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We should remember James Parkinson for more than the disease that bears his name

200 years ago, the iconic doctor published his paper discribing a now well known disease. But his other pamphlets were of a more revolutionary nature...

The EU is the real protector of national identities

A northern European who has long made their home in England reflects from Austria on the odd unease that the English still have with expressions of national identity

Hope for access to justice?

Against a backdrop of cuts and closures, the Greater Manchester Law Centre opened its doors last year - an inspiration for grass-roots community organising. This is their story.

How a popular vote of a local community can halt a gold mining mega project

In the Colombian town of Cajamarca, ten years of fighting the ‘multinational predator’ in their lands has ended in warm embraces and tears of joy. Español

A new chapter for feminism in Jordan

More and more Jordanian women are refusing to accept the sexist status quo and choosing to change it.

A farewell to democracy?

Recent political, social and technological changes have resulted in tensions for democracy as criticisms have turned into attacks. Español Português

Looking deeper to understand African governments’ opposition to the ICC

African governments are withdrawing from the ICC with valid criticisms—but what can be done to make the Court less imbalanced? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court

Gender and fundamentalism: when religion muscles in on development

The truism that there cannot be real development without women’s participation needs a caveat: women’s rights cannot be achieved while religious forces are involved in development.

Ukraine: sex work in times of war

Ukraine’s military conflict and economic crisis are affecting the country’s sex workers. Read how these women’s lives and concerns are changing, in their own words. 

Crowdsourced humanitarianism and the fight for safe passage

Social media helped coordinate a volunteer response to the new arrivals on Lesvos when governments failed to step up to the plate, but can such a system be replicated?

The neoliberal economics of family life

Attempts to restore the family as the foundation of social welfare could destroy the gains of second-wave feminism.

Identity politics: everybody does it (and it’s ok too)

If there is no way around talking about and invoking identities, we need to ask three questions: which identities? whose identities? and how do we think about identities?

Regime wages war of documents on Syrians

One of the oldest manifestations of the Syrian government’s corruption has always been the blockage and manipulation of official documents.

A riot of our own: Punk at 40

 8th April is the 40th Anniversary of The Clash Debut Album Mark Perryman asks what the 1977 punk and politics mix was all about?

A south Italian village's fight against the fossil fuel industry

Protests have ignited in Italy preventing the construction of Europe’s own Keystone XL - a BP-led gas pipeline designed to lock Europe into fossil fuel use for decades.

The Hungarian government's war on free speech

Why is the Hungarian government targeting the country's most prominent university?

Don't call him Dima: Russia’s anti-corruption protesters face repression

Last Sunday's protests and a nationwide truckers' strike have led to detentions and trials across Russia. Read about them here. Русский

The collapse of authority: violence against prisoners in Latin America

With prison riots and massacres getting out of control in many Latin American countries, what is the future of the region’s prison systems? Español.

Assad’s rational brutality

Bashar al-Assad is a rational tyrant. Since he inherited the presidency in 2000, Assad has strategically employed brutality to repress dissent and maintain power.

How to make an entire generation apolitical: an interview with Belarusian anarchist Mikola Dedok

In Belarus, anarchists have made a name for themselves during the recent wave of protests which have rocked the country. We speak to Mikola Dedok, an anarchist activist, on apathy, politicisation and the failures of opposition politics. Русский

Mosul: a very dangerous victory

The intense military bombardments in Mosul are fuelling the next Iraqi civil war.

Russia’s prison service is keeping its abuses under lock and key

Despite signs of early change, the cover-up of torture inside Russia’s prison service demands reform. Русский

A shared-space solution to Ireland’s Brexit Border problem

A deal could allow free passage across the island with rules on entry and exit.

Minnesota churches face tough questions in offering sanctuary to immigrants

Protecting immigrants is vital work, but what happens when the police arrive at your door?

Down and out in Crimea

Three years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, social inequality is on the rise across the peninsula – and it seems that honest work doesn’t pay. Русский

Video: What do the people of Derry and Coleraine make of Brexit?

As Theresa May triggers Article 50, what do the people in the West of Northern Ireland make of it all?

Love in a time of fear: an interview with Dashni Morad

‘The Shakira of Kurdistan’ discusses feminism, Kurdish unity, and healing the scars of war.

Navigating the minefield of working with perpetrators

Judgments about when collaboration becomes cooptation are too easily made in the abstract, based on moral tastes rather than evidence. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging with perpetrators. Español

“Inciters, deceivers, slaves”: Kyrgyzstan’s president takes aim at the press

New moves against opposition politicians and the press are meant to scare the last bastion of Kyrgyzstan’s civil society into submission. Русский

 

Democracy is in danger, only technology can save it

If the intensive use of the information and communication technologies does not go hand in hand with sovereignty over the data we produce, the social and political consequences can be dire. Español Português