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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

The Brexit debate at home and abroad

This policy brief, exploring the pan-European phenomena that prepared the ground for Brexit, is an introduction to the authors’ new co-edited anthology, free to download here, Brexit and Beyond: The Future of Europe.

Who owns Britain?

Most countries have polices that restrict foreign ownership. But in Britain, governments have actively encouraged it — and the costs are now becoming clear. 

Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police)

This week, a Russian activist was prosecuted in a landmark trial that is being used to restrict freedom of assembly — and punish citizens who try to assert it. 

As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers.

Framing the economy: how to win the case for a better system

New research shows how changing the way we talk about the economy can help win public support for a progressive economic agenda.

#MeToo, dialogue and healing

To give voice to our deepest experiences is to cultivate connection and collective healing.

One Chechen man’s quest for a real education

On this day in 1944, thousands of people in Russia’s North Caucasus were deported to Central Asia. They had few rights in exile — and had to fight every step of the way. RU

The prisoner of Yerevan: an American's unfortunate journey back to Armenia

In Armenia, repatriates from the US enjoy comfortable middle-class lives — unless they engage in political activism.

The mystery of the Russian planes that never were

Is Russia a military threat to the west? A larger past and closer detail offer fresh light.   

Sex and Charity

Regarding the massive scandal involving chief executives of big NGOs, the situation must be considered through the lens of how we have dealt with sexual abuse. But we must be wary of how this is used to justify budget cuts. Español

How Scotland's beavers came back, and how you can help

The Scottish government is consulting on whether to let reintroduced beavers stay.

Four ways Labour could be by the many, not just for the many

Why we must build new institutions of economic democracy, and how we can do it.

Brazil militarizes its war on crime

Even if expanding the use of military operations to combat crime has shown little success in the past, the current Brazilian government has decided to carry on. Español

Russian interference in the virtual world is not the problem

If there were no Russian "influence operations" in the virtual world, no disinformation campaign spearheaded by Russian bots and trolls, would the western world look much different today?

The Backlash podcast episode 1: Women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and Akanksha Mehta at the University of Sussex.

Elections and the Egyptian movement of 2011: thinking with Alain Badiou about the current situation

For French philosopher Alain Badiou, elections pose a more important question for the movement in Egypt beyond the issue of participation. العربية

الانتخابات وحركة ٢٠١١ في مصر: التفكير مع آلان باديو عن الوضع الحالي

بالنسبة للمفكر الفرنسي آلان باديو تطرح الانتتخابات سؤالًا  مهمًا للحركة في مصر، سؤال يتجاوز مسألة المشاركة أو عدم المشاركة. English

تونس: النسوية الانتقائية وتهميش كِفاحات النساء

حان الوقت للتصدّي لنهج الدولة التقليدي في استخدام حقوق النساء كأداة لتحقيق أغراض سياسية.  English

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

Is Sweden complicit in war crimes in Yemen?

Despite the documented crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sweden continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

Trump-style Latin American leaders

Donald Trump met with Jimmy Morales, the President of Guatemala in a context of global resurgence of extreme right-wing populism that has a specific impact in Latin America. Español

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: western researchers need to look at themselves, too

The way people in the west research Central Asia isn’t always the most honest – and this shapes our understanding of academic autonomy.

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: why boycotts and blacklists are the wrong response

A recent call to disengage with educational institutions in this Central Asian state misses crucial points about academia under authoritarian rule.

The growing gap between Ukraine and Russia – and the people trying to bridge it

Ukraine and Russia are mired in a self-perpetuating conflict. Ukrainian and Russian activists recognise the problem, but will they be able to overcome it? RU

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

The struggle for new blood and the future of Russia’s Left

A new candidate is helping to reinvigorate Russia's left-wing politics ahead of the presidential election, but what space will there be for voices and movements from below?

In the Philippines, political trolling is an industry – this is how it works

A new study uncovers elite ad and PR strategists as chief architects of disinformation.

Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

What is urgent is to bring down the tension by focusing the hopes and energies of the activists on a political way out, in the form of a tested, unchallengeable mechanism.