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This week’s front page editor

Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Trump – don’t let ‘Tommy Robinson’ preach his anti-Muslim message in the US

Right wing members of Congress have invited the EDL founder to a major event in Washington DC, despite his criminal record.

A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

Imagining the disappearance of species (however small they are) should spur us to fight for their survival.

Popular oral culture and sectarianism, a materialist analysis

How and by whom is sectarianism produced and maintained? And for what reasons?العربية

Politics “as if” in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia first denied the Khashoggi murder and then blamed it on rogue security agents. Neither version has enjoyed much credibility but the ability to make the population repeat incredible claims is itself a form of power for Arab autocrats.

#EleccionesBrasil: 5 insecurities behind the victory of Jair Messias Bolsonaro

Economy, Politics, Violence, Identity, Information: 5 insecurities that could explain, in part, the incontestable triumph of Bolsonaro, whose extreme political positions plunge the country into a state of security shock. Español

Why legal aid matters and what you can do about it

Cuts to legal aid are causing widespread injustice and likely costing the taxpayer more. The government are reviewing the cuts. We have a final chance to tell them we care.

7 ways the ‘Finance Curse’ harms the UK – how can we lift it?

The City of London is a huge drag on the UK’s real economy. But we can – and must – lift the 'Finance Curse'.

Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: the missing link between neoliberalism and the radical right

The academics have distanced themselves from the fringes of the right, but their ideas have gained currency there.

Brazilan democracy's paroxysm

Bolsonaro affirmed that all “minorities” must adapt to the “majority” way of living and thinking. His model is that of a white, Christian, authoritarian and heterosexual patriarchy. Español

UK sexual politics have become ‘profoundly authoritarian’ says Beatrix Campbell

I interviewed the prominent feminist amid ‘heated and toxic’ debates over proposed reforms to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act.

Why Labour's pledge to "renationalise electricity" doesn't go far enough

And how a Canadian province might show the way forward to deliver cheap, sustainable, democratic, planned electricity supplies.

Foreign Policy in Brazil: a sharp turn to the right

Make no mistake, the incoming government’s posture on issues ranging from climate change to open trade has global implications, not just for the region, but for the world. Español

The killing of Zak: the astonishing violence and impunity of Greek police

Police were seen hitting him with a baton, kicking him, stepping on him, and finally handcuffing him – while he appeared motionless. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

This is how anti-abortion propaganda gets into US cinemas

Amid open war on reproductive rights, anti-choice supporters of the new Gosnell film want it to change hearts and minds. Will they succeed?

Civil rights and voter suppression in the US

The rights of those whose citizenship is contested will not be guaranteed by appeals to loyalty and patriotism, but by social movements that are not bound by the state.

15M's social and political effects in Spain

General prospects for Spaniards are not promising, and, in many cases, worse than in 2011. So in what sense can it be said that after 15M, mentalities have changed?

Mimetic power: how Russia pretends to be a normal member of the international community

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When it comes to promoting its influence abroad, the Russian state relies on mimicry and imitation.

 

Here’s why not everyone in fishing is excited about Brexit

It’s not the EU that’s breaking the UK’s small fishing fleets, it’s the big industry players. And Brexit could make that worse.

How the precariat – and UBI – can stop neoliberalism from destroying the planet

Taxes on exploiting the commons - both exhaustible and non-exhaustible resources - could be used to give people basic financial security.

The oppressiveness of creativity

Has capitalism co-opted our creative juices? A review of Oli Mould’s new book ‘Against Creativity.’

The budget offers the NHS scraps – and fails to see off the privatisers

There was little on offer in yesterday’s budget to meaningfully help struggling hospitals, health and social care services. So it's up to us to organise.

Now what? From political innovation to democratic resilience in Latin America

With the election of Bolsonaro and the consolidation of new paradigms, political action needs new strategies and perspectives focusing on democratic resilience. Español

الثقافة الشفوية الشعبية والطائفية، تحليل مادي

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Opposing labour market Uberculosis

Uber is appealing the ruling that its drivers deserve workers’ rights. Meanwhile its drivers show strike action is possible against ‘platform capitalism’.

The 'Big Four' and the UK government: too close for comfort

In the 'Big Four' accountancy investigations, can independent regulators bite the hand on which central government feeds? 

Mark Zuckerberg’s dilemma – what to do with the monster he has created?

Facebook seems surprised that its monopolistic platform has been weaponised by political actors. So who's going to tackle the perfect storm, asks John Naughton?

#CaravanaMigrante: 5 keys to understand the phenomenon challenging Trump

The humanitarian crisis provoked by thousands of migrants that dream of obtaining asylum in the US has the entire region at crossroads. Español

England – the nation that is not to be named?

Where once politicians spoke of England when they meant Britain, they now speak of Britain when they mean England.

A message to progressives delivered in Rome: ground zero of the European crisis

DiEM25 will contest the European elections in Italy, with a European programme offering a coherent alternative to the implicit but destructive alliance between the oligarchic establishment and Salvini’s nationalism.

Can politics ever be compassionate?

To turn towards suffering and make that the centerpiece of your decisions takes guts and determination. Español