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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Arseny Roginsky: Giving Russia its history back

On 18 December, Arseny Roginsky, historian, dissident and one of the founders of Russia’s Memorial society, passed away. He will be sorely missed. RU

The fatal flaw in economics funding

As the old saying goes, ‘He who pays the piper calls the tune’. This week, a coalition of economics students, academics and campaigners gathered to get inside the process for the funding of econom...

Childless proletarians: ten years after the ‘great recession’, would you start from here?

Far-right populism, with its emphasis on nationalism, cultural ‘purity’, anti-immigration, and security, might become a much stronger catalyser of votes, even where this has not yet happened.

Consumer is King? Of class actions and who matters in EU law

The European Commission proposes that consumers should be able to take class actions in future, in the wake of the VW Dieselgate scandal. But it has forgotten other victims of corporate harm.

The politics of food: What to look out for in 2018

For a sector that rarely gets mentioned unless dead or diseased animals are piling up, food has had a lively political year. New Bills have been passed, and chlorine-washed chicken has been discussed ...

How whales and dolphins can teach us to be less stupid

Learning from the other inhabitants of our ‘blue planet.’

What future for civil society in Zimbabwe?

During the stand-off between the military and President Mugabe that led to his historic resignation, there was reason for hope. Zimbabwe's civil society must now re-invent itself to ensure this hope lives on. Español

How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

The return of authoritarianism is priming the Middle East for more conflict

How is the Saudi-Iranian rivalry overwriting the Arab Spring’s key messages?

Why is Theresa May protecting the DUP's dirty little (Brexit) secret?

Today, the UK government is trying to sneak through a law which will bury the DUP's huge Brexit donation in another layer of secrecy.

Catalonia and the theatres of recognition

Isn’t it the case that fellow Europeans not only have the right to comment on the affairs of their neighbours but that doing so is a political virtue which ought to be cultivated?

Toxic cash: the risks of Russia’s “sovereign civil society” programme

By banning NGOs from receiving foreign funding, the Russian government has forced them to seek financial support at home. But state grants undermine civil society’s independence. RU

The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly

In March 2017, Russia witnessed its largest public protests in years. But investigations into the events of that day are being used to punish participants. RU

Why there’s a moral duty to sue our government over climate change

The UK government is leading us to climate tragedy, by failing to align its climate change targets with science and international law. So 11 UK citizens, plus the charity Plan B, have started legal action against it. And we need your help.

Brexit is an economic catastrophe - the sooner it is dumped the better

Why would any rational Government, Tory or Labour, pursue Brexit at such immense financial and non-financial cost?

The path towards a ‘soft Brexit’ has been established, but the real disjuncture may still lie ahead

A cleaner Brexit is a near-inevitable marker of the next phase of European integration.

What became of Latvia’s left?

Looking at the state of the country’s politics today, you’d hardly imagine it. But 100 years ago, Latvia was one of the most left-wing corners of the doomed Russian Empire.

The bigger battle to defend democracy online

With the big tech companies masters of the world’s new public square, it is vital they work to address anti-democratic manipulation of their platforms everywhere, not just in the United States.

Is DiEM25 still a vehicle for change?

DiEM25 members’ vote for the first transnational political party in Europe is a vote for more leadership. But the new strategic horizon is experimental and circular.

The left’s problem isn’t politics—it’s metaphysics

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

بين الفقدان وآثار الحرب.. حكايا الأيتام السوريين في تركيا

"دار السلام للأيتام"  مشروع أنشأته عائلة سوريّة، يسكن فيه نحو سبعين طفلاً يتيماً.  يعتبر أولَ و أكبر دار للأيتام السوريين في تركيا.

Conquering spaces of complicit amnesia in Jerusalem: portrait of two independent art institutions

A walk between two independent art institutions in the east and west of Jerusalem shows us how far society is still fractured in the city, and the role of art in conflict.

Catalonia’s December 21 elections

It is time for the Spanish establishment to realise that their country, like any other democracy, can’t be maintained harmoniously only by threatening the use of force and prison sentences.

The new Chilean political (contra) cycle

Chile seems to have a new setback, belatedly questioning the neoliberal consensus and the political logic of the democratic transition that allowed its perpetuation. Español

John Mills, chair of Labour Leave, explains his hopes for Brexit

John Mills, entrepreneur, economist, and Labour donor, defied the party leadership and campaigned for Britain to leave the EU. We ask the chair of Labour Leave what he wants from Brexit.

Dreaming of Somaliland

Somalilanders are quietly and confidently concretizing their dreams of statehood – all with the wish of one day being recognised as a political entity in its own right. Español

Big media and big money in 2017 - from Disney/Murdoch to Net Neutrality

This week’s events have shown that the new digital media landscape is every bit as monopolistic as the old one. And what’s Murdoch up to now?

The inner lives of queer comrades in early Soviet Russia

At the dawn of Soviet power, LGBT people found a language to express their identity. 

Dollars and desperation: how Russia’s financial crisis hit foreign currency mortgage-holders

Three years on from Russia’s 2014 financial meltdown, people with foreign currency mortgages are still suffering — and are only getting more radical in their struggle. RU

The scramble for data and the need for network self-determination

The scramble for data is unleashing a new form of colonialism: turning a quintessentially open internet into a series of closed, controllable cyber-spaces, where a few players have unprecedented influence.