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Freedom to move – for everyone

The question of who can move – and settle – is becoming core to all political struggles. As the cruelty inflicted on unauthorized migrant travellers reaches new heights, we unpick the exclusionary border rules that have brought us to this point. In the collection of articles below, we take a deeper look at borders, how they are policed and how they are crossed, regardless. We ask, how did we get here? And look into what it might mean to abolish this system entirely and build something new.

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Fifi, with her daughter Mia, bemoans the slow pace of construction. Photos: Tamzin Forster

Barbudans are resisting disaster capitalists

Ever since Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017, residents of Barbuda have been trying to defend themselves against those...
African National Congress (ANC) election posters are seen on street poles in Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Letter from Johannesburg

Yewande Omotoso moves through the unknowable city, looking and listening.
 In the 1960s, Senator Bernie Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth section of the Socialist Party of America.

What if…a socialist became president of the USA?

Richard Swift ponders a pipedream – or a possibility.
Rag pickers collect recyclable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Invisible green warriors

Nilanjana Bhowmick heralds India's most overshadowed environmentalists: waste-pickers
About 369,000 people are believed to modern slaves in Brazil - representing 1 in 555 of its population - according to the Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.

Modern-day slavery in the Amazon

Rescuing slaves is not the cure, says Leonardo Sakomoto.
A demonstrator holds a placard during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

The failed promise of liberal democracy

Nanjala Nyabola reflects on the ongoing cries of a discontented world.
Two people hold placards as part of a demonstration for solidarity, unity, dignity and rights for all in Hamburg

Speak out: Solidarity with people on the move

A network of solidarity exists among and alongside those who move, and stay, without permission. Hazel Healy profiles three...
Raworth's book became a surprise hit: a Sunday Times bestseller and Forbes' Book of the Year.

The Interview: Kate Raworth

As ecological collapse looms, our growth-at-all costs economic system urgently requires a different vision. Renegade economist...
Irish border: A 'No hard Border' poster is seen below a road sign on the Irish side of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland near Bridgend on 16 October 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ireland’s invisible frontier

The threat of Brexit has caused great anxiety about the return of a ‘hard border’ in Ireland. Yet it’s minority communities who...
Extinction rebellion tacticts

Has Extinction Rebellion got the right tactics?

Few argue that the mass movement to combat inertia on the climate crisis has a point. But is it going about it the right way?...

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