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The permitted and the forbidden: Ukraine’s security services turn their eyes to “banned” Islamic literature

For the first time since Maidan, Ukrainian Muslims have started speaking out about harassment from Ukrainian security services. RU

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.

Labour must become the party of people who want to change the world, not just Britain

‘Networked individuals’ have replaced the industrial working class as the key agent for overhauling capitalism in the digital age. To win power, Labour must represent their values, culture, aspirations and political priorities.

Could walking offer a path to more ethical migration research?

A research method based on walking allows mirgrants more agency over the process.

Armenia’s “permanent revolution”: why do the protests continue in Yerevan?

With the resignation of Armenia’s prime minister, it looks as if Armenia is line for radical change. But the Armenia’s entrenched network of power is not giving up so easily.

How the mother of a son with autism opened Karelia’s only studio for children with “special needs”

You can’t always find a place for your child in Russia’s education system. Sometimes, you need to make one yourself. RU

Human evolution and innovation go hand in hand

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español, Português

GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people

Doctors and NHS staff raise the alarm as the GP at Hand model threatens the very survival of NHS general practice.

The Third Great Depression and rise of the far-right: experiences from Turkey

In Turkey the Islamist right garners support in rural areas by promoting social welfare and subsidy programmes. The left needs to put farmers and workers at the centre of class-based struggle.

The crisis in Venezuela and its lessons for the left

Maduro’s defenders on the Left tend to turn a blind eye to a situation which can only be described as desperate. But its primary cause is the government’s policies. Español

Democratising pensions: where next after the USS strikes?

We need an alternative to Britain’s highly financialised and marketized pensions system. 

No loopholes, no exceptions

Domestic workers and farmworker women join forces to end sexual violence in their industries, leaving no one behind.

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

Black blood: a history of Kazakhstan’s oil sector

This new book provides a comprehensive overview of Kazakhstan’s oil business, but skips over the uncomfortable truth of privatisation deals.

An 'NHS tax' is perfect for a 'new centrist party'—stale, regressive and technocratic

National Insurance is regressive. Hypothecating taxes tends to encourage ideas of opt outs & top ups. So why is Liz Kendall promoting these as the 'new consensus' for NHS funding?

Why Chomsky felt ‘guilty most of the time’: war research and linguistics at MIT

This article continues our ongoing debate on whether military funding affected Chomsky's linguistics. The author contests the argument that, for the renowned linguist, such funding was always a non-issue.

Scotland in Union held talks with Cambridge Analytica

The vice-chair of the campaign against Scottish independence met with the controversial data firm months after revelations about their involvement in Trump’s campaign came out.

An inconvenient book? Read Miles Goslett on the death of David Kelly – not Aaronovitch's caricature

The case for a full coroner’s inquest to find out the truth regarding the tragic death of a government scientist in the wake of the Iraq war has been trashed for no good reason. Why?

A new wave of applied innovation in our cities

Citizen producers take advantage of networked knowledge and benefit from new available production spaces. New skills and know-how are required, however, for the inclusion of all social sectors. Español, Português

Storm warnings

The test of science is its ability to predict. Economics manifestly fails this test.

In Mauritius, the fight for clean energy is a battle against inequality

And whoever controls the production of energy, controls the orientation of the economy.

How did 300 people whose homes had been demolished buy 30 acres of land for resettlement in Tanzania?

When the homes of 36,000 people are demolished to expand Tanzania’s Dar Es Salaam port, the community swing into action together to build new homes.

How a neighbourhood tackled the pollution crisis in the River Rocha in Bolivia

“We never imagined building this waste water treatment plant would have such a social impact” 

Power to the people: education and participation

We are witnessing the alleged return of citizens to the center of power - or, to say the least, to the center of the narrative. Español, Português

Maduro's re-election bid

The absence of strong political adversaries means electoral non-competitiveness - a perfect setting for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and hopeless for any opposition chance. Español

An alternative to QE: was Billy Bragg right after all?

How the renowned songwriter, musician and campaigner is helping the UK prepare for the next recession.