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Brazil crisis: On heroes and coups

Rejecting the language of an elite coup against a national-popular government is key to understanding the Brazilian crisis and strategising what to do from the left. Español Português

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Brazil crisis: On heroes and coups

Rejecting the language of an elite coup against a national-popular government is key to understanding the Brazilian crisis and strategising what to do from the left. Español Português

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Will Brexit impact on borders and the control of immigration?

There is now an ever-growing need for immigration and border criminologists to focus on the harms inflicted by racist state policies and practices, and strengthen strategies of resistance.

Iran’s military objectives in Syria and Russia’s contradictory positions

As the US and Russia speak of a mutual agreement over Syria, Iran and Assad are continuing their ruthless slaughtering of the Syrian people.

ISIS and Israel on the Golan Heights

The Yarmouk Valley is run by ISIS – and left alone by Israel. This is a testament to the complex, cynical and calculated machinations of the actors in this conflict.

Constitutionalizing peace in South Sudan

The constitution-making process must remain wedded to the public interest in the peace process, and not simply the narrow interests of political elites.

The role of the EU in the Syrian conflict

As a new round of Geneva talks is under way, the EU should ensure that the outcome is not merely the result of US and Russian talks.

Cybersecurity: the case for a European approach

The EU objective of developing a cyber ‘soft’ power privileging defence, resilience and civil society, sharply contrasts with national cybersecurity policies developed both inside and outside Europe.

Brazil crisis: On heroes and coups

Rejecting the language of an elite coup against a national-popular government is key to understand the Brazilian crisis and strategize what to do from the left. Español Português

Inquest jury finds failures in detainee healthcare

An MRI brain scan that was wrongly cancelled might have led to life-saving treatment for Bruno Dos Santos, who died aged 25 in the care of UK immigration authorities.

“When you buy coal, you have a moral right to ask where it came from”

A new report highlights a stark truth: the UK’s dependence on international coal not only devastates the environment, but disenfranchises local communities.

The BBC and British branding

The corporation’s claims to the public and to neutrality are crucial for the British state and its power across the globe. 

Geopolitics versus the political marketplace: the origins of the war in Ukraine

These two books on the war in Ukraine open up fresh questions into how we interpret the causes of conflict. 

#CIDHenCrisis: urgent action needed to save the regional human rights system in the Americas

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is in deep financial crisis. At a time when Human Rights in Latin America are central for strengthening troubled democracies, the (IACHR) should thrive. Español

The left shouldn't limp away from Europe, we should stay and fight

The left case for Brexit doesn't stand up.

From taboo to empowerment: menstruation and gender equality

Menstruation and menstrual hygiene are emerging as pivotal issues for gender equality, human rights and development.

 

The idea of a festival: How The Light Gets In

New methods and spaces are required to grapple with the strange new questions of tomorrow's technology.

The cyber-age demands a politics of the spirit

As people explore new forms of agency online, where is the politics that can serve their growing sense of possibility?

Why show your cards? The problem of transparency in agricultural supply chains

Governments promote transparency as a method of tackling exploitation, however the Italian agricultural sector demonstrates that such measures are often not capable of addressing the relations of power that characterise supply chains.

Entrepreneurs of Idomeni

The Greek government emptied the Idomeni refugee camp this week, but what all was removed? The resilience and human spirit of its occupants was formidable and deserves to be remembered.

North African diversities: Kabylia inheritances, Algerian wounds

A personal journey into Algeria's modern history, including the Berber heartland that has been its crucible.

Spain: no country for old-men-politics?

While male politicians occupy newspapers headlines, television and radio debates in Spain, at local and regional levels women for change are challenging austerity head on. Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism seriesEspañol

Cancelled brain scan could have saved UK immigration detainee

Inquest, Day Four: Neurologist testifies that he might have saved 25 year old Bruno Dos Santos. 

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Private prison run by Serco cancelled immigration detainee’s brain scan

Jury hears that HMP Thameside staff didn’t know the rules concerning hospital appointments. Bruno Dos Santos Inquest, Day Three. 

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

From the 'working class' to 'the people' - how 15M is changing the discourse in Spain

"The fetishisation of the 'working class' or the hammer and sickle is an exercise of idealism," according to Jorge Moruno, head of discourse in Podemos. Español

Lebanese activists leave their ‘comfort zone’: how to overcome mistrust in conventional politics

In a context where all other forms of political action seemed to be blocked in the foreseeable future, municipal elections offer a unique opportunity to challenge the establishment.

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

Britain's nuclear deep: a new transparency

The military doctrine of submarine-based security is being exposed by underwater drones. But will the British state change course?