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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

This week’s front page editor

Thomas Rowley

Michael Edwards is editor of oDR.

Are we prepared to pay the price for farmworker justice?

“We need an awakening of consciousness for everyone to understand how important we are as workers of the land.”

Democracy is facing strong headwinds in 2019

Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration as president of Brazil marks the beginning of the political year. The redrawing of the world order currently under way is increasingly adverse to democracy. Español

السينما والمسرح داخل السجون التونسية

 لا أنكر أبداً سعادتي بهذه التجربة التونسية المتفردة في بلادنا الناطقة باللغة العربية، والتي تعدّ نموذجاً يمكن تصديره أمام الدول الأخرى

Think Anew, Act Anew: a Convention on Brexit and a People's Vote

An emergency, public gathering in London will take place this Friday ahead of the big parliamentary debate on the UK and the EU. Come along!

No one rules Britain

A first hand account of a country and an economy led by lemmings taking the wider public with them over the cliff edge. 

End the system of forced rescue and institutionalisation in India

India’s new Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2018 repeats the mistakes of its predecessor.

Prospects for Yemen in 2019 and beyond

The fear and terror induced by this situation, combined with unbearable survival conditions are creating a generation of psychologically scarred people, many of whom will never be able to live normal lives.

Fixing digital democracy? The future of data-driven political campaigning

Do we know enough to regulate the private vendors central to every stage of an election campaign? We need to if we are ever to preserve free and fair elections. Español

Towards right and left 2.0?

The ‘Left’ will stand a chance if it relaunches an agenda of social rights and supranationalism. After all, they are the most logical responses to neoliberalism and nationalism.

Police reform in Mexico. Will it work?

Politicians and officials in Mexico have promised to reform the police for years, but the force continues to face the same struggles in curtailing the growing threat posed by organized crime. Español

كُرد سوريا وكعب أخيل

الانسحاب الأمريكي سيضع الكُرد أمام امتحان صعب، وعليهم الاختيار بين التفاوض مع الحكومة السورية والقبول بتنازلات مؤلمة على طريق الوصول لحل سياسي مقبول، أو الدخول في مواجهة عسكرية مع الجيش التركي وفصائل المعارضة السورية الموالية لها.

Why are there no women in Iraq’s football stadiums?

Iraqis are suffocated by a rampant militarization and hypermasculinity.

Brexit, lies, and rich folk

The Leave campaign was built on lies, and as the UK hurtles toward the brink the liars who told them are laughing all the way to the bank.

Polarisation with no ideological solution in sight

The increasing political polarization, a problem of the entire western world, is based on misconceptions to which today's politicians find themselves without a solution.

Will 2019 see a Peace Process for the ELN rebels in Colombia?

Polls show that 64% of Colombians want President Duque to resume negotiations with the ELN, but the new government called off talks in 2018, leaving the future of the peace process uncertain. Español

The unacknowledged fictions of Yuval Harari

Replacing one set of myths with another is no basis for confronting the earth’s existential problems. Español

Revealed: the dirty secrets of the DUP’s ‘dark money’ Brexit donor

MPs call on Richard Cook to “emerge from the shadows” after we uncover his trail of illegal waste, unpaid bills and court documents stretching from India to California.

Small-town feminist activism in Poland

On Monday, October 3, 2016 the landscape of social movements in Poland changed. What surprised many observers and academics was the distribution of protest events throughout the country.

Alt-Right Academia?

"What is disturbing here is the tendency to collapse nuance into a Manichaean story of good and evil. The desire for slower immigration is equivalent to seeking repatriation to achieve a white ethnostate."

What happens in your brain when you change your mind

Neuroscientist Tali Sharot explains how beliefs are formed in the brain, what works to change others’ minds, and what does not.

The theory and practice of the Kurdish Women’s Movement: an interview in Diyarbakir

“The problems confronting women because they are women seem only to be growing. So we should stop and think what is missing.”

Divine players in Indian politics

In a politically-surcharged atmosphere, no one should doubt that the appearance of Lord Ram’s idol in the mosque on the night of December 22, 1949 was an act of God.

US decline: a military calculus

Russia's threat is overrated, China's challenge is real – and Trump a mere bob on history's wave.

How to neutralize Bolsonaro in his first 100 days of government?

A passive attitude from the International Community is not an option, and broad support from all progressives will be much needed to mitigate the damages. Español

Brexit can be a good crisis

"Brexit is not about Brexit. Certainly not just about Europe. It poses matters both economic and democratic simultaneously as it demands an answer to the kind of country we are."

“Electric shock is our way of doing things”

A number of Russian anti-fascists and anarchists have been tortured by the country's security services. The official investigation into this torture is yet to turn up results. Warning: graphic.

Which municipalism? Let's be choosy

What exactly are we talking about when we refer to the “new municipalism” or “municipalist transformation” as defined by the Fearless Cities movement? Español.

White is the new black: populism and the academic alt-right

“It is our duty to expose this moral agenda for what it is, not by 'deplatforming' them – only adding victimisation to their already lavish arsenal – but through reasoned argument.”

Gilets Jaunes and the two faces of Facebook

Facebook design allows popular ideas to be shared and expanded on – the dream of everyone having an equal political voice is very much alive in these digital citizens’ assemblies.