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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.

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.

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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Stanislav Markelov: Times change but the stagnation remains

Ten years ago this month, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. We publish his reflections on Russian society’s nostalgia for the Soviet period here for the first time in English.

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy - or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It's time for something new.

Beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

France’s Great Debate

One in two French citizens want to participate in Macron’s Great Debate across the French nation. High stakes for Macron and French democracy. The rest of Europe will be watching. 

Trump's trap: leave vs remain

Washington's wars are unendable as well as unwinnable  

Democrats should aim for Medicare for More rather than Medicare for All

Expanding public health coverage, rather than universalising it, might be a more realistic goal.

New solidarity for the Mapuche indigenous movement in today’s Chile

The murder of the Mapuche community member Catrillanca at the hands of the Special Forces has become a matter of solidarity towards the Mapuche people for Chilean society. 

Can we please learn from history?

In their enthusiasm for a new cold war against China and Russia, the western establishments of today are making a mistake comparable to that of their forbears of 1914.

Connecting to nature is a matter of environmental justice

The climate crisis necessitates deep shifts in our thinking that go beyond the conventional remit of left-wing politics. 

An Englishman, a Scotswoman and Irishman talk about Brexit

Fintan O'Toole, Lesley Riddoch and Anthony Barnett grapple with the 'Strange passions of Brexit'.

Paddy Ashdown – a frank remembrance

Ashdown’s successes as a relatable man, a tactician and a statesman should not blind us to his strategic failures.

How Russia’s security services try to recruit opposition activists

For Russian law enforcement, informal connections with the opposition can be anything from genuine information-gathering to ticking boxes in their monthly reports.

More World: can communal practices save the planet?

Climate change, migration and digitalization are three of the greatest challenges in the current phase of globalization. How can we rise to them? asks the Berliner Gazette.

Do referendums improve democracy?

If the people lead them, like in the Irish case, referendums point way to improved democracy. But less so if political elites, like in the UK or Colombia cases, do lead them. Español

Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing’ gender violence

From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

Could we force politicians to tell the truth?

Politics is pre-truth not post-truth. Does the regulation of advertising provide some answers?

The fateful issue in Sweden’s autumn election was nuclear weapons

As we await the formation of the new Swedish government this week-end, one overriding issue and far too narrow an escape consumes the thoughts of an elder statesman.

The NHS Long Term Plan, prevention, and a century of promises

Bringing together prevention and cure, health and social care, is hardly a new – or strange – idea. So why hasn’t it happened?

Labour's plan: climate, not Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn's promise of radical change is moving closer to fulfilment

Former shadow Northern Ireland minister asks elections watchdog to investigate DUP Brexit dark money

Former Northern Ireland frontbencher joins cross-party MPs calling for ‘full investigation’ into Richard Cook and the controversial £435,000 DUP Brexit donation.

How do we ensure that Project Hope overcomes Project Fear?

Caroline Lucas’s speech to The Convention: Think Anew, Act Anew, Another Vote is Possible, London, 11 January 2019

Leaving the white nationalist movement with Derek Black

We talk to Derek about what catalysed this change, if others are likely to follow in his footsteps and the role white nationalism is playing in politics in 2019.

“They are collecting information on people involved in social activism”: Ukrainian anarchists targeted in series of searches

In December, Ukrainian law enforcement searched a series of activists' homes in connection with a violent assault on a Ukrainian war veteran. Activists believe this is part of a wider campaign against anarchists in Ukraine.

When crafts become activism

A new generation of craftivists are channeling homespun energy into social justice.

The Macedonian question and Greece’s national solitude

Ever since the creation of Yugoslav Macedonia in 1944, Greece has been burying its head in the sand. It wouldn’t see, because it could not stand to face it.