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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

A Corbyn-led government should start by scrapping the Prevent Strategy

Corbyn wants to talk about and address the causes of terrorist violence? This will require scrapping the Prevent Strategy.

Why does our national debate on integration ignore segregation by wealth?

A major part of what leads to segregation in society, by wealth and power, is not part of our integration debate. Why not?

Walking free in Azerbaijan

It’s easy to celebrate when Azerbaijan’s political prisoners are released. But ensnared by public stigma and personal trauma, what are the chances that they ever find a place for themselves in society?

A fatwa against sexual violence: the story of a historic congress of female Islamic scholars

Can women interpret Islamic law? Scholars who think so recently gathered in Indonesia, where fatwas were also issued against child marriage and environmental degradation.

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


Meet the Soopa Doopa branding agency that delivered Brexit

How did all of the different Leave campaigns stumble upon the same obscure branding agency in Ely, if they weren't working as a coordinated campaign? 

The fight against torture should preoccupy us all

Torture is a calculated act of cruelty and brutality that degrades us all and weakens the rule of law. On International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, let's eradicate complicity with torture.

Disconnected society: how the war in the Donbas has affected Ukraine

People displaced by the war in eastern Ukraine need a community to represent their interests — any community. Why is that proving so difficult? RU

US secrecy and transparency in the use of lethal force

A new report reviews the abuse and civilian harm resulting from American drone strikes and lethal operations.العربية

Do you speak Mingrelian?

A major language in western Georgia could struggle for survival  because it’s not considered one.

Domestic work is decent work

A founder of the domestic workers movement in South Africa recounts the struggle for labour protections and rights that began in the time of apartheid.

The Excrement Republic: violence, patriotism, martyrdom and romance in El Salvador

Miroslava Rosales’s poems tear through the postmodern plasticity of the violent neoliberal order, the platinum and plastic necropolis imposed upon Latin American countries by local regimes and foreign penetration. Interview. Español

The subversive power of joy

The unexpected, spontaneous and pleasantly disruptive nature of collective celebration is one of the great equalisers of social and political struggle.

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Theresa May’s counter-extremism plan will create an incompetent police state

After the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park, the Tories proposed a series of policies that would effectively police and criminalise thoughts. This will do nothing whatsoever to address what incubates violent extremism.

Macron and absolute responsibility

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

The religion of property is to blame for the deaths of those at Grenfell

Politicians have been playing Monopoly with people's lives, and Grenfell is the tragic result. 

The long echo of Tajikistan’s civil war

This year marks 20 years since the signing of peace accords in Tajikistan. But the price of peace has cost the country its democratic freedoms. Русский

High Court blasts ‘outrageous’ assault by Tascor staff on torture survivor

Highly unusual punitive damages awarded to Felix Wamala, who was subjected to intensely painful, dangerous restraint techniques.

Britain's choice: the Provisional IRA then, ISIS now

The west's security elite should learn from the end of Northern Ireland's conflict.

Tearing down the wall: lessons on national security from the Summer of Love

In a national security state, the world is transformed into a vast reservoir of potential enemies, all bent on our destruction. Such a climate precludes imagining national life beyond the quest for security.

Russian protesters face pepper spray and torture in detention

Recent anti-corruption protests in Russia ended in mass arrest. Some of those arrested have faced intimidation and physical violence. RU

A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Organising domestic workers across Africa: a regional view

In less than 10 years domestic workers in Africa have gone from barely any organisational contact to a thriving movement, but there is still a long way to go.

What does ‘mainstream media bias’ mean in a digital age?

The internet should mean that everyone has access to the same information, yet people still talk of a “mainstream media bias”.