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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Building new solidarities between movements: insurrectionary politics of food autonomy in the city of Athens

Their insurrectionary politics of autonomy, such as food autonomy in Athens, is crucial for building new solidarities and emancipatory imaginaries within cities.

Political Islam in Morocco: a royal affair

The recent events in Morocco prove that Islam, even political, remains the affair of the monarchy which has secured foreign support through an ambitious African and religious diplomacy.

Colombia, now we need to talk about the people

As President Santos and Timochenko meet out of the sight of cameras, the next phase in the peace agreement calls for a change of focus. Español

Digital skills in academia: let’s CryptoParty!

The question of how to secure research data in times of large-scale online surveillance remains unaddressed. CryptoParties might offer a preliminary solution. 

A crisis of control: what should the on-demand workforce be demanding?

To improve security at work we must bring together the demands of people in work with those looking to find work.

Same as it ever was? Labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy

New jobs, old problems. How can labour protect itself from the cloud?

Trump, Trade & War: the urgent need for a progressive trade policy

Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order, issued last week, could foreshadow a dangerous trade war with China and the European Union. It suggests that the nationalists in his administration have got th...

Clean Brexit, Dirty Brexit: Is this the last exit before armageddon?

Will Brexit mean a filthy bonfire of the regulations protecting our lungs?

Older women living with HIV in the UK: discrimination and broken confidentiality

Women accessing HIV care services in the UK report being told to use separate cutlery, being refused help to shower, and having visitors being told by care workers not to associate with them.

They are spying on us and we know it

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español Português

Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

Inside Bedford: a fragile success story of multiculturalism, home of Yarl's Wood

What do Mabel, Joanna, Ali, Rana and Peter have to say about their home city, one of the most diverse in the UK?

Why 2017 is the year we need to break the fracking supply chain

A wave of direct action across the UK aims to end extreme energy extraction.

Reconsidering Turkish military culture and secularism after the coup attempt

How did Turkish military culture transform under the rule of AKP? And what will be the impact of the failed coup attempt on the results of the upcoming referendum in Turkey?

An alternative take on alternative facts

Trump is right: we should be dealing in alternative facts – they have important work to do. 

Creativity and heritage: the great urban partnership

Heritage is where we come from. Creativity is the energy that shapes what we can become. The question is how to combine the two. Português  

How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement

Governments welcome violent protests and know how to deal with them. It’s a lesson the anti-Trump movement should remember.

We need our platforms to be real democracies

For most of the last decade, I’ve been a reporter, covering stories on how technology is reshaping public life, from debates about God to protests in the streets. One thing I’ve noticed is that In...

Gender-just laws versus “divine” law in Sri Lanka

The heated debate over reforming Muslim personal law in Sri Lanka has resulted in an unprecedented mobilization of Muslim women across the country calling for progressive and gender-just laws.

“It all comes down to the fact that I’m wearing the hijab”

The realities of political administration in Russia’s North Caucasus are leaving their mark on the education system. Русский

Human rights datasets are pointless without methodological rigour

Existing datasets on human rights have methodological weaknesses that can make them useless for any meaningful statistical analysis. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on data and human rights.

Uncomfortable assumptions about security: the UK vote on support for Saudi Arabia

Pervasive and problematic assumptions about the UK’s security lie at the heart of parliament’s recent decision to continue to support Saudi Arabia, despite accusations of war crimes in Yemen.

Anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya: when filing “official complaints” isn’t an option

The Chechen authorities are conducting a vicious operation against men suspected of being gay. The Kremlin should not only condemn these actions, but the culture of impunity that accompanies them. 

The changing security dynamic in the Red Sea

The expected transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands is revealing a number of regional dynamics between Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

What the hell is going on in Macedonia?

A maelstrom of scandals, drama, violence and anger has seen Macedonia sliding towards collapse in recent months, with serious implications for the Balkans as a whole.

We should remember James Parkinson for more than the disease that bears his name

200 years ago, the iconic doctor published his paper discribing a now well known disease. But his other pamphlets were of a more revolutionary nature...

The EU is the real protector of national identities

A northern European who has long made their home in England reflects from Austria on the odd unease that the English still have with expressions of national identity

Hope for access to justice?

Against a backdrop of cuts and closures, the Greater Manchester Law Centre opened its doors last year - an inspiration for grass-roots community organising. This is their story.

How a popular vote of a local community can halt a gold mining mega project

In the Colombian town of Cajamarca, ten years of fighting the ‘multinational predator’ in their lands has ended in warm embraces and tears of joy. Español

A new chapter for feminism in Jordan

More and more Jordanian women are refusing to accept the sexist status quo and choosing to change it.