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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

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This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

#EscúchameTambién | 6 voices against gender based violence in Latin America

We present 6 activists fighting against gender based violence across Latin America to give women a voice and to defend their dignity. Español

A call to 'take a break from Brexit' for a general election

Over 80% of those DiEM25 members from across Europe who voted to update their stance on Brexit this month chose the call by Yanis Varoufakis for the UK and EU to agree an extension of Article 50 for at least one year.

Ahead of next year’s presidential elections, Ukraine is being handed a false choice

Working in tandem, Ukraine’s ruling groups are creating an election cycle that will only benefit themselves. RU



Diversity in UK film: when is a breakthrough a breakthrough?

It is a story told easily in numbers that eloquently, embarrassingly set out the scale of a problem, and the fairness and effectiveness lacking from a British industrial success.

Second referendum, yes. Will of the People, no

What could it possibly mean for a large and diverse set of people, the citizens of a country at a particular time and in a particular place, to share one will?

Finding purpose in the future of work

Supporting disadvantaged young people to find meaningful careers benefits both them and the rest of society.

The ‘new’ climate politics of Extinction Rebellion?

Creating a movement that can have the impact XR aims for will require confronting the political as well as the moral challenges posed by climate change.

Living in truth

A conversation with the Lithuanian writer about being a young artist and activist exiled by the Soviet Authorities during the Cold War, together with more recent challenges from Putin’s Russia.

For the people to have their say on Brexit, how best can the multi-option conundrum be resolved?

If the problem is multi-optional, the question should be multi-optional, and the ballot paper should be a (short) list, usually of about 4 – 6 options.

US immigration policy leaves millions in limbo

As non-citizens or residents, immigrants in US detention centers are not afforded the basic rights and accommodations that are supposed to be provided to regular prisoners. Samuel’s case is revealing. Español

Why get married? How Julia Margo changed her mind

We explore the value of direct experience in changing people’s minds, as well as delving into why it’s harder to change on some issues than others.

How Kenyan women are fighting for themselves in court

Winner of the Council of Europe’s 2018 Democracy Innovation Award talks about training women to represent themselves in Kenyan courts.

Are you really on our side?

We are all interdependent, but a person’s economic situation determines whether dependency is seen as acceptable or not.

The ‘Soyas’: Egypt’s car park mafias

The Soyas are parking attendants, mostly unlicensed and often aggressive towards drivers

Remembrance of things present: Vladimir Herzog and democracy in contemporary Brazil

Journalist Vladimir Herzog died in custody; his body found hung by his own belt strap from the bars of his cell. The official cause of death was suicide. Few in Brazil accepted this statement.

Legal aid cuts, disability and the silent storm hitting our community

This week the UN found the UK’s austerity measures to have been “punitive”.  To understand their true impact on disabled people, we must also look at what’s happened to our justice system.

Lessons on building democracy after nonviolent revolutions

Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not?

'We're seeing a backlash to policies against online violence'

Asha Allen at the European Women's Lobby talks about perpetrators and forms of online violence – and what's needed to address them.

Mental health and deaths after police contact – why Seni's Law is welcome but more is needed

The mental health system is creaking – and it's particularly black communities who are paying a sometimes terrible price as a result.

Authoritarian populism and popular struggles in Modi’s India

In the pattern of authoritarianism taking over Indian politics since 2014, social movements, activists, and dissidents find themselves at the receiving end of increasingly brazen forms of repression.

Vietnam: how to circumvent state repression

As repression of dissident groups became officially enshrined in the Vietnamese Constitution, activists, including many well-known scholars, needed alternative tactics of resistance.

7 reasons so-called ‘Renewable’ gas is just smoke and mirrors

As the EU responds to the latest climate science report, here's why it shouldn’t listen to the gas industry.

Rethinking resistance in post-uprisings Egypt

There is a dynamic relationship between authoritarianism and resistance, whereby authoritarianism is never absolute, but always challenged through multiple ways that do not solely revolve around contentious politics.

Authoritarian Middle East regimes don't like academics – ask Matthew Hedges

When the Arab Spring gave way to an autocratic restoration, both newcomers and old hands were in for a rude awakening.

Senseless repression gives a meaning to Nicaraguan rebellion

The crisis that has been shaking Nicaragua since April cannot be understood without considering the way in which it has been confronted by the regime. Español

What would a feminist internet look like?

After World Forum for Democracy talks about creating safe spaces in cyberspace, we asked five delegates this difficult and pressing question.