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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.

The seeds of post-Brexit racial violence lie in government policy

Racist attacks are condemned by politicians who stop short of examining their complicity. New research suggests policy ignites hatred.

Re-writing the core code of business: A Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff

Why start-ups should shy away from attracting too much investment. Part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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Why is the BBC giving licence fee cash to the companies who have slashed local journalism?

Under its new charter, the BBC will be subsidising Britain's biggest newspaper publishers.

We need a radical transformative vision for the arts

When social support is cut, the arts become the preserve of the wealthy. A radical vision for arts policy should be at the heart of any progressive government.

Not going gentle into the night: on climate, trade, Brexit and Trump

TTIP, TPP, CETA et al. are bad for the climate, equality, democracy and social justice. So is Trump.

The biggest Brexit scandal of them all

The most disturbing aspect of the referendum campaign was the failure to acknowledge – on either side of the argument – the issue that has now emerged: process.

When the workers nearly took control: five lessons from the Lucas Plan

Back in the 1970s, with unemployment rising and British industry contracting, workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace came up with a pioneering plan to retain jobs...

Hungry, homeless and in need of a legal aid lawyer

Government plans to introduce a discriminatory test for legal aid were thwarted earlier this year. This is why that decision was right.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

Scotland the bold or Scotland the timid?

The SNP talk a good game on social justice. But after nine years in government, it's time for radical action.

National identity: dying force – or future hope?

What does the national identity and politics of the coming generations in England tell us about the future?

It’s not only our industrial heartlands that have hollowed out. It’s our progressive politics too.

A community organiser reports that progressive politics is shockingly out of touch with the communities whose interests they purport to represent.

We need a New Deal for social care

Why was social care missing from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement? It seems government fears the issue is just too big to tackle, or assumes someone – normally women – will always step in.

We were their flowers in the dustbin: Anarchy in the UK at 40

40 years ago this weekend, The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK was released. Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman remembers

Chanan’s imperfect cinema dialogues

How can political cinema continue to advance the aims of activists today while avoiding assimilation into the spectacle? An interview with Michael Chanan.

Our Beeb - Book Launch and Drinks Reception

Limited space is available for an evening with some of the country's top experts and influential thinkers on the BBC.

The British Government is covering up its assistance to torturers and killers worldwide

The UK government is complicit in the execution of political prisoners and protesters abroad and there are serious flaws in the government policy that is supposed to prevent this.

21st century politics: Is the party over? Or is it just kicking off?

What does a modern political party look like?

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“Build democracy and it spreads like a virus"

A Q&A on Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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Aberfan and Orgreave: The BBC in moments of national trauma

During moments of national trauma, the public turns to the BBC for shared experience and understanding. But how well is the corporation doing at honouring the experiences of the victims?

Institutionalizing populism

A ‘national conversation’ about important matters is becoming almost impossible under these circumstances. Half the population does not want to listen.

Why did a mother run onto the M4 to protest against Heathrow?

Heathrow expansion must be stopped.

Why trade unions need to get serious about new media in 2017

The far right funded new media networks and took the highest office in the world. It's time for the left to learn from that.

NHS passport proposals are just more grubby politics from May and Hunt

The NHS needs a proper response to its problems - not distraction with false claims about so-called 'health tourism' and with un-implementable plans.

Drones, Baby, Drones

Drama going beyond journalism at the Arcola theatre in London, until 26 November, Box Office: 0207 503 1646

Hidden Warfare 2: Drones

In an attempt to give them a better image, the British MoD has renamed them Protector rather than Predator.

Neoliberalism is dead. Long live new liberalism!

The liberal consensus is over, says Steve Hanson. The chilling signs are everywhere as this year ends. The left must pick it up and reshape it rather than let it fall.

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest wo...

The UK’s not-so-secret war in Syria

The SAS is clearly playing a large, sustained role against ISIS in Syria, so why does the UK government still refuse to comment?

Iraq abuse allegations: Resist, deny, hide

Theresa May has made it clear she intends to follow previous governments in tarnishing Iraq abuse allegations as false. Final day of our 7 day series.

Rising tide of allegations suggests ‘systemic abuse’ by British military

Rogue military personnel?  Or a deliberate policy of abuse? Day 6 of our 7 day series on alleged abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.

Trump-style universities headed for the UK

Britain's Higher Education Bill paves the way for dodgy universities in the UK.

Welcome to my asylum home. I’d offer you a seat — if I had one

Meanwhile a parliamentary inquiry into asylum housing lumbers on over ten months . . . and today in Leeds the Home Office holds yet another 'consultation' on a sorry business.

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