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Detained world

Across the globe, migrants – men and women, the old and the young – are routinely deprived of their liberty.
The problem is getting worse. States are holding people on the move for longer, and in greater numbers, than ever before. Between them, Europe and the US imprisoned close to 1 million migrants in 2011.
This damaging, brutal and costly practise is spreading to new pastures – Indonesia, Mauritania, Ukraine – sponsored by the rich world.
What can be done to stop detention? To ensure that migrants are welcomed – not imprisoned?

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David Graeber on acting like an anarchist

The anthropologist, author and activist speaks to Jo Lateu about Occupy Wall Street and British masochism.

School places scramble shows snobbery at its worst

Steve Parry decries an application process more cut-throat than a Dads' egg-and-spoon race on sports day.

The great Monsanto food prize fiasco

Yes, Monsanto actually won the 'World Food Prize'. Mark Engler picks over the scandal that ensued.

Meet the firms cashing in on imprisoning foreigners

Outsourcing detention to private companies is a recipe for a disaster, says Antony Loewenstein.

Mauritania, slavery hotspot

Katie Harris explains why this desert nation has the world's highest rates of slavery and outlines moves for change.

Is flying still beyond the pale?

Climate researcher Kevin Anderson and business adviser Brendan May go head to head.

Is flying still beyond the pale?

Climate researcher Kevin Anderson and business adviser Brendan May go head to head.

Does making immigration detention more humane make it more widespread?

Academic Michael Flynn and advocate Michelle Brané go head to head.

Why are we locking up migrants?

Detaining foreigners is costly, inhumane and on the rise. Time to turn the tide back, says Hazel Healy.

Tough Guide to the world's immigration detention centres

A satirical round-up of the insalubrious accommodation awaiting travellers from the Global South.

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