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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Latin America is the deadliest region for environmental activists

More land and environmental activists were killed in Latin America last year than anywhere else in the world, according to a new report by watchdog group Global Witness. Español

‘Feminism is cancer’: the angry backlash against our reporting on the men’s rights movement

50.50's recent dispatch on this movement received hundreds of comments and messages on social media. We read them so you don’t have to.

Is Labour’s economic policy really neoliberal?

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have become used to diatribes on social media which predict that its policies will lead Britain’s economy into a Venezuela type scenario, with a collapse...

The NHS deal is not an acceptable settlement

GMB, the only union to vote against the government's NHS pay deal, pledge to continue fighting it.

Can the Corbynite left make peace with Zionism?

How does the current Labour antisemitism debate relate to potential states in the Middle East?

The Backlash podcast episode 4: the men's rights movement

50.50 attended an international gathering of men's rights activists in London and spoke to some of the men, and women, involved in this movement.

Multicultural Nationalism

Does multicultural nationalism represent the political idea and tendency most likely to offer a feasible alternative rallying point to monocultural nationalism?

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

It's time for Labour to understand the Conservative Dilemma

Boris Johnson's racist comments demonstrate the new strategy of the Conservative party. Labour need to understand what it is if they are to win.

Facebook and journalism. Part two

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

A climate revolution

Zero-carbon economies must come. But need millions suffer first? A personal, global story.

The neo-fascist moment of neoliberalism

How can we understand the simultaneous rise of the far right and the authoritarian evolution of neoliberalism? We need an antifascism that can highlight the latter’s role in this “neo-fascist moment.”

Democracy eats its parents!

"If a principled yet powerful leader does emerge, he can only come from yesterday’s disempowered classes."

لن أبكي ضياع حقيبتي بعد اليوم

أنت هنا على عين المكان، قد تكون مهندساً زراعياً أو عازفاً أو أستاذاً للغة العربية، كل هذا ليس مهماً، المهم أن تنقل حقيقة كل ما يحدث إلى العالم

With attacks on independent media, the "thaw" in Belarus is over

The last few years have been viewed as a relative liberalisation in Belarusian public life. It seems this is coming to an end. RU

Navigating the white water of these turbulent times

The struggle for liberation has never been about safety; justice is gained by confronting reality, however dangerous it may be.

Stop accusing the Jewish community of conspiring against the left

Antisemitism isn't just about individual intent. It's about culture and stories and practice, and the UK Labour party has a serious problem

How to return one billion dollars stolen from the people of Uzbekistan

The saga of Gulnara Karimova’s ill-gotten and ill-fated assets – frozen in a number of mostly European jurisdictions – may soon come to an end.

Meet the women poets preserving indigenous languages in Mexico

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture," says Ana Chino Miguel, one of the women working to prevent this through storytelling and poetry.

La explotación del arte de las mujeres mayas es una historia de racismo, sexismo y capitalismo global

Los cuerpos, el trabajo y el conocimiento de las mujeres mayas han sido explotados durante siglos. Es una vieja historia, ahora con un giro neoliberal. English.

The exploitation of Mayan women’s art is a story of racism, sexism – and global capitalism

Mayan women’s bodies, labour and knowledge have been exploited for centuries. This is an old story, with a neoliberal twist. Español.

Nicaragua’s failed coup

While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. Español

The cure for the abuse of nationalism? More democracy

If democracy is to survive, there must be a step change to an empowerment which comes from government by the people. Pt.4 of 4.

How the lethal logic of the Monocultural National Us is at work in Zionism and Brexit

The Monocultural National Us wreaks havoc all over the world. How do we loosen its grip on our imaginations, and what might this mean for the defence of our democracies? Pt.3 of 4.

“We can’t let up”: theatre producer Anna Palenchuk on hunger-striking director Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike in a prison in Russia’s Far North, but he’s still working on projects. RU

Kyrgyzstan’s north-south road to corruption

A new investigation reveals another side of Chinese infrastructure projects in Central Asia: elite corruption.

How conservative is the Russian regime?

Russia's intensifying neoliberal policies and the accompanying conservative rhetoric are clear evidence of the prolonged crisis facing the Putin regime. RU

Argentina abortion vote divides the nation, from senators to doctors

The senate votes this week on a potentially groundbreaking bill to legalise voluntary abortion. Opponents include some doctors and health facilities.

Cómo las mujeres mayas en Guatemala luchan por proteger sus diseños y su identidad

Las tejedoras mayas se están organizando para defender su arte y presionar por una nueva legislación que reconozca y proteja su "propiedad intelectual colectiva". English.

Meet the Londoner on hunger strike for his dad in Bahraini prison

Ali Mushaima in on hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in Kensington, demanding basic rights for his political-prisoner father.