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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Beyond the scandal: what is Ukraine’s new education law really about?

After three years of discussion, Ukraine has adopted a new framework law on education. It’s only caused more debate. RU

Will a sharing economy save civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Sharing economy has the potential to recreate "communities" in Latin America, a region where most of the population distrusts its neighbors, its government, its community organization and its church. Español

Moscow leaves Tatarstan speechless

The recent demotion of the status of the Tatar language is one of a growing number of moves made by Moscow against the wealthy and autonomously-minded republic of Tatarstan. RU, Татарча

Five inspirational feminists you should know and honour today

Documenting the lives of departed feminists, and sharing their stories, honours their memories and inspires future generations.

Another lonely Skype Christmas, thanks to the ‘minimum income requirement’?

Meghan Markle might not have to worry about the ‘minimum income requirement’, but if you marry a Brit of more modest means than Prince Harry, you might face years of separation from your partner and family.

Six years of OVD-Info

Hundreds of hours spent on the phone, online and in court — this is what it means to monitor politically-motivated arrests in Russia. 

The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and the rewriting of History

The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have recovered the identity of 126 grandchildren (the last one, a granddaughter, on December 4) who were stolen by the Argentine civic-military dictatorship. Interview Español

Pressure mounts on British universities to ‘come clean’ on fossil fuel investments

Paradise Papers revelations have added to long-standing concerns about universities’ fossil fuel investments - and students are now upping the ante.

The struggles of Women Human Rights Defenders in Nepal

We spoke with Ms. Rajkumari Upadhaya about her experiences as a WHRD in Nepal, changing societal attitudes towards women and hope for the future. Español

These 6 gender activists are shaking up the world

Space for the feminist movement is shrinking, yet these brave women and non-binary activists continue to fight for equality. Español

Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures

On a global day of action for sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, Malaysian students stood against harassment in public spaces.

The Left is dead, carpe DiEM!

As Machiavelli teaches us, political action is nothing but the result of the struggle between the will of political subjects and everchanging conditions which are not of their own choosing. Français.

On International Anticorruption Day: are we winning against corruption?

The 2017 Index of Public Integrity shows stagnation, some reduction in red tape and increase in demand for good governance, but backsliding on freedom of the press and of trade.

Kurds’ choices: heed history or the US?

Who controls Syria’s borders? The US and Israel are encouraging Syrian Kurds to fight the regime and its allies for border control. The ensuing mayhem might unravel the Mideast and far beyond.

Ken Burns’ powerful film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement

The Vietnam peace movement was inspirational. Its story deserves to be told fully and fairly.

Trump's gift, Taliban's gain

In the seventeenth year of American-led war in Afghanistan, the gap between plan and outcome is as wide as ever. 

Whilst the right-wing press invents ghosts on the left, plutocracy is tightening its grip

When politics becomes the whims and mad schemes of a small minority that only listen to themselves, it needs to be called out - not normalised - by a non-partisan media.

Commitments and compromises: will the world be able to secure a better deal for refugees?

Refugee rights are reserved for the few lucky enough to evade the sophisticated deterrence regime, while the vast majority of the world’s refugees are referred to a life in semi-permanent limbo.

South Tyrol should not be giving lessons to Barcelona

The governor of South Tyrol recently sent a letter to the Spanish and Catalan presidents highlighting his region's successful statute of autonomy. But things in this northern Italian province are not as rosy as they appear.

"The leadership we want is the leadership that is built from the collective"

Jorge Sharp: "It is a mistake to think that the problem of our cities is just the same as that of other cities, when it is rather a problem which has to do with our national, or even continental, character". Español

"Politics must be close-up"

Caio Tendolini: "We are experiencing is a crisis of confidence in the established power in the world". Español

Grift, graft, and the Saakashvili show

Anti-corruption intrigue and opposition fanfare are leaving Ukrainians and the west disillusioned with Poroshenko’s politics.

Brexit, Ireland, and the revenge of history

Either Theresa May’s government falls, or Britain crashes out of the EU with no trade deal. May’s squalid deal with Northern Irish hardliners allows no alternative.

Detained and injured: why does the Argentine state repress the Mapuche people?

Recent events in Mapuche territory in Argentina suggest a growing spiral of repression and violence towards the country's indigenous peoples. 

VIDEO: Interview with George Kerevan

The economist and former MP speaks to openDemocracy about neoliberalism and the media.

Climate refugees need global protection – with or without the US

This week, civil society leaders from around the world met in Suva, Fiji, and made a global declaration on climate change induced displacement. Español

#Tech4Worse: The problem with digital labour initiatives for the Middle East

Contrary to their marketing, digital labor schemes don’t work in spite of predicaments like the occupation or the refugee crisis - they work because of them. 

Immobility as protection in the regime of immigration controls

Immigration regimes have never been about ‘protecting migrants’ – they are and always have been about maintaining power over them. When will we starting naming them for what they are?