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How does spirituality connect to social change?

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The mysticism of wide open eyes

How does spirituality connect to social change?

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Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum

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

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: a class under siege

The urban middle class in Egypt is averse to situations where class conflict is heightened and thus justifies repression by the state.

Neoextractivism and other deadly sins of the “progressive left”

This is probably the most damaging legacy of the embrace between the "progressive left" and neo-extractivism: the impression that the nominal ideology of those contesting the election does not matter. Español Português

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

How can we resist post-Brexit racism?

What does one do when they feel their home turning against them?

Politics recovered: "We are a little idealistic, but not naive: we have a lot of information"

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli is one of the founders of the Network Party, the only party in Argentina proposing to hand over parliamentary prerogatives to civil society. Español Português

The mysticism of wide open eyes

How does spirituality connect to social change?

The rise of anxiety in the age of inequality

In a world so focused on mindless consumption and status acquisition, the developed world’s epidemic of anxiety and depression should come as no surprise.

Automatic transformation of EU citizenship rights is the way forward

The British Home Office has created a bureaucratic nightmare for EU citizens applying for permanent residency. Might there be a better way forward?

Politics recovered: "Keeping hope alive is a very important act of rebellion"

Pedro Kumamoto is an authentic, charismatic character. He is different - like Wikipolítica. And they both have a long way ahead. Español Português

The character of citizenship: denying the rights of asylum seekers and criminalising dissent

Refusing citizenship on grounds of 'character' reflects the criminalisation of global political dissent and resistance, while these subjective criteria normalise an imperialist system of citizenship.

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.

Poem: For the mamas on the frontlines

"I said, if mamas don’t fight for the children, then who will?" Helen Knott performed her poem at the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. Catch up on 50.50's coverage.

The Facebook Election – what's really behind digital 'micro-targeting' is our flawed electoral system

We are right to worry about how much companies and campaigns know when they target us with social media ads

Reflections of an (older) Pioneer

Remembering what didn’t exist – on the anniversary of the Soviet young pioneers’ organisation. Русский

Think tank or fake tank? Seven common misperceptions about think tanks

If we care about democracy, we should keep a close eye on think tanks – not as simplistic caricatures, but as the complex – and sometimes contradictory – organizations that they really are. 

Reimagining India in Britain

The Great India Show covers even science in India. It has been blessed by the two governments. Britain is out on a mission to rediscover India.   

Eight months in prison for allegedly attacking a Russian police officer

After recent anti-corruption protests rocked Russia, the authorities are making four men stand trial to stem the tide of politicisation. The first was sentenced this week. Русский

Unjust to everyone? Responses to deportation of asylum seekers in Finland

How does Finland’s unjust asylum policy reflect on its citizens? The Government’s stance is harming both asylum seekers and Finns. 

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Bristol, Brexit and the creative challenge

Bristol’s creative industries give the city a strong starting point for taking the city global post-Brexit. But it will need support to succeed.

Is the new breed of white nationalists in retreat?

As the ‘alt-right’ movement breaks from President Trump, so goes its moment in the sun.

How Azerbaijan is losing its brains

Educated young people in Azerbaijan see few prospects for work at home  and even fewer if they’re critically-minded.

Long live the Azerbaijani diaspora!

Baku is going to great lengths to mobilise, or even create, an international Azerbaijani diaspora. To what end? Русский

Restoring the Franco-German leadership of the EU

Britain for one is quite unprepared for the ultimate project of the new French president: the restoration of Franco-German leadership in Europe.

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Increasing rhetoric on women’s rights in Iran: a positive sign or a mere campaign tool?

Why women’s rights rhetoric is suddenly on the rise in Iran, again.