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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What do Muslims think? Same old, same old... time to wake up

It is important not to surrender to fear by seeing all manifestations of Islam, including the conservative ones, as an indicator of terrorism.

The Tory 'remain' strategy is based on fear and selfishness

There is an obvious reason that no Tory politician would cite the Social Charter as a reason for the British electorate to vote to remain in the EU.

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Bill: a gift to securocrats everywhere

Given the real and present dangers, surely governments should use any and all means to protect their citizens? Right? Wrong.

No alternative in Europe to a long, hard struggle

Don't be conned by those determined to free Britain from EU “red tape” – their catch-all term for employment rights, consumer protection and environmental regulation.

An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from an Italian

Please Mr Corbyn, could you highlight Giulio Regeni's case next Wednesday at PMQs? Could you ask David Cameron to throw the British government's diplomatic weight behind the Italian investigators?

Shifty antisemitism wars

Convened by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism has become a strategizing opportunity on how best to thwart a growing BDS campaign.

The case for Europe, 2016

In an interdependent world, nationalism offers no bolt-hole. The task for all progressives is to find effective ways to engage with continental partners, creating a new blend of national and European politics.

The Brexit lottery

Like all referendums, the ‘Brexit’ vote will be a lottery. Why not go the whole hog and take the decision by lot?

What exactly do pro-Brexiters mean when they say they want to make Britain great again?

Do we measure a nation's greatness as being restricted to its borders, or as being part of a much larger project?

The youth ruse: mobilizing concern for the younger generation

Reading through The Trials of Generation Y, a series of inflammatory headlines pit the young against the old, while skirting around the question of deepening inequalities within all age groups.

Bleeding heart liberals and the war on terror

Demonisation is used by the right to prevent the left actually opposing the war on terror with more than platitudes; criminalisation is used by the state against those against its crimes.

A woman’s place? The British House of Commons

The House of Commons exists to represent the people, yet the history of what constitutes ‘people’ has enshrined it as one of the UK’s most ‘pale, male and stale’ institutions.

The making of an open and democratic Europe: reading Brexit through E.P. Thompson

There is no room for Britain’s turning away from Europe to a fantasy mid-Atlantic or neo-Commonwealth position of the kind floated, typically unseriously, by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

Exit Europe: situating the UK referendum in a wider European context

There are a few glimmers of real debate shining through in the UK referendum discussion. But this is not going to settle 'once and for all’ the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Blimey, it could be Brexit! Introduction

A battle over Britain consumes the Tory party, that will decide the fate of the UK and perhaps even Europe. In a week by week experiment worthy of this dramatic development, Anthony Barnett aims to write a book about it ahead of the referendum. Here is the introduction.

Talk Real London: "Exit Europe?"

Looking at the upcoming EU referendum in the UK, we ask: beyond the conservative in/out options dominating the headlines, what debate should we be having about Europe? (1 hour).

Is #LetThemStay Australia’s anti-apartheid moment?

People inside and outside of Australia stand up to challenge a system that seeks to construct physical and imagined borders that separate people based primarily on their race and creed.

The proposal for government appointees threatens BBC independence

The Director General of the BBC warns that the proposal by Sir David Clementi to have the government appoint the BBC Chairman and half the board could pose a threat to the corporation's independence.

How to be a European

The real heart of Europe lies in the practice of pluralism – a quality abandoned for a large part of the past century, and then rediscovered. Do we want it to endure?

British media: not quite black and white

New research reveals Britain’s TV viewing is split along racial lines, and risks amplifying this division by excluding whole groups from the shared national conversation.

'Yes Minister' and the case of the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill

We need more safety and security, but that doesn’t have to come at the price of privacy, and it is not helped by unclear and rushed legislation.

The transience and persistence of the ‘jungle’ in Calais

It is at once an informal encampment of makeshift shelters; a town under construction, with shops, restaurants and schools; and, a space subject to institutional violence, at risk of imminent destruction.

Open letter from a Eurocitizen living in London: Brits, vote for Brexit

As a Spanish national living in London, I urge you to vote for Brexit. European integration is a political necessity for which the UK is a serious obstacle.

The current Euro-debate is driven by a nationalist agenda

Today, it is entirely possible to be a Eurosceptic while opposing withdrawal from the EU, seeking further European cooperation within a democratic framework preventing the empowerment of big business.

Has Cameron ensured the UK will always be weak in Europe?

Either way, there is no way to vote in the referendum for a strong UK in Europe – only for Cameron’s new opted-out, ‘Little England’ model.

Poppi Worthington: back to the future of child protection politics

The Cumbrian police dismissed her alerts. The pathologist had ‘jumped to conclusions’, she was ‘rash,’ they said.  

The refugee camp that nobody wants

Right in the middle of Europe, thousand of refugees are living in disheartening conditions, without any help from local governments. An insight from the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle.

Five ways to slash London's lethal air pollution

London's poisonous air kills thousands of people every year. It's perfectly possible to stop this.

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status, and is already causing discrimination against individuals who have every right to be here, including British citizens.

Euro 2016 vs Euro referendum: which one will win out?

The Brexit referendum will fall in the middle of the Euro 2016 football championship, where England (not to mention Wales and Northern Ireland) will feel at their most "European".

Westminster parliaments and elections: a short history

Those sent to the House of Commons owed the people ‘devotion to their interests’ rather than ‘submission to their will’. 

Honest facts are what's needed

Shout Out UK, award-winning independent youth news network, asked 'If you could decide now, would you stay IN or OUT of the EU?' Out of the 728 young people polled (16-25 years old) 68% voted to stay IN.

An urgent struggle: our tainted air

The deadliness of air pollution is all too often overlooked; a national action campaign is long overdue. 

The robot economy may already have arrived

But the austere response to rapid technological advances is resulting in increased polarisation and precarity. What are we going to do about it?

Football: this is what being European looks like

What’s the most Europeanised institution in British society? The answer is easy if you think about it.

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