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openDemocracy is looking to hire a facilitator for the Middle East Forum in Tunisia.

Key poll which boosted Leadsom’s leadership bid funded by DUP’s dark-money donors

An important poll which added momentum to Andrea Leadsom’s campaign to become prime minister was funded by the secretive Constitutional Research Council.

Legalising drugs goes hand in hand with peace

Last week the government released its 'new' drug strategy – but there’s nothing new. It's time to listen to the real stories of families who have suffered, and support their demands for reform.

Breaking the poverty cycle through parenting

Is it parenting or the financial situation of a family that can break the poverty trap? Parental confidence is the link between the two.

Liu Xiaobo and the struggle for democracy

A moment of silence for Liu Xiaobo's death, and the cause of personal freedom in China.

Is the world finally breaking its silence on Turkey?

"Members of my staff are sad not just for their friends, but for their country. What will it take for the world to break its silence?"

The politics of nudity as feminist protest – from Ukraine to Tunisia

Frontline activists, including women who use their topless bodies as political statements, are gathering in London to deplore threats to free expression worldwide.

Attacks on Russian journalists must stop

A series of assaults on Russian journalists this week accompany a continuing campaign against anti-corruption activists.

An ideal conflict on the Dniester

Twenty five years after the end of the war, a resolution to the frozen conflict over Transnistria seems no closer. This situation suits plenty of people at the top just fine. RU

Lebanese model an improvable precondition to prevent authoritarianism

The model of Lebanon is indicative of the importance of state weakness, which is possibly a necessary stage for other countries in the region after decades of absolutist domination in the name of the state. عربي

The Filipino Kasambahay’s long struggle against invisibility

With more than one million domestic workers in the Philippines there is massive potential for collective action. From small beginnings huge strides have already been made.

Why Moscow will never get a museum of migration

Russian museums tend to avoid the subject of migration at all costs. For curators, it seems the people and history embodied in migration processes are invisible. RU

Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement?

As the ‘alt-right’ moves to violence, community responses really matter.

Devastating verdicts issued after a sham trial in Morocco

At dawn on July 19th, after hours of deliberation, the verdicts were finally delivered in the contentious retrial in Morocco related to the violence in the Gdeim Izik protests of 2010.

For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

Shareholder capitalism: A system in crisis

"The modern joint stock company is a British invention… but the rules need to change as the world changes. Boards should take account of the interests not just of shareholders but employees, supplie...

How Labour can make Britain secure

The UK's defence and security policy is outdated. It's time for a positive and internationalist approach.

The price of love that nearly half of us cannot pay

If you fall in love with an EU citizen, your rights to a family life are at risk from Brexit. But if you fall in love with someone from elsewhere in the world, you've already lost them. It's time to push back.

Calais after the jungle: migrant dispersal and the expulsion of humanitarianism

French authorities are working hard to keep migrants either stationary and submissive or perpetually on the move in order to prevent them from coalescing into communities or forming alliances.

No home, no work, no family: the difficulties of rehabilitation for Russia’s ex-prisoners

Confiscation of property, slave labour, deceit, despair. What else do Russian ex-cons face when they leave prison?

Why are Russians indifferent to the Syrian conflict?

Russia’s on-the-ground involvement in the Syrian conflict is increasing, but there’s still little in the way of interest from the Russian public. 

The backfire effect, bad objects, and changing our minds online

On social media, when exposed to opposing views, are we likely to change our minds? Or is there a 'backfire effect' which in fact consolidates communities around common "bad objects"?

Lebanon: between normalised violence and a politics of kindness

It is hard to ignore the level of xenophobia and violence, verbal and physical, that exists today in Lebanon.

Statement of solidarity with the protests in Northern Morocco

A coalition of North African organisations issued a solidarity statement with the protest movement in the Rif region in northern Morocco within the context of regional upheavals.

Little Russia, big dreams

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” has declared itself part of another union — Malorossiya. Is it a serious project, or just a pointed gesture? 

In Uzbekistan, the World Bank is masking labour abuses

Uzbekistan has often used forced labour to bring in the cotton harvest. A new report shows that the World Bank’s continuing investment may only prolong the practice.

 


“Riot Days” brings back Pussy Riot songs

Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on theatre, prison and the power of examples.

Resisting the Nazis in numerous ways: nonviolence in occupied Europe

Non-violent resistance to Nazi occupation is a page of history few of us are familiar with. In this interview, George Paxton tells us about its success stories, its occasional failures and its heroes.

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

2016 will probably be considered a lesson for the history of peace negotiations. We edited in an eBook a selection of the most relevant articles about the post-conflict that we published last year. Read here the conclusions. Español