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Belarus’s Chernobyl taboo

Thirty years after the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the government of neighbouring Belarus still refuses to release information about real radiation levels in the surrounding area. It’s even planning to build a new nuclear power plant. Русский

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Belarus’s Chernobyl taboo

Thirty years after the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the government of neighbouring Belarus still refuses to release information about real radiation levels in the surrounding area. It’s even planning to build a new nuclear power plant. Русский

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Ray Filar

Ray Filar is co-editor of Transformation and a freelance journalist.

If you want change, learn when to argue and when to stop

Getting stuck in the wrong fights can eat up energy—so learn to use it wisely.

From the sorrow to the shame of Belgium

The legalisation of this 'newcomer’s statement' is an undeniable step on the slippery slope in the dehumanisation of Europe’s ‘new Jews’. Alarm bells should be ringing.

Lessons from Serbia's general election

The Serbian election results are not as 'ordinary' as they first appear.

Outrage and outsourcing in Russian healthcare

The doctor is out. Hunger strikes, mistreatment of patients and general desperation are beginning to seem like a feature – as opposed to a bug – of Russia’s healthcare system. Русский

In defence of today’s anti-fascist protesters

Populist leaders today are unable to completely abolish multi-party systems, free press, individual freedom, or instigate actual war both inside and outside the country. But we can’t ignore the danger they present.

Tibet, symbolism and the Czech Republic

Czech President Milos Zeman recently labelled pro-Tibet protestors "mentally ill" during a visit of the Chinese President to the Czech Republic. What does this say about Zeman and Czech society?

Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

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Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.

 

Jeremy Corbyn, the future not the past

It is time to see Labour's leader in a new perspective. Can his party's MPs rise to the challenge?

Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

For Amnesty’s India office, raising local funds is all about membership

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Funding for Human Rights.

Where will we end up? Terrorism, Islamophobia and the logic of fascism

Fascism is not only a form of prejudice, it is also a political logic. A logic that reduces complex problems to ‘us and them’ issues.

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t got an ‘antisemitism problem’. His opponents do.

Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters have been blamed for rising antisemitism in the Labour party. These claims are baseless.

The state of regional Kurdish politics: divided as ever

The confidence that prevailed in Kurdish streets in the aftermath of the Kobane victory is now replaced by a growing sense of abandonment and misery, with nationalism its natural expression.

Football's greatest hurt of all: the context for Hillsborough

To understand the Hillsborough disaster, you have to see the context: vilification of football fans and the working class; England's decay, and the violence of the 1980s.

Belarus’s Chernobyl taboo

Thirty years after the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the government of neighbouring Belarus still refuses to release information about real radiation levels in the surrounding area. It’s even planning to build a new nuclear power plant. Русский

Fun ways to stop corporations taking over schools

Tests and tech are being used to push privatisation into schools.

Turkey’s presidential transition, done the hard way

Erdoğan is successfully pushing the HDP further to the margins and the HDP seems to be taking the bait doubly pressed upon them by Erdoğan and the PKK.

Transforming the politics of makeup

Drag is everywhere. Drag is looks you created and looks you woke up with. At heart, the transformative nature of makeup is about allowing your curious self to flourish.

Redefining relations between Latin America and China

According to a new report by the OECD, Latin America will have to redefine its relations with China if it is to resume economic growth. Español Português

Can porn be feminist? A conversation with Erika Lust

Feminist porn is sex on film showing women and men as sexual equals - that sex is something you do together, not just something that a man does to a woman

Statelessness as forced displacement

When we think of forced displacement, we don’t usually think about the stateless. But we should. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

Xi Jinping: servant or dictator?

China's communist party awaits a steer on its next leadership transition. But might the current president have other plans?

« Punish the deserving »: the war against terror and its dead ends

In spite of the colossal amount of resource consumed during the operations evoked, none of the coercive options of these last fifteen years has proved effective with regard to the pursued objectives of stabilization.

The Turkey–EU refugee deal and how to really solve 'the problem'

Unless there is mobilisation to provide a better life for those in underdeveloped parts of the world, the 'problem' of people's desire to migrate in search of a better life will persist.

‘Symbol of life’: where taking drugs is a sacred act

The war on drugs is presented as a battle against social evils. But from the Andes to the Caribbean, prohibition has criminalised cultural expression.

The Chernobyl accident in Ukraine, 30 years after

The Chernobyl disaster of April, 26, 1986, in Ukraine, is considered the worst nuclear accident in history together with the one in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. Español