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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

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Thomas Rowley

Michael Edwards is editor of oDR.

Two separate roadmaps: an Israeli view

The flaws of the earlier Israel-Palestine peace process – ambiguity, phasing, lack of trust – consigned it to failure. The chances of its successor, the current ‘roadmap’, would benefit from a realistic appraisal that provides room for each side to move away from violence, restore peaceful relations – and, with international help, find that their paths converge.

Mirror reflections: fundamentalism and the market economy

The market economy and fundamentalist religion each aspire to colonise minds, dominate the public realm, and suppress free debate. Terrorism is only the extreme end of the much wider disaffection that results. The multiple insights of cybernetics and systems thinking are urgently needed to refresh minds, revivify politics, and offer practical ways out of the tunnel of dogma which marketolatry imposes on the world.

The Iraqi calculus

The devastating human cost of the Iraq war is only now becoming clear. Its impact on a shattered society is one source of growing hostility to the American military presence. The dangers of escalating violence to post-war reconstruction and state-building in Iraq are increasing. But no change of US policy is in sight.

The Estonian Gene Bank Project - an overt business plan

The Estonian Genome Project Foundation tried to build on the experience of Iceland’s innovative, contested genetic research project (analysed by Skúli Sigurdsson in openDemocracy). Did the small Baltic state learn from Iceland’s mistakes? A research fellow and close observer of the Estonian initiative tells the fascinating, melancholy story – which challenges the corporate interests involved to respond.

Before the Rooster Crows

Peter Kimani’s first novel, “Before the Rooster Crows”, is a harrowing tale of a young man’s odyssey from a small Kenyan village to the big city – on a mission to find his childhood sweetheart. The search unfurls the complicated city life where prostitution, murder, racism and the deep wounds of colonialism still fester. openDemocracy presents an exclusive extract.

Identity & Television: Europe on Screen

The EU’s Television without Frontiers Directive sought to encourage the free movement of programming within the internal European market, and to challenge the screen dominance of the US. But at its heart are questionable assumptions about the desirability of a single, shared European culture, which continue to divide the member states, says this Media professor.

Passover near Palestine: some scenes from a diary

Can an ethic of protest itself become a creative element in helping to resolve political conflict? What happens in the attempt to move beyond ‘no’ to an exploratory embrace of the unfamiliar? A peace activist travels to Israeli cities, Palestinian villages, and Jewish settlements to meet, listen to and argue with people living on the frontline. The result is an engaged, vivid, honest portrayal of the human realities of two societies locked in corrosive dispute.

Migration fantasies: how not to debate immigration and asylum

The urgency and topicality of debates about migration should not create space for a language loaded by prejudice and presumption that fuels a far right agenda. Yet this is precisely the approach of Anthony Browne in the People Flow discussion. An analysis of his panic-laden, historically-myopic argument is a necessary prelude to creating a rational basis for responsible exchange.

Cape Farewell: an Arctic diary

For two weeks, openDemocracy’s Globalisation editor, Caspar Henderson, is on board the 93-year old ship “The Noorderlicht” – sailing to the Arctic in an innovative expedition that fuses art, film and science to monitor and communicate the impact of global warming. With the Dutch crew of four is a twenty-person group that includes photographers, oceanographers, artists, geographers, and writers. During the voyage, Globolog publishes Caspar’s vivid reports from an environment of deep currents and melting ice, where the bonds between nature and humanity take on fresh meanings.

Zimbabwe: people get ready

Political repression and economic meltdown are pushing Zimbabwe’s people to breaking-point. They have come to understand that freedom from Mugabe’s evil regime is in their own hands.

Eighteen hours in Ben Gurion airport

The detention and deportation by Israeli authorities of a British filmmaker of Palestinian origin is a lesson not just in the vicious political realities of the Middle East, but in a failure of courage by the British government.

West Papua: Dutch past, Indonesian present, independent future?

The West Papuan campaign against rule by Indonesia and corporate exploitation of the territory’s rich resources is one of the world’s most important and least known resistance movements.

Bush's bind

Iraqi glue, Colombian drugs, and Belgian humour.

Mass immigration: a route to environmental collapse

The authors of People Flow have failed to consider the effects of migration on the environment, argues this advocate for a Britain of 30 million people. You can have sustained immigration, or a sustainable nation: but not both.

'Asylum crisis' in the UK and Europe

The discussion of asylum-seeking, especially in the UK press, is sensationalist and distorting. The result is policy measures that are not just repressive but self-defeating. The reality, argues our regular columnist and migration-watcher, is that there is no ‘asylum crisis’. Rather, there is a complex, variable pattern of human movement that politicians are doing lamentably little to understand.

Uganda: women in flight

The story of three Uganda women whose suffering doesn't end when they leave their homeland.

