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

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The ISIS threat: terror, propaganda and ideology

Mainstream Muslim scholars must engage with reinterpreting passages of the Qur'an that seem to support ISIS' treatment of women. Translated excerpt from Trusselen fra IS: Terror, propaganda og ideologi.

Fictiocracy: democracy as an illusion

Latin America is the domain of democracy as an illusion. An illusion that is maintained by its governments’ narratives, and a democracy that is corrupted by crime. Español. Português.

The aid crisis for Syrian refugees

As the war is prolonged, families are exhausting their savings. Without a massive re-thinking of how aid is delivered and distributed, refugees in the region are going to look for ways to leave.

Making whistleblowing safe: a view from the Philippines

New technologies that help human rights defenders are coming to developing countries, but those who blow the whistle need better protection.

Ficciocracia: la democracia como ilusión

Latinoamérica, con sus dificultades para consolidar el estado de derecho, es la región de la democracia como ilusión. Ilusión que relatan los gobiernos y democracia capturada por la corrupción y el delito. English. Português

“Ficçocracia”: a democracia como ilusão

A América Latina conta com democracias plenas em muito poucas nações que conseguiram consolidar um estado de direito. Na maioria dos casos, só existem condições para viver a ilusão da democracia. Español. English.

Who's going to be left holding the baby, George?

Maternity services are underfunded, understaffed and struggling to cope, finds a survey by the Royal College of Midwives.

Trans ™: how the trans movement got sold out

From Zoolander 2 to Brewdog, now being transgender is cool, corporations are co-opting the sexy bits to turn a profit. 

¿Pueden realmente influir las celebridades y las revistas de moda en México en el cambio social?

Aliarse con celebridades y buscar visibilidad es clave para movilizar recursos para el movimiento a favor de las mujeres en México. Una contribución al debate de openGlobalRights, Financiamiento para los derechos humanos. English

Can celebrities and fashion magazines in Mexico really influence social change?

Partnering with celebrities and seeking visibility is key to mobilizing resources for the women’s movement in Mexico. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Funding for Human Rights.  Español