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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Call for participants: Middle East Forum

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Apply for a 50.50 women’s rights and corporate power reporting fellowship

We need your help to investigate women’s rights and corporate power around the world. Apply for a 50.50 reporting fellowship.

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

As Aristotle put it: ‘It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot, and as oligarchic when they are filled by election’ (Aristotle, Politics IV. 9, 1294b8).

“I wouldn’t talk about nationalism, but communitarianism”

Interview with the Spanish philosopher and Podemos Senate candidate, on the nation-state, nationalisms, populism left and right, conservatism, reformism and revolution, television and digital media.

VIDEO: In conversation with Britain's leading pro-Brexit economist

Roger Bootle is one the few high profile economists who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union. Here Roger speaks to openDemocracy about why he supports Brexit, and what policymakers should be doing to revive Britain’s struggling economy.

Ongoing conversations: realising an emancipatory rural politics in the face of authoritarian populism

The need for a new narrative to counter authoritarian populism, one that is popular, inclusive and progressive was a common call – also cross-class, intersectional and human rights grounded.

Wretched third anniversary of international intervention in Yemen: the Saudi-led coalition and humanitarian disaster. Part 2

Trump’s recent senior appointments suggest an increasingly virulent anti-Iranian strategy which certainly coincides with that of the current Saudi regime. Things could hardly be worse.

Remotely-controlled weapons hit democracy: killing from a distance

In the new information order, manipulated voters have come to outnumber threatened voters and bribed voters. The larger picture.

7 better things you could do this “Earth Hour” to stop corporations ducking responsibility for climate change

It’s better to light the candle of activism than to sit in darkness.

On a wretched third anniversary of the international intervention in Yemen, is the rise of the Huthis irresistible? Part 1

Only the Huthis would ‘celebrate’ three years of war with a theatrical performance including singing, dancing and poetry against a background of war films.

The UK’s National Security Capabilities Review – another missed opportunity?

Will the Cabinet Office's publication next week of the report on the UK’s National Security Capabilities Review grasp the nettle? Regrettably, the signs are not good – ambiguous, short-term, overweeningly aggressive.

Cambridge Analytica hacked our social lives to win elections - but more is at stake than votes

Like all good propagandists, CA’s currency is emotion: not only hopes and dreams, but fear and loathing.

Russia: six more years of repression

Vladimir Putin may have been elected, but threats to freedom of assembly and asssociation aren't going anywhere. 

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

Of Sheffield tree protests, corporate power, and South Yorkshire Police

As the policing of Sheffield tree protests gets even more heavy-handed – with one woman arrested this week for ‘blowing a horn’ – it’s time to ask serious questions about South Yorkshire Police. Again.

Building firms can live with the newts - but the pro-Brexit hedge funders can't

It seems building firms are quite happy with business as usual - it's the hedge funders who want a deregulation bonanza. The third in a three piece series on EU environmental regulations and Brexit.

Is there a link between Cambridge Analytica and the DUP’s secret Brexit donors?

Today we reveal the close relationship between a key Cambridge Analytica backer and a senior pro-Brexit Northern Irish PR man – who has Russian friends in high places

People before party: having "actual conversations" in the digital era

Two members of the Obama Rapid Response core team in the groundbreaking US presidential campaign in 2008, on the influence campaigns that saw the start of what by 2016 had "become a science." 

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Turning a protest into (someone else’s) metaphysics

A new account of Ukraine’s Euromaidan focuses on the spirit of revolution rather than dissecting events as they emerged.