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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A brief guide to the Don Dale scandal

The shock of politicians was always hard to take seriously. The problem is not a lack of knowledge. It’s that Australian governments refuse to act on what we do know.

Evictions in Greece: dozens of people convicted. Their crime? Solidarity

The function of these squats was to provide shelter for economic and political refugees, while the needs of the people staying there were met through solidarity networks and local communities.

Stay Woke: sustaining feminist organising in an uncertain world

Autonomous feminist spaces must be guarded jealously. They are an important lifeline for feminists to re-charge and breath in a world that remains hostile to women’s freedom. We must stay woke.

Building a bridge to the future: towards a feminist UN

What will it take for the world’s women to shift the UN away from its paradigm of patriarchy and gender inequality and implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

America’s criminal injustice system

Think of the author as today’s Sam Spade, taking you deep into an American world in which justice couldn’t be blinder.

Reclaiming Black women’s history: the Montgomery bus boycott 60 years on

With police violence against Black communities giving rise to the #Blacklivesmatter campaign, anniversaries of civil rights victories are an opportunity to bring to light the invisible actors behind historic moments. 

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview

After this military coup, the government may use this as an excuse to strengthen their sexist, militarist and anti-democratic policies further. We face this danger now.

From slave market to Olympic venue: variations of capitalist accumulation in the port of Rio de Janeiro

There is a repeated primitive accumulation throughout the history of capitalism required by capitalist expansion itself, which must commodify not yet commodified spaces in order to develop.

$10,000 for Honduran Teen’s Conditional Release from a US Immigration Jail

In testament to the overwhelming public support for a Central American migrant teen, the money was quickly amassed and sent to the court. Español

¿Hay razones para celebrar el Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas en América Latina?

El 9 de agosto debió ser una fecha para reflexionar sobre la deuda moral que los países de América Latina acumulan, año tras año, con los pueblos indígenas. English

Is Turkey’s opposition becoming loyal to an increasingly authoritarian political system?

President Erdoğan invited the CHP and MHP to meet to discuss steps to be taken in the wake of the coup. The HDP, as at the rally, was excluded.

Understanding transversality

It is essential that we always remember that activist spaces are a means and not an end in themselves, to reach the broad social majority that needs us.

Door to justice finally opens in El Salvador

As the door finally opens for war criminals to face justice in El Salvador, the law can start serving the country's poor. Español

Se abre el camino a la justicia en El Salvador

Mientras los criminales de guerra se vean finalmente frente a la justicia en El Salvador, la ley podrá empezar a estar al servicio de los pobres. English

DemocraciaAbierta, primer año: selección Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Latinoamérica en alerta democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio.

A deadly politics of wealth: femicide in India

Census data shows that poverty and illiteracy are not key factors in India’s female genocide as many assume. The survival of girls is determined by a patriarchal politics of wealth control.

Children’s centres and integration

Children’s centres in the United Kingdom are a perfect institution to stimulate contact between different groups and therefore help the integration of minorities.  

Brazil: “Without women, there is no democracy”

Amid the cries of “Fora, Temer!” (Out with Temer), feminists are reminding Brazil of the need to re-instate Rousseff, and guarantee human rights and social dignity. Español Português

China y América Latina: relaciones estratégicas en tiempos de cambio

Es palpable la preocupación en China por la incertidumbre que generan las crisis económicas y políticas y los cambios en América Latina. English Português

Reading Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ after the Dallas shooting

King shows us a way of addressing the vacuous nature of our politics, without submitting to the nihilism of sniper fire.

DemocraciaAberta: primeiro ano

Selecionámos 10 artigos de entre os mais exitosos para os nossos leitores durante este primeiro ano. São bons exemplos do que a DemocraciaAberta está a construir. Español English

Paris after Orlando: gay prisoners of racial prejudice

This erasure by journalists and politicians has highlighted the lasting homophobia of French society. It served also as a reminder of how fragile the tenuous progress made for gay rights is.

Racism and xenophobia are resurgent in the UK, and the centre-left is partly to blame

Rather than engaging with the prejudices and misplaced fears of one section of the working class, the Labour party has given validation to forms of bigotry that have deep roots right across society.

When they call Brexit a ‘working-class revolt’, they mean the white British working class

But from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, to London’s Chinatown, the UK’s vote to leave the EU feels threatening, divisive, and poisonous for Britain’s ethnic minority and migrant communities.

DemocraciaAbierta: primer año

Hemos seleccionado 10 artículos de entre los más exitosos para nuestros lectores en este primer año. Son buenos ejemplos de lo que DemocraciaAbierta está construyendo. Português English

The dilemma of the European Left

We must, without ceding to the old myths of totalitarianism, restore meaning to the ideal of sovereignty.

A painful lesson from Brexit: Why DiEM25 needs a simpler message

The facts are simple: for the past three decades, 80% of the people are taken to the cleaners 95% of the time by the top 20% of society.

Theresa May and the love police

In Theresa May’s “One Nation” we are all border guards. Her vision of the Big Society will make us all shrink.

DiEM25: a new anti-fascist alliance for Europe?

A crucial stage in the rise of far right movements is the breakdown of the barrier between their own agenda and the policies of traditional conservative parties.

Demolitions in the West Bank

The Bedouin and rural communities in the Jordan Valley are remote from the conflict, yet key victims of a campaign of oppression.

Pós-conflito na Colômbia (15): Participação cidadã, chave para a paz sustentável

A participação cidadã é chave para pôr em prática os acordos assinados entre o governo e as FARC e para a negociação com o ELN. Español English

Figuring (out) Omar Mateen

Mateen killed 49 people, wounding 53 others, in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida, before being killed in a shootout with local police. But who was he?

Britain riding the tectonic plates

The referendum is at the centre of these shifting plates. It is the crack which can become a chasm in the postwar order.

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