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The yellow vests, or the discrediting of representative democracy

Even though the most scathing criticism is directed at the president of the republic, it is the entire political personnel that is targeted by the mocking, unflattering, even hatefilled comments.  

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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.

The yellow vests, or the discrediting of representative democracy

Even though the most scathing criticism is directed at the president of the republic, it is the entire political personnel that is targeted by the mocking, unflattering, even hatefilled comments.  

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Rough justice in Kyrgyzstan

New data shows that 96% of people who find themselves before a Kyrgyz court receive a guilty verdict (unless they are state officials, that is).

Imelda and the plight of the Salvadoran woman

The judge of the case of Imelda Cortez, accused of intent of homicide after giving birth on the toilet in her home, has declared her innocent. However, many challenges remain for reproductive freedom in El Salvador. Español

Sara’s story should speak to us all on International Migrants Day

Her story – of survival, of wanting a better life, and of the need for human contact – is as old as the story of mankind itself.

The Swedish model dismantled: premature closure of the Gender Equality Agency

The cleavage was between pleas to continue the work to reduce segregation and further equal rights and gender equality (jämlikhet och jämmställdhet), and appeals to enforce security and law-and-order (lag och ordning).

Global Compact for Migration – missed opportunities for Europe

The way in which far-right politicians took advantage of the Global Compact as a tool for political posturing can be instructive. The Global Compact for Migration is also for Europeans.

Estonia’s populist and radical right: how radical are they?

Many political observers have noticed how the most recent anti-immigration protests relating to the debate on the UN compact have displayed comparatively higher levels of violent rhetoric and political heat.

The yellow vests, or the discrediting of representative democracy

Even though the most scathing criticism is directed at the president of the republic, it is the entire political personnel that is targeted by the mocking, unflattering, even hatefilled comments.  

Why Peter Gabriel questioned his faith in the internet

Singer, songwriter and humanitarian activist Peter Gabriel on becoming skeptical of an unregulated internet.

Socialism or barbarism in Brazil

The crisis of the left around the world has opened up a vacuum for extreme right movements to gain traction and threaten our democracies. How does Boaventura de Sousa Santos makes sense of this in Brazil? Español

Will post-Brexit Britain see the breaking apart of even more families?

As many families unite for the Christmas season, those torn apart by the UK government's 'mimumum income requirement' feel their separation more acutely. This is one family's story.

Climate action: the new frontier

An array of bold climateers is rising worldwide. The next step is to link ideas and practice.

Why studying climate change made me quit my PhD

Why the knowledge that I gained while researching climate change at PhD level led me to renounce my career prospects, and how I now feel compelled to dedicate my time.

Harassment and persecution of the voices denouncing repression in Nicaragua

There is a pressing need for the international community to recognize the right to defend rights and to provide a safe space for defenders to do their work. Español

Climate change will kill my generation, unless we step up now

Ireland has the necessary means to invest in cleaner energy and should be flying way beyond our self-set climate accord measures, yet we continually fail them.  

Mental health for all – a gift that will keep on giving

Mental health receives less than 11 per cent of health spending in the UK and one per cent in low-­income countries, yet it is central to national wellbeing. 

Grassroots action prominent in the platform economy

It is newer, more grassroots forms of labour organisation than the established trade unions that have been the most active in this burgeoning sphere. We need their zest and zeal.

Empowering Saami people: greater autonomy for greater equality

Living for the most part in countries praised for their democratic system, the Saami population still feels threatened. Is this evidence that colonialism is hardly a thing of the past?

What is ‘transformation’ in South Africa’s public interest legal services sector?

Reform is crucial to change the silent messaging that black people, people living with disabilities and other marginalised groups, are inferior to the able-bodied, heteronormative white people in the sector.

Theresa May, Max Weber, Brexit, and political leadership

May doesn’t believe in Brexit at all, but behaves as though she does, indeed as though it has been her burning ambition since she entered the House of Commons.  

Airbnbizing Europe: mobility, property and platform capitalism

New social class distinctions are increasingly relocated outside the borders of a particular national economy, becoming transnational and carried out by ‘ordinary people’.

Why we need renters' unions more than ever

What these stories highlight is a more general social truth: to be a tenant is to be precarious, at continual risk of rent rise, legal disputes and being evicted.

From Wall Street to Main Street to No Street, money talks. Can we make it listen? Human rights may be the answer

Ten years ago, our leaders’ failure to recognize let alone address the human rights implications of an economic calamity was truly remarkable.

In the fight against austerity, human rights is not the answer

Amber Rudd’s rejection of the UN inquiry into poverty in the UK reveals what’s wrong with the discussion around austerity and human rights.

Writers silenced by surveillance: self-censorship in the age of big data

We asked Scottish writers how online surveillance has impacted on their work. The answers we got were shocking

Meet the activist who brought Monopoly Man to life

Behind the fake mustache and provocative message is a dedicated activist for economic justice.

Feminist comedians are laughing at privilege – and it’s funny

Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated. These feminists are using humour to speak truth to power.

Don’t let Russia leave the Council of Europe

Those who wish to punish the Kremlin for its aggressive actions in Ukraine and elsewhere are missing the target: it is not the Russian government, but the Russian public who will suffer if the country leaves the Council of Europe. 

Digital parties on the rise: a mass politics for the era of platforms

The old party system appears in serious distress, faced with challengers using digital technology as a means to achieve the utopian goal of a more democratic society.

Brexit and the British constitution: it doesn't work

If Parliament is sovereign and wants to vote, it votes. If someone else (the government) is in a position to “give” it the right to vote, it is not sovereign.

Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition.