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Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

Urgent appeal: expose the dark money driving a hard Brexit

Theresa May's deal is swiftly falling apart and a powerful lobby is taking the chance to push for a hard Brexit. We urgently need all the facts about who's bankrolling them before it's too late.

openDemocracy has worked tirelessly for two years exposing the dark money that funded the Brexit campaign. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it really does make a difference.

 

 

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Thomas Rowley

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Rethinking AI through the politics of 1968

We need to pursue a political philosophy that was embraced in '68, of living the new society through authentic action in the here and now.

Creativity must operate across borders

DiEMVoice took to the stage at Central Saint Martins in London this October, to share its creative vision for Europe in a time of culture war. Short speech.

Morocco: military service and education reform promise more repression

The reinstatement of compulsory military service in this context of growing tensions is meant to be used for social control.

The news is dead – long live the news?

In a media world where the Big Five digital players are calling the shots, Jim Chisholm sees hope emerging from a growing breed of “new newsers”.

A war of minds: beyond 2001-18

The west's failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, says our columnist who predicted both, is above all one of understanding.

Good Bye, Gandhi!

Writing on Gandhi in an India stricken by faux patriotism and jingoism causes gloom. A poem in Indian English provides an antidote.

Scenes of ‘civil war’? Radical right narratives on Chemnitz

The Chemnitz case shows a Saxon city where the radical right has tried to establish itself for years, with some very concrete fantasies about a violent ‘overthrow’.

The Natural History Museum has been used by the Saudi regime

At a time when the Saudis are intensifying their crackdown on human rights, yesterday’s reception gave all the wrong messages.

The truth lies in Chemnitz?

We might see parallels between Rostock ’92 and Chemnitz ’18, but the impact and the political context today are fundamentally different – though not at all less dangerous.

Workhouse to Westminster – a review

Stuart Weir reviews a new autobiography of Lord Smith, an energetic crusader for democracy and social justice - and a vital ally during stormy times at the New Statesman magazine.

Why our media is wrong to say proportional representation helps the extreme right

The UK media likes to blame far right gains elsewhere – as in Sweden’s recent election – on PR. In fact the evidence shows disproportional voting systems give more power to the extreme right.

Future of work round table: how can institutions and regulations keep up?

Organisations and regulations are struggling to keep up with the evolving nature of work. Our panel of experts ends this round table by asking themselves how such institutions can stay relevant.

Militarised society: memory politics, history and gender in Ukraine

In Ukraine, history could be used to help make sense of the brutal ongoing war, but it can also be instrumentalised for political gains.

We need to raise ‘wealth taxes’ to fund the NHS

How will the Chancellor find the £20bn a year Theresa May has promised for England's NHS? 

With the crisis of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes opportunity

All of us living through America’s crisis time need to remember that our strategizing brain lives within a whole person: acknowledge your feelings and turn to the group for support.

The West’s approach to Saudi Arabia: ‘one step forward, two steps back’

Western powers are actively enabling the very human rights violations they seek to expose.

Of Tories, charity... and Islamophobia

Muslims know they have a duty to support the poor. Tories can't claim this mantle - especially whilst they're riven with Islamophobia.

‘Gay cake’ cases show strength of Christian right legal armies on both sides of the Atlantic

In UK and US supreme courts, freedom of speech has been the defence of bakers who oppose same-sex marriage. It’s no coincidence.

Young workers know they're being ripped off - and that unions are the answer

Last weeks global food strikes show young workers get what trade unionism is about - and bringing new forms of digital organisation into play.

The indigenous people genocide case in Guatemala: justice delayed, justice denied?

There was a military structure that designed, planned and executed operations aimed at eradicating Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. Español

Police still not investigating Leave campaigns, citing ‘political sensitivities’

Exclusive: Months after Scotland Yard received ‘substantial’ evidence of potential criminality by pro-Leave groups, nothing has happened. Is the police probe destined for the political long-grass?

Film: Albion’s Call: Brexit, democracy and England

Brexit has ignited a fire under Britain. It is altering forever the way we see ourselves. This has to be confronted boldly and in an open-minded way

How Hungary and Ukraine fell out over a passport scandal

Ukraine’s border region of Zakarpattya is home to the country’s Hungarian community – and is now the centre of a diplomatic row. RU

Future of work round table: stopping the race to the bottom in the world of work

A lack of labour rights is, for many countries, a serious competitive advantage. What needs to happen in business, politics and organising to stop this race to the bottom?

Art after money

Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with our common struggle against financialization’s shredding of society.

إدارة أزمة الهجرة في المتوسط: مراكز اعتقال عوضاً عن سياسات الإغاثة والإنقاذ

مع تواصل تدفق آلاف المهاجرين عبر المتوسط  نحو أوروبا، وتعثر عمليات الإنقاذ والإغاثة، تلجأ أوروبا إلى سياسة تصدير الأزمة.

Fifty years after the Tlatelolco massacre of 1968

Massive student demonstrations against violence have swept through Mexico City in September. Today's students face similar issues to those faced by protesters fifty years ago. Español

Nadia Murad may have won the Nobel peace prize, but the world failed her Yazidi people

The international community could and should have done more to rescue those captured by ISIS. The media also failed in its coverage of this crisis.

Racism, sectarianism or sexism? On Damascus and the Syrian demographic barcode

I am not surprised that many of my friends from our “fancy” neighborhood were really aghast at the level of sectarian grudges that was revealed after the revolution. العربية

What happened to Uruguay and its Pink Tide?

Is further change possible in Uruguay? Today, the economic situation is less favourable, ideological affinity with other governments in the region is lower, and neighbours have become distant. Español