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

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.

Transforming the financial system from within: an interview with the Finance Innovation Lab

How a small organisation is helping to transform the financial system by incubating people and ideas that can change finance from the inside.

Illustration: imagining a feminist future together

A feminist future must be imagined before it can be created – and here art and illustration can play a powerful role.

Nuclear weapons: playing with fire

Britain's neglected history of nuclear accidents makes the case for a new safety regime.

The demise of emancipatory peasant politics? Indonesian fascism and the rise of Islamic populism

The death of class-based rural movements in Indonesia has entrapped rural resistance in the clutches of market power. 

Russian activists face prosecution in the run up to the presidential elections

Law enforcement are prosecuting activists left, right and centre ahead of the elections, stigmatising public activity and protest. 

Scotland’s democracy deserves better than broken electronic voting trials

Democratic processes need to be understood by more than a handful of advanced cryptographic experts.  

Hedonism and homelessness, Madchester and masculinity

The North’s rockstar-scally-addicts aren’t romantic heroes – they’re examples of commodification in action.

Liam Fox’s Brexit aims would require “a fairy godmother” - full speech by Fox's former top official

A devastating assessment of the government’s Brexit trade strategy of “rejecting a three-course meal for a packet of crisps”. Full text of Martin Donnelly’s speech to Kings College last week, exclusively on openDemocracy.

Russia’s elections: the rise and fall of “dramaturgiya”

The Kremlin is used to scripting election campaigns to the minute. But the 2018 election shows how they’re losing control.

Labour's leavers are lukewarm for Brexit

Despite much heated criticism of 'lexiteers', new data shows Labour's leave vote taking a patient and measured approach to what Brexit means to them. Are they the key?

Our corporation tax system is broken. Here's how to fix it

After eight years of austerity borne primarily by the most vulnerable in our society, it’s time that all businesses started paying their fair share.

West Papua's struggle for independence

West Papuans have it much harder than Scots or Catalans. In West Papua it is illegal to fly the independence flag. Español

‘We won’t give up’: 25 years of feminist resistance to the war on women’s bodies in Poland

In 1993, the Polish government took away our right to abortion – starting a war on women’s bodies which continues to this day.

Brexodus: The UK may leave the EU, but the EU may already be leaving the UK

New data show more EU citizens are leaving and net migration of EU citizens to the UK has hit a five year low. These figures are worth paying attention to.

Alexey Navalny’s election boycott reveals the symbolic matrix of Russian politics

Boycotting the Russian presidential elections is the logical extension of the opposition politician’s radical street politics. RU

Meet the Glasscos: lesbian foster parents in America’s Bible Belt

In Alabama, religiously-affiliated private adoption agencies can legally discriminate against same-sex couples, but the law may be having the opposite effect.

Fox/Sky: story so far – how will it end?

By next year, the UK’s biggest broadcasting company, Sky (including Sky News), will be owned by a US media giant: Fox, Disney or Comcast (or perhaps two of them).

Four walls won’t hold us: Honduran women are breaking free

We want freedom, not four walls. We see a future without violence and impunity. Without impunity, the violence could be investigated; the murderers and abusers would be jailed. Our struggle is against the patriarchal system. Español

So how DO you build a “people’s Brexit”? Not by marginalising the already marginalised

Brexit can be reclaimed as an entrance into a new political understanding, process and polity – but only if unions and Labour avoid elite-mediated solutions. An excerpt from For the Many: Preparing Labour for Power, published by OR Books.

A tribute to the fearless Laura Lee: freedom fighter for sex workers’ rights, and my friend

Laura Lee died on 7 February 2018. She was a leading activist who campaigned fearlessly for the decriminalisation of sex work in the UK.

Perceptions of corruption in Latin America worsen

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows that, despite some progress, Latin America continues to experienceserious difficulties in fighting corruption. Español