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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Taking back politics in Latin America – and beyond

We are living in a period of cultural revolution agitated by the omnipresence of ICTs, where social practices run into systems of government designed and created in the 19th century. Español Português

Pushing for safe passage in Ireland

The families of many Irish citizens and residents are stuck in war zones. Why won’t the state offer them safe passage? 

Volunteers and solidarity in Europe’s refugee response

Volunteers occupy a crucial but fundamentally problematic position within the global refugee response. It’s time we bring that discussion into the open.

French tragedy or farce - 2: A ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former economy minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

Copts of Egypt: Pope Francis, Al-Azhar, and the reality of sectarianism on the ground

The Pope’s meeting with Al-Azhar this week may create goodwill at a high-level, but on the ground, the situation for Copts is different.

Finis Europae? Historical cycles and the rise of right wing populism

Why has Europe failed to inspire its citizens in a similar way to other ideas such as the nation, socialism or human rights? Here are some answers and some solutions.

Facebook needs to face up to the new political reality

Facebook should disclose data on how campaigns are using the platform for political advertising. This general election might be an opportunity to bring that ideal closer.

Mission (im)possible? The British left and the future of Europe

A recent gathering of left-wing activists shows the idea of a reformed Europe is being quietly abandoned – but is this the group to trip up hard Brexit? 

Argentina´s war on crime could backfire

Hard-line approaches to combating criminal violence are hardly new to Argentina. But they do mark a change from the previous decade. Español Português

It's about time our judiciary started to reflect the people it serves

A senior judiciary that so clearly fails to reflect the ethnic, gender and social composition of the nation seriously undermines justice in England and Wales.

Cutting to the chase: what the Brexit referendum did

Brexit means Brexit – but what does that actually mean? To understand the EU referendum results, we first have to accept its irreversibility. 

Opposition parties offer choices from soft clean Brexit to hard dirty Brexit

Here is a crib sheet of what the main UK opposition political parties have said in relation to the future of European environmental regulations.

Soft clean Brexit or hard dirty Brexit: The great unpicking of EU regulations begins

UK prime minister Theresa May remains beholden to a small, vocal, hardened and influential faction within the Conservative party which is determined to strip away environmental protections agreed in Europe.

Draconian cuts to legal aid for prisoners found to be unlawful by Court of Appeal

A rare thing: some good news for prisoners and legal aid. 

Our city, our space: Ekaterinburg residents come out against plans to construct a new church

In Ekaterinburg, city residents are speaking out against proposals to construct a new church in the centre of the city — proposals entirely out of sync with their interests. Русский

Engage when we can, confront when we must

Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

Engage when we can, confront when we must

Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

International family life after Brexit: further sanctions on intimacy?

The British government will likely claim greater control over the intimate lives of resident EU citizens post-Brexit, a control it already exerts over its own citizens.

The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

Not all au pairs are exploited, but they do carry out work in conditions that may encourage maltreatment. Recognising them as workers is a first step towards ensuring their fair treatment.

Citizens’ participation key to an inclusive and sustainable future

Collective action at all levels and balanced multi-stakeholder participation are prerequisites for generating more sustainable solutions.

Securing the future development of Peru: geopolitics, integration and participation

In a world where protectionism and isolationism are on the rise, world trade must continue to grow in people´s minds as a fundamental pillar for prosperity and development.

Building foresight into humanitarian response and development

A call from Action against Hunger for long-term thinking and participation precedes news from the front, from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Why stories matter

Stories cultivate the frequently forgotten yet uniquely human traits that build solidarity.

Migration crisis in 2017 – challenges for EU solidarity

Changes in the political scene may lead to the reformation of migration policy in EU countries, and that in turn may be another impulse towards weakening the community as a whole.

Not “one of us”: the French presidential elections

So, this new situation which looked simple with a choice between two different types of societies, has to face once again a bitter resistance from entrenched political interests from all sides.

Behind the Russian mirror

For Russia’s media, social inequality has never been a hot topic. Meet the people behind a new media organisation trying put injustice on Russia’s political agenda. Русский

Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media. Book review.

Is the crisis in Venezuela still negotiable?

Turmoil can still be avoided. There is still a small window of opportunity to resolve the Venezuelan crisis by political, negotiated means. Time is key. Español Português

Labour's last stand? Corbyn must oppose Brexit and work with other parties or face annihilation

Labour is not strong enough to fight the Tories alone. They must lead a progressive coalition and present a real alternative to Brexit.

Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe

Marine Le Pen's declaration that colonialism was a positive thing is not only a denial of France's painful history, but an example of the fascism that we now face in Europe.