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Is Nicolás Maduro a usurper?

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Democratically elected leaders are still capable of ruling undemocractically, Maduro is a case in point. Español.

Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Is Nicolás Maduro a usurper?

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Democratically elected leaders are still capable of ruling undemocractically, Maduro is a case in point. Español.

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Out of season, out of pocket in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson is known for its agricultural produce. But out of season, life is hard. RU

Will the new Environment Bill really deliver Gove’s “Green Brexit”?

Next week parliament starts scrutinising draft legislation, but environmental campaigners are sceptical about the government’s “loopholes and vague aspirations”.

How French anti-abortion activists have used ‘digital guerilla’ tactics

Les Survivants are an example of new, anti-abortion activism in Europe targeting young people with digital tools and disinformation campaigns.

Banking on public power: what we can learn from the Institute of International Finance

The progressive movement should build a network of think tanks, politicians and financial professionals where the revolving door is just as effective as with the IIF and global financial policymakers.

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

On the hollowness of the contemporary radical populist right and what to do about it

For decades, radical right-wing populism has been accompanied by a narrative warning of the fundamental threat these parties pose to liberal democracy. The effect has been close to zero.

Nicolás Maduro, the usurper

If elected in free elections, the usurpers of power are usually democratic leaders. But they end up tampering with constitutional or electoral tools to increase their personal power. Español.

Meet the corporations who sue governments to undermine progressive change

Today, campaigners dressed as wolves in suits invaded the streets of Davos to highlight the real face of private-sector influence.

Contrasting euroscepticisms in Croatia and Serbia

What are the implications for Serbia from Croatia’s experience throughout the course of its EU-membership?

Remainers! beware demographic arguments

We need to change minds with a positive message like DIEM25’s proposal of a European Green New Deal.

How Ukraine’s “terrorist threat” is a real threat to civil rights

Since 2014, people living in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions have had limited voting rights in both national and local elections. And there is now a danger of their losing these rights altogether. RU

Now streaming: censorship

How should companies like Netflix respond when repressive governments order the removal of critical content?

The ruling class that drove Brexit

The media loves to blame far right movements and moments on the working class. Our Brexit research tells a very different story.

Still raging against the economy?

Many great minds of the past would be dismayed at the damage to people and planet being caused by our pursuit of ‘progress’.

I went inside a Colombian ‘youth camp’ run by anti-abortion activists

At a camp mixing extreme sports and extreme rhetoric, I saw how they’re training teenagers to join their fight against reproductive rights.

Brexit’s primitive passions could bring havoc to Ireland – and far beyond

The Good Friday Agreement was a marvel that is now threatened by the ignorant and the nasty among Britain’s ruling elite.

Democracy must be re-established in Europe

Call to engage in a continent-wide democratic debate on the deep crisis facing the European Union and how to overcome it.

Political protest not for sale!

Why the Homeland Hack is not a commodity.

A tale of two unions

Scotland can only look on with envy as the concerns of the Irish Government are placed centre stage in Brussels while Scotland is ignored or derided at Westminster.

In Azerbaijan, a hunger strike is the only remaining hope for justice

Mehman Huseynov, an Azeri blogger, is facing new fabricated charges in prison. But people inside and outside the country are coming together to try and free him.

Brexit, democracy and the sacred

There is no way back to anything resembling a united kingdom without some kind of sacrifice.

Voting doesn’t build consensus – we need a People’s Debate

With a Damocles sword hanging over UK democracy, everyone is underestimating how many people they need to listen to or persuade for real progress to be made.

The Dangerous Dance: Syrians in the New Year’s Eve

Seven years after the beginning of the refugee question, the situation of Syrians in the diaspora is still fragile to an extent that a happy and short dance made by Syrians in ‘other people’s cities’ is considered to be a danger

Stanislav Markelov: Russia’s Trade Union Movement, 1990s-2000s

Ten years ago this month, Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered. Here, we publish an extended interview with him on the fate of worker-led activism in post-Soviet Russia. 

Why Jo Swinson changed her mind about all-women shortlists

The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats talks about getting more women into politcs.

Stanislav Markelov: F*** anarchy, there’s no future anyway

Ten years ago this month, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. We publish his reflections on power, the state and revolutionary maximalism here for the first time in English.

Rising roar of faux faith in poll-bound India

Read the newspapers, listen to the TV “debates” and see the WhatsApp-trained ignorant armies clash day and night.

Stanislav Markelov: the new feudalism

As part of our project to bring the thought of Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov (1974-2009) to international readers, we present his reflections on the “New Middle Ages” and the current crisis.

La democracia digital y el futuro

¿Disponemos de suficiente información como para poder regular la actividad de los proveedores de datos que tienen hoy un rol clave en el desarrollo de las campañas electorales y de nuestras democracias? English