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Confronting the money-power elite

Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. Shouldn’t that be us?

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Confronting the money-power elite

Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. Shouldn’t that be us?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Credit: Flickr/Liz West. CC BY 2.0.

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

Global capitalism in Central Asia and competing economic imaginaries

For the US, Russia and China, Central Asia is a space of competing economic influences.

I am from Salamiya but none of this applies to me

In Syria, one could notice some of the significant remarks denigrating others based on their religion, sect, race or color. العربية

Scotland is better at democracy than Westminster – but that’s too low a bar

Three quarters of Scots feel they have little or no influence over local services. A coalition of campaigners is seeking to change that.

Monday’s trade votes are a cynical move to entrench undemocratic procedures

The vote on EU trade deals with Canada and Japan is a cynical move to quash debate about the democratic processes for – and the content of – the UK’s future trade deals.

American students as teachers: facing the world adults are wrecking

“I’m glad to see corporate America standing with me and the other students of Parkland and everybody else,” he said, “because when we work together we can accomplish anything.”

Nicaragua: Ortega/Murillo's tough exit from power

In Nicaragua, the idea that its six million people are capable of running their own country and determining their destiny is not yet an established one.

How El Salvador’s evangelicals have joined the backlash against women’s reproductive rights

The changing religious landscape in this historically Catholic country has not been good news for women, who live under one of the world’s harshest anti-abortion laws.

Better from a friend or from a bank? Kyrgyzstan between informal and formal financial services

A third of Kyrgyzstan’s GDP sits in informal institutions. I spoke to people who use these systems to find out how it works — and why it’s important.

Confronting the money-power elite

Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. Shouldn’t that be us?

While everyone’s watching the football, the Russian government is raising the retirement age

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 15.13.27.pngThis move signals the end of the Russian federal state’s social commitments. RU

 


An agora on the European political space: why is Europe the decisive political space for the Left?

All countries within the European Union – and beyond – face the epochal challenge that there is no longer a shared conception of what a state is. A starting point and an invitation.

Democratic politics beyond liberal democracy

End the exalted position of politics as something separate from an increasingly connected and savvy populace. Let them – us – take control.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain, Part II

Unlike in India, British democracy, distorted by Mammon, is spared by God.

Why Germany neither can nor should pay more to save the eurozone

 “I wanted a Germany that was hegemonic and efficient, not authoritarian and caught up in a European Ponzi scheme. That was in 2013.” Excerpt from the Munich Seminar.

The Great Return March and the women of Gaza

Why are Palestine’s feminists fighting on two fronts?

Kim vs Don: the Singapore sting

In a summit welcomed by Washington and Pyongyang alike, the North Korean leader had an ace card.

Eight lessons from climate organizing for today’s youth-led movements

As a young person, there’s nothing less empowering than listening to an older person tell you how real activism was done in the 1960s. 

East Coast chaos: privatisation by proxy?

Nationalisation should not be a mere palliative for private sector collapse, but a tool to bring about a fundamental rebalancing of wealth and power.

It’s the vulnerable who pay when councils outsource – a personal story of special needs transport

Outsourcing services, combined with ‘austerity’, leads to inadequate oversight and corner cutting – and leaves service users vulnerable to injury, even death.

How this grassroots initiative in St Petersburg is making a World Cup for everyone

Major sporting events speak to people in the language of money, prestige and officialdom. But they can – and must – speak the language of culture, equality and solidarity. RU

How the media forgot about the financial crisis and embraced austerity

A review of ‘Media Amnesia: Rewriting the Economic Crisis’ by Laura Basu.

Our Sectarianism – not just the regime’s creation

Talking about sectarianism in Syria is like standing on the line of fire. How can we talk about sectarianism without perpetuating it? العربية

Italy’s new government is bad news for women and minorities

There will be hard times ahead in Italy, unless you are a cisgendered, white man. The new families minister opposes abortion, immigration and LGBTI rights.

Revealed: New evidence of ‘Hard Brexit svengali’ Shanker Singham’s ‘unparalleled access’ to senior government figures

Labour’s Liam Byrne says former Legatum trade advisor’s influence over Brexit policymakers ‘beggars belief’

Is the Global Compact for Migration truly doing justice to gender?

The Global Compact for Migration is supposed to put gender concerns front and centre, but as the negotiations draw to a close it is clear that this has not happened.

Thirty-two nations under a groove

Will the World Cup which opens today be an orgy of petty-minded nationalism? Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman doesn’t think so.

Unhappiness and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt

Salah is a hero of disruption, a political voice without talking politics.

Why shouldn’t Venezuela take back control too?

Economic crisis, western hostility and Venezuela's Presidential Election, as observed by a sympathetic election monitor.

Portugal’s eurozone reform proposals can renew social democracy

Adding a surgically applied layer of European Keynesianism to the euro’s ordoliberal rules at once offers a solution to Eurozone troubles and throws a lifeline to European social democracy.