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Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

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Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

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Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

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Happy 25th birthday, TV-2, or the rise and fall of independent Russian TV

This month TV-2, an independent TV channel in the Siberian city of Tomsk, turns 25 years old. It hasn’t been on the air for 18 months. Русский

Why progressives need to take higher states of consciousness seriously

Far from being detached from reality, visionary alternatives to neo-liberalism are the product of deeper and deeper engagement.

Carrots and sticks: increasing corporate accountability for ‘modern slavery’

Corporate accountability for modern slavery has received greater political and legislative attention in recent years, but is reporting enough?

Greek media and independent journalism under austerity

In Greece, the media landscape under austerity has created bleak conditions for journalism and media freedom; a post-austerity agenda could change this situation.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

Moving towards a fiscal capacity for the euro area: some politico-economic considerations

The implementation of a strengthened fiscal capacity for the Eurozone should proceed by taking into account all its political and economic implications.

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine, suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.

G4S promises (again) to repaint asylum seeker red doors and relocate families at risk

Four months after 'red doors' scandal broke, security company says it really will stop making asylum seekers’ homes so easy to locate and attack.

El Güegüense: strategies for eruption in Nicaragua

The conclusion to this series on Nicaragua’s important election year examines the main opposition coalition’s strategy.  What chance does it have of breathing life into a dormant democratic consciousness? Español

In fighting corruption, whistleblowers must be encouraged

Whistleblowers and society must work together to combat the profound and dangerous penetration of organised crime into the fundamental institutions of the state in Latin America, and elsewhere. Español Português

Why the political crisis in Brazil isn’t a coup

A suspended president, an impeachment campaign and a corruption scandal reaching into the heart of power: Brazil's government may be in turmoil but, crucially, it is still ruled by the law.

Will the Universal Basic Income make us lonely?

A policy that parcels out money to people may maintain, or even exacerbate, levels of loneliness and individualism.

Meet N!DA, the exclamation mark that terrified the Azerbaijani authorities

Azerbaijan’s youth activists are facing brutal repression from the state. But despite the risks, young people are still willing to get involved.

Accounting for human rights: lessons from Syria

If refugee advocates don’t shine a light on budgets, it will be nearly impossible to ensure sustained support for refugee protection efforts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Español

The UK Gangmasters Licensing Agency: a model to be followed and how to undermine it

The GLA has helped mitigate labour exploitation at the British end of agricultural sector supply chains, however British immigration policies and insufficient labour protections in sending countries threaten those gains.

The “Moscow Consensus”: Constructing autocracy in post-Soviet Eurasia

Across the former Soviet Union, a new type of authoritarianism has become the default — with commerce, parliaments, military, media and civil society used to consolidate elite economic and political power. 

From refugees to prisoners

New data show that large swathes of the European public want their governments to show more solidarity with refugees, but instead the EU-Turkey deal has paved the way to mass detention.

This is what Anti-Austerity looks like

Photo essay: People's Assembly against Austerity protest, London, 16 April 2016.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

The invisible victims of economic violence ought to shame the media

The dominant media have failed to report on the pain, misery and fatalities associated with economic violence: from the devastating effects of the Work Capability Assessments to the increase in foodbanks.

Doubts over cause of death of man, 25, at remote UK immigration lockup

Day two of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

Justice for atrocity and economic crimes: can the EU deliver?

With the partial exception of the Holocaust, European states have done little reckoning with their own legacies of abuse inherited from war and repressive rule in Europe and the former colonies.

“Rethinking gender is a tool for world revolution”

Increasingly, original ideas coming up from the Global South are getting into the world civil society agenda. The field of LGBT rights is a good example. Español

Have we passed peak SNP?

With the SNP losing their majority, has the party reached its zenith? And what's happened to Tom Nairn's three dreams of Scottish Nationalism?

Women and children first: Homeland Security targets “family units” for deportation in May and June

Homeland Security is about to embark on quest to arrest and deport Central Americans who applied for refugee status in the United States in the summer of 2014, focusing particulary on women and children. Español

How to stay human

Neoliberalism encourages us to treat every aspect of our lives as if it were on sale in a marketplace: is it an anti-spiritual project?

The BBC has lost touch: here's how it could re-connect

A filmmaker advises BBC news staff on how to better engage with the harsh realities of life for many in Britain.

Bob Dylan, in and out of time

The work of the great American musician, born 75 years ago, both expresses and transcends his own era.