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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Yemen: 2017 in review

2017 has been a year of utter despair in light of countless human rights atrocities committed on multi-fronts.

Combatting loss: refugees, employment and social entrepreneurship in Turkey

Turkey, at the crossroads of refugee flows, hosts 3.4 million refugees, while not granting them refugee status but a state of exception. Hospitality and hostility go hand in hand.

Birmingham: a better city and a stronger economy

The first of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the move to white-collar jobs.

It’s time to reconsider the meaning of ‘animal welfare’

Current standards simply make us feel better about the continued exploitation of animals.

Reclaiming the right to life: hunger strikes and protests in Denmark’s deportation centres

This movement aims to make public the consequences of this politics of dehumanisation; politics that ‘kill slowly’ which are structurally produced and legitimized by law. 

Why can’t the United Nations bring peace to Yemen?

By 2011 the international community had concluded that the Saleh regime needed to be replaced by one which would both implement the neo-liberal economic agenda and focus on counter terrorism.

Western complicity is fuelling Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

From territorial to functional sovereignty: the case of Amazon

As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, from room-letting to transportation to commerce, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control.

Five economic issues to mobilise around in 2018

2018 is set to be a year of change. What are the key economic battlegrounds? 

 

Has rape become a weapon to silence atheists in Bangladesh?

“There is no place for me in Bangladesh," says a young woman blogger who fled the south Asian country in 2017 following a gang rape.

If freedom of the press is democracy, then what do you call this?

Defending media freedom has never been so important. Governments are becoming subtler in attempting to hide the truth. Journalists must become subtler too in uncovering it. Español

Why economists need to be taught how to speak

If the public don’t trust or understand the economics that is being communicated, how can they critically engage with the policies that affect their everyday lives?

Not a Saudi ‘Arab spring’: Mohammad Bin Salman, a threat not a reformer [Part 1]

Putting “Mohammad bin Salman” next to “Arab Spring” is either an oxymoron or an antithesis.

A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right

We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.

Mapping a world from hell: how 76 countries became embroiled in Washington’s war on terror

More than 16 years after the 'liberation' of Afghanistan, the war on terror remains a remarkably global phenomenon. This complex set of intertwined conflicts is not over – not by a long shot. 

ISIS: the comeback

Iraq's depleted military and urban wreckage plant the seeds of an ISIS revival.

Why is the NHS in crisis?

Don't be fooled: the crisis in the NHS is the result of the Government's ideological crusade to squeeze public services. 

The strategic naiveté of Antifa

Why violent protest rarely works.

Are Kuczynski and Fujimori the new allies?

The political situation in Peru is serious. A new alliance has been formed. And it has come to be as Alberto Fujimori, the autocrat, has been pardoned. Spanish

How Italian women are organising against ‘obstetric violence’

This gender-based violence, perpetrated by health workers, is widespread In Italy. A recent survey said it impacts one in five mothers.

Are we living through a new “Weimar era”? Constructive resolutions for our future

It has been argued that progressives should drop the 1930’s analogy altogether, on the grounds that this risks identifying the threat posed to democratic societies as inherent in the very demos itself.

An endless cycle of carnage in El Salvador

In recent years, El Salvador’s street gangs have begun to exert influence in the country’s security sector and local governments. But the country has a long history of state-sponsored violence. Español

Why are profit-making factories closing across England?

There are more than 660,000 fewer people working in manufacturing in England than there were in 2005. But these plants are profitable – and their closure should be avoidable.

How women migrant workers defy ‘social control’ with everyday resistance

Women migrant workers face extreme forms of social control in Saudi Arabia. One Sri Lankan woman shares her story of everyday resistance despite serious constraints.

Living prayer at Standing Rock

We are more powerful when we live together as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us.

Struggling with the state

Three strategies – engaging with state institutions, practising exodus in the form of prefigurative politics, and an aim of taking power – need not be viewed in isolation, but can bolster one another and lead towards lasting democratic transformation.

A mass for a fascist: a troubling history haunts modern Croatia

Far-right ideologies grow ever more comfortable in the Croatian mainstream, encouraged by a lack of serious condemnation of their activities.

How giving makes you happier

For a joyful economy, spread the wealth. This infographic shows why.

Preparing for and working towards a democratic Russia

How the west should prepare and promote a different future for Russia.

Poverty, inequality and discrimination in Latin America

When governments are seeking to reduce poverty based on discrimination and increase access to the enjoyment of rights, policies must also aim to reduce discrimination due to historical factors. Español