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VIDEO: The man who debunked austerity

Thomas Herndon shot to fame in 2013 when he found errors in a widely cited academic paper used to justify austerity policies in Europe and North America. Here he speaks to openDemocracy about austerity, the financial crisis and the future of economic policy.

From Bah Humbug to Oh Jeremy Corbyn – the best political books of 2017

Never mind miserabilism - this Christmas Mark Perryman discovers plenty of books full of reasons to be cheerful.

Spycops inquiry - concerns over new Chair, as police continue to delay

The inquiry into police spies deceiving activists into relationships has a new Chair – but will justice be served, or will police delays compound the harm they’ve already done?

Honduras, the country where even the police are fed up with electoral fraud and violence

In a country that lives from institutional crisis to institutional crisis since the coup d'état in 2009, the current president clings to power despite allegedly losing the elections. Español

الريف بعد سنة من حادثة محسن فكري، مجروح

بعد سنة على الحادثة المؤلمة، و سلسلة الاحتجاجات التي عاشها الريف، تلتها سلسلة اعتقالات شملت قادة نشطاء الحراك الشعبي، و عسكرة كاملة للمنطقة منذ أشهر. تبدو الحسيمة بعد سنة مجروحة.

How do the extractive industries and agribusiness repress rural communities in Latin America?

Conflicts and resistances involving territories and natural resources have been increasing in Latin America in recent years. Where and how are these conflicts taking place, and who is most affected?

“Our strategy is visibility”: the fight for LGBT rights in Romania

Violence and anti-LGBT hate crime is on the rise in Romania, says activist Vlad Viski. But he and his colleagues refuse to stay silent.

Privatised services are failing thousands of vulnerable addicts and alcoholics

It’s entirely unacceptable that people suffering from addiction are forced to turn to the inadequate private sector for treatment, writes shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth in the wake of a damning report by the regulator.

Why Redneck Revolt says deal with racism first, then economics

Addressing systems of White supremacy can’t be dismissed as ‘identity politics.’

Egypt: do you really want to counter terrorism?

Is the failure intentional or a result of general incompetence? Because of repression or Islamic ideology? This debate should be far from over.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

On Human Rights Day, 2017

UNSOLVED: Five human rights defenders whose killers remain at large. Human Rights Day is on December 10.

A tale of two conferences: exploring the politics of global child labour policies

Two international conferences on child labour were held in South America this fall. In one working children participated, the other not. The results couldn't have been more different.

If we’re serious about social mobility, we need demographic quotas for our universities

Top universities aren’t doing enough to break down the social segregation that puts off poorer students, leaving it easy to portray these establishments as ‘bastions of privilege’.

The business of migration control in Spain

The migration control industry is a complex business. It carries out and influences a system designed to stop the flow of people, not to handle it. Español

The good conscience of French intellectuals: the case of Thomas Guénolé and the French left of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. An open letter

Our right to live freely in the Diaspora is under attack, from both Christian and Zionist supremacism.  

“We have plenty of reasons to protest apart from Platon”

Still angry at a new road tax collection system, Russia’s truck drivers have now been forced to register as a “foreign agent”. So they’re going on strike, again. RU

Which violence in Latin America?

In partnership with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Santiago de Chile, we discuss the many-sided reality of the multiple and complex forms of violence in the region. Español

Scrapping anti-Terror laws – naivety or opportunity?

As the government awaits the first report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Theresa May has reason to be worried.

Pourquoi nous lançons openMedia

Tirez une croix sur la fausse information. En éditant des publireportages ou en achetant le silence, les gros capitaux pervertissent la liberté de la presse de façon préoccupante. Voici comment nous allons agir.(EnglishHungarianItalianSpanishDutchGermanSerbianRussian.)

Critical voices in critical times: revolution without revolutionaries, an interview with Asef Bayat

Asef Bayat talks about revolutions and revolutionary ideas, the place of ordinary people in social transformation, and what we can learn from the “Tahrir moment.”

Brexit isn't the only thing parliament needs to demand a vote on right now - the NHS is too

In January, Jeremy Hunt will attempt to sneak through secondary regulations, without parliamentary debate, what some have called the ‘biggest change to the NHS since its creation. Do enough MPs care enough to stop him?

How Romania became a battleground in the transatlantic backlash against LGBT rights

Romania decriminalised homosexuality in 2001. Today it is witnessing a backlash against LGBT rights, supported by US Christian conservatives.

Igor Yasin: “If there’s no freedom of assembly for LGBT, there’s none for anyone else”

Russian activist Igor Yasin on attitudes towards LGBT in Russia’s regions, why the opposition has a homophobia problem, and how to assert your rights — and still be heard. RU

Sisi, the guardian of sexual morals

The repression of the LGBT community in Egypt stems from the colonial legacy of imperialism and is driven by the middle class in its attempts to create its own version of “modernity.”       

“I’m really just a slave” – how hotel chains exploit agency loopholes and dehumanise workers

Alenka, like so many others, hopes for a better life but is caught up in a catch-22, valued only for the absence of a smudge on a bathroom mirror.

Free Russia Forum: sanctions and boycotts

Russia’s opposition remains weak and divided — but the latest forum in Vilnius could hint at consolidation down the road. RU

Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Women’s rights advocates say controversial US legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is ‘exporting extreme ideologies worldwide’ against sexual and reproductive rights.

Digital giants are trading away our right to privacy

Today, the big tech race is for data extractivism from those yet to be 'connected' in the world – tech companies will use all their power to achieve a global regime in which small nations cannot regulate either data extraction or localisation. 

مصر: جريمة مسجد الروضة قد تتكرر

أسباب الهجمات الإرهابية في مصر موجودة منذ سنوات دون علاج أو تطوير أو تغيير بما يهدد بتكرارها.