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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?

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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?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

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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 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.

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 series.

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?

Turkey and NATO as seen from Ankara

Turkey is currently experiencing the paradox of being integrated into the western security and defense system, while not sharing some of the most basic western objectives.

Labour's moribund referendum

What on earth has happened to the left in the Brexit debate? Chapter nine of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Happy 25th birthday, TV-2, or the rise and fall of independent Russian TV

This month TV-2, an independent TV channel in the Siberian city of Tomsk, turns 25 years old. It hasn’t been on the air for 18 months. Русский

Why progressives need to take higher states of consciousness seriously

Far from being detached from reality, visionary alternatives to neo-liberalism are the product of deeper and deeper engagement.

Carrots and sticks: increasing corporate accountability for ‘modern slavery’

Corporate accountability for modern slavery has received greater political and legislative attention in recent years, but is reporting enough?

Greek media and independent journalism under austerity

In Greece, the media landscape under austerity has created bleak conditions for journalism and media freedom; a post-austerity agenda could change this situation.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

Moving towards a fiscal capacity for the euro area: some politico-economic considerations

The implementation of a strengthened fiscal capacity for the Eurozone should proceed by taking into account all its political and economic implications.

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.