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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Qatar crisis: a broader consolidation of power

Despite the real tension and rivalries, there is far more that unites Qatar and surrounding countries than what separates them.

How Charlie Gard became a cause célèbre for the US Christian right

“Charlie’s Army never sleeps”: the case of British child Charlie Gard and the growing power and global reach of American conservative activists and “pro-family” organisers.

John Berger and the Booker Prize

Clarity is more important than money.

Contemporary border architectures where human and nonhuman join

The steel police cordon has most recently been sighted in Slovakia, testifying to the ironically global circulation of enclosure discourses and mechanisms.

It's up to you: why neoliberal feminism isn't feminism at all

Mainstream feminism in the US is easily digestible and always subordinate to demands of neoliberal economics. As a result it is fatally weakened.

The real reason Trump went to Poland

Trump went to Poland to sell gas to its nationalist right wing government - and other big EU countries were not impressed.

It´s time for cities to lead

In 2005, Ken Livingstone convened a gathering of 18 city leaders that would go on to become the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – one of the most powerful urban advocacy networks in the world. Spanish

Could Trump be an ally in the fight against human trafficking?

There are good reasons for caution but it would be foolhardy and short-sighted to let cynicism obstruct opportunity.

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

A Corbyn-led government should start by scrapping the Prevent Strategy

Corbyn wants to talk about and address the causes of terrorist violence? This will require scrapping the Prevent Strategy.

السرية والشفافية الأمريكية بشأن استخدام القوة الفتاكة

تقرير جديد يشير الى أن تزايد احتمالات الإساءة للمدنيين وإلحاق الضرر بهم في ظل الإدارة الأمريكية الجديدة تجعل الشفافية مسألة ملحة أكثر من أي وقت مضى English.

US secrecy and transparency in the use of lethal force

A new report reviews the abuse and civilian harm resulting from American drone strikes and lethal operations.العربية

What does ‘mainstream media bias’ mean in a digital age?

The internet should mean that everyone has access to the same information, yet people still talk of a “mainstream media bias”.

Warriors (of different sort) first

It is not that Washington should be more alert about what happens in the world; it is the world that should be concerned with what is going on in the United States. Español

“Guerreros primero” en la América de Trump

No es que Washington deba estar más pendiente de lo que sucede en el mundo; es el mundo el que debería estar preocupado por lo que está pasando en los Estados Unidos. English

Lebanon in the eye of the regional storm

Hizbollah’s proven armed capability in Syria, Israel’s perceived political defeat in 2006, coupled with a possible US and Saudi green light, may make confrontation inevitable.

A new digital trade agenda: are we giving away the Internet?

Will this foster digital rights, or leave us with even lower standards and a concentrated, quasi-monopolistic market benefiting from public infrastructure?

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up.

Merkel, Macron and the future of the EU

The results will tell us whether or not we are witnessing a historical shake-up of the French political scene. Meanwhile, pragmatism is what is needed both in Berlin and Paris.

Refugees: the Trojan horse of terrorism?

Why are leaders in the EU and US reluctant to admit that the main terrorist threat to western countries comes from home-grown extremists?

Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Saving Christianity through the Benedict Option

The idea of the select few isolating themselves from what they perceive as an enfeebled, morally weakened or ailing community, seems like a disappointingly minimalist social programme.

Monumentally clueless

Tearing down statues of slavers brings out the worst of Louisiana politics

The sticking power of false narrative

Real shifts are staring us in the face — they just tend not to be the ones we so often hear about.

The American way of war is a budget-breaker

Unlike almost everything else in Washington, Democrats and Republicans always see more or less eye to eye on the military budget. Never has a society spent more for less.

Tale of a stillborn migration

Some stories are not dramatic enough to be widely reported by the media. Yet, like other cases of flagrant injustice, they are worth being told. This is one of them.

What obsessing about you-know-who causes us to miss

24 key national security issues that neither the Washington elite nor the media consider worth their bother.

The personnel behind the US drone programme and National Bird

In this timely intervention, which is available to watch for free for a limited period, the viewer follows three whistle-blowers in discussion of their roles in, and experiences of, the programme.

Trump’s paradox: a critique of ‘populism’

Trump is an irrational projection and knows it. That’s why he can do absolutely anything and get away with it. Taking back control is scapegoating and aggression.

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

Between mutation and marginalisation: the impending crisis of the centre-right in western democracies

The centre-right as a coherent set of principles is in serious danger of marginalization as political competition in western democracies realigns between closure and openness to the outside world.

The lamentable tri-color

Trump, Brexit and Le Pen - a trio united by their tri-colors, and an enemy that just won't ever go away

The Turkish referendum and Bild

A tale of two deep states?

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