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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

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"To demand peace is not a crime": Turkish academics on trial

President Erdoğan's attack on academics and freedom of speech calls into question whether Turkey will ever comply with the Copenhagen Criteria which govern EU accession.  But does Turkey care?

Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

The multiple truths of the Labour antisemitism story

The fact that there is a smear campaign against Corbyn's Labour doesn't mean there isn't real antisemitism.

Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew

The Israeli government deliberately invokes terrorist attacks, rockets, and scary brown men in headscarfs to stoke the population's fear, but I am scared of the racism Zionists use to justify the occupation. Originally published August 2014.

Why Idomeni has a fairness problem to solve

The concept of distributive justice used when handing out food does little for fairness if the camp lacks the minimal conditions for a life with decency.

Обзор прессы (29 апреля)

Введет ли Армения свои войска в Карабах, как распалась Демкоалиция, почему русский язык важней всего татарам? На эти и другие вопросы отвечают ключевые региональные СМИ.

Статус не определен

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Почему переселенцы в Украине ощущают себя людьми второго сорта.

 

Interviewing Babah Tarawally, Dutch novelist and former refugee from Sierra Leone

Babah Tarawally’s message is one of hope; he urges refugees to emancipate themselves from both a racist or excessively self-pitying discourse, and to acquire an active role in the construction of their future. 

Slovakia: Roma exclusion and the dark side of democracy

The EU should heed Slovakia consistently falling short of ‘Council of Europe standards’ in a seemingly inexorable shift to the dark side of democracy: illiberal, majoritarian, Christian and national.

If you want change, learn when to argue and when to stop

Getting stuck in the wrong fights can eat up energy—so learn to use it wisely.