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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

“To be disillusioned is naive”: Nataliya Gumenyuk on pre-election Ukraine

Five years on from the height of EuroMaidan in Ukraine, we to talk to Nataliya Gumenyuk, head of Hromadske television channel, on democratisation and Donbas. RU

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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

“To be disillusioned is naive”: Nataliya Gumenyuk on pre-election Ukraine

Five years on from the height of EuroMaidan in Ukraine, we to talk to Nataliya Gumenyuk, head of Hromadske television channel, on democratisation and Donbas. RU

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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Revealed: How dark money is winning ‘the Brexit influencing game’

As Tory MPs resign in protest at the malign influence of hardline Brexiters, documents show the “unfettered” access to ministers and senior politicians enjoyed by secretive think tanks such as the IEA that are “marching the country” to a no-deal Brexit.

An inevitable division: the politics and consequences of the Labour split

It’s the changing nature of class and capital that’s caused this split – and should shape the Left’s response to it. But discussing class meaningfully is the last media taboo.

Does Europe end in Derry? Peace is at stake

“The UK seemingly leaving the Union, leaves neither Europe, nor History. It is time also for a new sensibility and a great refusal: we refuse to liquidate peace.”

What dam collapses in Europe can tell Brazil

The changes in environmental legalisation to hold the companies accountable is one of the lessons from the European disaster management policies that could inspire Latin American authorities. Español.

“To be disillusioned is naive”: Nataliya Gumenyuk on pre-election Ukraine

Five years on from the height of EuroMaidan in Ukraine, we to talk to Nataliya Gumenyuk, head of Hromadske television channel, on democratisation and Donbas. RU

Grain truck drivers in south Russia wage war on corruption

A strike by Russian grain hauliers, demanding higher pay and an end to corruption, has gripped the south of the country. RU

A family under attack: Iranian exiles and the economic sanctions

The sanctions force Iranians to suspend their struggle against their abusive father, fearing that the interfering strangers would manipulate their demands and grievances.

The imperatives of mutual recognition

Without respect, confidence and esteem on all sides, polarisation in politics will be permanent.

Migrant crisis in Europe? Look at Yemen

Just to be clear, this means that more desperate people crossed the Red Sea into Yemen in 2018 than crossed the Mediterranean heading for Europe. 

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

MP's new 'fake news' report largely ignores other platforms like Google and YouTube, and surveillance capitalism itself – and risks sending regulation in the wrong direction.

Radical-right backlash against Games of Belonging: the case of Mesut Özil

Özil, like many others, has repeatedly stated that he would prefer to play for both national football teams if international football regulations made it possible.

Nicolás Maduro: immolation or eviction

There is something Maduro is right about: Venezuela is part of a higher objective for the most illiberal sectors in the US who are seeking to completely redesign the region politically. Español

“The republic lives on and is managed by rumours”

After a series of sudden departures and murders in the “People’s Republics”, is Russia finally formalising its control in eastern Ukraine? RU

Decriminalising extremism in Crimea

In Russia, new legislation is designed to reduce the number of people facing criminal charges for reposting materials on social media. But how will these amendments fare in annexed Crimea, where Russian law enforcement has long been unaccountable? RU

Commons report on “fake news” says failing electoral laws are putting UK democracy at risk

Report from MPs builds on openDemocracy’s work exposing unaccountable ‘dark money’ and influence on our elections

 

On the need to shape the Arab exile body in Berlin

A long essay on why the Arab intellectual community in Berlin needs to acquire a name, shape, and a mandate of sorts.

Has America always been capitalist?

History shows that capitalism isn’t natural or normal, strengthening the belief that we can create something better.

The wall isn’t a state of emergency but a state of exception

The German legal scholar and Nazi ideologue Carl Schmitt described a ‘State of Exception’ as the process by which a sovereign leader can transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good. 

Can shareholder activism tame the financial system?

Activists are increasingly targeting businesses – from oil companies to gun manufacturers – on the stock market. But can this strategy lead to lasting change?

Johnson & Davis claim chemicals industry will be Brexit winners – so where are the firms clamouring to leave?

Part one of a three-part-series: Will Brexit mean a toxic chemicals BREACH?

How can allies protect communities threatened with violence?

How to avoid the ‘white savior syndrome.’

Sophia de Mello Breyner: when art is not free, people are not free

Poetry is a form of resistance against indignity. The responsibility of the writer is not only to interpret life, but to shape how we understand and inhabit our societies. Português.

Venezuela & Cuba: an exhausted revolutionary?

Venezuela's oil populism is mired in a deep crisis. Cuba is transiting to a capitalist restoration of its own. But Cuba and Venezuela share a certainty: there are no havens to return to. Español

The radical right, immigration and the future of the EU

In the May European elections, the immigration issue will continue to play a role in the expected success of radical right parties.

In Iraq, Iran and Turkey are the real winners

The US is trying to create a Middle Eastern coalition to undermine Iran. They are sixteen years too late.

A tale of two events, and two cultures

The Science Congress and Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), held in India every January, are the largest events of their kind in the world. This year a curious kind of osmosis took place.