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Thomas Rowley

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Mr. Gay Syria أين أنت يا حبّي؟ أنا هنا يا حبّي

يشكّل الفيلم توثيقاً مهمّاً لعالم شخصيّات سوريّة تتقاطع مصائرها مع الكثير من الأسئلة السياسيّة والاجتماعيّة

Catalonia and Spanish nationalism

Our only answer to self-serving nationalisms of every kind is a popular sovereignty that empowers everyone, collectively, to take control of matters of state, whatever its name. Catalana.

Policing Islamism: a fatal disconnect

Britain needs to broaden its thinking about the appeal of "the west vs Islam" message.

Proscribing National Action: has it been effective?

The first British ban on membership of a far right group appears to be working – but the danger is other far right groups are learning to adapt.

Moscow is solving its waste problem – by sending it to Russia's regions

Waste disposal has become a political problem for Russia’s capital, and the authorities are now looking to transfer it to the regions. RU

Fascism and Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro and his volunteers envision a state of war for Brazil: that is the experiment they are hoping to deliver to the world. Português Español

#MeToo in a country that worships God as woman

During a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods, scores of educated Indian women have unmasked their tormentors and sparked a mini-revolution.

Why UK trans rights debates are so frustrating, but I won’t give up hope

Proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act have led to a vile backlash in the media. But we all deserve freedom.

Brazil at a climate crossroads

Brazil’s bid to host international climate talks in 2019 (COP25) made significant progress, just as the country seems poised to elect extreme right-wing climate change sceptic Jair Bolsonaro. Español

The Bolsonaro effect

It sounds like a distasteful joke, but Brazilians are on the verge of electing a far-right president (Jair Messias Bolsonaro) and it is difficult to estimate what this means to progressive forces in Brazil. Español Português

What came before #MeToo? The ‘himpathy’ that shaped misogyny

Kate Manne’s “Down Girl” describes the origins of a punitive social system that keeps women in their place by rewarding compliance and punishing resistance.

Christian right and some UK feminists ‘unlikely allies’ against trans rights

New analysis shows that groups that traditionally disagree are now on the same side – against reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

Agenda 2030 marred by MDG mindsets on steroids

Business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies.

It’s time to talk about what a lack of access to safe abortion means

This year, something has changed about the way we talk about abortion. You can feel it on the street, on Twitter, in the media.... Something has changed, and there’s no turning back. Español

Iranian pseudo anti-imperialism

The first prerequisite of fighting imperialism is to fight the imperialist relations at home.

Meet the editors of a new journal challenging prejudices about eastern Europe

The Bucharest-based Kajet journal was founded to challenge cliches about eastern Europe — a region that can be “more than a sheer pile of debris awaiting reconstruction.”

Colonialism can’t be forgotten – it’s still destroying peoples and our planet

From the population decimation of the first colonies to the recent murders of environmental activists in Honduras, the arithmetic of cruelty and destruction is still unfolding. Español

What went wrong in eastern Europe?

A new book sheds light on the early warning signs of illiberalism – and gives some modest hope for the future. 

Why some cities are ‘rebel cities’ – interview with Yaz Brien about Bristol’s resistance scene

“It’s a movement that shuts shit down but it really isn’t hypermasculine. And I think, in many ways, that is a factor in its sustainability.”

One building, several facades: political showcasing in contemporary Turkey

An iconic building is erased, together with the successive faces it has worn as Turkey hurtled from secular modernity via Gezi Park, to the latest experiment in religious nationalism.

Imran thanks Modi, and eyes joint Nobel Peace Prize

“India led by you would never think of undoing the Partition. Your party depends on Pakistan for its existence.” A secret letter accessed by the author.

A new caravan from Honduras heads for the American Dream

It remains to be seen if Mexico will allow this new caravan to pass safely through their country as they did last April, and what the United States will do to their children when they get there. Español

More and more Swedes reading misleading anti-immigrant news sites

Nativist, Islamophobic websites are flourishing in Sweden as politics takes a hard right.

#Elenão and #Elassim as the vital struggle against the fascism in Brazil

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro frequently expresses contempt towards women, and his candidacy embodies the patriarchal society that we live in. Español, Português 

The everyday power of movement activism

Activism is normal; what’s strange is that we don’t see it that way.

PEGIDA turns 4 – will AfD be among the well-wishers?

Some have spoken out against a rapprochement between the AfD and PEGIDA. The AfD leader in Saxony insists: 'The AfD is the political arm of all non-violent, liberal-democratic citizen movements.'

Brexit is taking our food policy in the wrong direction

One of the key roles of government is protecting us from ill effects of food that can take years to appear. But Brexit could undermine that.