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openDemocracy appoints Peter Geoghegan editor-in-chief

Peter Geoghegan has been appointed editor-in-chief of openDemocracy. Geoghegan, who currently heads openDemocracy’s UK investigations, will take up the role at the end of August. Geoghegan, ...

Making trafficking a capital offence in India

Similarly, there are several impediments to effective investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases, which had an acquittal rate of 73% in 2019 according to the National ...

With LGBTQ+ rights in the spotlight, Hungary prepares for a political showdown

In July 2020 a Hungarian court found the country’s former ambassador to Peru, Gábor Kaleta, guilty of possession of some 19,000 child porn pictures. He received ...

Two years on, we’re still failing the victims of the El Paso massacre

How this ‘self-determination’ could be achieved short of ethnic cleansing was addressed by neither the terrorist, nor the more respectable mob preaching a similar doctrine in ...

India’s new trafficking bill undermines access to work and labour rights

It is furthermore surprising, given the purpose of the bill, that the definition section (Chapter 1) leaves trafficking in persons undefined. Chapter 8 on penalties and ...

Splinters: August 2021 – sallies into the here & now

Sigmund Freud, Das Geheimnis des Traumes (Wien 1900) | Wikicommons/ Genderforschung. Some rights reserved. Dreams coming trueby Christos Tombras In a memorable scene of South Pacific, ...

One year after the Beirut explosion: The scene of the migratory crime

Tomorrow, the world will realise that a year has passed since the Beirut port explosion, when several tons of ammonium nitrate detonated, killing more than 200 ...

Egyptian researchers must choose between forced exile and arrest

Sisi’s Egypt has a clear vision for academia: to create an academic system centered on praising the state and punishing those who dare to speak against ...

Sarah Everard vigil: Police under fire over failure to keep meeting records

Police chiefs have been accused of presiding over a “culture of obsessive secrecy” after it emerged that no minutes were taken during a series of key ...

Afghanistan’s future path to be determined by a corridor of power

Although Spin Boldak is regarded as a key border, an even more significant one (even though it is currently closed) could be the Wakhjir Pass at ...

‘The only Black person in the room’: the truth about racism in Italy

What makes a person of colour Italian is a question that is approached in two different ways: the racist approach and the anti-racist approach on the ...

David Cameron met vaccines minister before firm he advises won health contracts

Rose Whiffen, research officer at Transparency International UK, said: “It will make troubling reading for many that a former prime minister can meet with his past ...

Attacks on academic freedom escalate in France and Denmark

In February, in a television interview with the right-wing channel CNews, the French minister of higher education, Frédérique Vidal, warned against the “cancer-like” spread of “Islamo-leftism” ...

UK faces insecure job ‘crisis’ as government plans to pull pandemic safety net away

The UK government’s plans to stop furlough pay and cut temporary benefits could push many workers into low-paid, insecure jobs. A fifth of workers, 3.7m people, ...

The Body Shop Georgia slammed for stories to empower women, written by men

But criticism of The Body Shop’s book intensified online after two women publicly alleged – in interviews with Georgian newsrooms On.ge and Netgazeti – that they ...

Tunisia’s presidential power-grab is a test for its democracy

On the eve of 25 July, heavy police presence and barricades were seen across the city of Tunis, primarily in the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue. It ...

Europe’s flooding shows why the green transition must be driven by people-power

The insights of people from all walks of life, living across the UK, sit at the heart of the recently launched final report of the IPPR ...

Only six UK employers prosecuted for paying below minimum wage in six years

Just six employers have been prosecuted for paying employees less than the minimum wage in the past six years, despite tax authorities finding more than 6,500 ...

Colombia protests: a photo essay

In April, President Iván Duque’s government proposed an overhaul of the tax system. Colombians responded with a national strike later that month. The strike was met ...

The question should be ‘Why doesn’t he stop?’ Not ‘Why doesn’t she leave?’

Despite the alarming prevalence of domestic abuse in the UK – an average of two women are killed each week by a former or current partner ...

Biography of an island: multifaceted Sicily

Mackay describes the Cathedral of Monreale, constructed in this period, as “an interaction of elements so complex that art historians continue to disagree as to which ...

The enduring appeal of Sayyid Qutb’s jihadist ideology

Sayyid Qutb’s book ‘Milestones’ has been one of the main inspirations for violent Islamist groups since its publication in 1964. The appeal of his ideas lies ...

I told lawmakers about my stillborn child – and helped pass a key bill

I drove an hour and a half to the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, on 26 April, to tell legislators about my daughter Eliana. ...

Johnson continues his war on Whitehall with new nomination for powerful job

Sedwill’s successor is 41-year-old Simon Case. The youngest Cabinet Secretary in 101 years, this former private secretary to Prince William has been called “terminally weak”, and ...

‘The Sex Lives of African Women’: an exhilarating, at times enraging new book

‘Solange’, a 46-year-old queer trans woman recalls moving to Canada, where she could medically transition to live in her gender identity. “I realised that I needed ...

Space: the final frontier for the planet’s wealthiest?

Some years ago, lovemoney.com, a personal finance site, compiled a rundown on what it would take to fix the world’s biggest problems. It found it would ...

A 3% NHS pay ‘rise’ is a disgrace. Our health service needs proper investment

I have worked as a nurse in the NHS for more than ten years and it has been gut-wrenching to watch services be decimated. I work ...

From invasion to failed state: Iraq’s democratic disillusionment

Democratically elected governments in Iraq, supported by the US-UK coalition that invaded and occupied Iraq in March 2003, as part of the ‘War on Terror’, have ...