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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

If Russia’s minorities are excluded from national political life, then why are they the most “loyal” on paper?

By rejecting popular support in Russia’s national republics, you can win more votes than you lose. RU

Brazil's political carnival

In the midst of the country’s haunting political crisis, more than ever before Carnival in Brazil has become an occasion for criticism, parody and political caricature . Español Português 

Same-sex marriage has become a political football in Italy's elections

The so-called centre-right coalition is talking tough against Italy’s LGBTQI and immigrant communities, attacking basic rights in the name of defending the “traditional family.”

“The main thing at that moment, in that situation, was to come out alive”

A recent public action in support of tortured anarchists in the city of Chelyabinsk has led to a backlash. Here, two people reveal how they were tortured by the FSB.

“It’s important not to give into panic”: how I found out my husband was being tortured by the Russian security services

In late January, my husband Viktor Filinkov went missing on route to Petersburg airport. When I found him two days later, he’d been tortured and charged with terrorism.

Dirty money in Panama

Panama has long played a central role in money laundering in Latin America. Despite some progress, the country’s laws continue to make it an attractive destination to conceal revenue from illegal activities. Español

The latest on OpenGlobalRights: gene editing, the activist balance, and engaging corporations

Recently on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated the perils of gene editing, how to be globally connected but locally rooted, and what risks are needed to make human rights progress.

Lights – Camera – Action! ‘below the stairs’ soap opera production in middle class Cairo residences

Fearful of a relentless downward slide, Cairo’s middle classes generate income by renting out their private apartments for the illegal filming of TV soaps.

Shades of ‘whiteness’: immigration and the role of British newspapers before the EU referendum

The anti-immigrant drumbeat in the lead-up to the EU referendum was anything other than benign.

Migration: the make or break election topic across Europe

When an Italian citizen shouted ‘viva l Italia’ and emptied his pistol into a car of black migrants, nobody called it what it was: racism. 

Violence against women at Sudan’s universities has been tolerated for far too long

Western agencies have focused on female genital mutilation in Sudan, but this isn't the only women’s rights battle that needs support in our country.

Russia’s security services have form in fabricating cases against anti-fascists

On the eve of Russia’s presidential elections, a new wave of repressions has begun. This 2011 case demonstrates how these prosecutions are fabricated – and their impacts on real people’s lives. RU

“You should understand: FSB officers always get their way!”: Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov reveals how he was tortured by Russian security services

On 24 January 2018, I was tortured by the FSB into confessing to terrorism charges. Here is what happened.

Priceless moments: how capitalism eats our time

Economic rationality leaves no room for free time unless it produces or consumes commercial wealth.

Global Compact for Migration: stop the hypocrisy and listen to the Global South

The insistence on the idea of sovereignty and border control has only produced segregation and violence. The time has come for a paradigm shift. Español

“Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court

This Russian activist received a one-year prison sentence for allegedly kicking a police officer during an anti-corruption rally in March 2017. 

The origins of abstentionism in the history of the Italian Republic

Ahead of the Italian elections, the historian of contemporary Europe reflects on the long processes leading more and more Italian voters to abandon political participation.

“My baby knows how to speed up judges when he needs to”

Recent revelations concerning a Russian oligarch and Russian deputy prime minister demonstrate how friendship, business and politics are intertwined in the Russian state’s influencing operations. RU

A new era of crimes against humanity in Eurasia

A wave of brutal crackdowns on LGBT communities in the post-Soviet space has exposed civil society’s shortcomings — and destroyed lives.

Ukraine’s Orthodox church “conflict” takes to historic Kyiv

The stand-off between Ukraine’s “Moscow church” and patriotic citizens receives a new breath of life in the country’s capital. RU

Buying and selling politics in America

The midterm elections are an opportunity for voters to stand up to the National Rifle Association and remove from office those who place their political aspirations above children’s lives.

Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

Hospitals from Yorkshire to Yeovil are rushing to set up secretive private companies in which to transfer NHS staff and assets. OurNHS looks in depth at the possible impacts – and whether it’s likely to go horribly wrong.

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

Meet the Tunisian drag queen defying the odds

On the frontline of the LGBTQIA movement in Tunisia, a trans non-binary drag queen is revolutionizing and leading the fight for equal rights. 

Long way to Afrin: Turkey’s strategic refugee policy aimed at electoral hegemony and regional political ambitions

Syrian ‘guests’ in Turkey have been used not only as political tools for foreign ambitions, but also for reinforcing the conservative and Islamist ideology promoted by Erdogan’s AKP.

Want to get a feel of where Italy is heading? Look at the Five Star Movement

Luigi Di Maio’s appointment as the party’s PM candidate, stating he would seek other forces’ support in the absence of a clear governing majority, marks an important step change.

The Italian electoral campaign and the issue of immigration: a Twitter analysis in the aftermath of the Macerata attack

Interestingly enough, the presence of hashtags such as #itaexit and #noEU suggests a clear link – in the ‘national closure’ discourse – between anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment.