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A global social movement is rising. It is open, participatory and public, writes Jamie Kelsey-Fry.

The leaders of Russia and Hungary, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orbán

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Has Putin exported ‘managed democracy’ to Hungary? Madeline Roache examines Orbán’s...

Opposition candidate Fabricio Alvarado from the National Restoration Party. Photo: Gustavo Fuchs

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Right-wing Fabricio Alvarado may have lost, but his party’s rise remains worrying, writes Gustavo Fuchs.

A Rohingya refugee takes a moment’s pause, shortly after arriving in a makeshift camp at Teknaf, Bangladesh, last September. She is one of over 670,000 people to have fled over the border from Myanmar since August 2017.

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Parsa Sanjana Sajid speaks to Rohingya refugees trapped on the Bangladeshi border.

Russian president Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russia Today’s leadership.

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This will give Putin another excuse for a media crackdown, argues Madeline Roache.

Paraguay

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Paraguay’s land activists are under attack. Toby Hill profiles the...

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To wipe out mass starvation we must engage with the politics that drive it, argues Alex de Waal...

‘Zuma must fall’ protesters with a banner depicting Atul Gupta, implicated in recent scandals. Pic: Discott, CC-BY-SA4.0

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How corruption in South Africa continues to cost taxpayers billions of rand, by Neil Thompson.

Independence: a 2010 protest outside Gaudi’s La Pedrera in Barcelona after the Spanish Constitutional court struck down Catalonia’s autonomy statute.

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Brutally quashing the Catalan vote hasn’t stopped the separatists. Marc Almodóvar writes.

Antonythasan Jesuthasan (c) Cindy Sasha

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Cindy Sasha interviews former Tamil Tiger-turned-actor, Antonythasan Jesuthasan.

Technology is affecting the way people take part in protest.

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Is digital technology leading us astray, asks Rev Billy.

Former president Lula on his Caravan of Hope tour around Brazil, ahead of this year’s elections.

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‘Impossible’ for Lula to get fair trial, say lawyers. Vanessa Baird reports.

Fiji

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Inclusive rhetoric by Fiji’s PM is belied by police repression, reports Wame Valentine.

 Chile elections: Beatriz Sanchez, leader of the insurgent leftwing coalition, Broad Front.

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Does this presidential run-off mark a new dawn for Chile? Luis Hernán Vargas Faulbaum asks.

Democracy movement NYC Rolling Rebellion advocates for net neutrality in front of the Time Warner offices in New York City, US.

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Net neutrality repeal pulls the plug on our civic life, says Cory Doctorow.

Shrinking political space: the current clampdown on popular rights mirrors a profound malaise with our system of top-down political representation.

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Across the world political space is shrinking. Richard Swift explains how and why.

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