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The Belhaj case shows British intelligence agencies are out of control

Tony Blair’s non-apology to the victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ – and Jack Straw and Theresa May’s attempts to draw a line under the issue – raise more questions than they answer.

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The Belhaj case shows British intelligence agencies are out of control

Tony Blair’s non-apology to the victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ – and Jack Straw and Theresa May’s attempts to draw a line under the issue – raise more questions than they answer.

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Revealed: Brexit campaigner obtained millions of voters' data

Vote Leave's former chief technology officer claims he needed this data to check that donations to his company were legal – despite receiving no donations.

Con- and F-words in the Brexit era

What should post-Brexit governance look like in the UK? What is needed, urgently, is for this to be politically addressed head on.

Six ways Ireland’s abortion referendum could be hacked this week

Anti-abortion money, Facebook ads and boots-on-the-ground volunteers have piled in from across the world to try and swing Friday’s historic vote. Will they succeed?

The Belhaj case shows British intelligence agencies are out of control

Tony Blair’s non-apology to the victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ – and Jack Straw and Theresa May’s attempts to draw a line under the issue – raise more questions than they answer.

When Harry weds Meghan

Some bashed the monarchy and called the royal wedding a non-event. A minority voice claimed that the wedding was no big deal. (He was wrong).

“Just be fair”: when does journalism undermine its own reputation?

 “I don't think I have ever seen another media organisation targeted by the full force of the State, as WikiLeaks is.” Interview with Stefania Maurizi.

Zionism: the history of a contested word

These polarising terms should be shelved, and taken out only when we are discussing political philosophy, which most of the time, we are not.

The fault lines of Welsh politics have been redrawn

Plaid Cymru's leader argues that the UK parties are no longer pretending to represent Wales.

Owning the future: why we need new models of ownership

From the national to the firm level, new models of ownership can begin to reshape how our economy works and for whom.

Yes, neoliberalism is a thing. Don't let economists tell you otherwise

On the list of ‘ten tell-tale signs you’re a neoliberal’, insisting that Neoliberalism Is Not A Thing must surely be number one.

Book review: The Divide by Jason Hickel

A masterful guide to the reality of global inequality and its tangled roots.

The final chapter for North Sea oil

Scotland’s oil should be left under the seabed

Back to the future with empire oil

A network of oil companies arond Mayfair, but registered in Britain's offshore tax-haven network, provides a snapshot of the new imperialism.

Why the Sainsbury's-Asda merger is bad news for everyone

The 'mega merger' is a perfect illustration of the accelerating race to the bottom in the grocery retail sector.

How a DUP-linked company is selling its version of Northern Irish peace to the brutal rulers of Bahrain — and the British taxpayer is paying for it

The British Foreign Office paid two Northern Irish bodies — one linked to the DUP —  to “whitewash” the Bahraini government as it tortured, raped and killed pro-democracy activists.

An open letter to UK university lecturers

Whether it’s the restructuring of lecturers' pensions in the UK or the introduction of selective entrance requirements to French universities — the struggle is one and the same.

Afghan interpreters: belonging on the battlefield, exclusion from the nation?

The recent Windrush migration scandal poignantly illustrated the tensions between people’s sense of belonging to a country, societal recognition of that belonging, and legal status and access to social rights.

Tackling the housing crisis with Urban Land Trusts

How a new approach to managing public land can support the next generation of social housing. 

Why does Britain keep rolling out its monarchy to impress tyrants?

For decades the UK monarchy has been wheeled out to impress human rights abusers to whom Britain is keen to sell arms. This weekend, it’s Bahrain’s turn.

NHS data-sharing U-turn is welcome – but more to do to scrap the ‘hostile environment’

Recent attention to the Windrush scandal has focused attention on the many ways migrants are deterred from accessing healthcare. This Saturday, join NHS workers protesting that they are not border guards.

Can Ireland escape the influence of dark online advertising on its abortion referendum?

Google and Facebook will ban all foreign adverts targeting the vote, but we should be wary of patting Silicon Valley too hard on the back. 

Green and orange, sand and gold - an environmental free-for-all in Northern Ireland?

Neoliberal ideas about reconciliation, a formalisation of sectarian pork barrel politics, and political stasis, are all leaving a legacy of environmental destruction in some of Northern Ireland's most beautiful and important regions.

Are fences our future? The Ulsterification of England... and what we can do

The last time I was on Cluan Place, everyone I spoke to wanted the same two things. It was 2015, not long after Belfast’s flag protests. Young Loyalists would throw rocks at Catholic kids, flee d...

“Simon Jones was 24 when he died, his head crushed by the grab of a crane”

Poor working conditions kill a worker every 11 seconds. All of these deaths are preventable – if the political will is there. An edited version of a speech given on International Workers Day.

Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as merely irrational - nor by withdrawing from Europe.

Where next for migrant Roma communities post-Brexit?

Those committed to ‘freedom of movement’ still have to address their ambivalence regarding migrant Roma communities, who are amongst the most vulnerable groups in UK society.

Unilateral social responsibility from tech companies: enhancing democracy or benevolent dictatorship?

There’s no hiding the power that has accrued to tech companies. As they take action to temper the social issues arising from their platforms is self-regulation enough? In a 2017 interview with ...

Don't invoke the NHS to sell a false idea of 'good nationalism'

This isn't 'good nationalism'. This is nationalism - as ever, in an English context - as forgetting. A response to Zoe Williams.

Community Land Trusts: creating more sustainable communities

An interview with Paul Sander Jackson from Wessex Community Assets. 

As Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections shut down, SCL Group's defence work needs real scrutiny

We can’t understand the significance of Cambridge Analytica without looking at the network it sits in, and how inadequate controls nurtured aspects of this networks’ development.

Revealed: Legatum’s “extraordinary” secretive monthly meetings with Brexit minister

A controversial think tank that argued for a hard Brexit and has been linked with Russian intelligence had monthly meetings with a leading Brexit minister.

Why has a Republican attack operation opened shop in the UK?

And who is paying for their services?

Amber Rudd, the Windrush scandal and the reluctant Remainer

The Windrush scandal is undoubtedly the scene of a crime, multiple crimes. But which scene and what crime now needs maximum public exposure?

Windrush and Legal Aid: how free legal representation could have avoided a national scandal

Many migration decisions are wrong - but since legal aid for such cases was scrapped by the LASPO Act 2012, few migrants have the money to challenge them. Meanwhile, an ongoing review drags on.

Of Quakers and deep democracy – is it time to renew the Quaker Book?

The Quaker movement was born out of radicalism. This weekend Quakers assemble to ask themselves, is it time for Quakerism to renew itself in a more participatory way?

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