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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Abandonment, civil life and black rage in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura

What the government’s responses indicate is that because black lives do not matter, to be heard black protest must to disturb civil life, or be domesticated under the politics of multicultural rights.

How do we fight anti-rights fundamentalism at the United Nations?

An extract from the first report of a new initiative tracks how fundamentalist groups have embraced the UN as a site to foster conservative social change.

Reimagining India in Britain

The Great India Show covers even science in India. It has been blessed by the two governments. Britain is out on a mission to rediscover India.   

Geographies of racism, fascism and intolerance: mapping hate, recording violence

How can visualising hate crimes in south Asia enhance understanding and serve as a basis for organising policy and public action?

We are not your case study: weaving transnational solidarities across the semi-peripheries

As transnational activists navigating this intricate landscape we need self-criticism, paying careful attention to systems of exclusion we are not immune to. But we need criticism that is generative.

Lessons from farmers and indigenous women: cultivate democracy

Learning to live in harmony with the land is co-constituent to human rights activism. Jennifer Allsopp reports for 50.50 from the second day of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. 

What would a world without barriers to feminist solidarity look like?

Citizenship is a duty that transcends borders. Jennifer Allsopp reports for 50.50 from the first day of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. 

Triunfó el Amor: Jimena y su novia volvieron a casa

La lesbofobia no conoce fronteras. Perseguidas por la familia de una de ellas, Jimena y Shaza primero estuvieron en Dubái, luego en Georgia y finalmente fueron detenidas en Turquía. English 

Love prevails: Jimena and Shaza are safely back

Lesbophobia knows no boundaries. Persecuted by the family of one of them, Jimena and Shaza travelled first to Dubai, then to Georgia, and were finally detained in Turkey. Español

CEU and NGO crackdown: a double blow for Roma inclusion in Hungary

The university, its culture, and its location here in Budapest, are a vital component of the social and economic expansion of Roma in Europe. Few universities have made Roma empowerment so central to their mission as CEU have.

Virtue-signalling as a route to social status: instances from the semi-periphery

Two Budapest-based activists give a vivid account of the ideological constraints they are working under, not helped by certain fashionable forms of ‘intersectionality’.

Foresight in an ageing world

With social cohesion a cultural priority, Israel has long been a leader in ensuring that its citizens are able to remain active within their communities as they age.

Can Lebanon’s sectarian elite agree on an electoral law?

The electoral law impasse is yet further proof of how all political matters can be instrumentalized in a bigoted sectarian discourse far from the aspirations of the public.

“You black bastard” Offensive, friendly banter, somewhere in between or both?

“There is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere” and certainly not in Britain or Australia.

From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK

“If all the Europeans leave, who work so hard and they pay taxes, how are they going to manage to keep the benefit system in the first place?”

Conflict in Syria: stop instrumentalising women’s rights

The international community is not listening to us. It must depoliticise the fight against sexual violence and humanise the countering violent extremism strategy.

Jemna in Tunisia: an inspiring land struggle in North Africa

Jemna is a beacon of hope for a Tunisia and needs to be supported, celebrated and emulated for the sake of its people and for our sake.

Micaela: el femicidio apagó el sol

La violación y asesinato de Micaela García, una joven activista de 21 años pone demasiadas preguntas sobre el nivel intolerable de violencia, de machismo y de injusticia en Argentina. English.

A new chapter for feminism in Jordan

More and more Jordanian women are refusing to accept the sexist status quo and choosing to change it.

We've triggered Article 50. Is this such a tragedy for Europe?

It is now possible that new governments in France and Germany will respond to civil society pressure and do what is needed to change the EU, without being blocked by Britain.

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.

Subverting neoliberal slavery: migrant struggles against labour exploitation in Italy

We are witnessing cumulative processes of politicization – struggles and organization involving migrant workers and activists setting out to build awareness locally, and link up globally.     

Dealbreaker: EU migration policy causes more harm and chaos one year after EU-Turkey deal

As we mark the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, the EU’s migration policies are more contradictory than ever, ignoring evidence and by-passing democratic procedures.

The EU’s self-inflicted traps undermine its ability to respond to Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism

European mainstream leaders often forget that the fight against far-right appeal requires a rather more systematic approach, with or without the cooperation of Turkey in tackling Syrian refugees.

The five poverties of inequality

Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Español Português

Las cinco pobrezas de la inequidad

A pesar de los miles de millones gastados en combatir la pobreza, no disminuye el número de pobres en el mundo. Y América Latina sigue siendo la región más desigual del mundo. English Português

As cinco pobrezas da iniquidade

Apesar dos milhares de milhões gastos em combater a pobreza, não diminui o número de pobres no mundo. E a América Latina continua a ser a região mais desigual do mundo. English Español

Across Latin America, violence against women fuels more crime

The incredibly high levels of violence against women in Latin America have long been denounced by NGOs and the media. This form of violence helps lay the groundwork for criminal behaviour. Español

الحركة العمالية: صعود جديد يدفعه الإفقار ويعوقه القمع

محاولة عاملات المحلة الإضراب في مطلع فبرايريمكن اعتبارها أحد إرهاصات وبوادر صعود جديد للحركة العمالية في مصر.

Dutch elections: little to celebrate

It is the normalisation of racist liberalism that is the key to what is happening. While many have argued that Wilders is a break from Dutch liberalism, Wilders is actually a continuation by other means.

The UK government’s attitude to refugees, then and now

Britain has a history of barbarism towards refugees.

Protesters say Jordanian law dealing with ‘honour’ crimes is a “license to kill"

Gathering outside the national parliament last month, a group of young protesters confronted one of Jordan’s most taboo topics.

Adding insult to injury: when Israel and Britain celebrate the historical trauma of Palestinians

Palestinians will not be silenced. We will voice our historical testimony and tell our narrative to make sense of the senseless grievances of colonialism.

The European Court has normalized 'Hijabophobia'

What did the European Court’s ruling of March 14 say in the case of Samira Achbita’s dismissal by G4S because she wanted to wear the headscarf to work?

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

It was the al Qaeda attacks in 2001, followed in quick succession by two political murders, that completely altered not just the landscape but the logic of Dutch politics.

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