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Walking the grid of freedom

Venice may be sinking, Istanbul spinning, Beijing rising, Rio dancing, London globalising, Paris greying, but New York — who grew beautiful by mistake — is aging with chaotic grace. - free thinking for the world

Walking the grid of freedom

Venice may be sinking, Istanbul spinning, Beijing rising, Rio dancing, London globalising, Paris greying, but New York — who grew beautiful by mistake — is aging with chaotic grace. - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

The genealogy of the Effendy

Undeterred by the regime's actions that have steadily pushed the Egyptian economy to the brink, the middle class seem intent on supporting the military.

Slavery: memory and afterlives

What role does memory play in the politics of the present? How can we build better futures through politicising the past? The Brigstow Institute brings us a series reflecting on these questions.

Walking the grid of freedom

Venice may be sinking, Istanbul spinning, Beijing rising, Rio dancing, London globalising, Paris greying, but New York who grew beautiful by mistake is aging with chaotic grace.

Afghanistan, dynamic of war

A renewed Taliban offensive is forcing Washington to bolster Kabul. Fifteen years after 9/11, the conflict has turned full circle.

A brief guide to the Don Dale scandal

The shock of politicians was always hard to take seriously. The problem is not a lack of knowledge. It’s that Australian governments refuse to act on what we do know.

Evictions in Greece: dozens of people convicted. Their crime? Solidarity

The function of these squats was to provide shelter for economic and political refugees, while the needs of the people staying there were met through solidarity networks and local communities.

Sweet poison: why our brains need a sugar tax

Sugar may not just be harming your waistline, but also your brain.

The 'Burkini Battle': France’s capitulation to extremism

Reduced to symbols of national identity, women are caught in the center of a tug-of-war in which any amount of violence, of coercion and regulation of their bodies is justified in order to win the battle.

Erdogan at a crossroad: dictatorship or democracy

An interview with A.H. Banisadr, Iran’s former president, about the aftermath of the coup in Turkey.

Voices from the supply chain: An interview with Olivia Guzman Garfias

Life as a Mexican supply chain worker in the U.S. is far from easy. From exploitation to blacklisting, the challenges pile up.

Stay Woke: sustaining feminist organising in an uncertain world

Autonomous feminist spaces must be guarded jealously. They are an important lifeline for feminists to re-charge and breath in a world that remains hostile to women’s freedom. We must stay woke.

Feminist Futures: building collective power for rights and justice

In times of unprecedented repression and violence, AWID’s upcoming International Forum aims to transform diverse sites of activism into a powerful interconnected web of new alliances.

Young feminist movements: the power of technology

Young feminists are coming of age in a tech-focused and tech-literate world and using technology to organize locally and globally. What does this mean for the future of gender equality?

‘Less than human’: does asylum system harm child refugees’ mental health?

The UK government has agreed to accept an unspecified number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers. With escalating anti-immigration rhetoric, will inadequate mental health provisions exacerbate trauma?

How storytelling can help to address police violence

Stories engage areas of the brain beyond those that simply process information, facilitating negotiation and creating coherence out of traumatic experiences.

The burkini as a mirror

Unless we are willing to live with the discomfort of what is different and challenging, we are inviting a world of needless incivilities and lack of understanding.

The UN undermined both public health and human rights in Haiti

Failing to acknowledge its involvement in the 2010 Cholera outbreak in Haiti, the UN undermined public health norms and violated the human rights standards that it asks countries to uphold.

Listening to the “voices” in August 1991, or the media we need today


The events of August 1991 weren’t just an unexpected win for democracy. They were a reminder of the role of mass media for people who suddenly lost access to information. Русский

Gifts, cash and alienation: How political favours can lead to conflict

The alleged humiliation of a Hindu teacher by a politician in Bangladesh over claims he insulted Islam sparked a national outcry — but the culture of political patronage that sparked the incident is much more sinister. 

Immigration isn't to blame for Brexit

David Elstein's recent article on the EU referendum misinterpreted the link between immigration, deprivation, and the 'Leave' verdict.

Azerbaijan's Nardaran affair

The Aliyev regime's crackdown on Azerbaijan's Islamic opposition is smoothing the way for further consolidation of power.

38 Degrees and the 52 per cent: 'Members who voted Leave are just as much members as those who voted Remain.'

38 Degrees responds to criticisms of its neutral stance in the EU referendum, saying that it is committed to inclusive, participatory democracy. The second part of our debate over what 'neutrality' means in these fractious times.

Worlds Beyond: how young adult fiction can explore the lives of the marginalized

Even in science fiction and fantasy, we're used to hearing the stories of the rich and the white. This represents an enormous failure of imagination. 

The end of the grant era

Asking donors for money and then implementing programs is an old model from which civil society must break free. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on funding and human rights.  Español

Voices from the supply chains: an interview with the International Trade Union Confederation

BTS speaks with Georgios Altintzis of the International Trade Union Confederation on the lag between globalisation and governance that is devastating the global work force.

Got tagged? Get fined! Russia’s battle against “digital extremism”

In Russia, the fight against online extremism looks good on paper. But look closer and you’ll find many arbitrary and even absurd convictions. Русский

The world’s citizens need to take back control – with a Global Parliament

The Brexit vote is an anomaly and an irrational response. We can democratise international organisations - rather than leave them.

A revolution is not a dinner party

Does the word “revolution” mean the same thing to the Kurdish liberation movement and to American leftists who supported Bernie Sanders? A little history...

Job automation threatens peoples' livelihoods. Can universal basic income save the day?

Technological developments are rendering many jobs obsolete. Can implemeting a universal basic income provide a way of managing the social and economic implications of such a radical transformation?