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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Job: Project Coordinator – Inquiry into the future of civil society

The Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society seeks a full-time Project Co-ordinator

FP December 4


On the Italian constitutional referendum: a last appeal for a NO vote

Now more than ever, in order to fight against the rising tide of nationalist populism, we need to safeguard our democratic constitutions in a more democratic European Union.

FP December 3


Human rights’ universality and correlation with culture

If democracy and human rights were collective values, wouldn’t they have been more appealing to the world?

The Italian mafia and violence against women

In the name of “culture” and “honour” young girls born into the ‘ndrangheta mafia in Calabria lose their sense of identity. Those who seek freedom pay a terrible price.  

Who's keeping a lid on "priceless" whistleblower information in our health system - and why?

NHS and social care watchdog the CQC appears to be ignoring or even suppressing information from whistleblowers - and failing to protect staff who speak out.

Hidden Warfare 3: Special forces

While Britain’s conventional army is being slashed, Britain’s special forces are benefiting from special treatment. Their budget was doubled in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Dance me to the end of history

From one man’s search for his ancestor’s executioners to Holocaust dances  here’s how Russia learns to forget. Русский

 

Can Trump be checked and balanced?

The US Presidential system has been much heralded as a prime example of horizontal accountability, but there is no guarantee how Donald Trump will be kept in check. 

Cherán. 5 years of self-government in an indigenous community in Mexico

Ordinary people decided to confront the criminal organizations that came down from the hill with several vans loaded with wood. That was the beginning.

The death of Mohsen Fikri and the long history of oppression and protest in Morocco's Rif

A month after Mohsen Fikri’s death, the ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif expose a long history of marginalization in the region.

Can the president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq cry?

Any attempt to link the past of the Kurds in Iraq to their future depends on whether the president of the Kurdistan Region can cry.

The private, the social, and the political: a human rights perspective on transgender bathrooms

When it comes to LGBTIQ rights, bathroom politics reflect and are often linked to much broader questions of inequality and empowerment.

A midnight move to set free child sex abusers: in the name of “our culture”

Recent law reform initiatives on sexual crimes against children in Turkey reveal the growing danger for women and girls, and the need to interrogate the myths and biases underlying the “our culture” discourse.

Slavery and access to justice

Today marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery but the uncomfortable truth is that modern slavery is rife. The British government could do much more to facilitate justice for victims of modern slavery.

Resisting dissolution: the stalemate between Hong Kong civil society and China’s central government

China’s latest interpretation of Hong Kong’s ‘basic law’ reaffirms an important tenet of Beijing’s position: any elective office in Hong Kong is subject to ultimate approval by the central government.

Loomio and the problem of deliberation

One of the frustrations within the current political system is that most people are alienated from deliberation. The founders of decision-making software Loomio want to give everyone access to that essential skill. 

Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

The Zeus complex: against air war

An innovative study of aerial bombardment brings history, state power, civilians and human rights into a single frame.