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‘Assemble ye trolls:’ the rise of online hate speech

Anti-Semitic tweets were viewed ten billion times on twitter in 2016—that’s why the alt-right loves the internet.

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‘Assemble ye trolls:’ the rise of online hate speech

Anti-Semitic tweets were viewed ten billion times on twitter in 2016—that’s why the alt-right loves the internet.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Call for participants: Tunisia, Middle East Forum

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The right to blasphemy: is this the boundary between civilisation and barbarism?

Former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui collects fatwas like badges of honour. Her recent book outlines similarities between the Islamic and European far right.

A report from Europe's longest running refugee camp (which you've never heard of)

Konik refugee camp has been operating in Montenegro since 1994. Its mostly Roma and Balkan Egyptian inhabitants live in appaling conditions, forgotten by nearly everyone.

Fairy-tales in illiberal times: Hungary, George Soros and the politics of conspiracy

The Hungarian government has been using a politics of conspiracy to disempower its citizens and to divert attention away from its own extensive failures.

Scandinavian Nazis on the march again

The past four years in Norway give the lie to Norwegian political analysts proclaiming that a populist right-wing party in power acts as a brake on rising right-wing extremism.

How can Russia’s left work with Navalny?

Across Russia, Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption campaign is gaining an audience. Can Russia’s left benefit from the political opening he has provided?

Pinkwashing at Berlin Pride

Defiant chants of liberation and open condemnation of the state have given way to political party blocs and a barrage of corporate floats, vying for the pink pound.

The fight for decent work: a need for new models

Workers usually organise within their sector, if at all. But in today’s economy, could a community-wide approach could be more effective?

‘Assemble ye trolls:’ the rise of online hate speech

Anti-Semitic tweets were viewed ten billion times on twitter in 2016—that’s why the alt-right loves the internet.

The Barcelona I know will rise stronger after this day of horror

This devastating attack comes at a very delicate political moment, but it has united Barcelonians, Catalans and Spanish in revulsion and sorrow. Español

“We are love”: Russian LGBT and feminist activists attacked

This week, LGBT activists in St Petersburg and feminists in Krasnodar were threatened and attacked.

Why explaining internal strife in the United States through “Russian influence” is lazy and unhelpful

17884104_10155247241944570_384719725072181536_n.jpgWhen you find yourself doing the same thing Putin and his propaganda machine does, you’re doing something wrong.

 

 

The Barcelona attack

After 16 years of the so-called war on terror, people feel no more secure than in the aftermath of 9/11.

Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide?

If Erdoğan persists in his callous quest, it will only be a matter of time before he succumbs to increasing economic pressure that will threaten to leave the country destitute. 

To the victors, the ruins: the challenges of Russia’s reconstruction in Syria

From rebuilt mosques to new oil contracts, Russian firms are cashing in as the Assad regime gains the upper hand in Syria. 

What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

Arms bazaar: needs wars, eats lives

A world of conflict and fear means boom time for big military companies.

“Blood on our hands” - the sorry state of UK mental health services

Nobody doubts there is a problem – so why isn’t more being done to protect survivors of abuse?

Meet the women affected by Abkhazia’s abortion ban

A year and a half ago, the authorities in Abkhazia banned abortions in nearly all circumstances. These women have paid the price.

Kurdistan referendum: why now is the wrong time

It appears that the referendum is arguably nothing more than a bargaining chip used by President Barzani, whilst also covering itself as a clever ploy to lull the suffering Kurdish population away from the on-going problems.

Brexit: a view from the other end of the telescope

Brexit is the incomprehension of a former imperial power, wistfully hoping to recreate a long-gone global sphere of influence. 

“It’s so taboo but we want it so damn bad”: introducing 50.50 columnists Tiffany Mugo and Claudia Torrisi

These 50.50 authors will delight and challenge us with monthly comment and analysis about sexuality in Africa, and reportage on intersecting forms of oppression in Italy.

Charlottesville, far-right rallies, racism and relating to power

The term 'alt-right' is appropriate for a loose movement able to mainstream white nationalism and fascism and make them part of popular culture, the media landscape and the national dialogue.

Gaza border controls: frustration, despair and death

This summer how many people will drive, walk, or take a train and barely realise that they have crossed a border?  How many people will know about the 2 million residents of Gaza that don’t have that right?

Claiming rights under the kafala system

How can domestic workers organise when the legal system places them at the complete mercy of their employers?

"I closed my eyes and waited for the bullet"

5 years ago today, 34 mine workers were shot dead in South Africa during a bitter dispute with British firm Lonmin. Today their community is taking their demands for accountability to the firm’s HQ.

Lenin Moreno, Rafael Correa and the bull in the China shop

A lot of people in Ecuador have been hurt over the last ten years by Correa’s bull headed attitude to getting things done. Español

4 things that struck me after visiting political spaces in 14 US cities

I call my homeland Aotearoa New Zealand. Where I’m from, biculturalism is not a radical position, it’s a common experience.

“Change can start from us”: Roma women in Italy fight for their rights

A new generation of Roma women is rising up against multiple forms of discrimination, to claim their rights to jobs, education, and healthcare.