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Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

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Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

Bangladesh teen protests are proof that politics is not the preserve of adults

Student-led mass protests in Dhaka challenge the notion that political consciousness begins at adulthood.

Disobedient democracies on Europe’s periphery: why are these crucial for rebuilding the left?

Rebuilding the left and reversing the democratic erosion which we are currently witnessing across Europe and the US are one and the same project.

Meet the Syrian regime’s trusted friend

The next phase in Syria’s brutal modern history will likely see more Khaled al-Ahmad type figures propagated by the regime, repackaged and sold in western media as ‘fixers’.

“The price on everything is love:” how a Detroit community overcomes a lack of city services.

A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs that aren’t met by local government.

The legacy of infinite war: special ops, generational struggle, and the Cooperstown of commandos

US Special Operations Command continues to thrive. Its budget, its personnel numbers, and just about any other measure you might choose (from missions to global reach) continue to rise.

A war close to home

The slow-burn effects of ISIS's dispersal are coming to the west.

A nation divided? The identities, politics and governance of England

The public want change. It’s time for civil society to lead this essential, overdue public discussion. An edited version of a Speakers Lecture by John Denham.

How Turkmenistan spies on its citizens at home and abroad

A mix of traditional techniques and new technologies allows the Turkmen regime to follow its citizens’ every move.

Looking at Lexit : Everyday Lexiteers - Interview 3 : Oliver

" When viewed in [the] Europe-wide context, it becomes clear that a vote for Leave is not a vote for UKIP or for neoliberalism. In fact, it may deprive such forces of the international structures which sustain them."

BBC Diversity – getting through The Moral Maze

"This story starts with an invitation to appear as witness on “The Morality of Diversity” in the BBC Radio 4 “The Moral Maze” series, presented by Michael Buerk..."

No, the racial diversity of a country does not perfectly predict pro-immigrant attitudes

Given the political salience of immigration and how affected we are by our own perceptions of immigration, it is critical that we get the details right.

Scottish independence needing more minds than hearts, brave or not

For Scotland, the question of self-determination is intimitely tied to the question of land

Ten years after the crash, civil society has come a long way. But much more remains to be done

The public still don’t think that the financial system is working in their interests.

The BBC and Cliff Richard: in terms of press freedom, this is a sideshow

The BBC has dropped the idea of appealing against the award of damages to Cliff Richard for invasion of privacy, but continues to muddy the waters with fake legal arguments.

A torture scandal makes Russia pay attention

Graphic footage of a prisoner being tortured has gripped the Russian public. But the lawyer who helped expose this torture needs state protection.

Yair Netanyahu: a scandalous man

Benjamin Netanyahu's eldest son has been at the center of many scandals from corruption to social media activity.

Theodor Adorno and the Prague Spring 1968

There was nearly society-wide consensus that as a power, the communist party could create a more democratic and humane society than those in western liberal capitalism.

Hungary and the end of democracy

Hungary has taken its leave of democracy and has transformed itself into a dictatorship.

“I wanted to wail, to scream at them: ‘What in the world are you doing to my daughter? Are you human or not?’”

An interview with the mother of Anna Pavlikova, an 18-year-old facing extremism charges in Russia.

Research the revenge: what we’re getting wrong about Russia Today

Data-mining and analysis will not reveal what makes Russian propaganda tick.

 

Free Shahidul Alam: the Bangladeshi photographer exposing injustices around the world

Alam must be released immediately to continue his vital work as a voice for the powerless.

How to break the impasse on Labour’s anti-semitism mess

Labour should adopt the IHRA code, with the Home Affairs Select Committee’s caveats

The case of the Sarost 5: black holes of responsibility in the central Mediterranean

With EU states brushing away their responsibilities to provide a port of safety for people rescued at sea, weaker parties are left to deal with the consequences of this deadly approach.

Do you agree?: What #MeToo can teach us about digital consent

The conversation around sexual consent could radically change the way we think of consent online.

Tackling the trolls: how women are fighting back against online bullies

Refusing to be silent, women are leading research, campaigns and new strategies to stop trolls and create safer online spaces.

Why there need to be checks on mainstream economics

Pluralist economics can make the mainstream profession more aware of its significant blind spots.

UK Labour supports a United Nations Emergency Peace Service

‘What’s radical one year may be accepted the next.’

The great Greek wildfires

With incentives for property speculators being as high as ever and budgets shrunk to a bare minimum, the Greek fire brigade might not have faced its hardest test yet.

Who can we trust?

How can we cultivate a healthy skepticism of our institutions even as we rely on them for information, knowledge, and crucially, protection from aspiring autocrats?

New President, the extreme right and popular resistance in Colombia

The outcome of the Colombian presidential elections will have dire political consequences, visible even before the new president took office last August 7. Español