Smartness Inc.

The powers behind India’s first ‘smart city’ tell us that “land is not an issue”. But with the neoliberalisation of space comes a disturbing transformation of citizenship via data and real estate.

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Smartness Inc.

The powers behind India’s first ‘smart city’ tell us that “land is not an issue”. But with the neoliberalisation of space comes a disturbing transformation of citizenship via data and real estate.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Nash equilibrium

The mathematician John Nash, who died on Sunday, provided a foundation for economics that is rich, not dismal

Morocco, UN myopia and the Libyan crisis

It may be understandable that the UN should clutch at any straws to address the miasma in Libya. But Morocco shouldn’t be one of them.

Porous borders allow migrants into Germany. And?

Many are desperately trying to get into a country that’s perceived as Europe’s best. Some are vociferously unhappy about this. Politicians thrive in such petty-minded zeitgeist. Do true democrats need to worry?

Discovering Diwane: ancestral African ritual music

The history of Algerian Diwane is as rich as the musical tradition itself. Gaâda Diwane de Béchar are playing at Rich Mix in London, Thursday, May 28, 8pm.

UK nuclear weapons: a source of insecurity?

The UK doggedly maintains an ‘independent nuclear deterrent’ but a naval officer has blown the whistle on the system’s inherent insecurity—with its potentially incalculable implications.

On the movement to shut down Yarl’s Wood

“Headbutt the bitch, I’d beat her up,” said one Serco guard, caught on camera at the notorious UK immigration removal centre. Cartoonist Lucie Kinchin on activist efforts to set the women free:

Private finance and the post-2015 development agenda

Proposals for development financing in the post 2015 era highlight a major role for private finance. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July may run counter to the original vision of the sustainable development goals.  

Suppressed at home, neglected abroad, Ethiopian migrants

The May 24 election, contrary to US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s misjudged and widely criticized comments, is a hollow piece of democratic theatre.

Brazil in decline?

The sluggish economic situation is much less worrisome to Brazil’s future than the measures being approved in the National Congress.

Technical, geopolitical, or transformative: what future for the Eastern Partnership?

In most Eastern Partnership countries, elites are prepared to adopt EU templates as long as they do not undermine their interests and affect their survival strategies. The EU needs a change of strategy.

Civil disobedience is not the same as violent extremism

Several leading Swedish academics published a protest in a major daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter this March, regarding Swedish Government plans for preventing extremism.

Scandal and silence in Lisboa

I am not an “austerity refugee”, the author tells our partners, Precarious Europe. In fact, my family has had a role to play in the suffering of millions of Portuguese workers.

A Syrian’s view of Europe

Humam, fleeing his war-torn country, made the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe. He now reminds Precarious Europe how big and wonderful Europe can be.

The Tories and the police - who is playing who?

Sometimes it would be extremely helpful to the police for protesters to break windows at key sites...

Smartness Inc.

The powers behind India’s first ‘smart city’ tell us that “land is not an issue”. But with the neoliberalisation of space comes a disturbing transformation of citizenship via data and real estate.

Children suffer racist abuse and ‘degrading treatment’ by guards high on drugs at G4S Rainsbrook prison

G4S appoints “new leadership” at Rainsbrook: the man in charge when Gareth Myatt, 15, was restrained to death, the man who told an inquest he hadn’t read the restraint manual.

From pro-American to pro-Russian? Nikola Gruevski as a political chameleon

A former staunch ally of the US-led War on Terror, Macedonia PM Nikola Gruevski has gradually turned his country away from the west towards Russia - all the while keeping his neoconservative ideology intact.

Who has the right to live in London? An interview with Renters’ Rights London

Renters’ Rights London aims to provide the tools and knowledge renters need to defend themselves from unfair treatment and campaign for more rights. We speak with coordinator, Rosie Walker.

The Iraqi crisis: rethinking the narrative

An approach to Iraq focused on military intervention, with some humanitarian assistance, has defied the complexity of the domestic and regional kaleidoscope. No wonder it is failing.

The government must act to improve the human rights of dementia patients and carers

Few now question the right of parents to stay with children in hospital - so why don't patients with dementia have similar rights? A blog for Dementia Awareness week.

The EU referendum - what is the question though?

Cameron will almost certainly opt for the least democratic question - a simple yes no, just as he did on the electoral reform vote. There is a much better way to calculate the public will and people should demand it.

10 questions for the Labour Party

Labour's problems cannot be fixed by minor tweaks. They need to address the big questions.

Deficits in the EU that should worry Europeans

In Greece for the first time the EU authorities demand a government complete a programme that it has neither designed nor has a democratic mandate to implement.

Silencing the challenging voices of the global ‘subalterns’ in anti-trafficking discourse

Contemporary anti-trafficking discourses are powered by a series of gendered and racialised binaries that silence the voices of the global subalterns, undermining their agency, and defusing their transgressions.

‘Foreign criminals’ and victims of trafficking—fantasies, categories and control

Casting migrants and smugglers as 'victims and villains' allows states to play saviour and legitimates immigration enforcement as the sole appropriate response.

To empower women, prioritize their social and economic rights

What we can learn about the connection between gender equality and socioeconomic rights from coffee farming communities in Colombia? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.  Español

Has the west given up on democracy?

Authoritarians are methodically cracking down on opposition elements, restricting civil society activity, swapping surveillance and censorship tips and technologies to keep domestic dissent at bay.

Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

Pic 2.jpgAs post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 

Voters per MP: why First Past The Post failed

You can elect a Tory MP with 34,244 votes. To elect a UKIP MP requires 3,881,129 votes. Why are the press silent on this outrageous democratic fraud?