With online media's misogynist culture of trolling and abuse currently in the UK’s national spotlight, Lis Howell examines the high stakes for women, Aaron Peters says the problem is greater than can be resolved with a Twitter abuse button, and Martin Belam describes his experiences of abuse as a ghostly female Twitter-feed commenting on BBC Question Time.
Ruby Waterworth celebrates the UK High Court victory for the grassroots Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, who this week defeated Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's attempts to cut services and departments. The ‘digital commons’ debate publishes two pieces on the work of Nobel Prize winning economist Elinor Ostrom, by editor Dan Hind and Danijela Dolenec.
Over on oD Russia, the “Under the tightened screws” series looks at the future of Russian civil society following the crackdown on fundamental freedoms. Critiquing the new law requiring NGOs to register as 'foreign agents', Anna Sharogradskaya, Kirill Koroteev, Sergei Lukashevsky, Yuri Dzhibladze and Asmik Novikova and Natalya Taubina describe the struggles for survival their organizations now face.
Two fantastic photo essays are published: Saurabh Dube explores the expressionist imagination of dalit artist Savindra Sawakar and Carlos Delclós tells the story of Mount Zion, a creative community of migrant workers in Barcelona, who were recently evicted from the space they occupied. We also return to ongoing difficulties for migrants in the UK: Kate Blagojevic criticises the proposals to cut legal aid and judicial review. Kate Nustedt relates women's experiences of UK asylum, describing the Home Office's lack of understanding of the effects of trauma: “What happened to me here...that's what broke my spirit”.
Continuing our coverage of Middle East politics, openDemocracy columnist Paul Rogers analyses Israel's concern with Iran and its nuclear programme, openDemocracy Editor, Rosemary Bechler, interviews Sameh Naguib, leading member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists, and Joel Beinin has a different slant on Egypt’s labour movement. Valentina Azarov views the EU guidelines banning funding to projects in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as sheer legal necessity. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi asks why the Gulf states are averse to political reform. Meanwhile, in Azerbaijan, Arturo Desimone interviews a member of the resistance movement who hankers for European Enlightenment.
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