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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

World press freedom day - journalism assailed on all fronts

A CIVICUS statement calls for greater protection and respect for journalists and the vital contribution they make to healthy societies. Español

Venezuela and the Left

The human rights situation in Venezuela is getting worse. Fortunately, some on the Left are deciding to speak up. Español 

"Visionary and creative resistance": meet the women challenging extractivism – and patriarchy

Environmental degradation is deliberate, violent and patriarchal. From Turkey to Guatemala, women are on the frontlines of resistance.

Using experiments to improve women’s rights in Pakistan

Experiments on support for women’s rights in Pakistan could improve the implementation and enforcement of UN treaties. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

The human rights lab: using experiments to craft effective messaging

Framing issues in different ways can undermine or bolster support of human rights, and experiments can help to explain why. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Español.

How will a ‘global Britain’ approach asylum?

As post-Brexit Britain charts a new course for itself, it must make sure not to leave asylum seekers behind.

Monsters, jealousy and “sick love” — how the Italian media covers violence against women

Statistics give partial pictures of gender-based violence in Italy – but the language used to cover such violence can be even more misleading.

Sharing stories in a broken culture

Respectful relationships are a prior condition for persuasion.

How can we explain radicalisation among Central Asia’s migrants?

Central Asia isn’t to blame for “exporting terrorism”, but the stigmatising experience of migration could be. Русский, Ўзбекча

New unions, old laws: why flexibility is key in the ‘gig economy’

The UK already has court-tested law to better protect people working in the gig economy, but a movement is needed to effectively challenge the big app-based employers.

On the June 8 UK general election : a strong and credible opposition

Main proposition: DiEM25 UK should refrain from supporting any particular party at this point. It should focus instead on outlining specific approaches to the Brexit negotiation process.

Organising against the gig economy: lessons from Latin America?

New strategies of organisation and workers’ control in Latin America suggest ways to tackle the insecurity of the gig economy.

Between mutation and marginalisation: the impending crisis of the centre-right in western democracies

The centre-right as a coherent set of principles is in serious danger of marginalization as political competition in western democracies realigns between closure and openness to the outside world.

Apartheid references in Israel

The attempt to outlaw the use of the term "apartheid" in relation to Israel and its occupation has to be recognised as carrying dangers of effectively stifling debate on an issue of great importance

Politics recovered: "We have to come up with a new metalanguage"

Bernardo Gutiérrez is a narrator of these times, a first-hand witness and a participant in many of the street protests which characterize the recent past, and the present, in the region. Español Português

Bahrain: “Undeclared Martial Law”

The outright militarization of the security apparatus has infected more and more sectors of Bahraini society. In fact, it’s now been written into the country’s constitution itself.

Frenemies forever: Iraqi Shi’a after Mosul

In Baghdad Iraqi Shi’a political parties and elites are returning to patterns of infighting habituated by decades of coalition- and relation-building in both the pre- and post-Saddam Iraq.

Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a weapon against populism

The Sustainable Development Goals could give activists the rhetoric they need to hold the Trump administration accountable. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on Trump and Human Rights.

Is the Philippines really the best country for female social entrepreneurs?

Social enterprises have helped empower women across the Philippines – but they need support to thrive.

The lamentable tri-color

Trump, Brexit and Le Pen - a trio united by their tri-colors, and an enemy that just won't ever go away

Why French progressives should vote for Macron

The second round of the French presidential election is not about voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s about bringing progressives together to vote against evil itself. Español

‘The contraption’ and the future of social democracy: the government experiment in Portugal

Something relatively obvious took too long to be explicitly acknowledged in Portuguese democracy: that there are more points of convergence than of divergence among the leftwing parties. Português

UK immigration rules vs. the best interests of children

The UK Supreme Court has accepted the principle of a minimum income requirement for bringing family members into Britain, but hope remains for British families split by borders.

Trust in our own strength: the African Movement of Working Children and Youth in Senegal

The working children of Senegal have long organised to educate, support, and protect one another from the everyday violence of life on the streets.

When meditation isn’t enough

For someone with a traumatized nervous system, sitting in silence isn’t always the right response.

The Turkish referendum and Bild

A tale of two deep states?

The Second Amendment and democracy

Could our democracies be on the wane and our rights under attack because we are less willing to take up arms to die and kill for our country?

Making the future possible again

The twentieth century began with two major models of progressive change in society, revolution and reformism, and the twenty-first century begins with neither.

100 days of Trump — and resistance from grassroots women's groups

The multiplicity of harms can feel overwhelming. But with thoughtful coordination we can support each other to resist this administration's agenda and its global impacts.