Brexit, complexity and compromise – a progressive future will be negotiated, not imposed

Three years ago this week many woke up to the shock of Britain voting, by a slim majority, to leave the EU. Others saw it coming. Long term and deep divisions became formalised and entrenched, into a seemingly black versus white, Brexit versus Remain polarity. But three years on from that fateful referendum we all […]

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An ill wind: weathering the impact of far-right government in Italy

While in Italy for my PhD fieldwork examining the interaction between separated children and the Italian migration regime as they transition to adulthood, the far-right coalition government was elected. Wide-ranging changes were made to immigration law via the so-called Decreto-Salvini, named after the Interior Minister who drafted it. An Italian friend once commented that in […]

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An interview with Maia Sandu, the politician at the heart of Moldova’s quiet revolution

After inconclusive parliamentary elections this February, Moldovan politics was left in limbo as the country’s three major political forces jockeyed to form a ruling coalition. And then the unexpected happened: the pro-Russian Socialist Party of Moldova and pro-European ACUM alliance joined forces to create an “anti-oligarchic” alliance, removing the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) […]

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Victory in the shadow of Erdogan’s authoritarianism

On June 23, Istanbul residents cast a ballot to elect their mayor for the second time in the last three months. Even though the ruling elite’s de-facto control of state institutions secured a re-vote for their candidate, the main opposition party’s candidate once again won the elections by gaining even larger public support – 54 […]

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Dominic Raab under fire for secretive meet with no-deal Brexit lobbyist

Dominic Raab has been roundly criticised after an openDemocracy investigation found that a meeting between the Tory prime ministerial hopeful and a lobbyist from a controversial think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, was not recorded in official transparency data. The IEA, which does not disclose its funders, has previously come under fire for boasting […]

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Why Jair Bolsonaro’s new security policy endangers the lives of black and marginalized women

Today, Brazil is the highest ranked country in the world for homicides and murders by firearm and fifth for female homicides. Black women fall victim particularly often to gun murders: In 2016, 66% of all women killed by a firearm were of color. While Brazil’s militarized approach to public security has systemically contributed to civilian […]

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The Supreme Court just ruled that Maryland’s ‘Peace Cross’ can stay on public land. 

  The Supreme Court ruled on June 20 that a war memorial in Maryland in the shape of a Christian cross can stay on public land. The Bladensburg Peace Cross is a 40-foot cross erected as a memorial for those who died in service during World War I. In a complex 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court held that “the […]

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Joe Biden ‘Eviscerated’ Trump in a speech for the ages.

Joe Biden is coming for Donald Trump and he’s being shy about it. If you’re a Democratic primary voter, you might be having mixed feelings about the former vice president. He’s leading every national and key primary state poll but he’s also taken recent hits over his views on abortion, more moderate foreign policy and […]

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You probably haven't heard, but Trump was ‘celebrating’ pride on Twitter and then kicked up a fuss about pride flags.

In a shocking twist, a Trump tweet has turned out to be disingenuous. The president acknowledged that June is Pride Month, and since doing so, has abandoned LGBTQ people all over the world and insulted the two things he claims to love the most: flags and the troops. Despite sending out a tweet, Trump’s bigotry […]

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