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How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

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How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

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Scotland has four EU options - but which are realistic?

Everyone is trying to figure out what Brexit means - including Scotland.

Hillary is running a Remain campaign. She needs to change track – or she’ll lose.

American voters, like many who opted for Leave, are angry and want change. The Democrats will lose if they offer a message of continuity.

Challenges and opportunities of the unbanked and under-banked

Talking about access to appropriate and affordable finance is one thing but what happens when people reject those banks? What happens if some consumers never feel banks can provide for them?

Raqqa to the world: a letter

How might a young British adherent of ISIS, now in Syria, see the intensifying war? The latest letter in a series imagined by Paul Rogers.                       

Using technology to inject the demos back into democracy

Online deliberation allows us to take a leap towards much deeper democracy.

The political economy of the Arab Spring: searching for the virtuous circle

No matter how tragic the short and medium-term consequences of some of the uprisings, their outbreak might eventually lead the Arab world to enter steadily the trajectory to democracy and good governance.

It's time to disband the 'Tribe of the 48%'

We cannot ground an effective political movement on the 48% who voted Remain. Instead, we must look for solutions to the political divisions that created this tribe.

We need to rethink the relationship between mental health and political violence

Simplistic, sensationalist media coverage of terrorism obscures our understanding of its causes, and hinders our ability to prevent it.

Mapping global business opinions on human rights

A global survey of over 800 corporate leaders shows overwhelming recognition that companies must respect human rights, although confusion regarding the exact scope of their duties is a key obstacle to action.  

Torture was once 'normal' in Georgia's prisons — this is how they 'effectively abolished' it

Georgia's prisons used to be dirty and dangerousPrisoners recounted beatings and NGOs reported institutionalised torture. But since 2012, there has been an amazing turnaround.

Behind the ‘ghetto’: the path from exploited migrant labour to the supermarkets’ shelves

The #FilieraSporca campaign was established to track the orange supply chain across Italy from the fields to supermarkets’ shelves. It calls for ‘cleaning’ the supply chain through tracking and labelling.

Still no country for women? Double standards in choosing the next UN Secretary-General

Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why ?

How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers

Why did people vote the way they did, what were they voting for, and will they still feel the same way when the time comes to leave the EU? 

Hanan Harawi’s insurrection

Independent publishing, poetry, the vivacious - perhaps cyclical - return of indigenous literature, and the current situation of Peruvian politics in relation to culture and literature. Interview. Español

Impact investing: a new player in protecting human rights?

Impact investing is rewriting the way companies can improve human rights conditions.

 

Embracing Complexity: towards fairness, sustainability and happiness

Complexity suggests a different approach to engaging with the world – a middle ground between control and laissez-faire.

Labour can only win with Jeremy Corbyn

Labour's long decline can only be ended by an insurgent movement. And Corbyn is the candidate of that movement.

The EU’s lack of unity and strategy is being felt in Azerbaijan

The EU’s inconsistent policy towards its eastern periphery has damaged its standing in Azerbaijan. A number of people who know the country well, including recently released political prisoners, tell me why.

The experiences of British muslim women defy lazy stereotypes about Islam

Berenice Scandone interviews young British muslim women, who say that their faith provides them with a sense of confidence, belonging, and cultural understanding.

Peru wants more mining, more industry, more China

Peru’s new President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (known as PPK), intends to stimulate the country’s economic activity by processing and refining minerals, in addition to simply exporting them – mainly to China. Español Português

Why most Syrian men are not joining ISIS

It is by recognising the role masculinities and gender expectations play in societies that we can fully understand and hope to address violence.

Contestation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Only when we refute the monolithic interpretation of Zionist theory and practice can we approach an understanding of the contested relationship between anti-zionism and antisemitism.

The distance travelled: Beijing, Hillary, and women's rights

Hillary Rodham Clinton will need to listen to the voices of women working at grassroots on the frontline, and be prepared to use her power, should she win, to defend the human rights defenders.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview

BTS speaks with Elizabeth Nzilani Peter, an employee of a Kenyan coffee cooperative, on the need to recognise homeworkers as part of the formal labour force.

From containers to computers: the challenges of refugee integration in Germany

“The future of Europe depends on a fair situation for all weak people”.

The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

After Cameron: How can you mend a broken country?

In seeking a One Party Britain, David Cameron sowed the seeds not for a united nation, but a divided one. A sign that Britain’s ‘Left Behind’ are now beginning to have their voices heard.

Ramadan and the police

People dısagree over whether drinking or eating during holy month is a crime, but when police devote more time to this than actual crimes, what or who do they serve? عربي