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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.

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

The Brexit disaster is an existential crisis in the ‘Idea’ of Britain

Brexit – driven by unenlightened, defiantly anti-modern nationalism – could be the most serious constitutional crisis since Great Britain’s inception in 1707.

Is the internet to blame for the rise of authoritarianism?

Three perspectives on whether the internet is having a damaging impact on democracy.

Yellow Vests – the first battle

They want Macron to know that they are the people and they will be ignored no longer. So perhaps there is democracy in the streets after all.

Demands of France's yellow vests as uploaded by France Bleu, November 29

"MPs from France, we inform you of the People's Directives for you to transpose them into LAW. "

What next for the Gilets Jaunes?

The movement today is national, and in part nationalistic, very difficult to talk to about the reform of Europe. Nevertheless, it is a challenge to a pan-European movement like DiEM25.

Nurses raise concern about Royal College backing for NHS volunteers campaign

On Saturday the Daily Mail called for "an army of volunteers" to "transform" the NHS. Royal College of Nursing members have written to Dame Prof. Donna Kinnair, the acting head of the RCN, in response to their involvement in the "Helpforce" campaign.

Message from Commercy: the time of the communes still rings out!

Commercy's Yellow Vests offer a political solution to the movement: autonomous local committees, direct democracy, sovereign general assembly, delegates with a precise mandate revocable at any time, rotating responsibilities.

It's time for the DUP to ditch its Brexit crusade and wake up to Northern Ireland’s real issues

Northern Irish confidence is in short supply as political deadlock continues and the DUP flirt with No Deal and non-existent alternatives.

OPINION: We need to talk about racism in the aid sector

Casual racism, implicit bias and jobs offered over beer. Two humanitarian workers reveal the ugly side of the international aid sector.

The Central Asian valley where borders dissolve in grassroots cooperation

Sandwiched between three Central Asian states, people living on all sides of the Ferghana Valley are overcoming securitisation – through everyday cooperation.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

Colombian resistance against the Odebrecht-nurtured mafia

On 27th November, an emergency debate on Odebrecht corruption was scheduled by senators of the opposition. The raison d’être for extreme violence and rampant corruption in Colombia was openly hung-out.

How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights. 

Why grieving families need legal representation at an inquest

Contrary to what the UK government say, many bereaved families need legal representation at an inquest to ensure a full and fearless investigation into the death of their loved one.

UK military deals: red-flag alert!

The buying of Britain's defence equipment is a litany of cost, waste and cosiness

A People’s Vote won’t heal Brexit divisions – we need a People’s Debate

A TV debate would solve nothing, and claims about “the will of the people” are vapid. We need to find a way to hold a meaningful debate.

The womanly face of war: the agency and visibility of Ukraine’s female soldiers

Women have played an active part in the war in Ukraine’s Donbas. But their role is yet to be recognised on its own terms.

No good choices in Georgia

Georgia’s presidential election has demonstrated, once again, that the country’s two dominant political platforms have little to offer regular citizens. 

To defeat the far right means to differentiate it from historical fascism

To win the battle against the far right, the left must understand that it faces a fragmented enemy, which is quite different from unitary historical fascism. Español

How Christian conservatives are trying to influence the media in Ukraine

The Novomedia forum in Kyiv offered an up-close look at the communications strategies of internationally-connected ultra-conservatives.

#ProtestasEnColombia | Fighting for public education in Latin America

The public university strike in Colombia has reached its 7 week mark as will continue until further notice. This mobilisation throws the crisis of public education in the country into the spotlight. Español

A Palestinian house with many struggles

The struggle of Palestinians takes different forms, between living under the Palestinian Authority or the de-facto Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

Hopeless but happy: Azimjon Askarov and the discontents of Kyrgyzstan’s post-2010 order

A new memoir by Kyrgyzstan’s most prominent political prisoner takes readers back to the violence and impunity that followed the country’s 2010 revolution.

The double standards applied to academic freedom

The political right is not only cracking down on academic freedoms, but has started simultaneously to become a fierce advocate of an aggressively anti-intellectual freedom of speech.

What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?

The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

On recognizing our ethno-religious prejudices: a preliminary conceptual analysis

After many years of suppression, Syrians were able to bring these issues to light and engage in serious public debate. العربية