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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

England is restless, change is coming

The Labour MP and senior shadow cabinet member calls for a constitutional convention to wrest power from the UK's unaccountable, neoliberal elite.

1968: a revolution too early to judge

Screen Shot 2018-05-18 at 10.06.28.pngThe events of 1968 have been stripped of their meaning and are now more a symbol of capitulation than revolution. Accepting this is the first step to making its legacy relevant again. RU

 

Yes, neoliberalism is a thing. Don't let economists tell you otherwise

On the list of ‘ten tell-tale signs you’re a neoliberal’, insisting that Neoliberalism Is Not A Thing must surely be number one.

The uncomfortable truth about post-Soviet comfort foods

What nourishes us also destroys us: this old saying holds true not only for food, but also politics.

Trade unions must stand, unequivocally, against anti-LGBTI discrimination at work

Unions have a key role to play in combating oppression and prejudice at work. This includes the ongoing fight for LGBTI equality.

Migrant workers fighting for freedom under Lebanon’s Kefala system

In Lebanon, a women-only group of migrant domestic workers have come together to fight for rights in the workplace. 

The bewildered progressive camp in Latin America and Europe

Something unites Latin American and European progressives: the struggle for survival and the need for broad, bold reforms to face global challenges. Español

Women, political power and gender equality law in Paraguay

Latin America has once again become void of female presidents and only 13.4% of local posts were occupied by women in 2016. Paraguay is no exception. Español

Paraguay’s indigenous peoples set their sights on Congress

Paraguay is in breach of domestic and international law – and lags behind its neighbours – in guaranteeing that the descendants of its pre-Columbian population have political representation. Español

What are the real barriers to freedom of assembly in Ukraine?

Ukrainian far right routinely disrupt public LGBT, feminist and left-wing events. The police aren’t prepared to oppose this surge of right-wing violence. RU

Book review: The Divide by Jason Hickel

A masterful guide to the reality of global inequality and its tangled roots.

Palestine: our history haunts our future

When Palestinians fight for their national rights, we are called “terrorists.” When we demonstrate in non-violent ways and are killed by the occupying forces, we are called “suicidal”.

The latest on OpenGlobalRights: connecting human rights with development and creating space for women rights defenders

Recently on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated the lack of action on connecting human rights and development and why a space for women human rights defenders is so important.

The latest on OpenGlobalRights: connecting human rights with development and creating space for women rights defenders

Recently on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated the lack of action on connecting human rights and development and why a space for women human rights defenders is so important.

Intersex rights activists challenge the roots of gender oppression – and we must support them

2017 brought promising developments for intersex rights. But with much work still to be done, feminist allies must do better at sharing resources and opportunities.

Lebanon: reflections on acts of refusal as antidote to post-election hangover

The refusal to be complicit in the state's self-preservation attempt is one of the few acts of resistance the working class could engage in without fear of vengeance by the state and its militias.

Lebanon’s elections: whose victory?

The political discontent of the country’s Sunnis is arguably the more important message from these elections. 

Behind the wire: pride and paranoia in one of Russia’s closed towns

Thousands of Russian citizens live in “closed towns”. I visited one of them, Lesnoye, to find out how people live today. RU

The pitfalls of generational thinking

Taking collective action on climate change requires that we avoid privatising and depoliticising the problems we want to solve.

The perfect storm over the Rio de la Plata

The financial political decisions of Mauricio Macri over the last two years have attracted un-productive speculative capital that has been withdrawn suddenly, provoking confusion and the detested involvement of the IMF. Español

The final chapter for North Sea oil

Scotland’s oil should be left under the seabed

Back to the future with empire oil

A network of oil companies arond Mayfair, but registered in Britain's offshore tax-haven network, provides a snapshot of the new imperialism.

Why the Sainsbury's-Asda merger is bad news for everyone

The 'mega merger' is a perfect illustration of the accelerating race to the bottom in the grocery retail sector.

The right’s ‘gender ideology’ menace rolls to Africa

Spanish group CitizenGO brings anti-trans “Free Speech Bus” to Kenya, where the World Congress of Families is hosting a regional summit.

Seventy years of Palestinian resistance since the establishment of the State of Israel

This month marks not only 70 years since the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, but 70 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance.

In Palestine: self-dehumanisation against the disregard of human value

While the US was opening its new embassy in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians were being shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army.

An open letter to UK university lecturers

Whether it’s the restructuring of lecturers' pensions in the UK or the introduction of selective entrance requirements to French universities — the struggle is one and the same.

We are the unheard voices

Invited to participate on a panel organized by Nestlé, on the eve of the 8th World Water Council meeting, they shut down my voice, and I was censored. This is my story. Español, Português

The politics of police reform: dissecting the barriers to change in the post-Soviet world

According to a new book, destabilising episodes of violence and an experienced civil society sector are key parts of building consensus for police reform.

A Global Compact to return migrants?

Defending commitments on regularization doesn’t mean providing permits to all people with irregular status, but instead promoting the development of more objective, clear, accessible and affordable procedures and criteria. Español