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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

State, corporate and chiefly power is being contested from below in South Africa

What is the transformative potential that emerges from these struggles around land?

After the peace agreement, authoritarian extractivism persists as rural development in Colombia

The results of the recent legislative elections only reinforce the authoritarian and militarised model of the last 16 years. What is peace?

It's time to own the National Grid

Planning for our low-carbon future must be at the top of the agenda, not paying out dividends to shareholders.

How deliberative democracy can rebuild trust in our economic institutions

Citizen voices must be included in, and have influence over, economic decision-making. 

The latest on OpenGlobalRights: confronting cartel control, debating foreign aid, and reframing sexual harassment

Recently on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated cartel control of utilities in Kenya, state repression in Thailand, lessons for human rights educators, sexual harassment as gender-based violence, and the trend of climate change lawsuits.

Gender equality cannot be achieved without tax reform for multinational companies

We can't achieve gender equality, or ensure women’s rights, without progressive tax policies.

MeRA25: a new Greek political party

This month the former finance minister of Greece is launching a new ‘patriotic front’ in Greece, a broad, progressive, alliance of left, green and liberal Greeks, calling for realistic disobedience.

The Great Society versus the Poor People’s Campaign

What can we learn from contrasting efforts to combat poverty and injustice in 1960s America?

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

The present and future of a centralized internet

Understanding the risks future technology and intermediaries might pose to the internet as a tool for social change. Part Two.

Reconstruction and restitution in Tomsk

How a conflict between the Orthodox church, the authorities and the residents is playing out in this Siberian city.

Will reactionary delegations torpedo UN talks on rural women?

At the Commission on the Status of Women, commitments to rural women’s empowerment are under threat. Can new, progressive alliances block advances by reactionary delegations?

Silicon Inquiry

The Silicon Valley ideology is a morally destitute trap, writes Wendy Liu. Could its well-paid staff transform it?

Corruption, free speech, and the fight for democracy in Latin America

Democratic decline is part of a worrying trend that is spreading across various regions of the world. Latin America, with its advances and setbacks, is no exception. Español

Why we mustn't abandon EU citizens & marginalised voters in the run up to 3rd May elections

Britain is facing a democratic deficit at the local elections, as turnout tumbles and under-represented communities – as well as EU nationals – face losing out.

"We need a feminist constitution"

How is anyone going to go to work if no-one does the ironing, cooks, or looks after the children? I think putting this issue on the table is one of the great victories of March 8. An interview.

The draft global compact on migration fails one of its guiding principles. Here is how to fix it.

As delegates begin to debate Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, they must be careful not to undermine already existing rights.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

How populism directed against minorities is used to prop up Myanmar’s ‘Democratic’ revival

It is delusional to expect that this unfettered racism will stop there. It must be confronted. Shockingly, though, most ‘indigenous’ ethnic organizations are silent on the ongoing crisis.

For Eurasia’s activists, no place is a safe haven

Existence of regional safety hubs is key to alleviating Eurasia’s human rights crisis.

Three more ways to build solidarity across our differences

For most people divisive rhetoric isn’t new; they’ve been developing ways to counter it for years.

Re-igniting political polarisation in Greece: the ‘liberal’ opposition’s turn to the right and the challenges for democracy

What is often ignored across Europe is the mainstreaming of nationalism and nativism, the legitimization of illiberal and indeed of anti-democratic ideas and practices by established ‘moderate’ political forces.

What could a Corbyn government inside Europe mean for the future of the European Union?

This pamphlet sets out a realistic reform strategy for the EU, that a Corbyn government allied with socialists across Europe could achieve, addressing the big global problems of today.

Making America great again requires acting on scientific knowledge

The mantra these days is “to make America great again.” But a key feature of bygone days was listening to the lessons that science taught and acting upon them to make a better planet.

Statues are not safe in India

One cynic says that after every election, the new Government can spend its first year in uninstalling the statutes erected by the previous regime.

Eurozone beyond euphoria

This ‘do more of the same’ approach based on brutal enforcement and discipline does not tackle the sources of the uneven development.

In defense of free speech

The “No-platforming” of speakers with whom we fundamentally disagree can suggest that force ought to prevail over speech that is itself regarded as “violent.” This suggestion is deeply corrosive.

Fear, loathing and poverty: Italy after the 2018 elections

Twenty years of stagnation and decline mean a generation with ever-lower expectations in terms of income, work and life. Impoverishment has become a reality for a very large swathe of Italians.

America first! Trump’s foreign policy

On the one hand, the Trump administration aims at strengthening the US economy and armed forces; on the other, it intends to turn its back on the rest of the world.