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Authoritarian populism and popular struggles in Modi’s India

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In the pattern of authoritarianism taking over Indian politics since 2014, social movements, activists, and dissidents find themselves at the receiving end of increasingly brazen forms of repression.

Argentina, the G20, and the mobilisations against it

As we are entering a new phase of authoritarian neoliberalism it is essential that we continue strengthening ties between movements fighting the structures of oppression and advance in the construction of better worlds.

The ‘new’ climate politics of Extinction Rebellion?

Creating a movement that can have the impact XR aims for will require confronting the political as well as the moral challenges posed by climate change.

Authoritarian populism and popular struggles in Modi’s India

In the pattern of authoritarianism taking over Indian politics since 2014, social movements, activists, and dissidents find themselves at the receiving end of increasingly brazen forms of repression.

Vietnam: how to circumvent state repression

As repression of dissident groups became officially enshrined in the Vietnamese Constitution, activists, including many well-known scholars, needed alternative tactics of resistance.

Rethinking resistance in post-uprisings Egypt

There is a dynamic relationship between authoritarianism and resistance, whereby authoritarianism is never absolute, but always challenged through multiple ways that do not solely revolve around contentious politics.

Authoritarian Middle East regimes don't like academics – ask Matthew Hedges

When the Arab Spring gave way to an autocratic restoration, both newcomers and old hands were in for a rude awakening.

Spies, kettling and repression - how British policing became militarised

There has been a move towards tougher legislation, ambiguous terminology, lower thresholds and legislation allowing police greater rights, together with an escalation of militaristic forms of policing in recent years.

The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

The new repertoire of repression and how movements resist. Introduction.

Social control and repression of social movements and dissent now bypasses the borders between liberal democracies, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. For the next three days, openMovements takes stock.

Civil rights and voter suppression in the US

The rights of those whose citizenship is contested will not be guaranteed by appeals to loyalty and patriotism, but by social movements that are not bound by the state.

15M's social and political effects in Spain

General prospects for Spaniards are not promising, and, in many cases, worse than in 2011. So in what sense can it be said that after 15M, mentalities have changed?

La tentación liberal-populista de los europeos

¿Dónde quedaron las bellas jornadas del euro, las fiestas financieras, las alturas líricas que celebraban las nupcias entre democracia y mercado? 

Brazil, hijacked by post-truth

The post-truth turns democracy into an inert mass in the hands of those who dominate it. Ideas are not discussed. Truths are confronted and interlocutors are delegitimized. Español  Português

Why some cities are ‘rebel cities’ – interview with Yaz Brien about Bristol’s resistance scene

“It’s a movement that shuts shit down but it really isn’t hypermasculine. And I think, in many ways, that is a factor in its sustainability.”

One building, several facades: political showcasing in contemporary Turkey

An iconic building is erased, together with the successive faces it has worn as Turkey hurtled from secular modernity via Gezi Park, to the latest experiment in religious nationalism.

“The revolution will be feminist, or it will be nothing". Dirty laundry to the streets of Chile

This is one of the many statements circulating today in Santiago de Chile’s streets following the feminist movement installed in several Chilean universities. Español

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

How US evangelical organizations deploy ‘human rights’ and ‘development’

Armed with the surety of belief in the ‘responsibility to act’ and international legal tools – US- or UN-funded Christian civil society organizations have used international law to further their goals internationally.

The jihadogenous urban structure

These individuals feel coerced by the predicament of being neither French nor Arab, neither Pakistani nor English... they bear the stigma of double ‘non-identity’.

A revolution of values: freedom, responsibility and courage in Armenia's Velvet Revolution

Armenia's emerging revolution isn't about geopolitics or foreign relations, but values. 

The revenge against the commons

Why France’s biggest police operation since May 1968 is prepared to kill for Macron’s neoliberal nightmare (10k words).

Whose human rights? The marginalisation of dissent in France and spreading

The use of human rights to criminalize the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign sends out a warning alert.

Muerte de la "nueva república" de Brasil

Las instituciones brasileñas están colapsando una tras otra. La separación entre los poderes ejecutivo, legislativo y judicial es una farsa. Hay un Estado dentro del Estado. English

Death of the “new republic” in Brazil

Brazil's institutions are collapsing one by one. The separation between the executive, the legislative and the judicial powers is a sham. There’s a state within the state. Español

A revolution with the name of a woman

In the entire world, and particularly in the Southern Cone, a cultural and social revolution is rising. It implies a change of paradigm with respect to the rights of men and women. Español

Feminist legal mobilization for abortion rights in Latin America

Legal mobilization for abortion rights, or the use of the law and the courts by feminist actors in their pursuit of abortion legalization, is a recent development in Latin America. Spanish

Marielle Franco and Brazil's future: hope or barbarity

Marielle's legacy and the repercussions of her death symbolize both the best and the worst of Brazilian society today. The building of a real clash of narratives is under way. Español

Batalla legal feminista por el derecho al aborto en América Latina

La movilización legal por el derecho al aborto, o el uso del derecho y las cortes por parte de actoras feministas en su lucha por la legalización del aborto, es reciente en América Latina. English

Marielle Franco y el futuro de Brasil: esperanza o barbarie

El asesinato de Marielle Franco es un cruel crimen político contra una de las principales figuras de la nueva izquierda brasileña en un momento en el que Brasil atraviesa un preocupante retroceso democrático. English

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Taking part in public life is a deeply affective process, at once personal and collective, and social media might just help us bridge the gap between the two.

Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

Mexico: the volcano of resistance

Mexico is a volcano, and the beauty and frailty of the snow gracing its peaks hides a scalding reality. An instability that in any given moment could explode. Español

Iran: the revolt of the deprived

The gap between power and society is also growing inexorably in Iran.