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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

The deadly ripple effect of harsh immigration policies

The lives of thousands of refugees are at risk for the sake of a political dive to the bottom.

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

Could shock tactics do more harm than good to the vegan cause?

As veganism advances in popular culture it makes sense to shift the movement’s strategies from ‘horror’ to ‘hipster.’

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

Ecuador’s case for Assange’s asylum is stronger than ever

Six years after Assange walked into its embassy, Ecuador’s initial fears of political persecution, far from being ill-founded paranoia, have been proven right. Español

The BBC and Cliff Richard: what threat to press liberty?

Asking the Court of Appeal directly for leave to appeal could result in another opportunity to expose the dubious behaviour of the BBC news division, and at a higher judicial level.

Breastfeeding is best for HIV-positive mothers too – but corporate interests and weak health systems hinder progress

As a paediatrician and health researcher in South Africa, I am acutely aware of the ongoing support that women need to breastfeed.

Turkey: sharing what we learn through self-organisation in a war zone

An HDP activist in Istanbul talks about the recent elections, the Kurdish movement’s political strategies, and the need to organize locally in the social sphere. (Interview transcribed and translated from the Turkish).

Russia’s rising retirement age: six real stories

The Russian government’s move to raise the retirement age is encountering a lot of public discontent. Here, six Russian citizens tell us why they're against the reform. 

Migrants before the Permanent People’s Tribunal in Barcelona

The harrowing stories of migrants sorted and separated by walls and racism finally get a hearing in Barcelona.

Tree cutting and pollution in Bishkek: to the last breath?

While the leaders of Kyrgyzstan’s capital insist on removing the city’s greenery, local groups are trying to stop it.

Can Russia’s opposition come together to fight the Kremlin’s pension reform?

While popular opinion is dead against the Russian government’s continued neoliberal line in social policy, opposition groups are competing for influence and electorate. RU

The rise of resistance and resilience to tear gas

Tear gas turns the square, the march and the public assembly into a toxic space.

Liberals against nationalism in Central Europe? It would have been a nice idea

The problem with Central European liberal anti-nationalism is not that it went too far, but that it never really existed.

The unsettling denialism in Poland’s ‘National Remembrance’ Law

There is a growing climate of suspicion and hostility towards those viewed as outsiders to the predominantly white and Catholic nation.

NHS pay deal row intensifies as nurses call for union leader to quit

Calls for resignations and for NHS pay vote to be rerun as Royal College of Nursing chief admits they gave incorrect pay deal information.

Is Spain going to be the last test case for social democracy in the EU?

All in all, the future of the EU social democratic parties very likely depends on how the PSOE will address the migration issue. Español

Ukraine’s little known memory war

How Russian propaganda whipped up allegations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine during the country's 2014 protests — and why that makes it more difficult to talk about anti-Semitism in Ukraine today. 

Why is the US government meeting LGBT 'hate groups' and dangling money in front of them?

Anti-abortion and anti-LGBT 'extremists' attended a high-level summit on religious freedom this week, where government officials explained how to access US funding. 

#AbortoLegalYa in Argentina: What you should know

Thanks to the pressure of the movement #AbortoLegalYa, the Chamber of Deputies passed the draft bill on voluntary interruption of pregnancies. We now await the final vote on the 8th of August in the Senate. Español

Abducted and illegally detained: the story of Pavlo Hryb, another Ukrainian prisoner of the Kremlin

After being abducted in Belarus, this Ukrainian citizen is facing terrorism charges in Russia.

The obsessive use of English in Italian politics and media

The words some of these media folks pick are not even remotely funny.

A mini revolution in Latin America: centering a human rights NGO’s funding model on the local community – It can be done!

Can a human rights organization in Latin America free itself from the traditional model of financial sustainability that depends nearly 100% on international funders? Yes, it can. Español

Forget 'big tent' politics - we need space for a progressive camp site of parties and movements

To win back a fractious public currently feeling betrayed by broken promises of 'control', politicians must admit that power has to be shared - including through a better electoral system.

Police watchdog omits 3 contentious deaths from record-breaking count of deaths in custody

Exclusive: Annual count of police custody deaths in England and Wales hits 23, an 11-year high. But deaths of Rashan Charles, Shane Bryant and Edson Da Costa are excluded from the headline figure.

Let the best worldview win: using reason to maintain dignity and fend off the Religious Right

A review of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt, (Blackwell's 2012).

Our privatised water system has failed – it’s time to look for alternatives

One of the most remarkable aspects of Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was its pump house. The elaborate ironwork at Crossness pumping station transformed a home for raw sewage into a monume...

The Christian right’s sexual illiberalism sowed the seeds for Trump

Far from an impotent relic, the religious right's regressive creed is resurgent.