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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

Whatever happened to the Egyptians, Pt.4: would-be aristocrats

What is it that makes the rich of Egypt so insecure? Why do they want to escape all of a sudden? Why do we frighten them?

Burkinis accepted: for a poor woman scrubbing France’s floors

The woman on the beach in her human quest to be visible, had the grace, understandably, to be bewildered. A large swathe of your citizens are bewildered, France. The world is bewildered, France.

Goodbye Karimov

We don't know whether Uzbekistan's leader is alive or dead. But the system he created will live on.

Recruit, re-tweet, re-nationalise: Eight ideas for Labour's new media strategy

The Labour party needs to look beyond social media for ambitious new ways to engage and mobilise potential voters and activists.

Uzbekistan: after Karimov, what next?

The news that Uzbekistan’s president has suffered a stroke has plunged the region into uncertainty. Central Asian analysts from Fergana News offer their views.

The world is complex and unstable. Our approach to policy-making must reflect that fact.

Social scientists and policy-makes have long built their models around a theory of 'rational action' which bears little relation to how people respond to the complexities of the world around them.

Putin’s opposition in Hungary

Activism and the retreat to digital niches actually increases the system-conformity of Orbán’s opposition, just as it does in Putin’s Russia.

What does Colombia peace deal mean for cocaine trade?

Peace will have untold benefits for Colombia. But it will also provide a new set of opportunities for criminal actors keen to take over the criminal economies that the FARC currently control. Español

Who do I call if I want to speak to "pro-Russian forces" in Georgia?

In Georgia, whether you're in opposition or in power, you can always call your opponent an agent of the Kremlin.

Fighting misconceptions and logistics to raise funds in Brazil

Logistical issues and lack of awareness among Brazilians have created significant—but not insurmountable—obstacles to fundraising for human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on funding and human rightsEspañolPortuguês

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with Warehouse Workers for Justice

BTS speaks with Mark Meinster of Warehouse Workers for Justice on how supply chains affect workers in the global north, as well as on the need for solidarity between workers the world over.

Two halves: Poland copes with freedom

On the 35th anniversary of Poland’s modernising transformation, the question arises, how was the emancipatory potential of the ‘Solidarity’ movement squandered? 

#PayPal4Palestine

While Israeli settlers living in the West Bank are completely integrated into the Israeli system and have access to PayPal and other technologies, the Palestinians they live among do not.

Belling the trolls: free expression, online abuse and gender

Freedom of expression is fundamentally about power: about who gets to speak or express themselves and on what terms and platforms.

If we really want to take back control, the UK must push for a 'Controlled Brexit'

A gradual EU opt-out might provide a way of balancing the competing demands of stability and democratisation in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

The war on cash

Banks, governments and fintech evangelists all hail a 'cashless future' as both inevitable and good. But this isn't a frictionless utopia; it means that banks mediate our lives to an ever-greater extent.

Is Europe's old order too big to fail?

Are the two major party blocs that have dominated European politics since the immediate post-WWII period too big to fail? The evidence suggests not — so what are they going to do about it?

A flashpoint in South Asia?

“You question India’s territorial integrity, I will question Pakistan’s. You interfere in our internal affairs, we will interfere in yours.”

Opening up civic space requires creativity and careful navigation

Even where civil society space is constrained, local organisations can create positive relationships with state and external actors. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil societyРу́сскийالعربية