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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor at openDemocracy

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.

“Young men should be furious”: inside the world’s largest gathering of men’s rights activists

50.50 spent a (fairly) fact-free weekend among anti-feminists at the International Conference on Men’s Issues, in London.

Unions in the 21st century: adapt to survive, co-opt to grow

Could a clever campaign make support for unions an integral part of corporate social responsibility?

Democratic distress in Europe and the USA: a transatlantic malaise?

What could Americans and Europeans learn from each other about the looming crisis of democracy?

From Mexico to India: the need for new paradigms to eradicate gender based violence

The rankings of the worst countries in the world to be a woman usually list Yemen, India, Pakistan, Chad, Syria and Iran. Oddly, Mexico is not among them. Español

How prisoners in Ukraine’s occupied territories live, work and survive

Prisoners in the so-called “People’s Republics” in Donetsk and Luhansk are facing terrible living and working conditions – and being kept beyond their sentence. RU

Don’t forget Ukraine’s rural Donbas

War has taken its toll on rural areas under Ukrainian government control in Luhansk region. There’s little sign of relief or policy.

Temporarily displaced pensions: how pensioners in Ukraine’s occupied territories survive against all odds

The Ukrainian state still lacks a mechanism for paying pensions to citizens who live in occupied terroritories. RU

Critical voices in critical times: Peter Mayo on Gramsci, Egypt and critical pedagogy

How can the work and thought of Antonio Gramsci help us make sense of the Arab Uprisings and their aftermath? Is there a place for critical pedagogy in times of counter-revolution?

The politics of education in East Jerusalem

After Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel has gained its ally’s backing to go even further in its control over the Palestinian part of Jerusalem.

Oleh Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and the meaning of solidarity

As filmmaker Oleh Sentsov enters Day 71 of his hunger strike to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, it’s worth thinking about how to expand the field of solidarity.

Enough of these disgraceful slurs against Jeremy Corbyn

Even the author of the IHRA definition of anti-semitism has spoken against it.

Other revolving doors in the US

Do Democrats and Republicans quarrel with each other in front of TV cameras? Obviously yes – but it’s merely a mock lovers’ spat crafted for public consumption.

Open the cities, open the harbours

Opposing the Italian state’s shipwrecks and the kidnapping of migrants in the Mediterranean.

Five ways to curb the power of corporations

Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 69 are transnational businesses. How can we control—and ultimately transform them?

A national government would only deliver for the rich

“The national interest” always ends up meaning the interests of the banks, financial services and industrialists


في هذه اللحظة فقط، شعرت بأن حبي لهذه المدينة ينبع من تعاطفي مع أهلها السابقون واللاحقون. وعند اقتناعي بأن دور مدينة القدس هو تعليمنا درساً كونياً عن النفس البشرية، رأيت جمالها واستشعرت بقدسيتها ووقعت بحبّ ندوبها الداخلية والخارجية.

Jeff Bezos's fortune has come at the expense of workers and society not receiving their fair share

The richest man in the world did not get there alone; his wealth is created by Amazon’s millions of workers, suppliers and consumers.

El Informe sobre la trata de personas de EE.UU. de 2015: ¿señales de declive?

El Informe sobre la trata de personas («TIP», por su siglas en inglés) de los Estados Unidos denuncia la explotación y responsabiliza a los gobiernos. Pero la creciente politización y renuencia a abordar la política económica de la trata de personas comprometen su credibilidad. English

Real gender equality includes femininity (and the color pink)

As feminist parents we tell ourselves that we’re trying to break down the gender binary, but what’s wrong with skirts and baby dolls?

Negotiating Brexit from the ground up

Having a national conversation is no small task.  However the principles are simple and their implementation is absolutely possible. 

Can a male-dominated legal industry achieve meaningful reforms for women?

Despite shocking accounts of harassment and discrimination within their profession, women lawyers in Zimbabwe and beyond are fighting for more gender-sensitive laws.

My scorched land: the story of Sardasht’s unhealed wounds

The story of Sardasht is a perfect example of the dark days of the Iranian regime’s unbridled hegemony over the Kurds.