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Candidate López Obrador before the drug lords

López Obrador, the presidential candidate leading the polls in Mexico, does not rule out the possibility of granting amnesty to the leaders of the drug cartels. Taboo, or pragmatism? Español

“I got called in by the KGB. They said there were no LGBT people in Transnistria”

In Transnistria, an unrecognised territory between Moldova and Ukraine, documentary photography is becoming one of the most effective tools for talking about taboo and controversial subjects. RU

A day in the life of an NHS nurse - how our government is failing both patients and nurses

Last year 33,000 nurses left the NHS, 3,000 more than were recruited. There’s a simple solution - resisted by a government determined to press ahead with piecemeal privatisation.

Guardians of the Property: pop-up housing for pop-up people

Property guardians – a win-win for everyone (except squatters)? Or a new class of exploitation that’s taken root amidst the housing crisis in London and European cities?

Tunisians oppose the IMF

The Tunisian working class’ fight against poverty, corruption and unemployment is ever more present. عربي

Last week on OpenGlobalRights: bridging different rights movements, shifting funding power, and re-imagining democracy.

Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated the value of cross-movement collaborations, the need to shift the power in human rights funding and decision-making, and how to re-imagine democracy in 2018.

Alain Badiou on the Egyptian revolution: questions of the movement and its vision [video]

How can the Egyptian revolution reveal clues and unlock ideas about the changing nature of politics and organization, the meaning of revolution, and notions of failure and success? العربية

Transforming the powers: the continuing relevance of Walter Wink

Any attempt to transform a social system without addressing both its spirituality and its outer forms is doomed to failure.

Who killed Iryna Nozdrovska?

The murder of a prominent female lawyer in Ukraine questions the progress of reform and revolution.

Our circulation of the elite guard is no democracy

We've had quite enough of being ruled by lions - and by foxes. In 2018, we must build a people’s guard of meaningful, participatory democracy.

“Putin is your God!”

The conflict between the Orthodox Church and patriotically-minded Ukrainians is becoming ever more pronounced, as priests preach ideology from the pulpit. RU

 

We’re African women and we’re feminists

Feminism is not ‘un-African.’ This is a multi-generational, multi-layered movement of women across the continent, including those who resist gender roles in everyday life.

The never-ending story of abortion in Brazil

In Brazil, 500,000 clandestine abortions are carried out every year, of which 200,000 end in complications and 500 in death, but the debate regarding legalisation appears to have halted. Español, Portugués

A 'Minister for Loneliness' is a sticking plaster for the ills of neoliberalism

Is loneliness the price we pay for an ideology that privileges individual freedom and ‘choice’ above the collective and communal; that sees attachment to others as an obstacle to the pursuit of profit?

Persistent inequality: disputing the legacy of the pink tide in Latin America

Under the title 'Persistent inequality' we are launching a series of articles that analyses why the advances in the struggle against inequality in the pink tide cycle have been much more limited than expected. Español

Will the real rethinkers please stand up?

In a recent article in the Financial Times, Samuel Bowles applauded critics of economics education and praised calls for greater pluralism (diversity of viewpoints) within the discipline. He then we...

Egypt: character assassination as a weapon

The Egyptian regime has been resorting to defamation campaigns to target its opponents as a tactic to silence and discredit any critical voices. العربية

Is catastrophe the only cure for the weakness of radical politics?

If we want a future worthy of the name we need a different form of revolution.

Can America be a Good Place again?

Americans need to remind themselves that it´s possible to act morally in an amoral world, and shape each other’s attitudes by opening up a debate about what is good and bad.

Gandhi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Can Bulgaria achieve its Balkan ambitions?

Bulgaria’s new role as president of the Council of the EU has started with a bang – quite literally.

What can Michael Gove - and the rest of us - learn from a new poetry of the soil?

What happens when a poet (and lifelong vegetarian) spends a year on Britain’s stock farms during and after the Brexit vote - and what lessons do farmers have for both Leavers and Remainers?

Venezuela’s administration and organized crime: a partnership?

Venezuela’s role as a hotbed for organized crime in the Americas has deepened in the last year. The country’s political, economic and social crises have strengthened illegal economies. Español

Budging the male bias

It's time to end the sausagefest.

Election season in Russia: violent acts and criminal cases against rights defenders, political activists

This week, the pressure on rights defenders, Open Russia and Navalny activists has turned increasingly violent. 

Where are the investigative journalists challenging patriarchy?

Amid growing threats to our sexual and reproductive rights, and enduring inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence, we need fearless feminist investigative journalism now. Apply for 50.50's inaugural feminist investigative journalism fellowships.

Patriotism as a diagnosis

Nine years ago today, Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was shot dead in central Moscow. We republish the last article he wrote before his death.

Hope for Russia’s hopeless elections

“I’m not participating in this shit” could become the main political slogan at Russia’s upcoming presidential elections. RU

A renewed Poor People’s Campaign revives King’s dream of challenging class divides

Can a new fusion of movements reignite the search for freedom and equality in America?