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Countering xenophobia through story-telling

Story-telling and communal art are powerful tools in the fight against xenophobia. In the age of the echo chamber we need to learn to listen again.

Why Facebook’s fake news filter won’t work

A range of solutions  –  including stronger independent media organisations  –  is going to be needed.

Brexit is racist

We are facing the biggest, most overarching, racist attack on immigration in generations. There is a void in politics. We must fight to win.

5 reasons why we stopped a UKgov deportation flight to Nigeria last night

As a government ghost flight prepared for take-off, activists intervened.

Brexit: yes, you will suffer as well

Bankrupt regions, impoverished hospitals, overcrowded prisons: Brexit will affect everybody in Europe. And yet nobody is taking responsibility for the mess.

The EU cannot survive if it sticks to business as usual

Allowing EU member states to move in different directions and at different speeds is precisely the wrong way to address the differing concerns of Europeans living in different countries - and it seems an odd way to unite them behind a single way forward for the continent.

Russia's latest protests are no child’s play

They’ve been dismissed as a “teenage rebellion”, but the protests that shook Russia recently reveal how the country’s youth is slipping through the state’s fingers. Русский

Seeing the myth in human rights

To call human rights a “myth” would appear to discredit them, but myth was central in drafting the Universal Declaration. Español


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Respecting human rights: the key to elephant conservation

It’s time for a new model of conservation: one that holds human rights at its core.

The call for ‘safe passage’

European governments aren’t heading calls to establish safe passage for migrants and refugees, and people are dying because of it.

Brexit as a driver of modern slavery?

Signing Article 50 today may well give the prime minister her legacy, but it could also derail her other signature policy by increasing ‘modern slavery’ in the UK.

Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?

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Ideological checking: information and electoral mobilization

Technology has fostered – theoretically – better informed participatory processes. Ideological checking apps, which allow citizens to contrast and better understand electoral programs, are enriching traditional processes, such as holding elections. Español Português

Why isn't the full electoral registration process online?

People are being turned away at polling stations because the electoral registration process is stuck in the 20th century.

Exploring two Alternatives

openDemocracy meets up with Denmark’s fastest-growing political party, Alternativet, and The Alternative UK, who inspired by them, have just launched their own ‘friendly revolution’. Interview.

Brexit is an old people’s home

... And it's English, not British.

How will President Trump’s administration affect women and girls across the world?

Alongside this year’s UN CSW, we asked women doing gender work across the globe how US President Donald Trump’s administration might affect their region.

On becoming the worst president

A tale of woe explaining just how high this particular bar is. Español

Ireland, Brexit and our Disunited Kingdom

Will Brexit ultimately result in a united federal Ireland in a confederation with Scotland, in the EU – with England and Wales outside it?

Does Turkey’s ongoing purge resemble the 1933 Enabling Act in Nazi Germany?

In both cases, through democratic processes authoritarian rule is imposed on a previously fairly democratic country.

Will Brexit spell the end of fishing quotas?

The Leave campaign promised that Brexit would help fishers ‘take back control’ of Britain’s fishing waters and stocks. But how quotas are allocated has always been a national decision.

On becoming the worst president

The Trump administration may well end up being no worse for humanity at large than the administrations that have preceded it. Español 

Running for Tsar: Armenia’s Gagik Tsarukyan

One of Armenia’s most colourful public figures has returned to politics in time for parliamentary elections. What does the oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan stand for – apart from himself? на русском языке

Solidarity with Europe as 100,000 march on the UK parliament

European progressives are clear that the EU’s demise would spell disaster for its citizens, and yet, nothing short of a complete transformation can pull it back from the brink.

River defenders gather forces in Georgia

This week, activists from across the world are meeting in Tbilisi to share their experiences of resisting hydropower projects and the money that supports them. 

We've triggered Article 50. Is this such a tragedy for Europe?

It is now possible that new governments in France and Germany will respond to civil society pressure and do what is needed to change the EU, without being blocked by Britain.

Negotiating Western Sahara: between international law and geopolitical interests

The question of Western Sahara has been in a stalemate since 1976, but with Morocco joining the African Union, the new leadership of Polisario, and the escalation in El Guergarate region, is there room for renewed negotiations?

10 things you can do to resist hard Brexit

As Article 50 is triggered, here's what you can do to stop Britain's slide to the hard right. Add your own suggestions in the comments.

Preparing for the long haul under the Trump administration

There are hundreds of ways to stay upright and human in trying times—here’s a selection.

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.