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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

Foreign aid is a waste of money—unless it’s used for transformation

Simplistic stories of saving children trap aid agencies inside a self-defeating logic

A shared sense of media freedom is alive and ready to strike back

The author’s speech at the Budapest award ceremony of the European Press Prize, March 14, 2018, with closing words paying tribute to the “brave investigative journalists of Slovakia.”

With Marielle's killing in Rio, a dream breaks into pieces

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security  in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past. Spanish

Forget about GDP: it's time for a wellbeing economy

Fifty years ago today, Robert Kennedy warned about the limits of GDP. It's time for political leaders around the world to commit to a new vision for our economy.

A plea to my students

Why you should remove your headphones, and talk to your striking lecturers.

Picket line rules miss the point

Pickets are not meant to be a space for deliberative democracy. They are sites of protest.

Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

The re-election of Vladimir Putin has been preceded by a significant crackdown on freedom of assembly and rule of law.

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

There may be no one to vote for in Russia’s elections, but they will be well monitored!

A tussle over election monitors in northwestern Russia reminds us of a simple truth: electoral authoritarianism takes a lot of effort. 

Harassment, detention and torture: Russia’s presidential election is marred by repression

Russian law enforcement and the security services have been given carte blanche to beat, intimidate, torture and fabricate cases before the elections.

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Just and unjust strikes

Can we use just war theory to understand when a strike is just?

Power and the divine: self-repression in Egypt

Focusing on the afterlife, the rewards of heaven for the just and hell for the unjust, keeps the masses in check and accepting of their social reality. This needs to change.

As Brexit Britain heads for the rocks what does Corbyn’s Labour stand for?

At the most perilous time for the UK geopolitically since the 1930s, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are flying blindfold into the approaching storm.

Students won't fall for the "divide and rule" tricks of university management

As students occupy universities across the UK in support of striking lecturers, university bosses are doing all they can to break the solidarity.

Video: Feminist activists speak out against corporate impunity

Human rights abuses. Plundered resources. #Feminists4BindingTreaty explain why corporations must be held accountable for their impacts around the world.

Imitation civil society gets ready for Russia’s imitation elections

While the Russian government recruits loyal NGOs as election observers, other organisations refuse to be part of the process. RU

With marijuana now legal, Los Angeles goes further to make amends for the war on drugs

How one city is repairing the damage caused by marijuana prohibition for the people who’ve been most affected.

Britain's security: time to rethink

A bitter dispute between London and Moscow dominates the agenda. Now more than ever, Britain needs to focus on its true interests.

Drug offences: states must acknowledge the flawed logic at the heart of the regime itself

As the world turns its back on the death penalty for drug offences, the US looks to the extreme fringe.

A long overdue debate on the Tunisian economy

It requires great political skills to navigate the treacherous waters of transition towards democracy in a country beset by political infighting, rising inflation and indebtedness in a troubled region.

Putin’s pal, the British Lords - and the ‘clean up’ of a Russian energy giant

With relations between Britain and Russia in severe crisis, the timing of a Russian company’s efforts to raise billions on the London Stock Exchange couldn’t be worse.

Migrant farmworkers protest in New York City against sexual violence

Protesters march on Thursday to demand fast food giant Wendy’s sign up to scheme to tackle exploitation and improve wages in supply chains.

Cable’s confusion – on Brexit imperial “nostalgia” and what it means to be English

The Scots have as much reason for imperial nostalgia as the English, so why did one vote Remain and the other vote Leave, asks John Denham?

Northern Irish party donors finally published – but source of DUP Brexit money remains secret

Firm that donated to DUP owned by Gibraltar-based businessman, prompting criticism of 'representation without taxation'

Surviving imprisonment: does Ukraine need a law for former prisoners from the Donbas conflict?

Ukrainian society has had to face many challenges since 2014. One of them is reintegrating people who have experienced imprisonment and violence. RU

In Kazakhstan, architectural heritage is a path into a forgotten future

In the former capital city of Almaty, the move to catalogue Soviet buildings is an attempt to create an alternative history of one’s own.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

State, corporate and chiefly power is being contested from below in South Africa

What is the transformative potential that emerges from these struggles around land?

After the peace agreement, authoritarian extractivism persists as rural development in Colombia

The results of the recent legislative elections only reinforce the authoritarian and militarised model of the last 16 years. What is peace?