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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.

This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Political violence, civic space and human rights defence in the era of populism and authoritarianism

Academics and international donors alike have only recently considered targeted political violence as an integral part of global democratic decline and populist politics. There is much they could do.

Spies, kettling and repression - how British policing became militarised

There has been a move towards tougher legislation, ambiguous terminology, lower thresholds and legislation allowing police greater rights, together with an escalation of militaristic forms of policing in recent years.

The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

The new repertoire of repression and how movements resist. Introduction.

Social control and repression of social movements and dissent now bypasses the borders between liberal democracies, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. For the next three days, openMovements takes stock.

A letter from young people to English civil society

Youth-led groups came together from across England to take part in the Civil Society Futures inquiry. This is what they wanted you to hear.

The world may have moved on from ISIS, but Yezidi women haven’t

Iraq must take urgent and significant actions to provide better protection for the Yezidi women and girls and make justice a reality.

Tobacco lobby and smugling in Mexico

In May 2004, Mexico ratified the Framework Agreement on Tobacco Control (CMTC). Today, 14 years later, anti-smoking public policies in the country remain on stand-by. Español

Theresa May accused of "major cover-up" over Brexit donor Arron Banks

Home Office refuses openDemocracy’s request for information about investigation into Banks – saying this “would impede the future formulation of government policy”.

Terror from the far right in the Weimar Republic

The approval and performance of politically-motivated violence has been a core element of fascist or antisemitic activism for a century.

The Kindertransport was controversial too – it teaches us that hostility can be overcome

Eighty years after the Kindertransport, politicization of the supposed threats to western ways of life represented by refugees have become commonplace.

What’s next for the MeToo movement?

At the Council of Europe’s annual World Forum for Democracy, we asked five activists one simple question.

Is the race to the bottom over? Reflecting on ‘surplus’ populations in Cambodia

Everybody speaks about a ‘race to the bottom’ in the world of work. For brick workers enduring debt-bondage in Cambodia the race might already be over.

Refugee-to-refugee humanitarianism

The realities of care-giving belie the assumption that male refugees, especially those from Muslim backgrounds, pose an inherent threat to Europe.

What would Marx have said about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica?

Social media is alienating us from our labour and our democracy.

Turkey: a post-media society

Subversive street art and a metaphor-laden museum are filling the void left by the death of the free press in Turkey. A report from Istanbul.

Gender equality in Europe ‘advancing at snail’s pace’

Women's rights debates take centre stage at this year's World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Statelessness in the United States: an update

In the United States, the national government has recently taken steps to limit access to US citizenship for persons born there, and strip citizenship from others. Español

Jonathan Haidt: why I changed my mind about the value of school tests

The leading moral psychologist tells us about what led him to rethink a fundamental issue in education.

Decriminalisation and labour rights: how sex workers are organising for legal reforms and socio-economic justice

The decriminalisation of sex work must be made central to the future of work, but that should only ever be a beginning rather than an end.

How to think about Russia without Putin

“Russia without Putin” is more than a slogan. It’s an analytical claim.

The democracy deficit in the UK and in Sri Lanka: a tale of two crises

As a Sri Lankan citizen living in the UK, the author finds himself in the eye of the two political storms tearing both these countries apart. He has four thoughts.

Civil society inquiry calls for radical reforms to stem social divisions

The largest inquiry of its kind for two decades publishes report outlining changes needed to revitalise civil society.

The electoral system and support for populist parties in Europe

Radical left supporters might be more open to participating in strategic voting, compared to radical right voters.

Shattering Europe?

Why Trump’s Paris fiasco really matters, (and it isn’t about the rain on the parade.)

Labour and Brexit: a ‘sensible’ deal?

Isn’t now the moment to abandon the soft Brexit position, and come out for remain and reform as part of a far-reaching deliberative exercise in both Britain and mainland Europe?

We need principles, not rules, to fight antisemitism: the IHRA definition and the politics of defining racism

In the heat of argument, too little has been said about the implications of defining racism for legal and quasi-legal purposes, or the difficulty of separating the two domains.

Not only the difference between identities but the differences within them

Thoughts on Asad Haider’s 'Mistaken Identity: race and class in an age of Trump' ( Verso, 2018) contributed to a panel discussion at the fifteenth Historical Materialism annual conference in London. Review.

Director Sergei Loznitsa on the conflict in eastern Ukraine: “This is disintegration”

Sergei Loznitsa talks about his new film on the Donbas conflict, societal collapse and the post-Soviet individual. RU

The rest and the West: thoughts on Brexit and migration. Part One

Why the decisive political space for the Left is not Europe, but an inclusive democratic debate that alone can challenge the monocultural National Us.

“We deserve the right to exist on our own terms”

Emotional labour plays a crucial role in society. It’s time it was recognized and supported.