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Halfway to Gilead: how the alt-right’s online culture wars made hate mainstream

Breitbart himself said that “politics is downstream from culture”. Expanding what’s sayable to determine what is doable, here’s how the alt-right grew roots. Review of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies.

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Halfway to Gilead: how the alt-right’s online culture wars made hate mainstream

Breitbart himself said that “politics is downstream from culture”. Expanding what’s sayable to determine what is doable, here’s how the alt-right grew roots. Review of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies.

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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

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

Harvey Weinstein: Italian media coverage of the scandal has been predictably outrageous

The Italian media has failed, once again, to focus on systems of power and abuse. Actress Asia Argento has been treated particularly harshly. 

Vesti: Weapon or casualty in the information war?

The search for Russian influence in Ukraine’s media is an important task. But when the mainstream makes little space for inconvenient facts, who ends up losing?

My white friend asked me to explain white privilege, so I decided to be honest.

He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.

Estonia’s Narva: caught between two worlds?

An attempt at self-immolation in this Estonian border town is shifting the focus back on geopolitical games between Russia and the EU. RU

Palestinian winemaking under occupation

The stories of two Palestinians reviving winemaking as a source of livelihood in Palestine and a reminder of the rich cultures and history that is often obscured by the conflict.

ISIS, a global franchise

What do a Somalia truck, a Filipino city, and a Niger start-up have in common?

Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.

How did Arron Banks afford Brexit?

The self-styled ‘bad boy’ who bankrolled the Leave campaign appears to have exaggerated his wealth. So how did he pay for his Brexit spree?

Creating the Democratic Economy

How do we develop a democratic economy, which is fundamentally underpinned by the values of social justice, rather than exchange value?

Why economics has a democratic deficit

We can't afford to leave economics to the 'experts'.

The presence of the past: lessons of history for anti-trafficking work

Those fighting against modern slavery draw inspiration from the abolitionists of yesteryear, but their misappropriation of the transatlantic slave trade is dangerous.

The UK, ‘modern slavery’, and the elephant in the room: prevention

Europe hosts many examples of how to prevent exploitation in national labour markets. This EU Anti-Trafficking Day, why doesn’t the UK follow suit?

Halfway to Gilead: how the alt-right’s online culture wars made hate mainstream

Breitbart himself said that “politics is downstream from culture”. Expanding what’s sayable to determine what is doable, here’s how the alt-right grew roots. Review of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies.

New economic thinking is the method: the object is to change the world

To overcome the key challenges of the 21st century, we need to transform the way that economics is taught, studied, and practiced. 

If the hard Brexiteers have nothing to hide, they've nothing to fear

Molly Scott Cato MEP explains why she has teamed up with the Good Law Project to force the government to lift the veil of secrecy on its Brexit impact reports - through action in the high court, if neccessary.

Victim of Chechnya’s anti-LGBT purge seeks justice

But will the Russian authorities deliver on their pledges to Investigate?

Recently on OpenGlobalRights: authors debate human rights' relationship as democracy declines

Catch up on OpenGlobalRights, where recent articles discuss effective coalition building, using court judgements to uphold human rights, elections at the UN Human Rights Council, and the decline of human rights institutions in the face of populist democracies. 

Chile elections: why progressives will not win

Chilean progressives have achieved great cultural victories but are politically fragmented. Their crisis is deeper than it seems. And solutions are not just around the corner. Español

“What is democracy if it doesn’t lead to development for the people?”

Resisting a “deconsolidation of democracy” requires attendance to the specific needs of individual contexts, taking people out of poverty and centring the underserved majorities of women and the young.

Voices to lift our spirits

“In a protest, we’re all bystanders, we’re all there because of some attempt to marginalise us; the bystanders are the people making history.” Book review.

Museveni: the next ‘benevolent’ President for life?

In Uganda, Museveni and his supporters battle to remove the constitutional age limit which bars him from running again, by presenting himself as the expression of "the masses'"' wishes.

Why Catalonia is not the Balkans

An analysis of where the Spain/Yugoslavia comparison succeeds, and where it fails.

All refugees want to go home. Right?

Wanting to return home and restore one’s country should be a choice, not an obligation placed upon you by those also claiming to offer you protection.

Nationalism as a substitute for equality

Real equality cannot be achieved through distribution alone, but by relying on personal relationships with one another. If we are to reduce inequality, and fight populism, we must rehabilitate equality. Interview. Español

UK government set to ignore Northern Ireland parties’ transparency calls

Brokenshire loses his excuse for hiding DUP’s lavish Brexit donors, but still refuses to reveal their identity

Look that monster dead in the face: tackling domestic violence in lesbian relationships

Art can create safe spaces for queer women to address often-ignored domestic violence. This is important to end the silence, and to heal.