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Constitutional conventions: best practice

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As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers.

Framing the economy: how to win the case for a better system

New research shows how changing the way we talk about the economy can help win public support for a progressive economic agenda.

#MeToo, dialogue and healing

To give voice to our deepest experiences is to cultivate connection and collective healing.

One Chechen man’s quest for a real education

On this day in 1944, thousands of people in Russia’s North Caucasus were deported to Central Asia. They had few rights in exile — and had to fight every step of the way. RU

The prisoner of Yerevan: an American's unfortunate journey back to Armenia

In Armenia, repatriates from the US enjoy comfortable middle-class lives — unless they engage in political activism.

The mystery of the Russian planes that never were

Is Russia a military threat to the west? A larger past and closer detail offer fresh light.   

Sex and Charity

Regarding the massive scandal involving chief executives of big NGOs, the situation must be considered through the lens of how we have dealt with sexual abuse. But we must be wary of how this is used to justify budget cuts. Español

How Scotland's beavers came back, and how you can help

The Scottish government is consulting on whether to let reintroduced beavers stay.

Four ways Labour could be by the many, not just for the many

Why we must build new institutions of economic democracy, and how we can do it.

Brazil militarizes its war on crime

Even if expanding the use of military operations to combat crime has shown little success in the past, the current Brazilian government has decided to carry on. Español

Russian interference in the virtual world is not the problem

If there were no Russian "influence operations" in the virtual world, no disinformation campaign spearheaded by Russian bots and trolls, would the western world look much different today?

The Backlash podcast episode 1: Women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and Akanksa Mehta at the University of Sussex.

Elections and the Egyptian movement of 2011: thinking with Alain Badiou about the current situation

For French philosopher Alain Badiou, elections pose a more important question for the movement in Egypt beyond the issue of participation. العربية

الانتخابات وحركة ٢٠١١ في مصر: التفكير مع آلان باديو عن الوضع الحالي

بالنسبة للمفكر الفرنسي آلان باديو تطرح الانتتخابات سؤالًا  مهمًا للحركة في مصر، سؤال يتجاوز مسألة المشاركة أو عدم المشاركة. English

تونس: النسوية الانتقائية وتهميش كِفاحات النساء

حان الوقت للتصدّي لنهج الدولة التقليدي في استخدام حقوق النساء كأداة لتحقيق أغراض سياسية.  English

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

The silencing of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children UK wasn’t a ‘mistake,’ it was a strategic choice.

Is Sweden complicit in war crimes in Yemen?

Despite the documented crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sweden continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.