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ISIS and Tunisia-Iran: a deeper link

The anger and ideals of excluded young people contain a story of the world's disorder.

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ISIS and Tunisia-Iran: a deeper link

The anger and ideals of excluded young people contain a story of the world's disorder.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Apply for a 50.50 feminist investigative journalism fellowship

We need your help to track the backlash against sexual and reproductive rights. Apply for 50.50's inaugural feminist investigative journalism fellowships.

A 'Minister for Loneliness' is a sticking plaster for the ills of neoliberalism

Is loneliness the price we pay for an ideology that privileges individual freedom and ‘choice’ above the collective and communal; that sees attachment to others as an obstacle to the pursuit of profit?

Persistent inequality: Disputing the legacy of the pink tide in Latin America

 A joint series with the Institute of Latin American Studies FUB analyses why the advances in the struggle against inequality in the pink tide cycle have been much more limited than expected.

Will the real rethinkers please stand up?

Don’t be deceived by recent media coverage: the battle for the future of economics has barely begun.

Egypt: character assassination as a weapon

The Egyptian regime has been resorting to defamation campaigns to target its opponents as a tactic to silence and discredit any ciritcal voices. العربية

Is catastrophe the only cure for the weakness of radical politics?

If we want a future worthy of the name we need a different form of revolution.

Can America be a Good Place again?

Americans need to remind themselves that it´s possible to act morally in an amoral world, and shape each other’s attitudes by opening up a debate about what is good and bad.

Ghandi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Can Bulgaria achieve its Balkan ambitions?

Bulgaria’s new role as president of the Council of the EU has started with a bang – quite literally.

What can Michael Gove - and the rest of us - learn from a new poetry of the soil?

What happens when a poet (and lifelong vegetarian) spends a year on Britain’s stock farms during and after the Brexit vote - and what lessons do farmers have for both Leavers and Remainers?

Venezuela’s administration and organized crime: a partnership?

Venezuela’s role as a hotbed for organized crime in the Americas has deepened in the last year. The country’s political, economic and social crises have fueled crime and strengthened illegal economies. Español

Budging the male bias

It's time to end the sausagefest.

Election season in Russia: violent acts and criminal cases against rights defenders, political activists

This week, the pressure on rights defenders, Open Russia and Navalny activists has turned increasingly violent. 

Where are the investigative journalists challenging patriarchy?

Amid growing threats to our sexual and reproductive rights, and enduring inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence, we need fearless feminist investigative journalism now. Apply for 50.50's inaugural feminist investigative journalism fellowships.

Patriotism as a diagnosis

Nine years ago today, Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was shot dead in central Moscow. We republish the last article he wrote before his death.

Hope for Russia’s hopeless elections

“I’m not participating in this shit” could become the main political slogan at Russia’s upcoming presidential elections. RU

A renewed Poor People’s Campaign revives King’s dream of challenging class divides

Can a new fusion of movements reignite the search for freedom and equality in America?

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

ISIS and Tunisia-Iran: a deeper link

The anger and ideals of excluded young people contain a story of the world's disorder.

US Senate launches attack on Nicaragua poverty programmes

The so-called NICA Act, if passed, would require the US government to veto loans from international financial institutions to Nicaragua. Español

‘Happy 18th birthday! You’re out’

Tougher internal controls under Macron are only giving police more powers, allowing them to conduct identity checks in emergency shelters. Brutality towards migrants is likely to become even more common.

The tentacles of autocratic regimes: the case of Egypt

The process of repression is outsourced to the citizenry who indirectly secure absolute power for the regime. It is a vicious cycle with the masses being both the victims as well as beneficiaries of repression. 

Who drills, wins

When it comes to oil, Norway just can’t help itself.

No future in Karabash, one of Russia’s most polluted towns

With its population dropping, this choking copper town in Russia’s Urals is struggling to survive. RU

Darkest Hour - what does a rash of Winston Churchill portrayals tell us about Brexit Britain?

Are our finest hours all behind us? What of the untold Churchill stories? And who can speak for Britain, today?

From PFI to privatisation, our national accounting rules encourage daft decisions. It’s time to change them.

Countless daft decisions have been encouraged by national accounting rules which defy all economic logic. Taxpayers are now paying the price.

Fireworks nights

“There feels like a massive push towards ‘diversifying’ the arts. It makes me feel uncomfortable when at the centre of that push we find mainly white, middle class people.”

Out of time: the fragile temporality of Carillion’s accumulation model

Carillion is the epitome of the modern financialized firm. Its liquidation tells us much about risk in modern capitalism, and raises serious questions about state outsourcing.