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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, on a theme of ‘New Turkey, and Old Troubles’.

We protest by creating beauty

Meet the artists and activists writing love letters on the streets.

Border walls don’t stop immigration, they make migrants into criminals

As European governments solidify the Aegean edge of Fortress Europe, it’s the portrayal of migrants as criminals that makes their deportation, exploitation and abuse morally digestible to their electorates. 

Hard lessons from the Manchester attack

A personal reflection in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

"Fora Temer – eleições diretas já!" Brazil's political rupture and the left's opportunity

"Out with Temer – direct elections now!". Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice.

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Most people still don't fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed

What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. The demonstrations of March and April teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. Русский

Arab Awakening is now North Africa West Asia (NAWA)

The Arab Awakening section on openDemocracy will now be called North Africa West Asia (NAWA) a name that better reflects the scope of our coverage and the diversity of this region.

Digital platforms and democracy

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español Português

“Men have no idea what we go through”: ending violence against women in the Pacific Islands

Leaders of Pacific Island countries have introduced new initiatives to tackle violence against women – but they're largely missing the mark.

State, society and the individual in the Russian courtroom

One of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers discusses competing realities inside and outside the courtroom. Русский

Why it’s getting harder (and more dangerous) to hold companies accountable

Corporations are using defamation lawsuits to shut down their detractors—and the problem is only getting worse. Español. Français. 

What will Brexit mean for the future of European student mobility?

The UK government's stance on immigration will likely cost British students their access to Erasmus+. How will UK universities keep their students thinking globally post-Brexit?

The many Brexits of Bristol

Bristol strongly supported Remain but not all of its component parts did. Ward-level data reveals who voted for what, why, and thus how we might move forward as a community.

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: a class under siege

The urban middle class in Egypt is averse to situations where class conflict is heightened and thus justifies repression by the state.

Neoextractivism and other deadly sins of the “progressive left”

This is probably the most damaging legacy of the embrace between the "progressive left" and neo-extractivism: the impression that the nominal ideology of those contesting the election does not matter. Español Português

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

How can we resist post-Brexit racism?

What does one do when they feel their home turning against them?

Politics recovered: "We are a little idealistic, but not naive: we have a lot of information"

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli is one of the founders of the Network Party, the only party in Argentina proposing to hand over parliamentary prerogatives to civil society. Español Português

The mysticism of wide open eyes

How does spirituality connect to social change?

The rise of anxiety in the age of inequality

In a world so focused on mindless consumption and status acquisition, the developed world’s epidemic of anxiety and depression should come as no surprise.

Automatic transformation of EU citizenship rights is the way forward

The British Home Office has created a bureaucratic nightmare for EU citizens applying for permanent residency. Might there be a better way forward?

Politics recovered: "Keeping hope alive is a very important act of rebellion"

Pedro Kumamoto is an authentic, charismatic character. He is different - like Wikipolítica. And they both have a long way ahead. Español Português

The character of citizenship: denying the rights of asylum seekers and criminalising dissent

Refusing citizenship on grounds of 'character' reflects the criminalisation of global political dissent and resistance, while these subjective criteria normalise an imperialist system of citizenship.

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.

Poem: For the mamas on the frontlines

"I said, if mamas don’t fight for the children, then who will?" Helen Knott performed her poem at the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. Catch up on 50.50's coverage.

The Facebook Election – what's really behind digital 'micro-targeting' is our flawed electoral system

We are right to worry about how much companies and campaigns know when they target us with social media ads