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Doing business at the border: abuse, complicity and legality

As abuses in Australia’s detention centres worsen, there are growing calls for the boycott of a global system of inhumane, but profitable, mistreatment of refugees.

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Doing business at the border: abuse, complicity and legality

As abuses in Australia’s detention centres worsen, there are growing calls for the boycott of a global system of inhumane, but profitable, mistreatment of refugees.

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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Does the Erdoğan-Davutoğlu split provide an opening for Turkish democracy?

Institutions are the most useful tools for autocrats helping them ‘encapsulate’ or ‘co-opt’ opposition and resistance, and the AKP will continue to hijack them so long as it is in power.

Human rights violations in south-east Turkey: failed peace talks followed by increasing violence

“Kurds are scared to go into their homes and Turks are scared to go out of their homes”. This is the state of public order in Turkey in the wake of the failed peace talks.  

Court victory gives momentum to long struggle against London arms fair

Eight people have been found not guilty of using direct action to shut down one of the largest arms fairs in the world.

The limits of borders

Borders are constructed to separate people, but they become a permanent point of contact and violence between the two sides.

In beautiful, beleaguered Nicaragua, a democracy lays dormant (Part 1)

The first of a three part series on Nicaragua’s election year looks at how President Ortega deals with the judicial and the press, doing everything to retain indefinite rule. Español

The General Strike to Corbyn: 90 years of BBC establishment bias

On the anniversary of the 1926 General Strike, looking back to the early BBC helps us understand the latest bias scandal, over coverage of Labour's anti-semitism scandal vs Tory election fraud.

Doing business at the border: abuse, complicity and legality

As abuses in Australia’s detention centres become increasingly stark, there are growing calls for the boycott of a global system of inhumane, but profitable, mistreatment of refugees.

Researching surrogacy online: the challenges and opportunities of digital ethnography

Online discussions on support websites, in which geographically dispersed people communicate about shared concerns, can yield valuable data for fieldwork when looked at correctly.

ISIS in action: Tel Askuf decoded

The combat death of an American soldier in Iraq gives a revealing insight into ISIS's military capacity.

TTIP: we were right all along

Attacked and ridiculued, the leak of 243 pages of TTIP negotiations concerning climate, environment and public health prove that civil society organisations were right all along.

Geopolitical issues in the Southern Cone

The new Argentinian government will probably concentrate more on the economic, environmental and security challenges of the South Atlantic, than stressing the Malvinas issue as its main foreign policy priority. Español

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: an argument for protecting humanitarian law in US politics

The extremist goals of those who seek to abolish such laws reflect a deeply problematic ideology, in which guilt by association is a celebrated norm.

Young grassroots activism on the rise in Iraq: voices from Baghdad and Najaf

Through banners and slogans, grassroots groups find new, inclusive ways of being Iraqi in a country traumatised by authoritarianism, occupation and sectarian war.

Who will take the lead on economic inequality, and who should?

Human rights lack the best language and tools to describe and solve inequality’s most pernicious impacts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Without adequate reflection, new refugee solutions risk failing

We have to stop pushing new refugee solutions without assessing where we have succeeded and failed so far. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Français

Interview: Martin Kobler, the UN envoy trying to put Libya back together

The veteran German diplomat speaks about the challenge of uniting Libya and ending a civil war.

Trapped in the new Greek archipelago with no way out

According to the UNHCR, some 46,000 refugees are stranded in Greece - trapped in an archipelago of camps that stretches from the northern borderlands, to Athens and the Aegean islands.

As the old parties offer dull prospects for London, what can they learn from Take Back the City?

A group of young, diverse activists in London have much to teach the old parties.

Going global: the UK government’s ‘CVE’ agenda, counter-radicalisation and covert propaganda

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts, the government tells us, "address the root causes of extremism through community engagement". But could this globalising project have counter-productive consequences?

Maddening times

The European referendum is taking place in the context of – and because of – the disintegration, and reinvention, of party politics in Britain and around the world. The next chapter of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Ending the silence around German colonialism

At least 300,000 people died at the hands of German colonizers during its empire. These art projects are uncovering colonial histories to understand racism in Germany today.

Is it utopian to argue for open borders?

Thousands of migrants in Europe are prisoners of border controls. They ask, 'are we not human?' Is it utopian to answer yes, and that we need to open the borders?

'The Devil is in the Details': development, women's rights and religious fundamentalisms

Dealing with the escalation of violence against women across the world requires a wider adoption of a feminist approach to working at the nexus of development, religious fundamentalisms and women’s rights.

When national security trumps international humanitarian law, who wins?

International humanitarian law is not a diplomatic conversation devoid of real world implications, and ignoring it creates a free-for-all.

Towards a citizens' constitutional convention

What will it take to create a genuinely citizen-led constitutional convention for the UK? A meeting in Parliament on May 10, convened by Assemblies for Democracy, will aim to find out. 

This isn’t public policy: the prelude to the BBC White Paper

Debate about the BBC’s Charter Review has been dominated by leaks and rumours that ultimately play into the hands of commercial lobbyists. Where are the voices of licence-fee payers? 

Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights not to blame for takedown of WhatsApp

It was a tough job to get the Marco Civil da Internet approved. But it seems the work is far from done.

Celebrating labour day in the red city – Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"“I don’t think older people are nostalgic about the socialist past. I can see that the life was better in those days..."

Middle classes in Latin America (5). From the rhetoric of growth to post-agreement expectations in Colombia

Although the rise of the middle classes in Colombia responds to the same factors as in the rest of Latin  America, social unrest here has a particularly multiclass character. Español

Human rights for Martians

The human rights movement can be seen as the ongoing but failing struggle to close the gap between the abstract man of the Declarations and the empirical human being. Has it succeeded? Yes and no.