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Our deep desire for change is continually thwarted by the limiting political choices on offer. Political theorist and...

The Bulgarian journalist is director of the Balkan Free Media Initiative, created in April 2021 to monitor and campaign for...

A decade on from the revolution, and after a succession of chaotic governments, is democracy teetering in Tunisia, asks...

Activists in New York City protest against the influence of ‘dark money’ from the billionaire Koch brothers on many areas of political decision-making, including healthcare. ERIK MCGREGOR /SIPA USA/PA IMAGES

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It twists and corrupts democracy in hidden ways. Peter Geoghegan explores the murky world of think tanks...

Malawi Citizens’ Assembly member Daudi Amidu, a merchant trader, dances alongside fellow participants as they take a pause from considering ways to improve local spending rules in Salima South, Lake Malawi. MADALITSO BANDA/ALL HANDS ON

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A kickstart for a habitable future. Claire Mellier and Rich Wilson make the case for ...

A mural featuring a pro-Trump protester, self-styled QAnon ‘shaman’ Jacob Chansley, appeared in Tunbridge Wells, UK, a few days after the storming of the US Congress in Washington on 6 January. KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE/GETTY

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Unloved and under threat from several sides, democracy seems to be in peril. Should it be saved – or helped to change?...

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Bennett Murray speaks to Avery Ng, the leader of Hong Kong’s most leftwing party within...

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Citizens’ Assemblies are being promoted as the preferred democratic tool of a new generation of activists, Brett...


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Wame Molefhe profiles Botswana, where prosperity has morphed into corruption and...

Isaias Afwerki

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We put the President of Eritrea’s track record – liberation fighter turned ruthless dictator – under the spotlight....

Members of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party inside a police vehicle in Phnom Penh.

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Prime Minister Hun Sen has dissolved newspapers and the opposition. Becky and Simon Kenton-Lake...

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Laura Basu on how media ownership is getting more concentrated – and what to do about it.

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Lush’s exposure of spycop wrongs will improve policing, Jenny Jones argues.

The Committees for the Defence of the Revolution blocked roads over Easter 2018

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How the Committees for the Defence of the Republic are fighting for democracy in Catalonia. Luke Stobart...

Public Ownership

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After decades of neglect, the mood is turning. Dinyar Godrej on the fightback against privatization.

Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakaka in front of the country’s only nuclear power station – Koeberg.

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Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid won the Goldman Environmental Prize for stopping a secret nuclear deal...


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