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How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

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The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Don't forget the role of the press in Brexit

The lies of Britain's papers have been key to shaping the country's current predicament

The banality of Golden Dawn

With Golden Dawn having entrenched themselves as the third-largest party in Greece, can they still be considered a 'criminal gang'? Or is this just the new political normal in Greece?

Why a second independence referendum is not inevitable in Scotland

In the complexity of post-Brexit Britain, a second independence referendum in Scotland isn't the dead-cert some think.

Power and precarity: the class politics of the Labour leadership race

Labour's hotly-contested leadership election is underpinned by issues of class and poverty. Yet the class dynamics at play are seldom openly addressed.

"The majority of Hungarians are apathetic, indifferent, and devoid of hope." An interview with Gaspár M. Tamás

Jaroslav Fiala speaks to Gaspár M. Tamás about the brutality of capitalism, Orbán’s Hungary, and the failure of the European system.

Independence Day for the BBC?

In an uncertain ‘Brexit Britain’, we must ensure that the BBC remains a public broadcaster, as free as possible from state interference.

Who is Owen Smith?

What do his on-the-record comments and voting record tell us about the challenger for the Labour leadership and his differences with Jeremy Corbyn?

Welsh football, Brexit and the future of British national identity

Wales' performance in the European Cup helped build a cross-racial national identity. But more must be done if everyone from Wales is to feel accepted as Welsh.

Transforming the mortgage system and challenging the Zombie Economy

By developing stable mortgage finance institutions that do not require government bailouts we can break the “doom loop” between the financial sector and the British state.

Jeremy Corbyn, impartiality and media misrepresentation

Another academic study has found systemic bias against Jeremy Corbyn in the British media.

Putin and Trump’s bad bromance

The recent leak of emails from inside the US Democratic Party have led to allegations that Trump is a Kremlin agent. This is clickbait conspiracy at its best.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with Mark Anner

BTS speaks with the director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights on what creates a race to the bottom in supply chains.

The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

Digital democracy meets the oligarchs uptown

If Labour is to win the next general election, these activists must enthuse those who aren't their Facebook friends, Twitter followers or blog readers.

Scotland has four EU options - but which are realistic?

Everyone is trying to figure out what Brexit means - including Scotland.

Hillary is running a Remain campaign. She needs to change track – or she’ll lose.

American voters, like many who opted for Leave in the UK's EU referendum, are angry and want change. The Democrats will lose if they offer a message of continuity.

Challenges and opportunities of the unbanked and under-banked

Talking about access to appropriate and affordable finance is one thing but what happens when people reject those banks? What happens if some consumers never feel banks can provide for them?

Raqqa to the world: a letter

How might a young British adherent of ISIS, now in Syria, see the intensifying war? The latest letter in a series imagined by Paul Rogers.                       

Using technology to inject the demos back into democracy

Online deliberation allows us to take a leap towards much deeper democracy.

The political economy of the Arab Spring: searching for the virtuous circle

No matter how tragic the short and medium-term consequences of some of the uprisings, their outbreak might eventually lead the Arab world to enter steadily the trajectory to democracy and good governance.

It's time to disband the 'Tribe of the 48%'

We cannot ground an effective political movement on the 48% who voted Remain. Instead, we must look for solutions to the political divisions that created this tribe.

We need to rethink the relationship between mental health and political violence

Simplistic, sensationalist media coverage of terrorism obscures our understanding of its causes, and hinders our ability to prevent it.

Mapping global business opinions on human rights

A global survey of over 800 corporate leaders shows overwhelming recognition that companies must respect human rights, although confusion regarding the exact scope of their duties is a key obstacle to action.  

Torture was once 'normal' in Georgia's prisons — this is how they 'effectively abolished' it

Georgia's prisons used to be dirty and dangerousPrisoners recounted beatings and NGOs reported institutionalised torture. But since 2012, there has been an amazing turnaround.

Behind the ‘ghetto’: the path from exploited migrant labour to the supermarkets’ shelves

The #FilieraSporca campaign was established to track the orange supply chain across Italy from the fields to supermarkets’ shelves. It calls for ‘cleaning’ the supply chain through tracking and labelling.

Still no country for women? Double standards in choosing the next UN Secretary-General

Six of the twelve candidates for the job of UN Secretary-General are women, but in the first informal vote at the Security Council only one woman made it to the top five. Why ?

How the Democrats left the door wide open for Donald Trump

The Democrats ditched the working class in favour of a professional elite leaving Trump  a master of 'resentment politics'  to hoover up their votes. An interview with Listen Liberal! author Thomas Frank.

The Brexit vote raises more questions than answers

Why did people vote the way they did, what were they voting for, and will they still feel the same way when the time comes to leave the EU?