Cultivating optimism

The addictions to bad news and to boosterism are alike protections from reality. One encourages cynicism, the other complacency; both evade responsibility for the world’s horror. For Dave Belden, it has been a long road to global optimism. But in the wake of the avalanche of violence and grief in the Iraq war, he wonders if giving up TV is a condition of sustaining long-term hope for the planet.

Al-Qaida: evolution, not comeback

Al-Qaida is not ‘back’: it has never been away. The sophistication and planning involved in the Riyadh and Casablanca bombings were in place even before regime change in Iraq. Yet if Afghanistan merely dispersed the network, US occupation of Iraq may indeed invigorate it. The prospect is endless war.

The absence of war

Even in remote areas of Namibia and Botswana, and in the Inuit region of Nunavut in Canada, the distant Iraq war enters social discourse and everyday encounters. War is both near and far. Hugh Brody journeys to a landscape where territory, history and mind all meet, to ask: are the world’s indigenous people ancestors or contemporaries of the rest of mankind?

The Turkish refusal

Turkey’s triple role in the Iraq war confounded many experts. While its neo-Islamist government supported the US invasion of Iraq, and its military refrained from major incursion into the Kurdish-controlled north, its parliament refused help to American forces. Turkey’s relations with the US were strained, yet without any diplomatic benefit from the EU to compensate. The crisis has shifted the political ground under Turkey’s feet. Who will design the new maps?

Aznar versus the people: a Spanish divorce?

The Spanish government ignored its people’s almost universal opposition to war in Iraq. This, itself the latest in a series of convulsive internal crises, raises serious questions about Spain’s political direction and even the commitment to democracy of its prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar. As a crucial election cycle approaches, will the bond between a troubled Spain and a hawkish US be renewed or broken?

Making a new world - Part Three: Apartheid: the sequel

Post-apartheid South Africa promised a new, fairer country. But Paul Kingsnorth, author of “One no, many yeses – a journey to the heart of the global resistance movement”, tells Caspar Henderson of openDemocracy that the African National Congress’s pro-globalisation policies are making many activists feel the country is in an even worse position than before.

Trade, aid and Iraqi debt

The world trade system is in trouble. Where next for aid from rich to poor? Plus: how best can Iraqi people benefit from the country’s oil revenues?

Muslims and European multiculturalism

Anti-Muslim sentiment in post-9/11 Europe contends that Muslims compound their ‘alien’ status by claiming special treatment from their ‘hosts’. But what if the aspiration to a recognised ‘Muslim’ identity is itself characteristically European? In the British context, Tariq Modood argues that a healthily multicultural society needs to accommodate religion as a valid social category – and rethink Europe so that the Muslim ‘them’ becomes part of a plural ‘us’.

Corporate super-predators

“Control fraud” is what happens when the person who controls a large company is a criminal. Enron was only the most conspicuous example of a pervasive phenomenon in corporate behaviour, says this white-collar criminologist. The participants in openDemocracy’s roundtable on corporate power and responsibility miss the point: as long as regulators fail to ask the right questions, we are condemned to suffer further crimes.

Neo-conning the world

Who are the US neo-cons? A riddle wrapped inside a mystery. Churchill said that. Or was it Ayn Rand? Whatever. Dominic Hilton enters their labyrinthine world, tastes its freedom fries, and comes out alive.

The Philosophy of Journalism

Our debate on journalism and war has relied upon notions such as truth, objectivity and balance; but what are the philosophical foundations of these ideas? Here the editor of ‘The Philosophers Magazine’, against what you might expect, concurs with David Loyn’s defence of the ideal of objectivity, and suggests that Loyn’s critics have crossed the line from healthy scepticism to defeatist relativism.

Rum an Coke

The second in a number of pieces of short fiction by Jacob Ross: a mesmerising cautionary tale of addiction, defiance, and a mother’s love - with a shattering twist. ‘Rum-an-coke is what dey call it,’ … ‘Dey take dat ting and drink down rum right after.’ But remember: ‘Too much niceness does kill.’

Making a new world - Part Two: From Genoa to Cochabamba

Global activists find the Zapatista movement in Mexico an inspiration. But a campaign against water privatisation in Bolivia and state violence at the 2001 Genoa summit, show the scale of the challenges they face. Paul Kingsnorth continues his world tour in conversation with Caspar Henderson of openDemocracy.

A peace accord in Israel-Palestine: what Europe can do

Many Americans as well as Europeans favour a more active and constructive European role in advancing an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. Following Tony Klug’s innovative ‘international protectorate’ argument, and Todd Gitlin’s call for creative European thinking, Steven Everts of the Centre for European Reform argues that a positive European role in resolving the conflict is both necessary and possible.