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Gavin MacFadyen (1940-2016): Why investigative journalism matters

The inspirational founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism died on Saturday 22 October, 2016. - free thinking for the world

Gavin MacFadyen (1940-2016): Why investigative journalism matters

The inspirational founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism died on Saturday 22 October, 2016. - free thinking for the world

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Councillors must look before they leap into secret NHS cuts plans

Jeremy Hunt can no longer pretend he's following 'the NHS's own plan's.  Expect fierce local battles ahead.

Moazzam Begg and The Confession, Part Two.

"Whatever you want to think about Moazzam Begg...  the film demands that you recognize that the rule of law, that quintessential British value, has not been exercised in our time."

'May the circle be unbroken': remembering antiwar activist Tom Hayden

"He was a complex, difficult, impassioned person whom we should honour as one of our great champions of peace and justice."

Unlocking the transformative potential of remittances

Remittances provide a lifeline for some of the world’s poorest, but we need better ways to leverage their impact, spread their benefits, and decrease their costs. 

The EU could be about to give a 3.5 billion euro subsidy to arms companies

Do we want a social Europe that invests in people and peace, or do we want one that focuses on arms, militarism and war?

Welcome to stay? The question of integration in Germany

Germany's new 'integration law' will fail to turn refugees into self-sufficient economic actors because it disregards the factors that create opportunity – i.e. health, community, and education.

Gavin MacFadyen (1940-2016): Why investigative journalism matters

The inspirational founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism died on Saturday 22 October, 2016.  

10 clues to explain the Colombian frenzy

To the extent that no one could know for sure where the boundaries of reality were" – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Español

Avoiding a precedent in Syria and the Balkanisation of the Middle East

A key part of resolving the Syrian conflict lies in establishing a more coherent military-diplomatic dynamic and in post-conflict planning, and the solution is heavily dependent on perceptions.

Making the NHS a “hostile environment” for migrants demeans our country

What kind of country treats migrants like this?

The challenge of investigative journalism in the Western Balkans

In the Western Balkans, even the most fundamental and comparatively minute probing into the workings of government can provoke an aggressive response from the very top, as Milka Tadić-Mijović found out.

The return of shock therapy in Argentina and the legacy of the leftist past

Argentina under Macri is an immense battlefield, a conflicting laboratory that anticipates a bitter dispute between opposing political views throughout the region. Português Español

Putting universality into the Universal Periodic Review

The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review is systematically marginalizing economic and social rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights. Español

Crying wolf?

A cavalier use of evidence in the UK’s latest Home Affairs Committee report is feeding a moral panic about antisemitism, rather than dealing with an increasingly racist, intolerant society.

Táhirih unveiled: poet, theologian and revolutionary

Táhirih – an important figure in Persian history – helps us imagine a more diverse feminism and a more progressive Middle East. Her legacy is not limited to Bahá’ís but belongs to all of us.

Five successful campaigners share their secrets

Great campaigns have lots of things in common, but they’re not the things we’re often taught.

Owen Jones discusses what the left should do now, after the Brexit referendum

"The left has to say very clearly: this is what kind of Brexit we're going to have. Otherwise, it will be the Tories who decide." - Owen Jones (Video, 2 mins)

Portrait of the artist and The Confession, Part One

An interview with the director of The Confession, Moazzam Begg’s story commissioned by BBC Storyville and the BFI - one of the most resonant modern stories for our times.

The most disputed corner of the world: the deepening crisis in Kashmir

As India and Pakistan blame one another for the violence in Kashmir, the situation remains at an impasse. The only way forward is reform, dialogue, and level-headed policy.

How to improvise with refugees

Borderline, a new play by Sophie Besse about - and with a cast of - refugees represents an ideal of being together

Yanis Varoufakis offers some advice to the UK government on their Brexit negotiations with the EU

"The first thing that you must understand if you’re about to enter into negotiations with the European Union is that the other side is not going to negotiate." - Yanis Varoufakis (Video 2 mins)

Turkey’s Mosul dream: showing up uninvited to a party or having prepared its seat well in advance?

Turkey is already shouldering the greatest portion of the burden for Syrian refugees.  It should temper its approach regarding Mosul accordingly.

For Tbilisi’s squatters, things must change

Georgia's approach to homelessness is beset by myths and myopia. If the authorities are serious about tackling social exclusion, they have to move on from the carrot and the stick. 

A new politics for health: the Birmingham Health Charter, November 23

Inequality kills - even Theresa May admits it. This November sees the launch of a new movement to prevent ill health - a movement that's not afraid to take on vested interests.

Olympians in the post-Soviet era

Don’t be fooled by the edited images of athletes’ emotions, pride and joy in post-Soviet sports. In many cases, perception does not match reality.

How to protect white people's feelings in the workplace

Does your organization need white fragility training? Find out in this five-minute video.

Irregular war, and how to reverse it

A military-led response to violent movements such as ISIS and al-Qaida misses the wider global forces that are triggering their rise.

Tbilisi’s Panorama project is urban boosterism at its worst

A massive new construction project overlooking Georgia’s capital reveals the true extent of an oligarch’s grip on politics — and Tbilisi’s struggle to become a city for all its people.

Where is Argentina’s defense heading?

Blurring the distinction between defense and public security, Mauricio Macri’s government is now planning to use the armed forces for fighting organized crime and other “new threats”. Español