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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

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

The battle over the memory of Egypt’s revolution

In today’s Egypt, millions are silent, nevertheless, they still remember.

Roll up! Roll up! The great Brexit show is now about to begin!

Get it over with? Whatever happens over the next few months, Brexit has only just started.

Advice for future corpses

When we allow death to happen, we are not killing people, we are caring for them.

Planet politics: time to get real

How to stop the glaciers melting? With three vital forces, it's possible.

Can left nationalism stop the rise of the far-right in Germany?

Left-wing parties and movements across Europe employing anti-globalisation and anti-EU rhetoric are on the increase. In Germany, the new left movement Aufstehen has joined the trend.

Gilets Jaunes under attack

The Gilets Jaunes have arisen out of the profound inequality that is fracturing societies across Europe. It is against that inequality that leaders must take a strongman stance.

Why the NHS Plan needs to be far more ambitious to tackle inequality

Inequality is a national disgrace that affects the health and wellbeing of us all, especially our children. Bolder action is needed to tackle it.

Out of season, out of pocket in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson is known for its agricultural produce. But out of season, life is hard. RU

Cuts are causing stress and heartache in the family courts

The legal aid cuts mean that most people struggling with family breakdowns must represent themselves in court. The impact on children and ordinary people is enormous.

Will the new Environment Bill really deliver Gove’s “Green Brexit”?

Next week parliament starts scrutinising draft legislation, but environmental campaigners are sceptical about the government’s “loopholes and vague aspirations”.

How French anti-abortion activists have used ‘digital guerilla’ tactics

Les Survivants are an example of new, anti-abortion activism in Europe targeting young people with digital tools and disinformation campaigns.

Banking on public power: what we can learn from the Institute of International Finance

The progressive movement should build a network of think tanks, politicians and financial professionals where the revolving door is just as effective as with the IIF and global financial policymakers.

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

On the hollowness of the contemporary radical populist right and what to do about it

For decades, radical right-wing populism has been accompanied by a narrative warning of the fundamental threat these parties pose to liberal democracy. The effect has been close to zero.

Nicolás Maduro, the usurper

If elected in free elections, the usurpers of power are usually democratic leaders. But they end up tampering with constitutional or electoral tools to increase their personal power. Español.

Meet the corporations who sue governments to undermine progressive change

Today, campaigners dressed as wolves in suits invaded the streets of Davos to highlight the real face of private-sector influence.