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Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

We are deluded by projecting qualities onto politicians who have no intention of embodying them.

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Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

We are deluded by projecting qualities onto politicians who have no intention of embodying them.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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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.

Job: openDemocracy project editor - part time lead editorial / communications role for Civil Society Futures

Civil Society Futures is the independent inquiry into how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. We're looking for someone to take on the role of facilitating our online debate.

Call for participants: Tunisia, Middle East Forum

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

The caring state: how Russia’s new babushkas are filling in the welfare gaps

Expectations of babushki taking care of their grandchildren, shaped by the Soviet history of family and economic policies, are hard to implement in a radically different post-socialist context.

Free Movement Plus: a third way on the Brexit/migration debate

On Brexit and migration, there is an alternative to such a lurch backwards. We call it free movement+ where the plus refers to a new deal on workers’ rights.

Inside Tomsk’s political machine

Tomsk’s recent governor elections, rigged and managed from above, illustrate how the electoral system really works in many Russian regions. RU

Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism

Ofcom’s position on Facebook and Google is inconsistent, illogical and incoherent.

The Cumhuriyet seventeen face hearing amid continuing press crackdown in Turkey

Two weeks ago, judges refused to release the five remaining journalists detained from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper under false charges. Today, they face another hearing in a country where more than 100 journalists are behind bars.

Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

We delude ourselves by projecting qualities onto politicians who have no intention of embodying them.

G20 – they colonized our future

G20 forecasting prolongs the infinite growth paradigm into the future, while G20 backcasting draws strategic conclusions for present action leaving the paradigm still intact.

Britain must accept ambiguity to survive Brexit

Theresa May and Brexiteers both insist on a damaging binary view of the UK and Europe.

Labour must end May’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the NHS

The Labour Party’s 2017 Conference begins this weekend. Docs Not Cops highlight opportunities for attendees interested in migrant access to the NHS to intervene. 

Redirecting the colonial gaze

Are we “decolonising queer liberation” or disciplining the Kurds? Let us attempt a careful and nuanced consideration of the historicity of different struggles.

Barbudan land ownership: a 200-year-old freedom put at risk following Hurricane Irma

Suspicion and frustration grow as Hurricane Irma evacuees find themselves unable to return home to Barbuda, whilst a law protecting the island from private and foreign investment is dismantled.

“Hands Off Pants On”: time to end gender-based abuse in the hotel industry

Too many women in Chicago’s hospitality industry are experiencing gender-based abuse at work – and women are speaking out to change that.

The crisis of workplace violence against women

Violence against women at work is real; it happens every day, in every corner of the world. It takes shape in many ways – from verbal and physical abuse to sexual assault and even murder.

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority. Español Português

Web standards body constrains digital rights against members' wishes

A letter from Cory Doctorow after the World Wide Web Consortium moves to enforce a digital rights management standard without compromise, despite agreement from only 58.4% of members.

A metal pipe for your trouble

The Russian authorities’ campaign against Alexey Navalny is getting violent. 

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

Empire of madness: fiddling through the smoke in 2025

The year is 2025, and the war on terror rages on – as does the increasing extremity of the planet's weather.

Have women’s rights institutions been ignored again?

The European Union’s announced €500 million for work to end violence against women and girls. This should strengthen, rather than bypass, existing women’s rights institutions.

Rising from the abyss - the Corbyn effect

In an exclusive and edited extract from his new book The Corbyn Effect, Mark Perryman measures the scale of Labour’s 2017 recovery.

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

Not another story of failed liberation: tensions in Bashur and Rojava in the light of the referendum

Kurds need to rely on their own strength. The people must directly participate in and control their affairs if the fate of many other postcolonial countries is to be avoided.

Psychedelic socialism

Acid communism? Psychedelic Corbynism? Freak left? Call it what you will – but re-infuse endeavours with a spirit of radical collectivism and unselfing to revivify co-opted countercultures for a world that would be free.

The protection lotto against gender-based violence in the US

Women in the United States receive vastly different levels of protection against gender-based violence in the work place depending on where and who they are. 

Chelyabinsk copper plant conflict reaches new (and sad) lows

A copper mining complex in one of Russia’s most polluted regions has been given the go-ahead — and is fraught with intimidation at the local level. RU