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When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits? Kurdish women Infiltrate Conservative party HQ in London to highlight plight of besieged city of Afrin.On 19 January, Kurdish people and their supporters stood outside the Turkish embassy in London denouncing Turkey as a fascist state because it had begun cross-border shelling of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area, in Northern Syria. An invasion was …

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Women on the front at Raqqa: an interview with Kimmie Taylor

What is the reality of war like for the women of Rojava as they advance on Raqqa? Kimmie Taylor from Britain is on the frontline and puts us in the picture. Kimmie Taylor on a tea break with YPJ Credit: Kimmie Taylor It is 4am, just before dawn, in a god-forsaken spot ten kilometres away from Raqqa, when a band of Daesh fighters start shooting from a small building outside the Kurdish defence base at the building where the YPJ, …

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State surveillance is a global threat to press freedom

The state should not have the power to secretly identify then persecute whistleblowers. Edward Snowden on a laptop, receiving the Stuttgart Peace Prize from the organization Die AnStifter in 2014.Thomas Kienzle/Press Association. In October 2014, and following Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK wanted to bring people together to discuss the implications for the media industry, as a whole but with a particular emphasis on front-line journalists. These are the people who are …

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‘We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn.’

An art project on two narrow boats hitched together on a canal in northern England is celebrating co-dependency – countering both the racial divide and the massive cuts to women’s services. The wall hanging seen through the window of the boat, Selina Cooper. Photo: Rahila Gupta I am going to visit Idle Women, an art project based on two narrow boats hitched together somewhere on the canals of Lancashire. When my train tickets arrive, stating destination, Burnley, my heart skips …

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One woman’s brush with Sharia courts in the UK: “It ruined my life forever”

“My daughter and I appeared before the Sharia court at Regent’s Park mosque in London. They were not interested in anything we had to say, the whole process was shocking.” Protest in London against the Law Society’s guidance on Sharia Wills April 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/See Li The UK government is conducting an inquiry into the operation of Sharia courts which is being boycotted by a number of women’s organisations because its remit is too narrow, and the panel of …

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Re-shaping Britain must include the BBC

In the next few years, the UK’s constitution will be re-shaped. This includes the BBC. A new book, from openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing, rethinks what Britain in the 21st century needs from its public media. OpenDemocracy’s new book, Rethinking the BBC: Public Media in the 21st Century, brings together industry insiders, outsiders, academics, activists and cultural figures to propose how the BBC can meet the challenges of the next decade. Read it for free here.  *** In the next few years, the UK’s …

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Lord Puttnam: the BBC must confront a “total” loss of trust

As the media confronts its spectacular failure to educate and inform the British people before the EU referendum, the BBC has a special duty to learn from its mistakes. We talk to Lord Puttnam about the changes needed, and how a report released this week on the future of public service broadcasting might help the BBC better meet the challenges of the 21st century. Read the full report here.  Read Des Freedman’s reflection on the report here. Lord David Puttnam, 2010. …

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Change of some kind is coming either way, but a vote to leave would empower Europe’s far right

Britain shapes and is shaped by Europe. Let’s not pretend otherwise. Golden Dawn, Wikimedia Commons, by DTRocks I’ve pinned down the core reason why I’m for Britain remaining in the EU. It’s not because I want things to stay the same, but that I’m sure that, even with a Remain vote, there will soon be radical change in the UK and Europe. I understand the importance of democracy and national sovereignty – I lived in Scotland and voted in favour …

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16 Days: cutting Black and minority ethnic women’s organisations

The EU Victims Directive comes into force this month. Will it prevent the further decimation of Black and minority ethnic organisations offering specialised services to women facing violence in the UK?  This is part two of an article addressing the cuts to the women’s sector in the UK. Read part one.  The Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which the UK has so far failed to ratify, obliges member states to adequately fund both …

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16 Days: asset stripping the women’s sector in the UK

The quality of service in the independent women’s sector is no guarantee against the future as the British government continues its assault on specialist women’s services protecting women from violence.  It is tragic that we must mark the 16 Day period of activism and awareness of violence against women in 2015 with the recognition that the very sector that provides services to these women is looking emaciated, deprived of nourishment by a government which drones on about its commitment to …

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