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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

Beware the authoritarian centre

In Britain, hostility to democracy is highest not at the extremes – but in the centre.  

Why human rights campaigning needs to change more than just its framing

The problem is not how we speak – it’s who we are.

Education and orientalist discourse

The topic of education fits neatly into the orientalist middle class rhetoric about the poor, ignoring its role as an instrument of class power and domination in an autocratic country like Egypt. 

Is it time for voluntary poverty?

Alternative forms of charity could have a deeper impact on the forces that underpin moral and social transformation.

Hungary: left without a party in a two-party system

Opposition voters may be left party-less in the Hungarian two-party system unless opposition politicians carry out a project similar, at least in its logic, to that implemented by Viktor Orbán.

Why Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike

Imprisoned in the Russian Far North, Oleg Sentsov is holding a hunger strike to force the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners. 

Rodents, bedbugs, mould: UK asylum housing still a hostile environment

A Manchester asylum hostel run by Britain’s biggest outsourcer Serco is riddled with cockroaches, rodents and bedbugs.

The daunting task of repair

“Let’s agree on essentials: on what liberalism is and isn’t, on how liberalism is failing and on how much tougher liberals ought to be in their own defence.”

Harakiri, Italian style

"Mattarella’s decision is bad for Italy, Germany, and Europe. The only political force which is likely to profit is the Northern League."

Israel and Palestine: a story of modern colonialism

The foundations of Israel are rooted in a colonial project that has modernized its face but continues to subject Palestinians to military occupation, land dispossession and unequal rights. 

Why is ‘consent’ problematic in incidents of structural violence?

A reflection on the changing nature of relationship dynamics in the workplace.

Digital democracy and the impending presidential elections in Colombia

With regards to digital democracy, it would seem like every candidate is inhibited, but why? For fear of losing control? For fear of losing their monopoly? Español

From #metoo to a global convention on sexual harassment at work

We need a binding global convention on violence and harassment in the world of work.

We don’t have to be related to be a family

Moving beyond traditional family structures is both personally and politically liberating.

Iran truckers join nationwide push for change

As the West deliberates about dealing with Iran, take into account the desires of the people who are protesting on the streets of the country itself for an end to imposed religious rule.

Let all stories be told, from A to Z

The job of those talking to everyone – all professional media, print online radio and television – is to let everyone talk.

A Syrian game of thrones: infotainment and New York Times’ spectacular coverage

The ‘catchiest’ New York Times’ articles about Syria since 2011, reveal an obsession with the spectacle, a failure in understanding the conflict itself but success in understanding the spectators of the conflict.

Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades, cocaine going in one direction and contraband fuel in the other. But today the criminal links are increasingly symbiotic. Español

Military and security companies profit from European policies exporting border control overseas

This is probably part of the intention of the European Commission… not only to outsource migration control to other countries but to put its obvious consequences for human lives out of sight.

Listen England, it is Ireland talking

Brexit is fuelled by an English nationalism as crude and self-deluded as Irish nationalism used to be. The best response is to follow Ireland's journey to an inclusive, pluralist vision of patriotism.

'A historic victory for women's rights': how the world responded to Ireland's abortion referendum

Media from the UK to Argentina react to the results of Friday’s vote, laying the path to legislation for safe abortion services for Irish women.

How media amnesia has trapped us in a neoliberal groundhog day

The media's acute amnesia about the causes of the financial crisis has made austerity, privatisation and corporate tax breaks seem like common sense solutions to our economic problems.

At what cost? A reflection on the crisis at Save the Children UK

Part one: ‘what went wrong?’ Part Two on ‘where next’ can be read here.

Madrid’s community gardens

Where neighbourhood counter-powers put down roots.

How students in India are resisting the Hindu-right's attacks on universities

In India, student protests have escalated under the current far-right, Hindu-supremacist government and been characterised by open ideological warfare.

Indian Supreme Court curbs one of the world’s most powerful anti-discrimination laws

The vitriolic anger directed at the PoA might mean that Indian society is not entirely ready to face the depth of its own ingrained prejudice.

Left radicalism fifty years after 1968: the capitalist state and political science

We must grasp relations between politics, society and the economy more precisely, by appropriating the information and conceptual wealth in the entire spectrum of investigation into the institutionalized public realm.

Facing legal challenge, Tories hint about scrapping some NHS reforms – but remain wedded to privatising 'solutions'

The effects of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act are now too disastrous to ignore. But Jeremy Hunt’s shift is of rhetoric, not of substance - .and his new “ACO” plans are so dangerous, campaigners this week challenged them in the High Court.

The Progressive Economy Forum: a new initiative to solve an old problem

A new economic vision based on the values of equality, dynamism and sustainability. 

Russia: three years for a smashed head. A concert broken up. And, once again, torture

The latest in freedom of assembly news from Russia, via OVD-Info.