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Call for submissions: Listening to Libya - Intervention and its aftermath

NAWA seeks to provide a deeper look into Libya by inviting Libyan writers, and readers to submit their thoughts, articles and pitches but also their reading recommendations to us.

Call for participants: Tunisia, Middle East Forum

يبحث موقع openDemocracy عن مشاركين لمنتدى الشرق الأوسط لتونس.

openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Tunisia.

A response to “Georgian land, Georgian freedom”

We recently published an article arguing in favour of Georgia’s proposed ban on selling agricultural land to foreign buyers. A foreign landowner with several years’ experience in the country’s agricultural sector uses his right of response to argue against the move.

Is the BBC hideously middle class?

And, if it is, why is this a problem, and what can be done about it?

Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 

‘Substantial’ fine linked to DUP’s secret Brexit donors

Former minister demands answers on £6,000 fine, questioning legality of DUP’s mystery source of Brexit cash

Catalonia: an uncompleted transition?

The revolution to build democratic ‘stability’ and peace based on human rights and respect for citizen participation is an open-ended process in which dialogue, negotiation and participation are vital and ‘immortal’ cornerstones. Español

Catalunya and beyond: what’s after the nation-state?

To take back control we need neither to retreat to existing nation-states nor to replicate the nation state’s authoritarian structures at a smaller, regional level.

How lawyers fail migrants in the UK

Access to justice has diminished almost to vanishing point, leaving asylum seekers and irregular migrants at risk of exploitation.

Eight reasons why we shouldn’t use the term ‘modern slavery’

The imperialist and racist undertones of ‘modern slavery’ should be troubling for anybody seeking to advance human rights.

40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

The new slavery estimates will guide international policy for years to come, which is why we need to start taking their data limitations seriously.

Can theatre change your mind?

Most people don’t think of media as propaganda, but confirmation bias is rife. What can be done? 

A tale of two revolutions, or “decommunisation”, Ukrainian-style

Ukrainian politicians see their country’s Soviet heritage as a major obstacle on the way to a brave new world. It's a shame they’re using the same revolutionary methods as the communists to deal with it. RU

oD partners with the Festival for New Economic Thinking

openDemocracy is delighted to be partnering with the Festival for New Economic Thinking which is taking place on 19-20 Oct 2017 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. 

Don’t give up on democracy in Moldova

MAIA SANDU JPG red.jpgMoldova had high hopes for democratic transition. But with an oligarch at the helm, democracy is under threat on the EU’s border.

 

Two years after the Mariana disaster, the mining industry keeps the upper hand in Brazil

Brazil's biggest environmental catastrophe of recent times is reaching its two-year mark, but the mining company is still trying to evade its responsibilities by co-opting the state. Español Português

Mystery deepens over secret source of Brexit 'dark money'

Only one major pro-Leave donor refuses to distance himself from controversial £435,000, which bankrolled DUP's Brexit spending spree.

Who bankrolled Brexit?

The United Kingdom has transparency laws which should give citizens a full and immediate answer to this question. And yet, we still don’t have one.

How anti-abortion extremists are exploiting #BlackLivesMatter to vilify African-American women

Fighting anti-choice campaigns requires more than a gendered approach – reproductive justice demands direct anti-racist work too.

Organising the unorganised in India

When will the workers of India become sufficiently united to demand a change in terms?

Head, heart and hands: 25 years of Schumacher College

All students are encouraged to be creative and to care for others. Cleverness should be the servant of wisdom.

EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

Workers are not poor and disadvantaged because they have been left behind. They are poor because they are being robbed.

South Tyrol is a success story at a difficult time for majority‒minority relations

Why the multicultural Italian province of South Tyrol provides an interesting counter-example to other contested regions, such as Catalonia and Scotland.

Closure of the European University at St Petersburg: a dead cert?

The attack on this institution is another example of how Russia has chosen to ignore the international community — and how Putin’s political order is changing. RU

 

Yulia Galyamina: “Party politics has exhausted itself”

Yulia Galyamina is a newly elected municipal councillor in Moscow. I asked her about networked protest, party discipline and her plans for the future. RU

Occupy and resist! School occupations in Brazil

A show of student dissent in 2015 and 2016 highlighted the return of mass mobilisation in Brazil, and paved a path for new forms of youth political engagement.