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Young, trans Nigerians: ‘people need to see that we exist’

It may become harder for church and state to deny that trans Nigerians exist, thanks to activists like Miss saHHara.

The beauty of a both/and mind

How can we find our way out of the impasse that stymies action on the really big issues of the day?

Madrid as a place of democratic innovation

An exuberant ecosystem of citizen practices and self-managed spaces has turned Madrid into an international reference of the urban commons. Español, Português

How to contain the hard right

The question is, why do even the most enlightened liberals such as Fawcett and Barnett not really try to offer a set of specific policies to forge a liberal comeback?

Relaunching French – a very messy business

Like-minded thinkers find it rather depressing that the Francophone equivalent of the battle Salman Rushdie fought 30 years ago – against the concept of “Commonwealth literature” – has yet to commence.

The French army and the values of the Republic: on military entrism in education

Promoting independence and emancipation of education from corporations and the army and instilling critical thinking are still the best ways to prevent the narrowing of our freedoms.

Microsoft’s Tech Accord – what it tells us about the cyber state of play

In the current climate, the impact of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord which, without explicitly saying it, gestures towards a form of self-regulation for the tech industry – needs close monitoring.

Europe's duty to save journalists

The murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Ján Kuciak and many other journalists were not due to fate, but to structural deficiencies in state institutions that should have protected them.

Communism and democracy – a living legacy

Political actors must always reckon with natural limits, structural bias, institutional inertia, vested interests and the actions of their opponents, not to mention irreducible uncertainty about the future. Book review.

“He’s not our tsar”: Navalny supporters prepare for new protest on 5 May

While a Russian state agency attempts to close down the internet, protests in Armenia are resonating in Moscow

Political discontent and technological evolution in Latin America

We are in the presence of a demos, a politically organized society which has been undergoing changes in Latin America and the world, while politics has remained stagnant. Español, Português

The European Left’s Machiavellian moment: notes on Costas Douzinas’ 'Syriza in Power'

Syriza’s electoral victory displayed the ability of the radical left to travel the path from resistance and revolt to rule, in the turbulent opening which is the Machiavellian moment. Book review.

Public libraries are vital to local communities – Labour must fight to defend them

Libraries are being decimated by cuts, privatisation, de-skilling and a shift to ‘volunteerism’ and 'generalism'. But those working in them are being told to deny there’s a crisis.

Compassion fatigue: what happens in Eurasia when the world looks away

In Eurasia’s less geopolitically significant countries, democracy advocates are struggling to keep their priorities on the international agenda.

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed.

Girls at Dhabas: challenging issues of safety, or ‘respectability’ in urban Pakistan?

“You need to understand,” I told the reporter. “These are baby steps, but important steps, for fuller participation in the public sphere.”

“The Network”: how Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists

Over a dozen people connected to Russian anti-fascism have been tortured since October 2017. According to the security services, they are a part of a plot to destabilise Russia. 

“You’re a normal guy, you understand everything”: Russian anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov on prison life under threat of torture

In January 2018, Viktor Filinkov was abducted in St Petersburg. When he resurfaced days later, he had been tortured by the security services and confessed to terrorism charges. This is the second part of his prison diary. 

A rifle stock to the heart, a fist to the gut: how left-wing activists are persecuted in Crimea

Though some groups may have supported Russian annexation, life under Russian rule has been far from sweet.

It’s a fact—welcoming works

New Mexico has reduced the number of deportations far below the level of other US states.

Decolonising migrant resistance: from #Refugeeswelcome to ‘These Walls Must Fall’

The discourse of #Refugeeswelcome is built on the Euro-centric dichotomy of ‘good migrant’ and ‘bad migrant’, whose uncritical adoption leads directly to the ‘unwelcoming’ environment intact throughout Europe.

“It’s too early to talk about the 'fall of the regime'”: political scientist David Petrosyan on the sources of Armenia's protests

Processes designed to relegitimise Armenia's president Serzh Sargsyan have gone badly awry — with protesters taking to the streets and forcing him out of office. RU

In this age of populism, it’s not ‘Cyber’ that’s being Balkanised – it’s people

The Balkans, already facing charges of bringing the world the First World War and the term ‘ethnic cleansing’, are now being blamed with a new offence: ‘Cyber-Balkanisation’.

Israel vs Iran, a looming war

A low-key raid in Syria, and Iran's growing influence, sharpen the risk. 

The illusion of understanding

During the 2016 US election, a friend of mine made critical comments about Hillary Clinton. His family, Hillary Clinton supporters, quickly asked him if he was a Bernie Sanders supporter...

How a new era of digital democracy will change how we interact with politics

Digital innovations may change the quality of participation and the nature of democracy, but how? Español, Português