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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

Colombian resistance against the Odebrecht-nurtured mafia

On 27th November, an emergency debate on Odebrecht corruption was scheduled by senators of the opposition. The raison d’être for extreme violence and rampant corruption in Colombia was openly hung-out.

How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights. 

Why grieving families need legal representation at an inquest

Contrary to what the UK government say, many bereaved families need legal representation at an inquest to ensure a full and fearless investigation into the death of their loved one.

UK military deals: red-flag alert!

The buying of Britain's defence equipment is a litany of cost, waste and cosiness

A People’s Vote won’t heal Brexit divisions – we need a People’s Debate

A TV debate would solve nothing, and claims about “the will of the people” are vapid. We need to find a way to hold a meaningful debate.

The womanly face of war: the agency and visibility of Ukraine’s female soldiers

Women have played an active part in the war in Ukraine’s Donbas. But their role is yet to be recognised on its own terms.

No good choices in Georgia

Georgia’s presidential election has demonstrated, once again, that the country’s two dominant political platforms have little to offer regular citizens. 

To defeat the far right means to differentiate it from historical fascism

To win the battle against the far right, the left must understand that it faces a fragmented enemy, which is quite different from unitary historical fascism. Español

How Christian conservatives are trying to influence the media in Ukraine

The Novomedia forum in Kyiv offered an up-close look at the communications strategies of internationally-connected ultra-conservatives.

#ProtestasEnColombia | Fighting for public education in Latin America

The public university strike in Colombia has reached its 7 week mark as will continue until further notice. This mobilisation throws the crisis of public education in the country into the spotlight. Español

A Palestinian house with many struggles

The struggle of Palestinians takes different forms, between living under the Palestinian Authority or the de-facto Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

Hopeless but happy: Azimjon Askarov and the discontents of Kyrgyzstan’s post-2010 order

A new memoir by Kyrgyzstan’s most prominent political prisoner takes readers back to the violence and impunity that followed the country’s 2010 revolution.

The double standards applied to academic freedom

The political right is not only cracking down on academic freedoms, but has started simultaneously to become a fierce advocate of an aggressively anti-intellectual freedom of speech.

What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?

The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

On recognizing our ethno-religious prejudices: a preliminary conceptual analysis

After many years of suppression, Syrians were able to bring these issues to light and engage in serious public debate. العربية

Abolish child prisons, demands mother who lost her son

UK charities, parliamentarians and bereaved families unite to close child prisons. Inspection reports call all such institutions unsafe.

The stories fascist Europe tells itself, and how to correct them

What can the UK learn from those fighting the far right across Europe? Take history seriously

Будущего не было и нет

Социальная апатия современной России выражает себя в убийственно мрачных текстах русского рэпа.

Elections diminish democracy in India

It was not always like that. Those tracking the progress of democracy in India should interview political activists above 90 years of age.

Professional solidarity with Palestine: a mental health imperative

Palestinian mental health professionals will continue critical dialogue of the occupation until its hegemony is exposed and deconstructed.

A People's Vote without a referendum

There is an alternative way of "letting the people decide" on an issue where MPs seem incapable of agreeing a coherent policy. The Greeks had a word for it: democracy.

Fortress Europe: Macron hikes university fees for non-EU students

The students that the government is hoping to dissuade from studying in France are the young people of its former colonies. How does this square with ‘patriotism as openness’?

Protest in Paris: End of the world versus End of the month

After the COP21 in Paris, Macron wanted to become the world leader on Climate Change. But what could seem accurate policy measures not always are perceived as fair politics.

The hypocrisy behind British endorsement of Bahrain’s ‘sham’ elections

UK’s support for Bahrain’s sham-elections emboldens the Gulf nation to continue intensifying its crackdown on civil rights with impunity.

Dark money investigations: what we’ve found out, and why we’re looking

For the past two years openDemocracy has been tracking down the secretive, wealthy donors trying to influence British politics unseen.