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Tunisia’s struggle against corruption: time to fight, not forgive

A new economic reconciliation law protects clientelist structures in Tunisia and replaces the process of transitional justice, but a real transition away from the old authoritarian social contract will be impossible if it passes.

A court in Colombia stands up for sex workers

The Clock Tower Massacre ruling recognises for the first time sex workers as victims of the armed conflict. But this on its own is not enough. Español

Fight fundamentalism in all its guises: a call to action from Yemen to Germany

“Be close to people’s dreams, their aspirations and their suffering...fight for a society of equal citizenship” - Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkol Karman. Jennifer Allsopp reports for 50.50 from the third day of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference.

International recognition and public opinion towards conflict and violence

Experiments show international recognition of statehood could change popular support for violence in self-determination conflicts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on social science experiments.

Making sense of Brexit: foreigners in defence of foreigners’ rights

There are a reported three million EU citizens and more than five million non-EU citizenships in Britain. Why aren’t they organising ahead of the election?

Politics recovered: "Innovation is the result of experimentation"

Matías Bianchi and Caio Tendolini speak about their hypotheses and discoveries, about the future of both states and politics, and about technology as a paradoxical tale. Español Português

Back to the future: women’s work and the gig economy

Learning from the history of women’s work can help to overcome discrimination and improve working conditions in the gig economy.

The future of the internet depends on you

People from the freedom of expression, privacy and media development communities must get engaged, to ensure that one of the most important communications platforms ever invented remains open, pluralistic and democratic.

A millionaire is planning to spend around £700,000 to target pro-Remain MPs at the election

A top donor to the Brexit cause is now planning to flood constituencies across the UK with his money

What would true court modernisation look like?

Plans to modernise the courts in England and Wales may change how the justice system looks and feels, but it may not provide the forward thinking justice really needs.

Changing the rules of the game in Moldova

In Moldova, changes to the electoral system are afoot  but the motivations seem far from democratic.

 

The debate the media won't have: government snooping made NHS hacking easier

Even Microsoft now admits that government snooping has made it much easier for hackers.

Repeal Denmark's blasphemy ban - a petition

Denmark’s blasphemy ban was recently revived when a man was charged for burning the Quran. Signatories argue that an expression grossly offensive to religious believers merits protection as peaceful 'free speech'.

A day watching Turkmen television

In Turkmenistan, people will do anything to avoid watching their tightly-controlled state media. This journalist spent a day glued to the screen to find out why.

Changing the world without taking power? Bitcoin and the challenges of consensus

Bitcoin could provide a more democratic alternative for managing the economy, relying on objective mathematical tools, rather than economists with a free market bias. But there are obstacles along the way.

Lessons from farmers and indigenous women: cultivate democracy

Learning to live in harmony with the land is co-constituent to human rights activism. Jennifer Allsopp reports for 50.50 from the second day of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. 

Neighbourhood responses to Brexit challenges

“Taking back control”, they said. If that means being active citizens and active listeners, there may be hope.

#BristolBrexit: a city responds to Brexit

Uncertainty is plaguing the transition to a post-Brexit Britain. Cities can, and must, address it head on in ways that work best for them.

Why the left needs to re-embrace the First Amendment

Censorship of the alt-right is tempting, but history tells us it will backfire. 

If you're not yet radical, you haven't been paying attention

Raoul Martinez spoke this weekend at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “Beyond Brexit, Labour are offering one of the most progressive manifestos in living memory.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: a reinvigorated politics

Michael Gove spoke this week-end at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “For me, it was primarily about making sure that whoever exercises power over you, is someone that you can throw out.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: the British élitist revolution

Nick Clegg spoke this week-end at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “It is a curiously British élitist revolution and we need to understand what it is.” Keynote speech.

Raqqa: a movement's optimism

An adherent in the ISIS-held city remains hopeful, in the latest of a series of imagined letters.

“You can’t fight fascism every five years with a piece of paper”

Abstention in the recent French presidential elections was at its highest since 1969. Macron cannot afford to ignore those who abstained, as much as he cannot ignore those who voted for Le Pen.

The Egyptian Army’s violent trail of breadcrumbs

Supporting Egypt’s particular brand of fighting terrorism is equivalent to supporting a climate of expedited radicalization.

What would a world without barriers to feminist solidarity look like?

Citizenship is a duty that transcends borders. Jennifer Allsopp reports for 50.50 from the first day of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. 

Politics recovered: "Participation is valuable when it is part of the decision-making processes"

Pablo Collada shares his vision of the strategic value of public pedagogy, his experience with the Lobby Law in Chile, and also some reflections on dance. Español Português

Blogging at the time of dictatorship

The Tunisian Internet Agency is responsible for harming national memory. Questions need to be answered and those responsible need to be held accountable.

No Dogs, No Indians

In a world mediated by sound-bites, perhaps the theatre can take us back to what it means to be human.

How to fight gun violence in Trump’s America

We must double down on grassroots, community activism. Even with Trump in office, women can and must organize to end gun violence. This article is part of 50.50's coverage of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference.