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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Recognising and resisting militarisation; Demilitarise King’s at DSEi

It’s time we reflect on the militarisation of our education, of our society as a whole, to confront our complicity and our responsibilities, stand up, and put an end to the business of war.

Bodies at the gates

Bodies are not just simply tools or targets in practices of state violence but also crucial in the resistance of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms trade fair.

Fox/Sky: more twists and turns

The 21st Century Fox bid to buy the 61% of Sky it doesn’t own has provoked a formidable level of opposition. Will that count when push comes to shove?

"Diversity, Ofcom and the BBC: the £1 billion gap"

Next year, will the BBC Chair Sir David Clementi get a grip on diversity and close the BBC's £1 billion diversity gap?

Is Britain about anything other than battles?

The UK citizenship test, stripped of its practical questions, is now seen as part of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’, a new study has found.

Jobs, jobs, jobs – how to divert away from the industrial military complex in the UK

There is talk of ghost towns if UK defence jobs are threatened, but are these the only ghost towns that should concern us?

One Zionist view of the Balfour Declaration

The State of Israel came into being thirty-one years after the Balfour Declaration, precisely because Zionist Jews were done entrusting their fate to others.

Zionism, anti-semitism, and the Balfour Declaration

A complementarity between the anti-semitic desire to get rid of the Jews and the Zionist project of sending all Jews to Palestine seems ignored, for example, by Theresa May.

100 years after Balfour: the reality which still shames Israel

Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel.

Brexit: an economic strategy from the left?

If we are agreed that the UK economy needs an overhaul from the Left, where does Brexit come in? Interview with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato.

Nothing new about fake news

Media diversity must mean more than more of the same. The media sphere needs to be a public space where debates occur among and between many different groups and classes.

An interesting Brexit experiment worthy of analysis

“The public have been largely left out of debates on Brexit, with parties split over what voters want.”

New media must throw old ideas overboard

“Crucially, new models must consider the challenges of not just what is covered, but by whom and through what processes.”

In a global game of thrones, we need new rules

Social media platforms are creating a new public sphere. But is it the public sphere we want or need?

Britain’s foreign policy: it's time for reform

With its prominent position in the arms trade, and the impunity it grants countries like Saudi Arabia, Britain is playing with fire.

Who's paying for these 'reports' on BBC Brexit coverage?

Why do newspapers parrot 'reports' about BBC bias from organisations funded by hardline Brexiters?

Dark Money Deep Data

Democracy dies in darkness. Podcast of a debate organised by Byline. (45 minutes).

The national conversation: free, open and broad debate

In the UK, do we see political polarisation facilitated by politically partisan websites and social media, or the disintegration of a governing consensus?

Pro-Remain media and Brexit: unwise response to populism?

Since the Referendum, the liberal élite and their media have largely neglected the societal threats inherent in the rifts exposed, while inadequately addressing the practicalities of Brexit.

Did you know we were seeking an AA/DCFTA deal?

A blog on making sense of Brexit: one version of what happens when members of the 'educated' British middle classes seek clarity.

If the hard Brexiteers have nothing to hide, they've nothing to fear

Molly Scott Cato MEP explains why she has teamed up with the Good Law Project to force the government to lift the veil of secrecy on its Brexit impact reports - through action in the high court, if necessary.

Voices to lift our spirits

“In a protest, we’re all bystanders, we’re all there because of some attempt to marginalise us; the bystanders are the people making history.” Book review.

Who bankrolled Brexit?

The United Kingdom has transparency laws which should give citizens a full and immediate answer to this question. And yet, we still don’t have one.

A new Jewish voice for Labour

The fightback in the UK’s Labour party conference against ongoing misapplications of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’.

Activism and political organising in academia: a conversation with Ilan Pappe

Maybe resistance over Palestine in academe is part of a larger project: the creation of a fundamental change in the way we do knowledge, and in the way we produce knowledge. A conversation.

The Islamophobia industry

The prevalence of Islamophobia in liberal discourse is part of the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-migrant racism that many believe to be the territory of the far right. Book review.

On DiEM25’s electoral wing: reply from a CC member to thoughts on ‘a historic moment’

 A transnational movement-party, a hotbed of grassroots democracy capable of supranational solutions – why that matters to me.

Borders, open borders, or no borders?

If freedom of movement is a human right, is Brexit good or bad? A Q&A.

EU Freedom of Movement - A gateway drug

Commissioning letter: Freedom of movement is flawed, but a good starting point in the campaign for fair and open borders. Looking at Lexit co-editor Julian Sayarer makes a case for defending free movement.

EU Freedom of Movement: Is it really worth fighting for?

Commissioning letter: EU’s “freedom of movement” policy is grossly unfair, and violently discriminatory. It also threatens trade union rights. Looking at Lexit co-editor Xavier Buxton asks if a new, fairer, better regulated system is needed.

Britain must accept ambiguity to survive Brexit

Theresa May and Brexiteers both insist on a damaging binary view of the UK and Europe.

Lexit: defeatism dressed as ambition

Lexiters are deluded: Brexit is a right-wing project. The future of the UK left is with the European left, in the international struggle. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lexit” argument by Xavier Buxton.

Lexit: looking forwards, not backwards

The EU is riddled with neoliberalism. Brexit has shattered the status quo, and presents an opportunity to the UK left. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lemain” argument by Julian Sayarer.

Looking at Lexit: mission statement

Should Labour fight Brexit, or embrace it? Julian Sayarer and Xavier Buxton introduce a new project on openDemocracy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of “Lexit”.

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