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Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

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Thomas Rowley

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Don't panic: taking the terror out of terrorism

What is the best means of defence against attack by nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons? A former member of the US military offers a practical, purposeful guide for his fellow-citizens. The ingredients of survival: calmness, common sense - and canned food.

The UN and Iraq: time to get serious

Divisions over Iraq on the UN Security Council reflect a wider crisis of the world institution. It is time to reaffirm the UN’s core purpose – by suspending Iraq’s membership.

Getting in the way of war

For this Gulf war the US army are allowing selected journalists to join active military units, a process called ‘embedding’. Meanwhile peace activists from many countries are travelling to Iraq to act as voluntary human shields against US bombing. Both are examples of a new trend, the emergence of ‘weapons of attention’- civilians whose presence in the war zone is specifically designed to focus media attention, and capture public sympathy, amongst viewers ‘at home’. A German media analyst assesses the legal, moral and political implications of this new weapon.

Dear Tony Blair, justice please

The Gaza children's mental-health specialist Eyad el-Sarraj sends an open letter from Gaza to the British prime minister.

The invisible hand of the American empire

The United States rigs the international economic system to its own advantage, argues the distinguished international economist Robert Hunter Wade.

Laughing off the war

Psy ops in Iraq, Anxiety in France, Pan-African ass-kicking

The myth of a clean war - and its real motive


The immediate US purpose is to destroy the Saddam regime. This, no less than the weapons used to fight it, guarantees that the Iraq war will have a heavy human cost in the short term. Behind the war, the search for military and oil security is impelling a broader US agenda for regional control. This ensures further violence in the long term.

The assassination of Zoran Djindjic

The murder of Serbia’s prime minister has created a dangerous political vacuum in a country still trying to recover from a decade of war, poverty, and unrest. Dejan Djokic laments a tragedy, puts it in historical context, and assesses the likelihood of Serbian democracy coming together to challenge the gangsters threatening it.

Corporate Timeline

What are the key events in the rise of modern corporations? Why do these institutions matter? Are they more powerful now than before, better behaved or worse? openDemocracy's corporate timeline explores the long, complex and controversial history of this engine of contemporary capitalism.

Journalists need to think: a reply to David Loyn

An experienced journalist and advocate of ‘peace journalism’ takes on David Loyn in a compelling and comprehensive defence of engaged journalism.

Fiery death or watery grave?

The performances of Salma Hayek and Nicole Kidman, two candidates for the ‘best actress’ Oscar award, draw on their celebrity status as well as the allure of the great artists they portray: Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf. But only one burns with life.

Turkey prepares for a refugee influx from Iraq

Twelve years ago this month some 2 million Iraqi Kurds, fleeing Iraqi suppression of widespread revolt in northern Iraq, escaped to the Turkish border and into Iran. They suffered terribly. How would they fare in the event of conflict this time?

Thank you, President Bush

From the world's most popular novelist, Paulo Coelho, an open letter of praise for President Bush.

F.A.: no home in the world

The West African state of Guinea is home to thousands of refugees, in flight from its neighbours’ wars. One mutilated teenager – born in Sierra Leone, raised in Liberia, in limbo in Guinea – has nowhere left to turn.

Another Cameroon is possible!

The benefits of globalisation are hard to see in Cameroon. The deprivation of the rural majority, says one of its social activists, is reinforced by the venality of the World Trade Organisation, giant corporations, and local politicians. The answer? Cameroon people must learn from the vibrant protest movements of India and Latin America, and imagine themselves into a better country.

The "Mother Of All Bombs" - how the US plans to pulverise Iraq

A devastating new weapon will be part of the US’s massive assault on Iraq. Paul Rogers, openDemocracy’s international security correspondent, explains what it is, how it developed, and why its use is likely to destroy civilian lives in their thousands.

Through other people's eyes

Exclusively for openDemocracy, a young artist and curator explains why, this time, she went in search of other peoples’ eye-views. Plus, a selection of images from her exhibition.

We'll Always Have Paris!

A grand tour reveals that France’s attitude to America mirrors its soul: jealous, glorious, sensual and venal. Between Seine, Sorbonne, and Algeria, Dominic Hilton listens to the voices off – and ends up with a scoop about the Foreign Legion.

The net as a global library

The internet is culture not trade, library not warehouse, treasure-house not bank, popular not elitist. Free it, train everyone to use it, and it will fly – and carry democracy on its wings.

Your TV is watching you

The interactive television revolution will mean more choice, more control and more freedom for the viewer, right? Wrong says the man behind White Dot – the campaign to switch off television – all it means is more ways for media corporations to keep tabs on your viewing habits and tailor their products to your tastes. Don’t believe him? Listen to what the corporations say…

After the Iraq war: planning the humanitarian response

To win a war in Iraq, the US has to win the peace. Its military forces as well as one of its leading independent humanitarian agencies, the International Rescue Committee, will have a crucial role. But can the military work with the United Nations and non-governmental organisations in ways that save lives, secure post-war order, and preserve the latter’s independence?

Liberate Iraq on the world's terms

The slogan ‘No to war: No to Saddam!’ leaves the world polarised and incapable of concerted action. What would it take to reconfigure this crippling divide so that a clear choice helps the world move forward? Could the European Union’s foreign policy coordinator, Javier Solana, lead the way?

A conflict of loyalties: 1999 and 2003

When Nato bombed Yugoslavia in 1999, professional responsibility and a need for inner freedom prevented Dejan Djokic from protesting the assault on his homeland. Four years on, the creative dialogue between head and heart has a different result. 

My American dream

This Sierra Leonean filmmaker was saved from prison and torture in Liberia by Americans. But when he worked in Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan, American good intentions appeared in a different light. Can democracy’s ‘big daddy’ learn from its mistakes?

Decoding broken promises

Five years ago, the company deCODE made the first bid to set up a comprehensive, medical records database, in Iceland. A leading activist explores the ways in which the equation of medical data with economic promise can lead to the erosion of truth, raising the key issue of presumed versus informed consent and other challenges for any democratic society.

Civic hacking: a new agenda for e-democracy

The political potential of the internet lies not in connecting people to politicians, still less in online voting; it lies in the possibility of bringing citizens together to help themselves, argues a veteran of online politics.

Bush: Home Alone - America's futile attempt to woo its insulted allies

The US advance toward war has myriad justifications, but is best understood in the framework of a new world order: perpetual war for perpetual peace, says Michael Naumann. Multilateralism is dying, but what will take its place? At the least, existing nuclear powers like North Korea look set to buttress their defences...

Witch-hunts and War Jitters

Hollywood protest, human shields, and Swiss utopia

FT: Forked Tongue?

The Financial Times’ coverage of the global antiwar protests of 15 February differed markedly between its German and English editions. This unsettling discovery, framed by an imaginary encounter on a Berlin–London flight, brings Michael Rebehn down to earth with a jolt.

With the Iraqi opposition: if, how, and then what?

What comes after regime change in Baghdad? For delegates at the Iraqi opposition conference in northern, Kurdish Iraq, the long wait for the US envoy reveals doubts about American diplomacy and Turkish intentions. Will ‘free Iraqis’ be masters of their own fate, or once again betrayed?