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Dignity and visibility for domestic workers: no longer workers in the shadow!

The roots of prejudice against domestic workers in India run deep.

Please don’t tie me down

It’s time to let go of the Victorian idea that a ‘serious’ man should not be sensually open.            

Residents challenge council plans to demolish their homes

Central Hill housing estate in South London is threatened with demolition. Residents are challenging the “regeneration”. Photos by Wasi Daniju, words by Lotte Lewis.

On terror's frontlines, do violence and inhumanity ever become mundane?

What happens when terror is a daily occurrence? On the war on terror's most violent and least reported front, for those disposing of bombs, daily life is a precarious balancing act. Film review.

Stop blaming the rescuers

Attacks against rescue efforts in the Mediterranean must stop. The recent Italian and EU proposals are just the last steps of an ongoing de-legitimisation campaign that is putting the lives of thousands of migrants at risk.

How the country that invented many of the world's drugs turned against them – until now

Cocaine in 1859; heroin in 1888 – and a ban introduced in 1929. Now, however, times are changing – and more compassionate policies are taking root.

Team Syntegrity emergent

If creativity is born from bringing different perspectives together, the group’s diversity was a positive sign from the outset.

"Surveillance is the business model of the internet"

Under surveillance capitalism, we’ve lost control of our devices and our data – but there is a way back. Interview with Bruce Schneier by Agne Pix.

Making the inevitable impossible – winning at the fossil fuel frontlines

From Lancashire to the Italian coast – communities are disrupting the fossil fuel conglomerates threatening their homes, environment, and livelihoods.

Hamburg G20 protests and alternative futures

We must use such a protest event as an opportunity to open up new horizons of political strategy on different scales, to expand counter-institutions and social solidarity.

Violence and the social disintegration of Mexico

For over a decade now, Mexico has been falling apart as a political community and disintegrating as a territorial sovereign state in many parts of the land. Español

Solidarity is not a crime

What is fighting terrorism when the threat of military trials and repression comes about for the strange ‘crime’ of simply calling for solidarity for the most vulnerable of communities in this land?

Violence and the disintegration of Mexico

After Syria, Mexico is the most violent country in the world. Why? The answer lies in impunity. 

Spying, surveillance and sabotage - what will it take to bring an end to political policing?

Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.

Helping Syria: it's time for an end to regime change wars

15 years of regime change wars, spurious claims regarding weapons of mass destruction and a propagandised information environment: we should be alert to our governments deceiving us in order to launch war.

Chechnya: dead Europeans are only sometimes news

Twenty-seven Europeans were executed en masse in a single night earlier this year. The lack of international reaction to this reveals not only what’s wrong with humanity, but even more acutely — the media.

 

Poland has a duty to preserve judicial independence

The Polish government's proposed law to take control of the country's judiciary is the latest in a worrying trend towards authoritarianism in the country.

Lebanon: statement of condemnation and clarification by the Socialist Forum

On the 16th of July, 2017, the Socialist Forum issued the following statement explaining its decision to cancel a demonstration in solidarity with Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon.

Tropical deforestation in Paraguay and our BBQ

On a vast, hot plateau in Paraguay, a little-known environmental crisis is playing out. Español

Gaza in transit: what after the GCC crisis?

No conflict in the Middle East spares the Palestinians, and the recent crisis in the GCC is no exception.

Inside Ingushetia’s anti-extremism centre: torture, extortion, murder

Russia’s anti-extremism centres are notorious for their brutal torture. Here are the stories of its victims in Ingushetia, where for the first time, some of the organisation’s operatives face trial for their crimes.

Improving anti-trafficking strategies: why sex workers should be involved

Sex work and human trafficking are often conflated, but what if – instead of voiceless victims – sex workers were seen as active agents working to prevent exploitation within their own sector?

The trauma of the attempted military coup as observed from a college campus in Istanbul

“However over-optimistic it may sound, I focused on a growth mindset and transferred it to focusing on creating a change in our emotional state.”

Did the Great War leave God “hanging on the old barbed wire”?

The patriarchal deity died in the trenches of the Somme, but the churches will not let him go.

Why the ICC examination into torture and other abuses by UK soldiers in Iraq must continue

The Office of the Prosecutor is under pressure to conclude the examination. It must remain open. The Prosecutor should be taking it to the next logical step – a full-blown investigation. 

Grenfell tower and the people without capital

Contempt for Grenfell residents is representative of the way the city of London treats its global working-class. They were ignored; their disenfranchisement is permanently tied to their lack of citizenship. They have no voice, no representation.

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s collision course over Nagorno-Karabakh

Sound principles for conflict resolution over Nagorno-Karabakh exist. But mistrust, a gulf between mediators and the parties involved, as well as Baku and Yerevan's appetite for military gains render the current formula impossible. 

All the fun of the (arms) fair this Sunday

A fun day out for all the family has a dark side, as arms dealers shake hands with oppressive military regimes right alongside the picnic blankets.