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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Salisbury attack: establishing responsibilities – war paradigm vs. crime paradigm

What difference would it make to describe what happened as an international crime, the approach taken by Jeremy Corbyn, rather than in the language of military force?

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Labour's leavers are lukewarm for Brexit

Despite much heated criticism of 'lexiteers', new data shows Labour's leave vote taking a patient and measured approach to what Brexit means to them. Are they the key?

Fox/Sky: story so far – how will it end?

By next year, the UK’s biggest broadcasting company, Sky (including Sky News), will be owned by a US media giant: Fox, Disney or Comcast (or perhaps two of them).

A tribute to the fearless Laura Lee: freedom fighter for sex workers’ rights, and my friend

Laura Lee died on 7 February 2018. She was a leading activist who campaigned fearlessly for the decriminalisation of sex work in the UK.

Fear of forgetting – heroines who changed history

Simone De Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi were indefatigable. They wrote to every responsible official in the judiciary, military and government – up to General de Gaulle. Lest we forget.

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

The ordinary virtues of cities

Talking to Phil Wood, co-founder of the intercultural cities model, last November, about love of cities, intercultural city planning, innovative local government, human rights and ‘ordinary virtues’. Interview.

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Taking part in public life is a deeply affective process, at once personal and collective, and social media might just help us bridge the gap between the two.

Was Machiavelli a democrat? Is he relevant today?

However you read The Prince, it is a reminder that the elementary condition of good government is effective government.

Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

The new economics of Labour

Tory-supporting media, unchallenged by a supposedly liberal press, portray Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision which breaks with the bureaucratic model of 1945.

En Bolivia lo hacemos así

Bolivia tiene experiencia en lograr que salgan elegidos los “no elegibles”. Los movimientos sociales en el Reino Unido podrían sacar algunas lecciones sobre ello. Entrevista. English

Counter-terrorism: new UK strategy must learn obvious lessons

Since 2001, Britain has compromised its passion for the rights of people in the name of counter-terrorism, thereby undermining its national security and winning enemies faster than they are eliminated.

Green Brexit?

Recent months have seen green added to the red, white and blue Brexit boasted by Theresa May. Green Party peer and Leave voter, Jenny Jones, explores the thinking. Interview.

The EU as Britain’s constitutional stabiliser?

More than it thinks, Britain may need its membership in the EU for the preservation of its national integrity and of its ancient constitutional settlement.

Ministry of Defence not fit for purpose

The MoD has a vested interest in exaggerating threats, in promoting concerns about a new cold war, in order to persuade the UK government, MPs, and the public to give it extra money.

When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits?

The magnificent oomph: securing a progressive Brexit

Yanis Varoufakis addressed a packed room of Labour Party MPs and councillors on fighting present and future battles with 'Norway plus', yesterday evening at the House of Commons. 

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

Fighting in the left corner

“We are an organization with one staff member, and a limited amount of energy because nobody in the political and activist left wants to talk about Brexit! “

Putting class back onto the UK's equality agenda

The directors of a new documentary about class stratification in Britain’s acting profession argue that class needs to be added back into the UK Equality Act.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

Birmingham and the emergence of inter-marriage

The last of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the emergence of live and let live.

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

Birmingham: educating the kids

The third excerpt from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on how to get a supplementary school up and running and why.

Birmingham and doing the work nobody else wants to do

The second of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the 3D jobs: dirty, dull or difficult.

BBC's Sir David Clementi or Channel Four's Charles Gurassa - Who will lead on tv diversity?

Why it seems likely, going into 2018, that we should expect more Ofcom reports saying “The BBC should be leading the way, but its performance is behind that of Channel 4”.

Birmingham: a better city and a stronger economy

The first of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the move to white-collar jobs.

Western complicity is fuelling Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

John Mills, chair of Labour Leave, explains his hopes for Brexit

John Mills, entrepreneur, economist, and Labour donor, defied the party leadership and campaigned for Britain to leave the EU. We ask the chair of Labour Leave what he wants from Brexit.

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