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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

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This week’s front page editor

Thomas Rowley

Michael Edwards is editor of oDR.

A spectre is haunting Iran: the curious revival of monarchism

Iran’s monarchism has regained much prestige and legitimacy, but is the claimant to the throne equal to the task?

Cuts to legal aid: a hidden factor in the UK homelessness crisis

A lack of early legal advice is causing unnecessary homeslessness at huge government expense.

Stop calling ‘no-deal’ Brexiteers idiots. They know exactly what they’re doing

This is not bungling, or delusion. It’s part of the Great British Asset striptease. And we need to know who’s bankrolling it.

The Hungarian paradigm shift: how right-wing are Fidesz supporters?

It is clear that the Fidesz government is truly what the Hungarian people desire, their success not simply a matter of effective propaganda.

Lines of tradition: Europe and far right concepts after WWII

‘Nation Europe’ is based on the rejection of a multi-cultural society of a kind which the right-wing extremists still particularly identify with the USA.

Ukraine’s invisible voters

In Ukraine, displaced persons from the Donetsk and Luhansk areas that are not under government control, as well as Russian-annexed Crimea, have no vote in local elections. RU

The Irish Revolution’s overlooked history of nonviolent resistance

The founding of the Irish Parliament was a path-breaking event in the emergence of nonviolence.

Venezuela – A rough road ahead

As a deep crisis unfolds in Venezuela, there is little informed analysis of what is going on and what the EU should do about it. Here’s ICG’s assessment, a part of its EU Watch List 2019. Español

Rethinking divorce: the rights of UK nationals are at risk

The PM alone made the decision to leave the EU on the basis of the referendum result: Article 50 was invoked before setting out what type of Brexit the country would pursue.

Let’s not crash out of or back into the EU: we need more time – a response to Yanis Varoufakis

Pushing away this fake deadline, which is effectively pointing a gun at the heads of the people of Britain, is extremely important, since it appears to control the entire political dynamics.

Uzbekistan Ltd: private-public interests clash in flagship project

As a major property development scheme gets under way in Tashkent, a data trail reveals a potential serious conflict of interest in Uzbekistan’s new corridors of power.

‘They were planning on stealing the election’: Explosive new tapes reveal Cambridge Analytica CEO’s boasts of voter suppression, manipulation and bribery

Previously unknown recording reveals extraordinary ‘black ops’ on three continents – exploiting weaknesses in democracies left wide open by governments and Silicon Valley.

Brexit is good news for those in the business of war

Lydia Noon reflects on a busy week for those seeking and profiteering from arms deals, and the hypocrisy of it.

Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

"For the sake of the Venezuelan people, the region, and for the principle of national sovereignty, these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents." Español.

Why our leaders urgently need to ditch the Machiavelli and read some peace philosophers

The League of Nations, inspired by centuries of thinking on peace and justice, was born a hundred years ago this February, and later came the UN. But the promised post-Cold War 'Peace Dividend' never arrived...

Spanish women shoe workers organise to end decades of exploitation

Women workers in the country’s 'footwear capital' say they have endured too many years of job insecurity and wage theft.

When children kill a child: the Bulger case and an Oscar-nominated film

Rage, grief, disgust followed news of Detainment’s Oscar nomination. UK government adviser Malcolm Stevens knew the boys who killed 2 year-old James Bulger. What does he make of the film?

‘Post-sectarian Iraq’ between theory and practice

It remains to be seen whether this so called ‘new Iraq’ is as post-sectarian as some academics and journalists claim.

Why should we care about stories?

A system that privileges rationality over emotion is a system that protects the status quo. Stories have no such qualms.

Greek visiting hours: touring a debtors prison

“This transformation, which has simultaneously shut people out from meaningful participation in politics and destroyed the economic basis of their prosperity, can lead my country to fascism.”

الأكياس البلاستيكية في المغرب: حظر مع وقف التنفيذ

ليس صدفة أن يتزامن صدور قانون منع الأكياس البلاستيكية، مع انعقاد مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة للتغيير المناخي بمدينة مراكش.

As long as it lasts: Latvia’s new coalition government

The rapid emergence of KPV hints at the growing relevance of economic Euroscepticism for a new generation of ambitious, anti-establishment, parties in the crisis-ridden parts of the ‘new’ Europe.

Catalonia: the trial will be about our ideological freedom

"This case is not about proving that specific acts constitute an offence. It is about the deactivation of an independence movement and of its leadership."

A Local Constituency Pact: grassroots manifesto for strong local democracy

We must define the rules and principles by which power is exercised. With the constitutional crisis brought about by Brexit, we may be nearer to that moment than we think.

National dialogue: post-Brexit, we need a UK-wide coming together

National dialogues operate outside the permanent institutions of government; moving beyond the Westminster bubble to listen to the communities who feel disconnected from government.

Resilient Hinduism has endured upheavals

It was not always like this. Hinduism neutralised competing elements by absorbing them. This faith tradition was strong enough to let internal theological differences and dissent be aired.

Don't be fooled: Britain's social ills can definitely be blamed on rising inequality

Why the FT's economics editor is wrong to dismiss concerns about inequality.

InSight Crime’s 2018 Homicide Round-Up

In its Homicide Round-Up, InSight Crime looks into the murder rates country by country and the factors behind them. Español.

Corbynism – where has the mass movement gone?

Despite the fighting talk, Corbynism has wasted the opportunity to transform Labour – and democracy – in a way that would be essential to deliver a radical programme in the face of opposition from capital.

Uncovering Stalin’s terror in Kyrgyzstan

Eighty years after Stalin’s Great Terror, the names of thousands of its victims in Kyrgyzstan have still not been discovered. And those that are known have been only revealed by chance. RU