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Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

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The Orthodox church and a very Balkan affair

A Ukrainian church with Philaret as Patriarch is more likely to end up as a cheaply disguised religious cover for a brutal war, rather, than as a harbinger of peace. 

#MetooIndia: the future is female. Or is it really?

The burgeoning movement has spilled forth beyond the confines of the film and entertainment industry. But how far will it go?

The art of dissonance: dissecting the language of Donald Trump

Modes of communication which allow for compromise are being deliberately delegitimised.

Counterbalancing disproportionate power: a response to John Ruggie

When human rights gained recognition the dominant power was the state relative to the individual and citizen. Now transnational businesses have vastly greater power than both.

#MeToo movement rumbles on in India

Working up public outrage is an art and not all political parties are able to create mass hysteria.

Kosovo and Serbia: the ideology of negotiations

It is urgently necessary to mobilise, not only against the existing form of negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia, but also against the eventual agreement, and possible result of, the present negotiations.

The UK Government must not sacrifice our rights in the name of security after Brexit

Theresa May has made no indication or commitment that she plans to hold onto some hardwon vital safeguards after Brexit.

“Same story, different soil”: the Deathscapes Project gets under way

Hawk Newsome: “It’s the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.”

Matteo Salvini – Italy’s salvation?

Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that Italy's populists in power, though unavoidable, will end up like many governments before them – mugged by harsh reality?

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إن هذا العمل لم يعد مهنة بل أصبح وجع حياة مستمر

Meme warfare in the Swedish context

The alt-right mobilised online to back far-right parties at Sweden's general election – but are their tactics no longer effective?

Arron Banks lied to parliament about his Brexit campaign, say whistleblowers

Major Brexit bankroller, now under investigation by the National Crime Agency, “deliberately misled” parliament about his insurance company’s political work, and amassed campaign data ‘warchest’

The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration

There is a key democracy argument in this new book which calls for an urgent step change in our liberal democracies and a new type of political leadership.

Trump or Brussels: Brexit and the art of 'No deal'

Even if the UK parliament approves a Brexit agreement it will satisfy no one. The real choice the country faces is beween re-entering the EU or becoming a satellite of Washington.

Back in the USSR: meet the people calling for the restoration of the Soviet Union

Soviet passport-holders are agitating for a revival of the USSR and a takeover of the British crown. RU

A murky state-civil society relationship in Tunisia

The Tunisian state appears both open and cautious to accommodating civil society.

Trans rights: Woman’s Place UK responds to 50.50’s report

A co-founder of the women’s group responds to openDemocracy’s report analysing opposition to potential gender recognition reforms in the UK.

Palestine’s forgotten refugees in Lebanon

Massive cuts by the Trump administration to the budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency will exacerbate an already marginal existence for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Trump – don’t let ‘Tommy Robinson’ preach his anti-Muslim message in the US

Right wing members of Congress have invited the EDL founder to a major event in Washington DC, despite his criminal record.

A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

Imagining the disappearance of species (however small they are) should spur us to fight for their survival.

Popular oral culture and sectarianism, a materialist analysis

How and by whom is sectarianism produced and maintained? And for what reasons?العربية

Politics “as if” in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia first denied the Khashoggi murder and then blamed it on rogue security agents. Neither version has enjoyed much credibility but the ability to make the population repeat incredible claims is itself a form of power for Arab autocrats.

#EleccionesBrasil: 5 insecurities behind the victory of Jair Messias Bolsonaro

Economy, Politics, Violence, Identity, Information: 5 insecurities that could explain, in part, the incontestable triumph of Bolsonaro, whose extreme political positions plunge the country into a state of security shock. Español

Why legal aid matters and what you can do about it

Cuts to legal aid are causing widespread injustice and likely costing the taxpayer more. The government are reviewing the cuts. We have a final chance to tell them we care.

7 ways the ‘Finance Curse’ harms the UK – how can we lift it?

The City of London is a huge drag on the UK’s real economy. But we can – and must – lift the 'Finance Curse'.

Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: the missing link between neoliberalism and the radical right

The academics have distanced themselves from the fringes of the right, but their ideas have gained currency there.

Brazilan democracy's paroxism

Bolsonaro affirmed that all “minorities” must adapt to the “majority” way of living and thinking. His model is that of a white, Christian, authoritarian and heterosexual patriarchy. Español

UK sexual politics have become ‘profoundly authoritarian’ says Beatrix Campbell

I interviewed the prominent feminist amid ‘heated and toxic’ debates over proposed reforms to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act.

Why Labour's pledge to "renationalise electricity" doesn't go far enough

And how a Canadian province might show the way forward to deliver cheap, sustainable, democratic, planned electricity supplies.

Foreign Policy in Brazil: a sharp turn to the right

Make no mistake, the incoming government’s posture on issues ranging from climate change to open trade has global implications, not just for the region, but for the world. Español