearing

 Could Britain ever promote democracy in the Gulf? Only if it turns its own foreign policy away from neoliberalism and militarism, David Wearing argues in a new book.