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Medicines untaken, appointments missed by young man who died at UK immigration lockup

Jury hears of ‘chaotic’ and ‘stressful time’ at the Verne immigration removal centre. Day one of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

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Medicines untaken, appointments missed by young man who died at UK immigration lockup

Jury hears of ‘chaotic’ and ‘stressful time’ at the Verne immigration removal centre. Day one of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

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Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

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The BBC has lost touch: here's how it could re-connect

A filmmaker advises BBC news staff on how to better engage with the harsh realities of life for many in Britain.

Bob Dylan, in and out of time

The work of the great American musician, born 75 years ago, both expresses and transcends his own era.

Idomeni: a devil’s game

The most important and most asked question in Idomeni is, what is the West waiting for? Your agreement with Turkey does not handle our cause. The Europeans are using us to scare other refugees away.

Georgian migrant mothers: never to return home?

Older women migrants are locked into perpetual domestic work in New York, endlessly deferring retirement and returning home because their adult children in Georgia depend on their remittances.

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Activists get creative in their push for Moroccan women’s rights

Partnering with a comedienne and taking to social media, Human Rights Watch is getting creative to gain traction on women’s rights in Morocco. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.

Regulating or awareness-raising to avoid severe exploitation? Employers in the migrant domestic sector

People who hire domestic workers often neglect their responsibilities as employers. In such cases awareness raising is crucial along with regulation to protect domestic workers’ interests.

Pitfalls and advantages in assessing anti-trafficking awareness campaigns

Anti-trafficking campaigns speak to a whole range of issues, interests, and audiences, but how effective are they? The lack of evaluation makes it difficult to find out.

Addressing severe exploitation: a critical view of awareness and transparency initiatives

Awareness and transparency initiatives are thought to be vital tools in the fight against labour exploitation and 'trafficking'. This guest series looks at several such projects and asks, do they work? 

The politics of micro-decisions, or: visions for the democratic control of movement

What does it mean to be human in digital cultures? How has the ideal image of a life in and for a community, which always constitutes the core of politics, changed?

Medicines untaken, appointments missed by young man who died at immigration lockup

Jury hears of ‘chaotic’ and ‘stressful time’ at the Verne immigration removal centre. Day one of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Dangerous omissions and intellectual obfuscation: the ‘left-wing’ case for Trident

Recent arguments claiming to make a left wing case for Trident are riddled with holes.

Why is the government so close to BAE Systems?

The British government has a very cosy relationship with the people arming Saudi Arabia.

Report: Impacts of surveillance on contemporary British activism

St Andrews University and openDemocracy interviewed 25 activists, and surveyed more than a hundred, about the impacts of surveillance on activism in the UK. Here are our findings.

Turkey down the slippery road: stories of people in Izmir

"He has lost his mind and drags us to the abyss. I think, if I meet him somewhere and have a gun, I would shoot him. No kidding." says Aydin*.

Turkey´s Kurdish peace process: regional implications

The rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP coincides with the country´s growing democratic deficit under the AKP and a re-intensification of armed conflict against the PKK, with implications for the entire region.

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

The UN  becomes all the more important a platform for voices demanding accountability and justice. And yet it is blocking NGO access and participation. Español

Dear Liberal Democrats

In the second of a series of letters to progressive political parties, the Compass chair encourages the Lib Dems to pick a side, and show why they are needed.

G4S suspends 5 staff over alleged attempts to massage 999 response figures

Commercial partners G4S and Lincolnshire Police are jointly investigating fake emergency calls that made outsourcing look good.

Democracy and political experimentation for the 21st century

Our aim is to further our understanding of the scope and impact of political experimentation, and improve the diagnosis on a latent, deeper brand of democracy in Latin America. Español Português

What would an autonomous BBC look like?

Proposals for a ‘unitary board’ represent a serious threat to the BBC’s independence. The corporation must use this Charter to reconfigure itself as a network, resilient to top-down interference. 

A roadmap for the BBC’s support of local journalism

Instead of strengthening the UK’s local news monopolies, here’s how the BBC could support civic journalism.

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Dilma Rousseff´s government has in no way been a model of protection for the environment and indigenous areas. However,  it seems that the government of Michel Temer could be much worse. Español Português

How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us?

Technologies developed by the military for use against foreign enemies have a habit of finding their way into the hands of civilian police forces.

Rojava revolution: on the hoof

Rojava is a fast moving, dynamic place where things change by the minute. What are the material conditions which support this woman-centred revolution ? Part 5 of 50.50's series  Witnessing the revolution in Rojava, northern Syria.

Why spirituality is the key to a more visionary politics

Progressive renewal lies in a deep recognition that we are not choosing our current lives. An introduction to this week's guest-edited series: spirituality and visionary politics.

Migrants are driving innovative campaigns for female refugees in Germany

Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection. Deutsch