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Economic change will not happen until the left understands money

Developing a sound analysis of the causes of the financial crisis, and of solutions to the crisis is essential to attracting widespread public support for a transformation of the economy.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Still no country for women? Double standards in choosing the next UN Secretary-General

Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why ?

How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers

Why did people vote the way they did, what were they voting for, and will they still feel the same way when the time comes to leave the EU? 

Hanan Harawi’s insurrection

Independent publishing, poetry, the vivacious - perhaps cyclical - return of indigenous literature, and the current situation of Peruvian politics in relation to culture and literature. Interview. Español

Impact investing: a new player in protecting human rights?

Impact investing is rewriting the way companies can improve human rights conditions.

 

Embracing Complexity: towards fairness, sustainability and happiness

Complexity suggests a different approach to engaging with the world – a middle ground between control and laissez-faire.

Labour can only win with Jeremy Corbyn

Labour's long decline can only be ended by an insurgent movement. And Corbyn is the candidate of that movement.

The EU’s lack of unity and strategy is being felt in Azerbaijan

The EU’s inconsistent policy towards its eastern periphery has damaged its standing in Azerbaijan. A number of people who know the country well, including recently released political prisoners, tell me why.

The experiences of British muslim women defy lazy stereotypes about Islam

Berenice Scandone interviews young British muslim women, who say that their faith provides them with a sense of confidence, belonging, and cultural understanding.

Peru wants more mining, more industry, more China

Peru’s new President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (known as PPK), intends to stimulate the country’s economic activity by processing and refining minerals, in addition to simply exporting them – mainly to China. Español Português

Why most Syrian men are not joining ISIS

It is by recognising the role masculinities and gender expectations play in societies that we can fully understand and hope to address violence.

Contestation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Only when we refute the monolithic interpretation of Zionist theory and practice can we approach an understanding of the contested relationship between anti-zionism and antisemitism.

The distance travelled: Beijing, Hillary, and women's rights

Hillary Rodham Clinton will need to listen to the voices of women working at grassroots on the frontline, and be prepared to use her power, should she win, to defend the human rights defenders.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview

BTS speaks with Elizabeth Nzilani Peter, an employee of a Kenyan coffee cooperative, on the need to recognise homeworkers as part of the formal labour force.

From containers to computers: the challenges of refugee integration in Germany

“The future of Europe depends on a fair situation for all weak people”.

The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

After Cameron: How can you mend a broken country?

In seeking a One Party Britain, David Cameron sowed the seeds not for a united nation, but a divided one. A sign that Britain’s ‘Left Behind’ are now beginning to have their voices heard.

Ramadan and the police

People dısagree over whether drinking or eating during holy month is a crime, but when police devote more time to this than actual crimes, what or who do they serve?

Turkey’s coup failed everywhere, except in Egyptian media

Egypt's media welcomed, unabashedly, the Turkish military coup; prematurely hailing Erdogan’s overthrow.

The "Coptic issue" and the cycle of suffering

Mina Fayek

To single out the mistreatment of Copts and the failure of the state to protect them, as a “Coptic issue”, is a wrong diagnosis of the problem.

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

New confirmation of secret detention allegations in Ukraine

Evidence on the use of secret detention by Ukraine’s security services requires further investigation from the authorities.

Back to basics: why Podemos lost support in the last Spanish election

PP and PSOE have an advantage. They are tied to the history of the country, and there is a popular imagination behind them. Podemos, on the other hand, is trying to create something new.

Did Erdoğan finally get his Gezi?

Could this be a win-win situation for Erdoğan and the AKP: able to enhance their power while reinstating their organic relationship with the people?

'Hollow' states: the presidents re-writing the rules to stay in power

Should he stay or should he go? When it comes to the president, it's the subject of heated debate in Burundi, Congo, DR Congo and Rwanda.

Brazil: democratic normalisation, but little enthusiasm

According to the opinion polls, a majority of Brazilians seem inclined to think that the presidential change marks the beginning of a new phase for the country. Español Português

'The unacceptable face of capitalism'? What the collapse of BHS shows us about the UK economy

In a deregulated financial market, Sir Philip Green's plundering of BHS is the rule, not the exception.

Bahrain's uprising and its movement for radical change

Women and youth were at the forefront of Bahrain's uprising in February 2011, and are at the heart of the ensuing movement for radical change.

The rise of 'youth nationalism' in Poland

What is causing the youth of Poland to mobilise so strongly in the name of nationalism and xenophobia?

An industrial strategy for energy

Britain should abandon Hinkley Point and invest in storage.