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Round table on the future of work

Labour is frequently divided into two distinct categories: free and unfree. However, there are many occasions where desperate workers have few if any alternatives, and therefore ‘freely’ consent to highly exploitative conditions. Read the complete introduction...

Round table on the future of work

Labour is frequently divided into two distinct categories: free and unfree. However, there are many occasions where desperate workers have few if any alternatives, and therefore ‘freely’ consent to highly exploitative conditions. Read the complete introduction...

This week’s front page editor

What should we teach our children about religion?

Learning about different worldviews is a critical component of education for democracy. 

When rescue at sea becomes a crime: who the Tunisian fishermen arrested in Italy really are

Fishermen networks from Morocco and Mauritania have released statements of support, and the Tunisian State Secretary for Immigration, Adel Jarboui, urged Italian authorities to release the fishermen, considered heroes in Tunisia.

Valparaíso-bound: Neruda’s ark

SS Winnipeg was Pablo Neruda’s Winged Fugitive Ark for war-refugees. Where are such grand gestures today? Español

‘Second’ bank account: MPs demand probe into Rees-Mogg’s Brexit group

Cross-party demands for an urgent investigation into the financial affairs of the European Research Group follow openDemocracy’s investigation.

Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis call on progressives to unite against Trump’s Nationalist International

Calling on progressives worldwide to form an international movement to combat the rise of authoritarianism represented by Donald Trump.

How the campaign for a People’s Vote is changing politics (again)

A new generation is making the campaign for a People's Vote on Brexit the next insurgency for change in Britain.

زينة في عصر الإعلانات الرقمية

مع بزوغ شمس الثورة المعلوماتية واندلاع شرارة وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، أصبح بإمكان المُعلن أن يتعرف على الزبائن المحتمَلين بصورة أدق. فيستطيع معرفة الحالة الاجتماعية للشخص، والعمر، والميول الجنسية، والحالة النفسية العامة، ونوع الشخصية. 

Uri Avnery in memoriam

He leaves behind a wealth of books, articles and emails, that will continue to inspire, representing hope and reconciliation through the dark decades, that alas, are still with us.

The High Court found that Vote Leave broke the law in a new way

England & Wales's High Court has ruled that Vote Leave broke campaign spending limits in addition to the way that the Electoral Commission previously said they did.

En el Paraguay rural, las mujeres están al frente de una ‘carrera contrarreloj’ para conservar las semillas nativas

Ante la expansión de la agricultura industrial, los cultivos transgénicos y las patentes de semillas, las mujeres rurales están preservando las variedades nativas y enseñando sobre agroecología. English.

How will we pay for news we can trust? I hope to find out

The British government has ordered a review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its chair explains the challenges she faces.

Brazilian vice-presidential candidate Sônia Guajajara’s river rally with indigenous leaders

Brazil's democratic future is at stake in the upcoming October elections. During a stop over in the Amazonia, the indigenous vice-presidential candidate met on the water with her fellow fighters. Images: Pablo Albarenga / Midia NINJA. Español Português

Being a female social leader in Colombia: a black hole

The story of Ana Milena Villa Villa, Colombian social leader helps us to understand the current killings of social leaders from a much-needed gendered perspective that is not as present as it should be. Español

Feminism in Tunisia: brutal hijacking, elitism and exclusion

The feminist movement in Tunisia has been a victim of brutal hijacking, exploitation, and politicization which has fragmented its foundation.

إيران المقبولة في سوريا

قد تكون العودة إلى نموذج علاقة الأسد الأبّ مع طهران هي الأمثل للوصول لحلٍّ سياسيٍّ مقبول إقليميّاً ودوليّاً. English

10 years of women's resistance to austerity across Europe – in pictures

Women across Europe have not been passive victims of austerity policies. From Paris, France to Nicosia, Cyprus, they have protested and organised for alternatives.

Living the double life: behind the lies of women's daily lives in Egypt

The consequences of living this sort of double-life go far beyond family disagreements.

“They told me that if I didn’t become more cooperative, they could do whatever they wanted to me”: anarchist Arman Sagynbayev reveals torture by Russian law enforcement

In this high-profile terrorism investigation into Russian anarchists, brutal torture has been used to extract confessions from detainees.

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare

Disability isn’t a deficit within a person, it’s a deficit in a culture that doesn’t accept or enable a person for who they are.

Jackson Rising

When a young black attorney was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississipi, rather than ask what the local state could do, he asked, what can we do to the local state?

Parliament watchdog probes Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group over “other sources of funding”

EXCLUSIVE: Emails released by UK parliamentary standards watchdog reveal a ‘second’ bank account held by the powerful ERG group of Tory MPs, as they pressure May to abandon Chequers.

Ancient Britons and the Republican dream

Neal Ascherson's lecture from 1985 feels more relevant than ever.

Chile and Argentina putting at risk their biodiversity

To meet China’s demand, Chile and Argentina are scaling up fish farming. This bodes ill for the Southern Cone's unique and sensitive biodiversity. Español

“This story rarely gets told”: 10 years of women’s resistance to austerity across Europe

From the UK to Greece, women have been hit hardest by austerity policies since the 2008 financial crisis. This month, 50.50 will spotlight our stories of resistance.

The future of Russia’s one and only LGBT film festival

New legislation will hit independent and controversial cinema in Russia. The organisers of this LGBT film festival are going to keep on fighting for their right to speak on “forbidden” topics. RU

Putin's wargame: behind the smoke

While Russia's military exercises sound a western alarm, blunt reality offers better advice.

Are Kyrgyzstan’s glaciers under threat? This ecologist thinks so

The Central Asian state’s Tian Shan mountain range isn’t just home to shrinking glaciers. It’s also the site of an international mining operation.

BBC Diversity: will Ofcom deliver?

After eighteen years, the promise of broadcasting diversity is a cheque returned marked ‘insufficient funds’.

Why positive thinking won’t get you out of poverty

To say that poor people don’t have enough hope, tenacity and aspiration is to deny their agency as well as the size of the structural odds they face.

The struggle in North Kurdistan: an interview with HDP MP, Musa Farisoğulları

We have two strategies: to organize an anti-fascist front embracing the whole of Turkey; and to provide national unity in the four parts of Kurdistan.