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Meet the Soopa Doopa branding agency that delivered Brexit

How did all of the different Leave campaigns stumble upon the same obscure branding agency in Ely, if they weren't working as a coordinated campaign? 

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Meet the Soopa Doopa branding agency that delivered Brexit

How did all of the different Leave campaigns stumble upon the same obscure branding agency in Ely, if they weren't working as a coordinated campaign? 

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Editor y responsable de redes sociales y desarrollo de audiencia. América Latina

DemocraciaAbierta busca contratar a un editor a tiempo parcial, enfocado en el desarrollo de redes sociales y de audiencia, y ubicado en América Latina.

Editor and social media/audience development role: Latin America

DemocraciaAbierta – the ‘Latin’ section of the global website openDemocracy, is seeking to hire a part-time editor with a media / audience development focus to be located in Latin America.

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere.

“What makes us move is tasting dreams of what could be, stepping into the cracks where another world is coming into view.”

A trip to liberated Minbic in Northern Syria: from hell to paradise

The city of Minbic (Manbij) and its surroundings are among the most contested regions in the Syrian war. Ercan Ayboga interviewed representatives of the new Democratic Administration in Minbic.

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

Where are the missing? How the tabloids underplayed deaths at Grenfell for their own gain

The press claim they don't want to speculate on numbers until they have an official body count. That’s laudable. But very responsible reporting has become widespread overnight where it never was before.

Trust is in recession: and there is little sign of recovery

Where does trust end and continuous fear become the norm?

Too many Afghan women in London face racism, sexism – and unwanted pregnancies

Recent research on Afghan immigrant women living in London has revealed a multi-layered crisis. What can be done to address this, and to empower them?

Integrating a psychosocial perspective in human rights works

Integrating a psychosocial perspective requires the incorporation of psychosocial support and self-care into job descriptions and work plans. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health and human rights. Español

My own private basic income

One person’s experience becoming a business owner shows how our economy is based on luck rather than merit and how it rewards people who own stuff rather than people who do stuff.

Juvenal on Grenfell Tower

Satire III : 190 - 231, from The Satires, written in the early second century AD.

Why didn't Labour win?

Bad governance has resulted in a steady diminution of voter credit, which has progressively accumulated into a loss of confidence that the party can govern.

‘How do we get out if there’s a fire?’ In Yorkshire, G4S tenants live in fear

Security company G4S housed six families with babies and toddlers in a fire-trap hostel in Halifax.

Child safeguarding cloaks state surveillance and data exploitation

Child safeguarding is being used to get away with 24/7 surveillance. The government must not misuse 'child safeguarding' as a false flag in data protection, and apply new rules to everyone but itself.

A Corbyn-led government should start by scrapping the Prevent Strategy

Corbyn wants to talk about and address the causes of terrorist violence? This will require scrapping the Prevent Strategy.

Why does our national debate on integration ignore segregation by wealth?

A major part of what leads to segregation in society, by wealth and power, is not part of our integration debate. Why not?

Walking free in Azerbaijan

It’s easy to celebrate when Azerbaijan’s political prisoners are released. But ensnared by public stigma and personal trauma, what are the chances that they ever find a place for themselves in society?

A fatwa against sexual violence: the story of a historic congress of female Islamic scholars

Can women interpret Islamic law? Scholars who think so recently gathered in Indonesia, where fatwas were also issued against child marriage and environmental degradation.

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


Meet the Soopa Doopa branding agency that delivered Brexit

How did all of the different Leave campaigns stumble upon the same obscure branding agency in Ely, if they weren't working as a coordinated campaign? 

The fight against torture should preoccupy us all

Torture is a calculated act of cruelty and brutality that degrades us all and weakens the rule of law. On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, let's eradicate complicity with torture.

Disconnected society: how the war in the Donbas has affected Ukraine

People displaced by the war in eastern Ukraine need a community to represent their interests — any community. Why is that proving so difficult? RU

US secrecy and transparency in the use of lethal force

A new report reviews the abuse and civilian harm resulting from American drone strikes and lethal operations.العربية

Do you speak Mingrelian?

A major language in western Georgia could struggle for survival  because it’s not considered one.

Domestic work is decent work

A founder of the domestic workers movement in South Africa recounts the struggle for labour protections and rights that began in the time of apartheid.

The Excrement Republic: violence, patriotism, martyrdom and romance in El Salvador

Miroslava Rosales’s poems tear through the postmodern plasticity of the violent neoliberal order, the platinum and plastic necropolis imposed upon Latin American countries by local regimes and foreign penetration. Interview. Español

The subversive power of joy

The unexpected, spontaneous and pleasantly disruptive nature of collective celebration is one of the great equalisers of social and political struggle.

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