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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Passive patience is oppressive, but active patience can help us all

Does your commitment to justice override your desire for comfort?

North Korea, the US-UK's latest target?

Washington and London's joint military exercises with Seoul raise questions that should be asked in Britain's election campaign.

Russia’s eco-activists: not out of the woods yet

It’s Russia’s Year of Ecology. But as these activists tell us, campaigning on environmental and urban issues is far from a walk in the park. Русский

17 plead not guilty over Stansted deportation protest

Defendants contest public order charges arising from protest that stopped a Home Office removal flight.

Locked in limbo: the prolonged detention of stateless people in Europe must end now

Some stateless people are detained for months, even years, without any real prospect of their cases being resolved. This must change.

Trump’s paradox: a critique of ‘populism’

Trump is an irrational projection and knows it. That’s why he can do absolutely anything and get away with it. Taking back control is scapegoating and aggression.

Monetizing the human rights “brand”

Marketing research can help Mexican rights groups monetize their “brand” and boost public donations. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on . Español

Theresa May regards television debates an intrusion into Britain’s real democratic process

The Prime Minister has refused to take part in a TV debate. What else will she throw out? Could Prime Minister's Questions be the next accountability casualty?

Politics recovered: “We are not going to do what hasn’t worked before”

Camilo Romero is the Governor of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia, a department with a high percentage of rural population and huge ethnic diversity. Español Português

Stepping back from sensationalist stories on African migration

Who should be held accountable for the continued violations of rights, and the deprivations of life and dignity, experienced by African refugees and migrants?

Guernica and the perversion of the Spanish Civil War

The memory of the Spanish Civil War has become a leading reference point for self-styled 'liberal interventionists'.

Why Turkification will never work

A country as heteregenous as Turkey can't be held together by an autocrat, so what to do?

The rearguard battle against Eurasia’s incredible spin-men

In their chase for traffic and prestige, western editors are often all too ready to let autocrats and their lobbyists onto the comment pages of the international press.

 

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

To stand up for the powerless in Syria, the Left must embrace complexity

The Syrian uprising has divided the international Left between those who support Assad and those who support the Syrian opposition, while muting the voices of Syrians whose realities force them to reject simple binaries.

On World Press Freedom Day, journalists are assailed on all fronts

Attacks on the media usually go hand-in-hand with attacks on civil society, and are a barometer of the levels of injustice, corruption and authoritarianism in any society.

Why universal basic income is a necessity

A speech given by Yanis Varoufakis to the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, for International Workers' Day.

How we can build the movement for social justice before, during and after this election

We need to be thinking about what happens after June 8th – not just who gets elected but how we can organise our movement for the longer term

World press freedom day - journalism assailed on all fronts

A CIVICUS statement calls for greater protection and respect for journalists and the vital contribution they make to healthy societies. Español

Venezuela and the Left

The human rights situation in Venezuela is getting worse. Fortunately, some on the Left are deciding to speak up. Español 

"Visionary and creative resistance": meet the women challenging extractivism – and patriarchy

Environmental degradation is deliberate, violent and patriarchal. From Turkey to Guatemala, women are on the frontlines of resistance.

Using experiments to improve women’s rights in Pakistan

Experiments on support for women’s rights in Pakistan could improve the implementation and enforcement of UN treaties. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

The human rights lab: using experiments to craft effective messaging

Framing issues in different ways can undermine or bolster support of human rights, and experiments can help to explain why. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Español.

How will a ‘global Britain’ approach asylum?

As post-Brexit Britain charts a new course for itself, it must make sure not to leave asylum seekers behind.

Monsters, jealousy and “sick love” — how the Italian media covers violence against women

Statistics give partial pictures of gender-based violence in Italy – but the language used to cover such violence can be even more misleading.

Sharing stories in a broken culture

Respectful relationships are a prior condition for persuasion.

How can we explain radicalisation among Central Asia’s migrants?

Central Asia isn’t to blame for “exporting terrorism”, but the stigmatising experience of migration could be. Русский, Ўзбекча

New unions, old laws: why flexibility is key in the ‘gig economy’

The UK already has court-tested law to better protect people working in the gig economy, but a movement is needed to effectively challenge the big app-based employers.

On the June 8 UK general election : a strong and credible opposition

Main proposition: DiEM25 UK should refrain from supporting any particular party at this point. It should focus instead on outlining specific approaches to the Brexit negotiation process.

Organising against the gig economy: lessons from Latin America?

New strategies of organisation and workers’ control in Latin America suggest ways to tackle the insecurity of the gig economy.