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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.

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.

Were the Stansted 15 right to stop a UK deportation flight?

While activists learned they would not be jailed for grounding a plane, another deportation flight took off.

UK human rights defenders escape jail for stopping deportation flight

Defendants slam ‘vicious immigration system’ as disputed charter flight deportation continues to Jamaica.

Venezuela and China: a risky story of oil and money

Experts acknowledge major errors in China’s Venezuela venture as opposition leader Guaidó claims power. Español.

Ulanbek Egizbaev’s Search for the Truth in Kyrgyzstan

The sudden tragic death of an investigative journalist raises questions about the fate of the press in Kyrgyzstan.

I am not a criminal, I am an artist

The story of three Moroccan dancers who despite having valid Visas, were refused entry, locked up, and deported by the Dutch authorities.

Jordan Peterson – reluctant darling of the radical right?

His thinking appeals to men who seek an encompassing, empowering theory of the world where they do not need to feel guilt and are not designated as oppressors.

Trust, trauma and intransigence – psychoanalysing Brexit

Leavers want autonomy and a sense of control, Remainers want intimacy and closeness – and both are traumatised by a decade of shocks and loss of faith in government.

Captured states: when EU governments act as middlemen for corporate interests

It's easy to blame “Brussels bureaucrats” but national governments are often the biggest corporate lobbyists of all, a new report exposes today.

We have to stop blaming ‘backward’ culture for FGM and child marriage

These issues have received increased global attention. But simple attacks on ‘tradition and culture’ just fuel the backlash to women’s rights.

FGM in the UK will only end if attitudes shift from within communities

A landmark FGM conviction last week heralds a welcome change. But ending this practice requires both criminal and civil remedies.

No disaster is natural

Should the Brumadinho dam collapse be framed as corporate incompetence or a crime against people and nature? Español

Revealed: The dark-money Brexit ads flooding social media

Facebook has new transparency rules on political ads. But in the last week pro-Brexit groups have spent tens of thousands pushing ‘no deal’ – without having to explain who pays for them.

Tha Brexit, Tha Owns It

If North of England Labour MPs end up voting through a Tory Brexit, then the resulting decline and despair of the region will be their fault.

Three ways to stop the global economic system working for only rich white men

Women’s unpaid work is worth $10 trillion annually. Amazon's Jeff Bezos’s personal wealth dwarves the health budget of most countries. These facts are linked – and a new report from Oxfam suggests answers.

You should know where the money’s coming from: a response to the mayor of Tashkent

Last week, I reported on a possible conflict of interest over a mammoth urban development in Uzbekistan. The mayor of Tashkent responded to my claims — here’s my reaction.

In central Ukraine, a city’s future is overshadowed by a radioactive neighbour

The city of Kamianske, once the home of a Soviet-era uranium processing facility, must deal with the millions of tonnes of radioactive waste left behind.

The revolution in Sudan: let it fall

The will of the Sudanese youth is unmasking the dogma of a violent regime.

A dam bursts in Brazil, but the problems cross its borders

Pollution, armed militia and communities evictions are some of Vale S.A.'s alleged violations. Español.

How can we save British democracy from a Trump-style Wild West future?

Until we close the loopholes that allow big money and big tech to warp politics, the only path forward is the American one.

Egypt: a horror story

An attempt to remember, and cope with a trauma that pervades the lives of millions of Egyptians.

Praxis in a polarized world: the dilemma of activist scholars on the left

If progressive academics want to work with ‘the people,’ then we’ll have to meet ‘the people’ where they are.

Who gains from Trump trashing the INF Treaty – Putin and Lockheed Martin!

As Trump suspends the 1987 INF Treaty, Putin retaliates.  What can be done to prevent a new nuclear arms race from endangering Europe – and the world – again?

Labour and the trade unions can unite people against a no-deal and push for a radically reformed, social Europe

The holding of the first referendum was the real boon to the far-right, and any outcome of the Article 50 process is one in which they gain ground. 

Turkey: the lion that the hyenas did not kill

The president of the Portuguese Judges Association published the following article about Turkish judge, Murat Arslan, in Público, here in English.

Bolivia and the government of the real people

The defeat in the 2016 referendum is now forcing the government to no longer speak on behalf of the majority of the people, but of the real people ("We came here to stay for 500 years"). Español.