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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

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.

Back off, Boris, Muslim women don't need to be saved

Boris Johnson should learn to dress himself before he lectures Muslim women on what to wear.

How Mayan women in Guatemala are fighting to protect their designs – and their identity

Mayan weavers are organising to defend their art, pushing for new legislation to recognise and protect their ‘collective intellectual property’. Español.

Iraq’s protest movement reveals the failure of the post-2003 regime

While Iraq is experiencing its fourth week of mass protests, it is essential to understand not only their direct causes but also the economic and political dynamics they reveal. العربية

Stealing a dream: young migrants living through anti-immigrant times

In the cacophony of opinion surrounding the ‘migrant crisis’ those least heard are young migrants themselves. Les Back and Shamser Sinha have spent ten years listening to those voices in London, which they’ve now collected into the book Migrant City.

#FreeFatima: how the Tajik regime treats the children of political exiles as hostages

Preventing the children of opposition exiles from leaving Tajikistan is one of the cruellest forms of repression.  

Inmovilidad como protección en el régimen de controles migratorios

Los regímenes migratorios nunca han sido una cuestión de «proteger a las personas migrantes», sino un modo de ejercer poder sobre ellas. ¿Cuándo empezaremos a llamarlos por lo que son? English

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

What is more offensive—concealing your face or misleading the public?

It's time for the participatory society

Our political model isn't made for an era of universal education. It's time to unleash our collective genius: and a new centre in Edinburgh is looking to do just that.

Indian elections: disinformation threatens to exacerbate religious tensions

In a country with low press freedom and media literacy, fake news could be a recipe for disaster. 

How citizens battling a controversial gold mining project are testing Armenia’s new democracy

Can Armenia’s Velvet Revolution deliver change for communities struggling for their health, livelihoods and futures? ArmenianRU

Neoliberalism drives climate breakdown, not human nature

Attempts by the New York Times to blame humanity as a whole for climate change let the real culprits off the hook.