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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.

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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

There’s a backlash against sex education in ‘Feminist Canada’

Canada appears progressive on the world stage. But under pressure from the Christian right, Ontario’s premier scrapped modern sex education.

Was Symon Petliura “an antisemite who massacred Jews during a time of war”?

100 years on from one of the bloodiest pogroms during the Russian civil war, a leading figure in Ukraine continues to provoke controversy.

When rescue is capture: kidnapping and dividing migrants in the Mediterranean

EU member states are holding migrants hostage while playing pass the parcel with their fates. It's a strategy that is as cruel as it is deliberate.

Love beyond borders

How will the hardening of immigration policies affect the radical potential of romance?

The left has quietly won the debate about EU regulation. Now we must do the same for migration

Since the EU referendum the left has successfuly shifted the terms of the debate on regulation. Now we must have the courage to defend freedom of movement against the anti-immigration politics of Brexit.

Young disabled people in Kyrgyzstan find new goals and opportunities

More than 5,000 people with vision impairment live in Kyrgyzstan. I speak to Matluba Hakimova about independence, assistance and citizenship. 

First they came for the ‘bad hombres’ … but the North Carolina sheriffs are speaking out

As NC immigrant arrests climb to 230 ICE announces the “New Normal” declaring how, where and why the people considered immigration violators will be arrested.

‘Religious freedom’ claims used to defend FGM in courts in four countries

Cases come as rights advocates warn such arguments are increasingly being ‘weaponised’ against women’s and LGBT equality.

Is there a route to an English Parliament?

Could the current limited and muted support for an English Parliament could become a pressing demand? (An edited version of a talk given at the seminar ‘Routes to an English Parliament’ on 11th January 2019 at University of Winchester.)

How neoliberalism is normalising hostility

From working conditions to welfare policies, from immigration to the internet – this zero sum game of winners and losers benefits only the far right.

“Alle Shalle Be Wele:” Julian of Norwich and the process of transformation

What might a medieval recluse say to postmodern activists?

A missed opportunity to confront the access to justice crisis

This week, the UK's Ministry of Justice published its review into the legal aid cuts. For the many people now unable to access justice, it doesn't go far enough.

I’m not sure Ivanka knows what “empower” means

The first daughter once again positions herself as a champion for working women – but only certain women.

Venezuela and the zugzwang

Venezuela is facing what is known in chess as a zugzwang: having to make a move while knowing full well that all the moves you can make are no good. Español.

The quiet coup that could devastate human rights in Guatemala

President Jimmy Morales and his allies in business, politics and the military are racing to break the rule of law and consolidate power. Español

Trump’s lies, immigrant raids and the right to identity

In this State of the Union address, Trump said, “Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens”. Simultaneously, North Carolina witnessed a number of merciless immigrant raids. Español.

Alleged army rapes amidst Zimbabwe fuel hike protests go uninvestigated

When Zimbabweans took to the streets in January, women were met with sexual violence by security forces. Many are scared to report abuses.

CGI crime scene reconstruction opens new leads in Kurdish activist killing

Investigation into Tahir Elçi’s shooting by Goldsmiths research group Forensic Architecture sheds new light on stalled case.

Tahir Elçi cinayetinde dijital modelleme sayesinde yeni bulgulara ulaşıldı

Londra Üniversitesi bünyesindeki araştırma merkezi Forensic Architecture’ın olaya dair hazırladığı bağımsız rapor şüpheli olarak değerlendirilmesi gereken kişilere işaret ediyor.

Five behaviors that perpetuate toxic capitalism

Money and productivity don’t define us; love does.

‘Muslim women are stuck between Islamophobes and Islamic fundamentalists’

From France to Malaysia, Muslim women’s rights activists are challenging those who ask them to ‘choose between being a Muslim and a feminist’.

Open letter to the women of the world from Leyla Güven

"All the women of the world need to be saying enough to fascism, enough to dictatorship!"

Trump's ego vs Kim Jong-un's art of the deal

America's president is all bluster, North Korea's all strategy. Who is winning?

Radio Hakaya Podcast, episode 1: Um Saleh - life under ISIS

The first episode of a podcast series about the socio-political climate faced by Syrians and their host communities through their own eyes as the pressure rises for refugees to return to Syria.

It’s not just medical staff and medicines that Brexit threatens, but the core principle at the heart of our NHS

The toxic Brexit debate has often wrongly characterised the NHS as a “British NHS for British people”, rather than championing it as a service based on healthcare as a matter of human dignity.