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The right way to be left

Breaking up is easy, but sticking together?  That's the real test of one's ideals. 

Scrapping human rights is as great a threat to democracy as terrorism

Now is the time to defend human rights in the fight against terror – not throw them away. 

Preparing Iraq for the defeat of IS

Multiple segments of the population, including at elite level, have come together in the fight against IS and now the time has come for this effort to extend beyond the battle.

Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский

Scaling back on healthcare may start with Russia’s migrants. But it won’t end there

The Russian state has absolved itself from providing social services to migrant workers. Are its own citizens next? RU

Banding together to defeat Argentina’s utterly unfit candidate to the IACHR

Carlos Horacio de Casas is a lawyer with virtually no human rights experience and a long history of defending corporate interests. He cannot be trusted to defend the rights of the vulnerable.

ISIS: the long-term prospect

The caliphate is besieged. But ISIS can take heart from global trends working in its favour.

Reconstructing the power vertical: the authoritarian threat in Ukraine

Subverting the fight against corruption, whipping up patriotic publics and coopting the media and judiciary — this is the face of authoritarian drift in Ukraine.

After Everest: can mountaineering tackle gender myths in Sri Lanka?

Mountaineering is an elite sport, but becoming the first Sri Lankan to summit Everest has given me a rare public platform to challenge gender stereotypes.

Jo Cox MP: the compassionate road to war

Jo Cox MP was the embodiment of humanitarianism, but does that make her politics - specifically her stance on intervention in Syria - beyond criticism? 

Big polluting lobbyists may be forced to declare interests at UN talks

Is the presence of the fossil fuel industry necessary in global climate change negotiations, or does their presence in these talks represent a conflict of interest and undermine global progress?

My experience as a domestic worker union leader in Nairobi

Union officials alerted me to the wrongs happening in my own workplace. Now I campaign with them to promote the rights of all domestic workers in Kenya.

The island that refused to disappear

The people of Muisne, in the South of the Province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, are under threat of eviction since the island was declared unfit for habitation after the 2016 earthquake. Español 

A helping hand at Russia’s protests

Volunteer Elizaveta Nesterova talks about helping people arrested at rallies, relations with activists and Russia’s latest wave of protests. Русский

Old questions, new answers

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who can decide on public issues, but how decisions are made. Español Português

Beyond “Russia and beyond”

At oDR, we’re publishing in-depth about other post-Soviet countries like never before. Does our title reflect that?

The Tory–DUP deal could be a disaster for the environment

Though more than 50% of voters went for left-wing parties, what they have ended up with is a government even more regressive than the last – especially on climate change.

Can the Kurds pull off Kurdexit?

Iraqi Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani and former Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari share their thoughts about the upcoming referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Legal recognition of transgender people in Turkey: will the court seize the historic opportunity?

A couple of months ago, a local court judge in Edirne filed a plea to the Court of Constitution of Turkey to revoke the compulsory sterilization requirement for the recognition of transgender people.

A transgender life in Chechnya

As reports of purges of gay men surfaced, Chechnya recently made international headlines. A transgender woman, now in exile, reflects on her place in Chechen society.

Inequality: how we got here, and what should be done

A great deal has been written in recent years on the topic of inequality. The books of Thomas Piketty and the late Tony Atkinson are just two recent examples. It is hard to believe that anyone can be ...

The criminal, the victim, the policeman, the judge

“I do not know if Carlo Ginzburg would agree, but I came to evaluate fear as a precious tool for fieldwork in authoritarian contexts.”

Enter Serbia's ‘Orbán’? Aleksandar Vučić and his catch-all politics

Why the right-wing Serbian President's appointment of an openly gay woman to the position of Prime Minister is not as incongruous as it appears.

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere.

“What makes us move is tasting dreams of what could be, stepping into the cracks where another world is coming into view.”

A trip to liberated Minbic in Northern Syria: from hell to paradise

The city of Minbic (Manbij) and its surroundings are among the most contested regions in the Syrian war. Ercan Ayboga interviewed representatives of the new Democratic Administration in Minbic.

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

Where are the missing? How the tabloids underplayed deaths at Grenfell for their own gain

The British press claim they don't want to speculate on numbers until they have an official body count. That’s laudable. But very responsible reporting has become widespread overnight where it never was before.