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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

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.

Russian authorities take aim at supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Interference with the Russian opposition's nationwide campaign is reaching new heights.

Supporting refugee livelihoods or host stability? The two sides of the coin

For many refugees, the humanitarian programmes focusing on "livelihoods" end up having merely an "accessory" role rather than generating sustainable labour.

“A few steps forward, still a long way to go”: old issues, new movements

A critical approach to domestic work based on our lived experiences.

“They made this man an invalid. Can you imagine how they crippled my soul?”

Torture ruins lives. Here, we present monologues of five women whose husbands and sons were beaten, pressured and crippled by members of the Russian police force. 

Slow science, slow food, slow down

When we rush, we make decisions that lack information, lack proper reflection, and ultimately make the problems of humanity worse.

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

How could we use the EU budget to strengthen democracy?

In March, Jean-Claude Juncker presented five future scenarios for the European Union. They failed to include ideas about how the EU could make its citizens happier, healthier or better off.

Strangers in the village

Despite Russia’s economic woes, labour migrants from Central Asia continue to arrive. And now they seek a better life not only in big cities, but in deserted Russian villages. RU

From civil society to political society

“You can avoid paying attention to politics only until politics starts paying attention to you.” Thoughts gathered at Team Syntegrity 2017 in Barcelona.