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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why you should care about Aberdeen university's war on democracy

Aberdeen university annulling its rector election is part of an ongoing attack on education democracy.

Film review: The Spider’s Web - Britain’s Second Empire

The definitive account of how Britain's Empire was transformed into a new financial empire of offshore tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions.

The WTO matters more than ever - here's what you need to know about its summit

Is a neoliberal dream being reborn in Latin America? It’s not got off to the best of starts…

Free trade is bad for women. A WTO declaration won’t change that.

Gendered exploitation is at the heart of the free trade agenda -- a few tweaks to the edges won’t make it feminist.

Mythbusting Britain First - 5 things you need to know

Since Donald Trump retweeted three videos from Britain First last week, the far right organisation has received a lot of attention - but some has been highly speculative. Here we sort the myths from the facts.

Another lonely Skype Christmas, thanks to the ‘minimum income requirement’?

Meghan Markle might not have to worry about the ‘minimum income requirement’, but if you marry a Brit of more modest means than Prince Harry, you might face years of separation from your partner and family.

Pressure mounts on British universities to ‘come clean’ on fossil fuel investments

Paradise Papers revelations have added to long-standing concerns about universities’ fossil fuel investments - and students are now upping the ante.

Whilst the right-wing press invents ghosts on the left, plutocracy is tightening its grip

When politics becomes the whims and mad schemes of a small minority that only listen to themselves, it needs to be called out - not normalised - by a non-partisan media.

Brexit, Ireland, and the revenge of history

Either Theresa May’s government falls, or Britain crashes out of the EU with no trade deal. May’s squalid deal with Northern Irish hardliners allows no alternative.

VIDEO: Interview with George Kerevan

The economist and former MP speaks to openDemocracy about neoliberalism and the media.

In defence of Damien Green

How could a defender of human rights on so many occasions turn so quickly into being an inquisitor?

Lexit: on the rails

Could the EU be an obstacle to nationalising the UK rail network? We asked Christian Wolmar, the UK’s leading railway expert and transport historian.

Nigel Farage, Aaron Banks, and the ugly face of metals mining

The two leading Brexiteers gave keynote speeches at an exclusive Mines & Money conference in London last week – as communities whose livelihoods, health and environments are being destroyed, protested outside.

Who are Veterans for Britain?

You can’t understand Brexit without understanding Veterans for Britain.

One year on from the by-election that changed progressive politics

A year ago, Zac Goldsmith was kicked out of his Richmond seat, proving that a Progressive Alliance could work. One year and a general election later, was that it for plural campaigning?

‘GP at hand’: handy for whom?

New technology should be managed for the benefit of all – not used to allow profit-hungry firms to cherry-pick healthy patients.

We survive - but AIDS is not over - a BANG BUS special

AIDS is not over – not for the millions still being infected both at home and globally, nor for those of us still living with the consequences of infection, survival and harsh early treatments. We need both actions and memorial.

Brexit Britain is displaying its old, dangerous delusions about Ireland

The British establishment’s understanding of Ireland has long been delusional and dysfunctional – now combined with Brexit and Theresa May's dependence on the DUP to cling to power, it’s creating a powder keg.

The UK’s Industrial Strategy needs to be more than repackaged pet projects

In the light of Brexit, can a new coalition of social class and territorial interests mobilise to deliver a meaningful industrial strategy? 

Meet the think tank shaping the future of Britain's food and countryside

Why you should be worried that Legatum is lobbying the government about farm subsidies and a UK-US free trade deal.

Connor Sparrowhawk: How one boy’s death in NHS care inspired a movement for justice

  • The story of a UK campaign for truth and accountability. And respect for the lives of people who have learning disabilities. Review by Clare Sambrook. Extract by Sara Ryan.

Do you know where the Brexit dark money came from? Tell us anonymously

Someone out there knows something about the DUP's mystery £435,000 Brexit spending spree. It's vital for democracy that we all find out.

How Legatum has written the hymn sheet for a Dirty Brexit

The open secret that Brexit is more about financial and environmental deregulation than immigration is confirmed by a Legatum Institute briefing for City slickers.

Legatum: the Brexiteers’ favourite think tank. Who is behind them?

It's arguably the most influential think tank in the country, pushing a free market pro-Brexit vision and enjoying privileged access to media and ministers. But what does their background in 'disaster capitalism' tell us about Legatum's Brexit agenda?

The movement to replace neoliberalism is on the ascendency – where should it go next?

Making the politically impossible the politically inevitable. 

Does migration have to be a national issue - or could it be localised?

The Home Office's immigration system is in a mess. Perhaps it's time to let councils have more of a say in running it, instead.

Our constitution is being rewritten – the time to fight is now

We only have a few months to stop it. 

Tax us if you can: Why Philip Hammond's 'crackdown' falls short of the mark

Less a crackdown, and more a tentative step in the right direction.

How to get out of a gigantic mess - of Brexit, citizens assemblies, and popular sovereignty

The UK is in a mess thanks to an ill-defined ‘Leave’ option in the Brexit vote. More genuine popular sovereignty could have prevented the mess – and could yet get us out of it.

“We are just 500 days from chaos”, warns immigration charity

The British immigration system that EU nationals are about to be plunged into, has been broken for a long time. It’s time to improve everyone’s rights.

If Philip Hammond wants to reduce debt, he must draw a line under austerity

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is likely to use his Budget speech on Wednesday to declare that the UK has turned the corner on public debt. Recent tax receipts have been higher than expected and the def...

Nationalised pasties – the new divide in British politics

When millennials are told it's their lunch-buying habits that put home-buying out of reach, no wonder they respond with demands to #NationaliseGreggs.

Citizens, participation and economics: Emerging findings from the Citizens’ Economic Council

The Citizens’ Economic Council programme is piloting models of engagement that seek to enable citizens to ‘take back control’ over the economic decisions that affect their lives.

Why progressives should support wikileaks

It is a fundamental political error to casually associate Wikileaks with neoconservatism or reactionary populism. No affinity between these two worlds is possible.

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