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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Democracy needs us: less social media and more social interaction

Facebook controls and filters our information in ways that can be detrimental for democracy. We must start rebuilding local communities to counteract its negative political effects. Español

Can Sierra Leone’s female secret societies be allies in the fight against female genital mutilation?

FGM is a deeply-rooted and widespread practice in the country. Can its locally-powerful practitioners help curtail it?

Italy is haemorrhaging youth and has no idea how to stem the flow, but there's still hope

Isolating itself – like Britain is doing – would be the end. Italy couldn't afford it. That is the one thing everyone agrees on…

The new economics of Labour

Tory-supporting media, unchallenged by a supposedly liberal press, portray Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision which breaks with the bureaucratic model of 1945.

تونس: النسوية الانتقائية وتهميش كِفاحات النساء

حان الوقت للتصدّي لنهج الدولة التقليدي في استخدام حقوق النساء كأداة لتحقيق أغراض سياسية.  English

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics. 

La seguridad ciudadana en el Perú tras la crisis política de 2017

El establecimiento de objetivos para distintos períodos de la legislatura, común en otros países, pero no en Perú , es un importante avance.

Combatir las "fake news": ¿un reto imposible?

La explosión reciente de las fake news tiene consequencias serias y reales en el ámbito político. ¿Cómo abordará América Latina este fenómeno ante las grandes elecciones de 2018 que se avecinan? English

Combating fake news: an impossible feat?

The recent explosion of fake news around the world has serious real life consequences in the political sphere. How will Latin America approach this in the light of upcoming elections? Español

Evangelicals in South Africa are 'broadcasting hate masked as morality'

Christian right groups are adding to an already dangerous environment for women and LGBTQI individuals, by pushing 'family values'  but not for everyone.

من جمال باشا إلى عفرين: سرديّات متصارعة على شاشة التلفاز

هل توجد رغبة كافية لدى صنّاع الدراما لفهم حركة التاريخ المعقّدة في منطقتنا؟

The guilt, dignity and pedagogy of shamelessness

For centuries, Europe’s Christians have shut Jews behind ghetto walls. Now, Polish Christians intend to shut the voice of Jewish suffering into a ghetto of silence behind a legal wall.

The myth of the Indian ‘New Middle Class’

Families in Modi’s India are caught in a spiral of working class conditions in jobs pretending to be middle class, with their requirement for degrees and skills training.

Europe: from revolution to counter-revolution

Liberal values have been betrayed and we are witnessing a concerted effort to dismantle the system created after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a counter-revolution.

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

Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes. عربي

Information blackout at the Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe's crucial activities come with a deep responsibility to ensure public access to its historic decision-making. Unfortunately, this has been sadly lacking for a number of years.

نساء المهاجرين..مين زوجك؟

الخطوة الأولى للمهاجر بعد وصوله إلى سوريا، هي البحثُ عن امرأة للزواج منها. لماذا تَقبَلُ المرأةُ السورية هذا النوع من الزواج؟ English

¿Cómo erosionar la polarización?

¿Cómo fomentar más matices y compromisos cuando lo que el consumismo y la política promueven es el enfrentamiento entre contrarios? English

Why we’re Right: young women on the UK’s growing right-wing scene in their own words

Rejecting feminism and the political left that has apparently neglected them for too long, four young women explain why they turned right.

Austrian passports for South Tyroleans are fine – or almost so

There is one thing calculated to diffuse Europe's nationalisms: the feeling a person can have – or develop over time – of belonging to more than one country.

New York empties its jails

A huge achievement that could even signify the beginning of a more rational, humane approach to American criminal justice: how was it done?

Tragic Patagonia

In less than three months, two people have been killed by Argentine security forces during Mapuche protests in Patagonia. Here are the keys to understand the conflict. Español

El motor de la violencia en Brasil

Cada vez más, la violencia en Brasil gira en torno al enfrentamiento entre organizaciones criminales de gran escala. Las recientes masacres en distintas cárceles han sacado a la luz este problema. English

When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits?

We need to talk about how we learn to accept our own oppression

The more women stand up against bullies and harassment in our personal lives, the less we will tolerate them in our political lives too.

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

What remains of democracy? Egypt, Italy and ‘the lesser evil’ after Giulio Regeni

A thesis circulating for some time seeks the secret of the 28-year-old's death, not in the Al-Sisi regime, but for example in Cambridge. This is a dangerous distraction. Italiano.

The never-ending story of abortion in Brazil

In Brazil, 500,000 clandestine abortions are carried out every year, of which 200,000 end in complications and 500 in death, but the debate regarding legalisation appears to have halted. Español, Portugués

Aborto en Brasil: la historia interminable

En Brasil se practican 500.000 abortos clandestinos al año, de los que cerca de 200.000 conllevan complicaciones y 500 acaban en muerte. Pero el debate sobre la legalización parece estancado. English, Portugués.

Gandhi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

The tentacles of autocratic regimes: the case of Egypt

The process of repression is outsourced to the citizenry who indirectly secure absolute power for the regime. It is a vicious cycle with the masses being both the victims as well as beneficiaries of repression. 

Iran’s protesters are secularizing the 1979 revolution

What we see happening in Iran is the emergence of a new discourse that combines old traditions and new ideas that will strengthen a home-grown democracy.

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