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This week's editor

Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

The right to have visiting rights

May's not the only one trying to have it both ways. Before Trump’s election, the US, long-heralded (and self-celebrating) “nation of immigrants,” was lowering the lamp beside its golden door.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

‘Arrival’ and the possibility of conversation

The gift is their language itself, and the new perception of reality it unlocks.

The appropriation of victimhood

The “post-truth” issue is intimately tied to the ability of powerful people to fabricate victimhood.

A battle for the meaning of British Conservatism

What rescues Conservatives from internecine conflict like that of the Labour Party? Oakeshott claimed that the conservative does not have a creed or doctrine, but rather a ‘disposition’.

“No birthdays here”

For the forgotten children of the refugee crisis, school brings a transient normality to life in the camps.

How to hold up a sky that is falling in South Sudan

The government must end military campaigns and invest in dialogues with affected communities.

All Power to the Ideals!

What kind of centenary celebration does 1917 deserve?

Protests mount against swingeing cuts to children's health services

If Jeremy Hunt is as keen on preventative health care and 'care in the community' as he claims to be, why is his NHS slashing health visitors and school nurses?

“You won’t pacify us”

Domestic workers flooded the office of Donald Trump’s nomination for the Office of Management and Budget with baby pacifiers this week.

Anniversary of Aldy Massacre passes in fear and silence

On 5 February 2000, Russian soldiers summarily executed dozens of civilians in the Chechen village of Aldy. Survivors of the massacre have no hope of finding justice, with the authorities doing everything in their power to whitewash this and other tragedies. 

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 4

What comes after the “electoral war machine”? Communication strategies for the post electoral cycle. Español

Dreams of Europe: refugees and xenophobia in Russia and Ukraine

Europe’s refugee crisis has affected Russia and Ukraine in different ways — solidifying local hatreds, local hierarchies and varying views of European identity.

Trump on the offensive

A surge in America's military power, led by special forces and new weapons, augurs an even more dangerous era in global security.

How Somali Muslims are raising a 10,000-person anti-hate army

The refugee community in Minnesota is a big target for bigotry, but they have a plan.

US appeals court declines to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

Trump tweets: “SEE YOU IN COURT".

Asylum seekers are left destitute and homeless due to a lack of legal aid

One of the least reported devastations caused by government legal aid cuts has been on asylum seekers. Vulnerable people seeking refuge in the UK are left destitute and homeless.

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy 

Mind the gap between Belarus and Russia

What’s behind the bad blood in today’s Belarusian-Russian relations? Русский

Out of the box: Megan Prescott on Skins, bodybuilding and busting gender roles

Megan Prescott discusses her experiences of gender inequality, public scrutiny and subverting stereotypes as a young actress, writer and competitive bodybuilder.

The decorative deputies of the North Caucasus

As a recent scandal in the North Caucasus shows, there are jobs for the boys at all levels of Russia’s power vertical. Русский

Why the pussyhats are the death of women’s lib

The Women’s March is accused of a lack of self-awareness and worse, widespread co-option by systemic as well as ego-shielding psychological forces.

The polarized politics of Islamophobia

Human rights defenders are out in the cold at this moment: we have compromised allies on the left and the right.

UK's Official Secrets Acts overhaul provides little protection for whistleblowers

Whistleblowers who leak official information could be prosecuted and jailed regardless of the public merit of the information they revealed, or whether any damage to national interests was actually caused.

Chilling effects: the politics of anti-semitism in the UK

A former specialist adviser to the House of Commons Social Services Committee has written a detailed critique of the Home Affairs Committee’s Report on anti-Semitism. We find out why.