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The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

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Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern sign the Belfast Agreement. Image, BBC, fair use.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern sign the Belfast Agreement. Image, BBC, fair use.

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Russian interference in the virtual world is not the problem

If there were no Russian "influence operations" in the virtual world, no disinformation campaign spearheaded by Russian bots and trolls, would the western world look much different today?

The Backlash podcast episode 1: Women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and professor Akanksa Mehta at the University of Sussex.

Elections and the Egyptian movement of 2011: thinking with Alain Badiou about the current situation

For French philosopher Alain Badiou, elections pose a more important question for the movement in Egypt beyond the issue of participation. العربية

الانتخابات وحركة ٢٠١١ في مصر: التفكير مع آلان باديو عن الوضع الحالي

بالنسبة للمفكر الفرنسي آلان باديو تطرح الانتتخابات سؤالًا  مهمًا للحركة في مصر، سؤال يتجاوز مسألة المشاركة أو عدم المشاركة. English

تونس: النسوية الانتقائية وتهميش كِفاحات النساء

حان الوقت للتصدّي لنهج الدولة التقليدي في استخدام حقوق النساء كأداة لتحقيق أغراض سياسية.  English

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

The silencing of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children UK wasn’t a ‘mistake,’ it was a strategic choice.

Is Sweden complicit in war crimes in Yemen?

Despite the documented crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sweden continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The left should think more carefully before defending the Good Friday Agreement

The fact that the ultra-conservative Brexiters are out to get the Belfast Agreement doesn’t mean progressives should abandon their critical faculties towards it.

Trump-style Latin American leaders

Donald Trump met with Jimmy Morales, the President of Guatemala in a context of global resurgence of extreme right-wing populism that has a specific impact in Latin America. Español

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: western researchers need to look at themselves, too

The way people in the west research Central Asia isn’t always the most honest – and this shapes our understanding of academic autonomy.

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: why boycotts and blacklists are the wrong response

A recent call to disengage with educational institutions in this Central Asian state misses crucial points about academia under authoritarian rule.

The growing gap between Ukraine and Russia – and the people trying to bridge it

Ukraine and Russia are mired in a self-perpetuating conflict. Ukrainian and Russian activists recognise the problem, but will they be able to overcome it? RU

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

The struggle for new blood and the future of Russia’s Left

A new candidate is helping to reinvigorate Russia's left-wing politics ahead of the presidential election, but what space will there be for voices and movements from below?

In the Philippines, political trolling is an industry – this is how it works

A new study uncovers elite ad and PR strategists as chief architects of disinformation.

Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

What is urgent is to bring down the tension by focusing the hopes and energies of the activists on a political way out, in the form of a tested, unchallengeable mechanism.

Ulster and Brexit, a return of Britain's violent history

Brexiteers’ apparent willingness to cut loose the Northern Irish peace process reflects a historic world view that hasn’t advanced much since the English Civil War.

Progressivism, the establishment and ultraconservatism in Colombia

Presidential elections will be held in Colombia in May 2018. But how will candidates fare in front of one of the most conservative electorates in Latin America?. Español

“Invisible battalion”: how Ukrainian women secured the right to fight on a par with men

For four years, Ukrainian civil society has been fighting in the war against Russia. The war effort came from below – and women are playing an active role. RU

التونسيون يعترضون على قرارات صندوق النقد الدولي

يبرز نضال الطبقة العاملة التونسية ضدّ الفقر والفساد والبطالة الآن أكثر من أيّ وقت مضى. English

The power play behind the FYROM dispute

With Tsipras hoping to become a 'Bismarck of the Balkans', this dispute is a political tool for parties from all sides of the spectrum and is a clear indication of nationalist sentiment.

Activist Reham Al-Bader’s death in Yemen shows the dangers women face providing lifelines in conflict

Women in Yemen are challenging the death and destruction around them, often paying a heavy price.  Yet, their voices and skills are still sidelined.

Is Oxford University complicit in Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide denial?

Just as Suu Kyi dismisses allegations of Myanmar’s international human rights crimes as designed to tarnish the image of Myanmar, the administration at Oxford University considers this a “public relations” issue.

Santiago Maldonado: the ill-fated traveller

Sebastián Ortega and Emilia Erbetta wrote a profile about Santiago Maldonado (the young man who disapeared in Mapuche land in Patagonia) in Rolling Stone magazine, available here. This is a small fragment. Español

Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics. 

Why mental health is the hidden cost of the housing crisis

Our homes are supposed to be safe and welcoming, yet one in five adults in the UK suffer from mental health problems due to housing pressures.

It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

The end game is clear: Assad, Russia and Iran will emerge victorious.