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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Brussels works: disorder as a political instrument?

Brussels is shaken by a major corruption scandal, manifesting a perverse entanglement of politics, power and self-enrichment. Here, the concept of ‘disorder as a political instrument’ is highly applicable.

Punitive psychiatry: how Russian leaders deal with their opponents

As the Russian authorities continue to rachet up on the pressure on civil society and the public sphere, activists, journalists and bloggers are paying the price — through forced psychiatric detention.

“Worse than prison”: Russian political prisoner Alexei Moroshkin on punitive psychiatry

Alexei Moroshkin spent 18 months in compulsory psychiatric detention for his political views. Here’s his story. RU

Art and the refugee ‘crisis’: Mediterranean blues

Artists are mapping new itineraries of the Mediterranean, throwing into relief an incurable colonial wound that continues to bleed into the present.

Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece

As its northern and western neighbours close their doors to asylum seekers through policies, borders and distance, Greece continues to welcome them to the best of its ability.

A new vision for the left

Equality and security are means to a greater end: ‘the evolution of a people who are kindly, intelligent, free, co-operative, enterprising and rich in culture.’

The UK outsourcing experiment: playing with vulnerable lives

A review of Alan White’s Who Really Runs Britain? — the private companies taking control of benefits, prisons, asylum, deportation, security, social care and the NHS.

Resignation letter from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi to DiEM25 and Yanis Varoufakis' reply

The writer, media theorist and activist wrote to say “I am no longer a European given Europe’s daily crimes” & “thus I resign from DiEM25”. Read his letter, and Yanis Varoufakis’ reply.

Brits should remember the spirit of cooperation at the root of the EU single market

Commonly cited arguments for staying in the single market not only don't stand up to interrogation, they also neglect what post-WWII European trading unity was meant to be about – cooperation. 

Fox and Sky: what happens to media plurality now?

On June 29, the UK’s Culture Secretary stated that she would submit to a full competition review the 21st Century Fox bid for 100% control of Sky plc. Will it happen?

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Simone Veil – a passionate believer in Europe

She was a tower of moral rectitude like that other great Jewish figure of French post war politics, Pierre Mendes France. In memoriam.

Democracy in the age of Macron

What European democracies have lacked most, since at least the 1980s, is high-profile political vision.

Colombia: reaping the dividends of peace

In a climate of increasingly polarized international relations, the recent successful completion of the FARC-EP disarmament process in Colombia provides the world with a hint of hope. Español

Tajikistan: so close, no matter how far

From humanitarian aid to desperate refugees, Tajikistan and Europe are more closely connected than you might think. How will international organisations react as Emomali Rahmon’s regime entrenches itself further? RU

The silencing of Leila de Lima – Duterte’s “first political prisoner”

The Philippines senator’s detention is emblematic of ‘sneaking authoritarianism’ amid the president’s bloody war on drugs. From jail, she says: “My case is a test”. 

Tearing down the walls that keep us from finding common ground

Faced by increasing divisions we should be echoing an earlier call to action—“Tear this wall down.”

Dominance and disruption: power is won by consent, and resisted through understanding

On the history of hegemony: an informed sense of how power has been understood can only cultivate a much stronger sense of how it operates today. Book review.

A world in trouble: drought, war, food, flight

The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity.

A giant step towards a nuclear free world is in reach – but will it be sabotaged at the last minute?

A ground-breaking new UN Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty could be agreed tomorrow – or it could be consigned to the special purgatory of lost opportunities that could have saved the world.

Book: Liberalism in neoliberal times

A new book, based on the openDemocracy series of the same name, is now available.

Is the quarrel between May and Trump to blame for the Qatar Crisis?

UK-US strategic cooperation in the Gulf has been well established since Blair was in power. Could Trump's rejection of this partnership have played a role in the current crisis in Qatar?

The return of Banisadr to the heart of Iranian politics

A permanent state of crisis has intersected with the Supreme leader’s actions to create conditions for the emergence of a new ‘post-reformist’ conjuncture. Could this lead to a paradigm shift in Iran?

Turkey’s fight against Gülen in the South Caucasus

The Turkish authorities’ fight against real and imagined enemies in the Gülen movement has now reached Azerbaijan and Georgia.

DRC: the Moïse Katumbi problem

Kabila’s grasping for straws abroad points to a regime running out of options.

Brexit: where were women’s voices?

Recent creative writing and films feature women’s voices on Brexit, many of whom explore the paradox of migrants voting to leave the EU.

The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

Today, through this text, I want to claim my rights and those of my compañeras.

#FreeMalobrodsky

Russian theatre is fighting for the right to independence and diversity — and showing how to do that beyond political protest. RU