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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Dispossession and urban development in the new Tashkent

A new $1.3 billion development in Uzbekistan’s capital is meant to rebrand this Central Asian state as open for business. But the costs of this project are turning out to be all too human. RU

‘Gilets jaunes’: the meaning of the confrontation

As the ‘gilets jaunes’ movement continues after President Macron’s speech, the French philosopher examines its origins and some of its political implications for all of us.

The right not to tolerate the intolerant

As the memory of the Holocaust fades and the support for far-right parties surges across Europe, we must prepare our children to resist charlatans that place political gains over human lives. Português

#2018: Victories and defeats of the Latin American feminist movement

2018 has been a year of great achievements and challenges for the women’s rights movement. The absolution of Imelda Cortez, the Green Tide and Bolsonaro in Brazil represent simultaneous progression and digression. Español

Doctors leaders call on government to halt NHS migrant charges

The Royal College of Physicians have today joined with other Royal Colleges to call on the government to suspend upfront charging of overseas visitors within the NHS, calling them a "concerning barrier to care".

Europe faces a "welcoming crisis" when it comes to migrants and refugees. It's not fair.

"Anti-migrant sentiment is at fever pitch." Seeing ourselves as others see us.

An anarchist guide to Christmas

On the night before Christmas, we’ll all be about. While the people are sleeping, we’ll realise our clout. We’ll expropriate goods from the stores, ‘cos that’s fair. And distribute them widely, to those who need care.

How Scousers see off the fascists

Recent successful efforts to repel fascist groups draw on a long history of antifascist mobilisation in Liverpool.

Government immigration plans will harm integration and fuel negative perceptions

Proposals for short term visas, separating families, and income caps will worsen rather than assuage public concerns, say Hope not Hate.

“Propaganda disintegrates on contact with these things”: Kyiv and Moscow directors on the power of documentary theatre to create dialogue

Documentary theatre makers from Russia and Ukraine recently held a theatre festival in Kyiv. Here, two directors speak on documentary theatre, war and co-participation. RU

“We don’t need the State Department to hold a revolution”

Russian rights defender Svetlana Gannushkina has been defending the rights of refugees and displaced persons for years. Here she talks about the decay of the judicial system in Russia, Chechnya and pessimism. RU

If the government puts soldiers on the streets in a hard Brexit, we must refuse to obey them

The UK defence secretary has said the army is on stand by in case of a no deal Brexit. But the armed forces have no business on the streets of Britain.

‘Deserving’ settlement in post-Brexit Britain: challenges posed by the settled status scheme

It's striking that the difference between the proof of continuous residence under the settlement scheme and the EU understanding of “lawful status” has not been more widely debated.  

Fresh concerns raised over DUP’s secret Brexit donation

Caroline Lucas MP calls on UK watchdog to ‘re-open investigation’, after new evidence suggests ‘deeply irresponsible’ initial inquiry

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

Will Brazil seize the chance to lead the debate on migration?

Many UN Member States have adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at an Intergovernmental Conference. Brazil could have a leading role in its implementation. Español

Want to see peace in Afghanistan? Make sure women are included

It is not enough to have token female representation in negotiations. Or room for compromise on the interests and rights of Afghan women citizens in future Afghan society.

Global Compact for Migration: Chile and its fear of the unknown

It is not trivial that a small and geographically isolated country like Chile did not sign the Global Compact. The migratory crisis originated in Central and South America has not only affected the northern borders. Español

The Common Travel Area (CTA): complacent talk about migration

Whether the UK leaves the EU or not, and no matter under what terms, the fight to uphold higher standards in public debate is a vital task for a human-centred world.

The conceptual paradox of trusting in Brexit

What the UK government is asking for is not trust but blind faith – literally like turkeys knowing they will be on the Christmas menu with some choice in the various permutations of vegetable.

Mexico: great expectations

AMLO intends to carry out the "fourth transformation" in Mexico, but the global economic context is unfavorable and the region’s political climate is marked by the rise of the new right. Español

Revealed: Arron Banks Brexit campaign's 'secret' meetings with Cambridge Analytica

Leaked emails show Leave.EU misled parliament and UK regulator about meetings with controversial Trump-linked firm – where they discussed targeting British voters. Steve Bannon was included in correspondence.

Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too.

Man at work outside the box – Bertrand Badie

This essay is a strong wake-up call for a new type of diplomacy from those western countries that wish to continue to govern the world despite the passage of time. Review.

Why Gandhi’s ideas continue to thrive, even in the post-truth era

Faced by a global dearth of alternative ideas, it’s no wonder we are turning again to the Mahatma for inspiration.

Rough justice in Kyrgyzstan

New data shows that 96% of people who find themselves before a Kyrgyz court receive a guilty verdict (unless they are state officials, that is).

Imelda and the plight of the Salvadoran woman

The judge of the case of Imelda Cortez, accused of intent of homicide after giving birth on the toilet in her home, has declared her innocent. However, many challenges remain for reproductive freedom in El Salvador. Español

Sara’s story should speak to us all on International Migrants Day

Her story – of survival, of wanting a better life, and of the need for human contact – is as old as the story of mankind itself.

The Swedish model dismantled: premature closure of the Gender Equality Agency

The cleavage was between pleas to continue the work to reduce segregation and further equal rights and gender equality (jämlikhet och jämställdhet), and appeals to enforce security and law-and-order (lag och ordning).