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Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

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Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

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NSS, editor

Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Global solidarity for workers organising critical in the face of neoliberalism

In a world where the hard-won gains of the labour movement are being gradually eroded, International Workers Day isn’t a time for celebration. It’s a time to reflect, re-strategise, and reorganise.

Brexit Bunkum

Dispelling some prime nonsense from the campaign to leave the EU.

A far-right president of Austria is all but inevitable

The opposition is too weak, civil society too apathetic and far-right sentiment too strong to stop Norbert Hofer being elected President of Austria.

The dawn and delusions of the ‘Nerd Reich’: BlockBusters #1

It is both possible and necessary to think politically about the blockchain: delegation, transmutation and complexity.

Without a humane migration policy and a federal Europe there is no future

An appeal was by the Young European Federalists of Pescara (Italy) in collaboration with Europa in Movimento on why the EU-Turkey agreement is illegal and why we demand that Europe return to the values of the Founding Fathers.  (FR | IT | ESDE)

Papua New Guinea High Court ruling: the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island must close

But the main power blocks in Australia politics – the ALP and the Coalition – show no signs at all of even blushing, now that the Manus Island game is up.

Asylum seeker dies from self-inflicted burns

An asylum seeker from Australia has died after setting himself on fire.

"To demand peace is not a crime": Turkish academics on trial

President Erdoğan's attack on academics and freedom of speech calls into question whether Turkey will ever comply with the Copenhagen Criteria which govern EU accession.  But does Turkey care?

Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

The multiple truths of the Labour antisemitism story

The fact that there is a smear campaign against Corbyn's Labour doesn't mean there isn't real antisemitism.

Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew

The Israeli government deliberately invokes terrorist attacks, rockets, and scary brown men in headscarfs to stoke the population's fear, but I am scared of the racism Zionists use to justify the occupation. Originally published August 2014.

Why Idomeni has a fairness problem to solve

The concept of distributive justice used when handing out food does little for fairness if the camp lacks the minimal conditions for a life with decency.

Interviewing Babah Tarawally, Dutch novelist and former refugee from Sierra Leone

Babah Tarawally’s message is one of hope; he urges refugees to emancipate themselves from both a racist or excessively self-pitying discourse, and to acquire an active role in the construction of their future. 

Slovakia: Roma exclusion and the dark side of democracy

The EU should heed Slovakia consistently falling short of ‘Council of Europe standards’ in a seemingly inexorable shift to the dark side of democracy: illiberal, majoritarian, Christian and national.

If you want change, learn when to argue and when to stop

Getting stuck in the wrong fights can eat up energy—so learn to use it wisely.

From the sorrow to the shame of Belgium

The legalisation of this 'newcomer’s statement' is an undeniable step on the slippery slope in the dehumanisation of Europe’s ‘new Jews’. Alarm bells should be ringing.

Lessons from Serbia's general election

The Serbian election results are not as 'ordinary' as they first appear.

Outrage and outsourcing in Russian healthcare

The doctor is out. Hunger strikes, mistreatment of patients and general desperation are beginning to seem like a feature – as opposed to a bug – of Russia’s healthcare system. Русский

In defence of today’s anti-fascist protesters

Populist leaders today are unable to completely abolish multi-party systems, free press, individual freedom, or instigate actual war both inside and outside the country. But we can’t ignore the danger they present.

Tibet, symbolism and the Czech Republic

Czech President Milos Zeman recently labelled pro-Tibet protestors "mentally ill" during a visit of the Chinese President to the Czech Republic. What does this say about Zeman and Czech society?

Open letter: standing with Palestine in the spirit of 'sumud'

Political repression and imprisonment are everyday parts of life for Palestinians. Their resistance to the forces arrayed against them is impressive and inspires solidarity.

Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

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Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.

 

Jeremy Corbyn, the future not the past

It is time to see Labour's leader in a new perspective. Can his party's MPs rise to the challenge?

Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

For Amnesty’s India office, raising local funds is all about membership

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Funding for Human Rights.

Where will we end up? Terrorism, Islamophobia and the logic of fascism

Fascism is not only a form of prejudice, it is also a political logic. A logic that reduces complex problems to ‘us and them’ issues.

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t got an ‘antisemitism problem’. His opponents do.

Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters have been blamed for rising antisemitism in the Labour party. These claims are baseless.