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Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

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What the map of U.S. hate groups reveals

New research offers clues on how to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the U.S.

The EU call it copyright, but it is massive Internet censorship and must be stopped

We citizens battling for civil rights on the Internet will meet our obligation and fight the good fight. We’ll stop this attack on the Internet and democracy sooner or later.

UK Christian ‘reactionaries’ mark 10 years of lobbying against women’s and LGBT rights

At Christian Concern’s birthday party in London, lobbyists talked about their expansion plans and work to recruit young people.

"Deal" or "Secret Deal" – the EU-UK trade deal looks even more secretive than TTIP

While the media focus on the withdrawal deal, City lobbyists are working to set the agenda of the future EU-UK trade deal, whilst the public is kept in the dark.

The US-China trade war and Brazil

As the world’s two largest economies began to impose tit-for-tat tariffs on a range of imports, China hit US soybeans. Since then, Chinese demand for Brazilian soy has spiked. Español

“Moneyland” by Oliver Bullough: book review

Bullough’s service is to make clear the extent to which our entire financial system has been coopted. He is valiant in exploring alternatives.

Draft legislation in Ukraine targets same-sex relationships

A Ukrainian MP has introduced legislation to criminalise same sex relationships and protect traditional values. RU

Hambacher Forst, Yasuní and the fight to save the planet

In Germany, mobilization has paid off: the destruction of a thousand-year-old forest has been stopped. This success inspires the fight to keep the oil underground in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Español

Debates about poppies are nothing new, but the tone has changed in Brexit Britain

The poppy hasn't suddenly been co-opted. It's always been a little piece of propaganda.

Twenty years on from devolution, the UK’s fiscal and economic model is still broken

The ‘deficit’ is unevenly distributed, with investment in R&D, transport and the arts still heavily skewed to the South East. Post-Brexit, is it time for a change?

The populists: what is to be done?

It is all too easy to throw up one’s hands in despair at the advance of the populists. Easy, but wrong.

The crumbling architecture of arms control

Given US and Russian presidential capacity for springing surprises, we risk losing the degree of safety we gained with the end of the Cold War and have enjoyed since then.

Abuse of power? On the trail of China's mystery millions in Kyrgyzstan

For over six months, Kyrgyzstan has been mired in a high-level corruption scandal: a disastrous $386 million project to rebuild Bishkek’s Power Plant, funded by Chinese state funds. RU

Cambodia: justice after genocide

Khmer Rouge mass killings were followed by cynical geopolitics. By the time justice took the stand, was it also impossible?

Helping people to find common ground on Brexit

Conversations across divides are very hard, but they’re essential to democracy.

The violent reality of the EU border: police brutality in the Balkans

Those prepared to make a stand against Croatian border violence in the EU parliament are in the minority, with the rise of the far right across Europe.

Interview with the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) in North Kurdistan

Actually we have been calling our experience World War III. This is a war of destruction. The state does not call it a war, but this is the experience of those affected.”

Long live the People's Palace!

Glasgow's beloved museum of ordinary people's lives is threatened with closure. But these are exactly the kind of museums the UK needs as its nations struggle with questions of identity.

Framing ethnic diversity as a 'threat' will normalise far-right hate, say academics

An open letter from academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far right ideas as open debate, such as the forthcoming debate with Claire Fox, David Aaronovitch, Trevor Phillips and academics Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann.

What can Better Call Saul tell us about the state of the UK criminal records system?

An exploration of the harsh reality of UK criminal records disclosure.

The good ship Brexit’s mission of free trade and empire

It looks like we are heading for a Brexit that promotes multinational corporate interests over all.

Upfront NHS charges one year on - 6 reasons why they harm us all

And what can we do to stop these harmful charges?

The forward march of Remain? It still hasn't got out of the starting blocks

Remainers need to focus efforts on Tory and Labour MPs with marginal seats, but they're too distracted by painting apocalyptic pictures.

Trying to milk a vulture: if we want economic justice we need a democratic revolution

This is the concluding chapter of openDemocracy's e-book New Thinking for the British Economy. You can download the full e-book here for free. “It is not possible to build democratic socialism by...

Auschwitz and anti-racism: the past (and racism) is another country

It is in the here and now that UK racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, far-right and mainstream, are situated, embedded, and do harm. It should be tackled, not displaced and denied. 

Brazil, hijacked by post-truth

The post-truth turns democracy into an inert mass in the hands of those who dominate it. Ideas are not discussed. Truths are confronted and interlocutors are delegitimized. Español  Português

Why the United Nations security council must let women speak freely

Women’s civil society advocates were long excluded from the security council. This is changing, but they must be allowed to speak freely.

#ConsultasPopulares in crisis in Colombia

The case of ‘consultas populares’ (public consultations) in Colombia demonstrates the existing tension between local communities and multinational extraction giants. Español

What we know about alleged elite corruption under former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev

As Kyrgyzstan’s new regime consolidates power, fresh allegations of corruption by Atambayev loyalists are emerging. 

After all, Iraq’s ethno-sectarian quota remains

So long as the ethno-sectarian quota exists, a political class that serves foreign interests will continue to determine Iraq’s political and economic destiny.