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Tracking the backlash: why we're investigating the 'anti-rights' opposition

Growing and globalising networks of conservative and fundamentalist groups are pushing back against our sexual and reproductive rights. Help us investigate.

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Tracking the backlash: why we're investigating the 'anti-rights' opposition

Growing and globalising networks of conservative and fundamentalist groups are pushing back against our sexual and reproductive rights. Help us investigate.

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

What became of Latvia’s left?

Looking at the state of the country’s politics today, you’d hardly imagine it. But 100 years ago, Latvia was one of the most left-wing corners of the doomed Russian Empire.

Why is Theresa May protecting the DUP's dirty little (Brexit) secret?

Tomorrow, the UK government will try to sneak through a law which will bury the DUP's huge Brexit donation in another layer of secrecy.

The left’s problem isn’t politics—it’s metaphysics

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

بين الفقدان وآثار الحرب.. حكايا الأيتام السوريين في تركيا

"دار السلام للأيتام"  مشروع أنشأته عائلة سوريّة، يسكن فيه نحو سبعين طفلاً يتيماً.  يعتبر أولَ و أكبر دار للأيتام السوريين في تركيا.

Conquering spaces of complicit amnesia in Jerusalem: portrait of two independent art institutions

A walk between two independent art institutions in the east and west of Jerusalem shows us how far society is still fractured in the city, and the role of art in conflict.

Catalonia’s December 21 elections

It is time for the Spanish establishment to realise that their country, like any other democracy, can’t be maintained harmoniously only by threatening the use of force and prison sentences.

The new Chilean political (contra) cycle

Chile seems to have a new setback, belatedly questioning the neoliberal consensus and the political logic of the democratic transition that allowed its perpetuation. Español

John Mills, chair of Labour Leave, explains his hopes for Brexit

John Mills, entrepreneur, economist, and Labour donor, defied the party leadership and campaigned for Britain to leave the EU. We ask the chair of Labour Leave what he wants from Brexit.

Dreaming of Somaliland

Somalilanders are quietly and confidently concretizing their dreams of statehood – all with the wish of one day being recognised as a political entity in its own right.

Big media and big money in 2017 - from Disney/Murdoch to Net Neutrality

This week’s events have shown that the new digital media landscape is every bit as monopolistic as the old one. And what’s Murdoch up to now?

The inner lives of queer comrades in early Soviet Russia

At the dawn of Soviet power, LGBT people found a language to express their identity. 

Dollars and desperation: how Russia’s financial crisis hit foreign currency mortgage-holders

Three years on from Russia’s 2014 financial meltdown, people with foreign currency mortgages are still suffering — and are only getting more radical in their struggle. RU

The scramble for data and the need for network self-determination

The scramble for data is unleashing a new form of colonialism: turning a quintessentially open internet into a series of closed, controllable cyber-spaces, where a few players have unprecedented influence.

VIDEO: The man who debunked austerity

Thomas Herndon shot to fame in 2013 when he found errors in a widely cited academic paper used to justify austerity policies in Europe and North America. Here he speaks to openDemocracy about austerity, the financial crisis and the future of economic policy.

From Bah Humbug to Oh Jeremy Corbyn – the best political books of 2017

Never mind miserabilism - this Christmas Mark Perryman discovers plenty of books full of reasons to be cheerful.

Spycops inquiry - concerns over new Chair, as police continue to delay

The inquiry into police spies deceiving activists into relationships has a new Chair – but will justice be served, or will police delays compound the harm they’ve already done?

Honduras, the country where even the police are fed up with electoral fraud and violence

In a country that lives from institutional crisis to institutional crisis since the coup d'état in 2009, the current president clings to power despite allegedly losing the elections. Español

الريف بعد سنة من حادثة محسن فكري، مجروح

بعد سنة على الحادثة المؤلمة، و سلسلة الاحتجاجات التي عاشها الريف، تلتها سلسلة اعتقالات شملت قادة نشطاء الحراك الشعبي، و عسكرة كاملة للمنطقة منذ أشهر. تبدو الحسيمة بعد سنة مجروحة.

How do the extractive industries and agribusiness repress rural communities in Latin America?

Conflicts and resistances involving territories and natural resources have been increasing in Latin America in recent years. Where and how are these conflicts taking place, and who is most affected?

“Our strategy is visibility”: the fight for LGBT rights in Romania

Violence and anti-LGBT hate crime is on the rise in Romania, says activist Vlad Viski. But he and his colleagues refuse to stay silent.

Privatised services are failing thousands of vulnerable addicts and alcoholics

It’s entirely unacceptable that people suffering from addiction are forced to turn to the inadequate private sector for treatment, writes shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth in the wake of a damning report by the regulator.

Why Redneck Revolt says deal with racism first, then economics

Addressing systems of White supremacy can’t be dismissed as ‘identity politics.’

Egypt: do you really want to counter terrorism?

Is the failure intentional or a result of general incompetence? Because of repression or Islamic ideology? This debate should be far from over.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

On Human Rights Day, 2017

UNSOLVED: Five human rights defenders whose killers remain at large. Human Rights Day is on December 10.

A tale of two conferences: exploring the politics of global child labour policies

Two international conferences on child labour were held in South America this fall. In one working children participated, the other not. The results couldn't have been more different.

If we’re serious about social mobility, we need demographic quotas for our universities

Top universities aren’t doing enough to break down the social segregation that puts off poorer students, leaving it easy to portray these establishments as ‘bastions of privilege’.

The business of migration control in Spain

The migration control industry is a complex business. It carries out and influences a system designed to stop the flow of people, not to handle it. Español

The good conscience of French intellectuals: the case of Thomas Guénolé and the French left of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. An open letter

Our right to live freely in the Diaspora is under attack, from both Christian and Zionist supremacism.  

“We have plenty of reasons to protest apart from Platon”

Still angry at a new road tax collection system, Russia’s truck drivers have now been forced to register as a “foreign agent”. So they’re going on strike, again. RU