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Who owns Britain?

Most countries have polices that restrict foreign ownership. But in Britain, governments have actively encouraged it — and the costs are now becoming clear. 

Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police)

This week, a Russian activist was prosecuted in a landmark trial that is being used to restrict freedom of assembly — and punish citizens who try to assert it. 

Костры в Грозном, слезы в Казахстане

Депортация чеченцев и ингушей в 1944 была не только насильственным выселением двух народов. Она стала способом уничтожения культуры репрессированных. English

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المجتمع المدني القوي والنقابات القوية تعني دولة قوية، ولذلك، تدعيم استقلالية المجتمع المدني وقوته، ومن ضمنه النقابات، هو تقوية ودعم للدولة، عكس ما تروجّه السلطة وأجهزتها.

As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers.

Framing the economy: how to win the case for a better system

New research shows how changing the way we talk about the economy can help win public support for a progressive economic agenda.

#MeToo, dialogue and healing

To give voice to our deepest experiences is to cultivate connection and collective healing.

One Chechen man’s quest for a real education

On this day in 1944, thousands of people in Russia’s North Caucasus were deported to Central Asia. They had few rights in exile — and had to fight every step of the way. RU

The prisoner of Yerevan: an American's unfortunate journey back to Armenia

In Armenia, repatriates from the US enjoy comfortable middle-class lives — unless they engage in political activism.

The mystery of the Russian planes that never were

Is Russia a military threat to the west? A larger past and closer detail offer fresh light.