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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

No appetite for a deregulatory post-Brexit Britain: new findings on public attitudes

The transformation of the aims of Brexit emerged during the early days of the referendum campaign, when the cross-party campaign for leave realised where the route to broad-based success lay.

El caso contra Lula: una chapuza legal

El problema con la condena de Lula es el uso de procesos judiciales como herramienta política al servicio de una agenda autoritaria. English  Português 

Por que a decisão contra Lula representa uma limitação ao Estado de direito?

O problema da condenação de Lula é o uso de processos criminais como um conjunto de ferramentas políticas com uma agenda autoritária. English Español

Why does the conviction against Lula threaten the rule of law?

The problem with Lula's conviction is the use of criminal proceedings as a political toolset with a long-standing authoritarian agenda. Español Português 

Goodbye WTO?

The WTO has to be reformed and updated, not discarded. And the EU should play its part, while at the same time promoting its own industrial growth.

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

The misuse of abuse: fears of potentially abusive litigation are overriding the reality of abusive companies in Europe

It’s time to look to the future of collective redress in the EU on the basis of the evidence, for victims of corporate abuse in all member states and for all types of harm.

Is symbolic politics an impediment to economic equality?

The politics of representation are mostly symbolic. In Canada, we have seen over the past two years such a politics of representation at work in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.

The Congolese Government is at war with its people

Six million Congolese have died from conflict-related causes over the past two decades – making the conflict in Congo the world’s deadliest since World War II. 

Hungary’s regime is proof that capitalism can be deeply authoritarian

Blaming citizens for their alleged populist or anti-democratic turn is misleading. Without the active involvement of the economic elite, both foreign and domestic, authoritarian capitalism could not have emerged in Hungary.

Persistent inequality (1): Why Kirchnerism lost in Argentina

Why did Macri win the elections? Because of the falling price of commodities? The power of the media? A change in the mood of the population?. Español

Desigualdad persistente (1): Balance y derrota del Kirchnerismo en Argentina

¿Por qué Macri ganó las elecciones? ¿Debido a la caída del precio de los productos básicos? ¿El poder de los medios? ¿Un cambio en el estado de ánimo de la población? English

Labor can take the Democrats back to the White House

If Democrats want to win back seats in Congress and eventually the White House, then they must continue to push for social and economic equality.

Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Authoritarian capitalism and the prison industrial complex is a two-tiered tyrannical system designed to enslave through mass incarceration.

How the UN women’s talks failed to call out corporate power – letting down our human rights defenders

Last month’s Commission on the Status of Women talks failed to tackle corporate impunity, despite increasingly recognised risks to women human rights defenders.

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

The madness and conflict of Shakespeare's characters can humanise economics

Why former Greek finance minister and co-founder of DiEM25 – a pan-European movement for democratising the EU – accepted the invitation to give Kingston University’s sixth annual Shakespeare lecture at the Rose Theatre.

Climate (in)justice in Argentina

Like a tailor fitting a suit, the Argentine government is ready to alter basic environmental laws to adjust them to corporate interests. Español

La (in)justicia climática en Argentina

Como un sastre ajustando un traje, el gobierno argentino está dispuesto a modificar leyes medioambientales básicas para adaptarlas a los intereses corporativos. English

The first transnational European list – a DiEM25 initiative

As stated by Luigi De Magistris, for years the forces of national, local, civil society have been resisting Brussels’s institutional violence – the time has come to strike back.

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

Video: feminist activists speak out against corporate impunity

Human rights abuses. Plundered resources. #Feminists4BindingTreaty explain why corporations must be held accountable for their impacts around the world.

A long overdue debate on the Tunisian economy

It requires great political skills to navigate the treacherous waters of transition towards democracy in a country beset by political infighting, rising inflation and indebtedness in a troubled region.

Migrant farmworkers protest in New York City against sexual violence

Protesters march on Thursday to demand fast food giant Wendy’s sign up to scheme to tackle exploitation and improve wages in supply chains.

Una nueva trinchera en la batalla contra el neoliberalismo

Solo un nuevo internacionalismo de izquierdas, que acepte una reafirmación limitada de la soberanía económica nacional, puede aspirar a vencer la ola creciente de populismo autoritario. English

Gender equality cannot be achieved without tax reform for multinational companies

We can't achieve gender equality, or ensure women’s rights, without progressive tax policies.

Enfrentarse al populismo autoritario: la dimensión rural

Junto a los intereses de clase y las desigualdades, la religión, las dinámicas de género, el lugar y la identidad cultural son los factores que conforman el auge del populismo autoritario en las zonas rurales. English

"We need a feminist constitution"

How is anyone going to go to work if no-one does the ironing, cooks, or looks after the children? I think putting this issue on the table is one of the great victories of March 8. An interview.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Eurozone beyond euphoria

This ‘do more of the same’ approach based on brutal enforcement and discipline does not tackle the sources of the uneven development.

America first! Trump’s foreign policy

On the one hand, the Trump administration aims at strengthening the US economy and armed forces; on the other, it intends to turn its back on the rest of the world.

Fox/Sky: story so far – how will it end?

By next year, the UK’s biggest broadcasting company, Sky (including Sky News), will be owned by a US media giant: Fox, Disney or Comcast (or perhaps two of them).

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Despite claims to the contrary, new technologies like blockchain are unlikely to disrupt the aid industry quickly. Here is why.

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

Oslo: the small hotels where we meet

Talking to Geir Lippestad, then Vice-Mayor of Oslo, at an Intercultural Cities Milestone Event last November, about hatred of multiculturalism, diversity advantages, the responsibility of politicians, and win-win cities. Interview.

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