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This month in Manchester: the past is another country

The default white western view of Islam as a sealed world is wrong. - free thinking for the world

This month in Manchester: the past is another country

The default white western view of Islam as a sealed world is wrong. - free thinking for the world

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Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum

يبحث موقع openDemocracy عن مشاركين لمنتدى الشرق الأوسط  في مصر.

openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Egypt.

Trump is a global anomaly rather than the new normal

But, in the Republican Party, he is utterly representative: the symptom and not the disease. 

Corbyn, and an election surprise

A fresh approach to security and austerity highlights the choice for Britain's voters.

Redefining the UK general election: it's time to move beyond Brexit

Britons are set to head to polling stations, but Brexit is still dominating debate. Is it possible to avoid a re-run of the referendum and champion social democracy instead?

LGBT lives in Moldova

Four LGBT people from Moldova share their experiences of prejudice and presumptions. Русский

Peace is in the air: is it time to free pacificism from shame?

Enduring wars in the Middle East, sabre rattling between North Korea and the USA – how did pacificism become a dirty word, and is it time for the rediscovery of peace politics? 

I am dead, yet I live

As Twin Peaks returns to television, it’s time to consider the original show’s cult status in the post-Soviet world — and the strange and sad ways in which its legacy lingers. 

Second prison sentence for Russian anti-corruption protester

The Russian authorities are using special methods to force confessions and guilty verdicts from peaceful protesters. Русский

Abandonment, civil life and black rage in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura

What the government’s responses indicate is that because black lives do not matter, to be heard black protest must to disturb civil life, or be domesticated under the politics of multicultural rights.

How to culture jam a populist in four easy steps

Our organizing principle should be simple: don’t feed polarization—disarm it.

openDemocracyUK welcomes Laurie Macfarlane

openDemocracyUK's new economics editor starts next week.

Venezuela, the day after

There are three dimensions to the conflict: one, in the streets; another, at the international community level; and the third in the economic-financial sphere. Español

This month in Manchester: the past is another country

The default white western view of Islam as a sealed world is wrong.

The five things the next government must do to rebalance our economy

The UK has one of the most imbalanced economies in the Western world.

How do we fight anti-rights fundamentalism at the United Nations?

An extract from the first report of a new initiative tracks how fundamentalist groups have embraced the UN as a site to foster conservative social change.

The working lives of the under-30s show the future of work for us all

New research by the Trades Union Congress to understand the lives of Britain’s young workers will help improve work and give them a path to union membership.

New strategies for tackling inequality with human rights

To confront inequality, the Ford Foundation is harnessing the human rights framework to address political and socio-economic systems. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Global connectivity and personal disconnect: filter bubbles and the collapse of public discourse

The individualisation of our exposure to information through ‘filter bubbles’ facilitates the atomisation of society and pushes dissenting voices to the margins.

Is language as we know it still relevant for the digital age?

According to a number of neuroscientists and philosophers, language might not be the ultimate medium for the transmission of ideas. In the digital age, it is essential to understand its role and explore the new possibilities technology creates.

BitMania: why cryptocurrencies are having a bubble.

The latest spike in the price of bitcoin has all the hallmarks of investor mania.

Learning the language of a pulsar

What is happening in Brazil is a process of awakening. Many Brazilians are realizing that the political system has been “rigged” against them for a long time, maybe since the very beginning. Interview. Português

When the lights go out: the attack against Popper’s open society ideal in Hungary

Austrian-British philosopher, Karl Popper, argued for the existence of several lights to illuminate the truth. This is the essence of an open society and what the Hungarian government is fighting against.

The quiet revolution that could transform lives

Most people can't afford a transcript from their own trial even when it's the only thing that could prove their innocence. We need to move beyond the status quo.


Why is the UK government wheeling back on legislation against caste discrimination?

Appeasing votebanks of the Hindu right, instead of legislation, a consultation has been launched which serves to obscure the ugly reality of caste-based discrimination which is alive and well in Britain.

Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

Fighting violence against women: what happens when an organisation fails to follow its values

This is the anonymised true story of the premature death of one women's organisation. Its experience is not unique, and we must do better.

Violent and dangerous places: the rise in prison suicides in England and Wales

Cuts, overcrowding and understaffing have created a toxic mix of violence, death and human misery.

No safe passage for Syrians: fleeing armed conflict and rights violations at home and overseas

The international community has failed Syrian families by denying them safe passage, but the U.N. Global Compacts for Refugees and Migrants provide an opportunity to change that.