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The Guardian view on... cultural genocide

When Britain's liberal newspaper parrots the lines of hardline nationalists opposing diversity, something interesting is going on.

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The Guardian view on... cultural genocide

When Britain's liberal newspaper parrots the lines of hardline nationalists opposing diversity, something interesting is going on.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

Ulster and Brexit, a return of Britain's violent history

Brexiteers’ apparent willingness to cut loose the Northern Irish peace process reflects a historic world view that hasn’t advanced much since the English Civil War.

The Guardian view on... cultural genocide

When Britain's liberal newspaper parrots the lines of hardline nationalists opposing diversity, something interesting is going on.

VIDEO: Can radical social democracy save us?

Paul Mason, Dr Faiza Shaheen, Anthony Barnett and Dr Johnna Montgomerie discuss whether radical social democracy offers a way out of the crisis of neoliberalism, and what that means for future economic policy. 

UK diplomats met, talked Brexit with Trump aide linked to Russia probe

More details emerge of controversial meetings between UK foreign office officials and George Papadopoulos.

#HeartUnions - why young workers need trade unions more than ever

Can't book medical appointments because of unpredictable shifts? Can't book leave because your boss doesn't like you? The reality of modern work doesn’t have to be this way.

What we've discovered in a year investigating the dark money that funded Brexit means we can't stop now

On the first anniversary of our dark money investigation...

Brexit means…more arms dealing to human rights abusers

The UK has a long and inglorious history of political and military support for dictatorships. Ministerial statements suggest Brexit will make it even worse.

Automation can set us free - but if mismanaged it will leave our democracy in peril

We must start planning now to ensure democracy thrives in the information and network age.

Revealed: how hundreds of seats are effectively ‘reserved’ by men at Westminster

New research released today shows how our electoral system is blocking progress towards greater gender equality in parliament. It’s time for a new frontier.   

Falling house prices could be the reboot our economy desperately needs. But only if we prepare for a soft landing

We must act to bring house prices down in a controlled and gradual way, or the long overdue bursting of the UK’s housing bubble will wreak havoc on our economy. 

After Carillion, can capitalism clean up its act? Or will Marx have the final word?

Carillion's collapse - and other failures such as privatised forensics firm Randox - show the limits of the managerial revolution. But who'll take on the robber barons?

England is anxious

Rather than comfort ourselves with nostalgia for monarchy, empire, church, and the ‘special relationship’, it’s time to embrace confusion - and optimism? - about what ‘England’ could mean in the modern world.

Big Agriculture’s Brexiteers are pulling the wool over our eyes

Big Agriculture wants wholesale deregulation, New Zealand-style – and is buying influence and positive news coverage to skew the debate.

The fight for control must take place where it really matters: in the arenas of everyday life

From the internet and the media to the workplace and housing, the fight for control must extend far beyond parliamentary democracy.  

An unhealthy environment – the DUP, environmental policies, and Brexit

Few in Britain have taken a serious look at the DUP’s environmental record. Tommy Greene examines what it could mean for Ireland’s environment – and for Brexit.

Counter-terrorism: new UK strategy must learn obvious lessons

Since 2001, Britain has compromised its passion for the rights of people in the name of counter-terrorism, thereby undermining its national security and winning enemies faster than they are eliminated.

The secrets of 'Black Ops' advertising. Who is paying for our news?

"I think the public would resent knowing they are being tricked. So best not to always tell them."

How a GM giant ‘bought control’ of what millions of Londoners read

The Evening Standard’s lucrative deal with Swiss chemical giant Syngenta shows how commercial giants pay for news – with readers left in the dark.

Criticism of economics isn’t ‘dangerous’. But a stubborn monoculture is

By refusing to engage seriously with criticism, the economics profession is undermining its intellectual authority.  

Remembering Sam Semoff – an American in exile fighting to defend the NHS

“No-one – porter, domestic, nurse, medic or Consultant - got within a few feet of Sam in hospital without being asked their attitude to the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), or the latest government plans to undermine the NHS."

Democracy still hasn't caught up with the needs of women - particularly young, working class, and black women

Not all women in the UK got the vote in 1918, nor can vote now. Women - particularly marginalised women - have often found their political strength in extra-parliamentary action.

The Conservatives have turned universal suffrage into a contest for manipulation. Here’s what we must do.

To cure psuedo-democracy we must address recent abuses that disenfranchise the poor and sow seeds of discord.

International Criminal Justice: from past to future

The ICC will eventually be competent on the crime of aggression, prosecuting not only war crimes, but also the crime of war (for which heads of states bear primary responsibility).

Green Brexit?

Recent months have seen green added to the red, white and blue Brexit boasted by Theresa May. Green Party peer and Leave voter, Jenny Jones, explores the thinking. Interview.

The EU as Britain’s constitutional stabiliser?

More than it thinks, Britain may need its membership in the EU for the preservation of its national integrity and of its ancient constitutional settlement.

Manchester is not a 'radical city', Salford is - of housing, Labour, and neoliberal bastions

As the Corbynistas besiege the New Labour diehards, as in other Labour-run councils, the main battleground is housing. Meanwhile, Salford is pursuing a genuinely radical path.

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.

Neoliberalism has destroyed social mobility. Together we must rebuild it

In his first monthly column for openDemocracy, Paul Mason argues that the mission of radical social democracy must be to rekindle hope in a simple idea: that life in your community will get better. Ne...

Ministry of Defence not fit for purpose

The MoD has a vested interest in exaggerating threats, in promoting concerns about a new cold war, in order to persuade the UK government, MPs, and the public to give it extra money.

How to start a revolution - remembering Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp, the American philosopher of non-violent direct action whose extensive writings have inspired generations of activists, died this week aged 90. Tim Gee pays tribute.

Not on the Menu – what the Presidents Club revealed about hospitality work and media attitudes

More than 8 in 10 hotel and hospitality workers have experienced unwanted touching at work. Trade unionists are organising a fight back – but the media just wants to portray women as passive victims.

Beyond shareholder value: why transforming the firm can fix Britain's economy

Outdated company governance is holding our economy back. It's time to change it. 

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?

The magnificent oomph: securing a progressive Brexit

Yanis Varoufakis addressed a packed room of Labour Party MPs and councillors on fighting present and future battles with 'Norway plus', yesterday evening at the House of Commons. 

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