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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.

This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

The blueprint for dismantling the NHS

Nostalgia won't save the NHS from the encroachment of market forces - only a broad-based mass movement can do that.

‘Now, every woman knows she needs to fight violence everywhere’

Congolese activist Julienne Lusenge talks about the struggle to end wartime sexual violence and why she appreciates the MeToo campaign.

Freedom is claimed, not granted

Today’s actions by Central Americans and Palestinians show a historic convergence of resistance to borders.

On extremism and democracy in Europe: three years later

This introduction to the updated Greek edition of the 2016 book brings to its thought-provoking chronological account three more eventful years for the far right, populism, Euroscepticism and liberal democracy.

Time to talk some Brexit sense

Let us have an end to fighting the referendum campaign ad infinitum and ad nauseam. Now is the time to get real.   

نيتفليكس والمنطقة العربيّة سياسات الهويّة لم تمرّ من هنا

هل تلعب أجندة مسبقة للشبكة الدور الأكبر في تحديد خياراتها في المنطقة العربيّة؟

Against a second Brexit referendum

The British people, failed by their natural representative, the Labour Party, opted for the nationalist radicalism of Farage’s UKIP. Thus, the demagogues won. But not those who voted for them.

Free spaces for thought and de-acceleration

This is a revised version of the acceptance speech of the leading Austrian discourse analysis scholar, for a ‘lifetime award’ from the Austrian Ministry for Women, Families & Youth. Speech.

The myth of the Will of the People

Populism lives by the thought that the presence of the people in government is sufficient to wrest control from an unrepresentative elite.

From Saudi to Cameroon, do UK business links really ‘open channels to raise human rights concerns’?

So the government claims. But the evidence fails to convince. There are better options, including targeted sanctions.

30th World AIDS Day - a time for remembrance, resilience and reflection

Just occasionally, the UK public gets reminded that AIDS isn’t over and done with. Not at home, and certainly not round the rest of the world. 

In pre-election move, Moldova takes aim at civil society-opposition nexus

As the European Union calls out state capture in Moldova, the authorities in Chișinău are rewriting the rules of the game for civil society and opposition politics. RU

Kálmán Sütö and his struggle against Hungarian dictatorship

A street magazine vendor led protests against prime minister Victor Orbán’s rewriting of history. He tells openDemocracy how his life led him to that point.

Corbyn isn’t seizing the moment – because his Labour Party simply isn’t radical enough

From economic and climate policy, to Brexit and constitutional reform, Corbyn’s Labour doesn’t yet have the depth of ideas to capitalise on the government’s disarray.

Theresa May spokesman sparks fresh suspicion of British ‘spying’ on EU officials

Unguarded comments about "intelligence", "transcriptions of conversations" and knowing "what the Europeans are thinking" prompt fury in Brussels

Join us this Saturday to march for climate action now

The latest round of climate change talks open in Poland next week amidst stark warnings from UN scientists, a clampdown on protest by the Polish government – and laggardly action by our government.

Revolutionaries in the Gorbals – one hundred years on from Red Clydeside

As the First World War drew to a close, John Maclean – the ‘accuser of capitalism’ - was seen as the most dangerous man in the country – but he was released from jail to a hero’s welcome.

Labour’s plan for stakeholder votes on boardroom high pay might just work

Time is running out for UK corporations to show that the voluntary model works.

The elephant at the state of the "upper-side"

The elephant was the one who did the act of balancing on the wheel; the master was the one who taught it that trick

4 days work, 3 days play – why it’s time to demand a 4 day week

Our free time is vulnerable to the demands of neoliberalism – but workers, unions and campaigners across Europe are organising to fight back with demands of their own.

In Chechnya, a partial triumph for international justice

By taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights, hundreds of Chechen men and women have thwarted the powerful Russian state’s efforts to sweep its abuses in Chechnya under the rug.

Why co-ops and community farms can’t close the racial wealth gap

Circulating local dollars or pounds can’t create more wealth when there isn’t enough to begin with.

Brexit – the big swindle, a European view

We need to understand better why citizens’ rights have become, together with the Northern Irish question, such an incandescent issue in the Brexit negotiations.

Brexit or no Brexit, life-changing medicines already aren’t getting through

Big Pharma is hurting the NHS at its core – here's what we need to do, if we're bold enough.

The crisis in the Azov Sea

How did this happen and what can we expect further?

Climate disruption: time to speak up

To defend the realm, Britain's security nexus must rethink its line of duty. Change the security narrative.