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Past articles by Mary:

Journalists’ Nobel Peace Prize casts a shadow on failures of our democracy

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were honoured today. But 2021 has also seen record numbers of journalists jailed → Read More

Opinion | The World Is Lifting Abortion Restrictions. Why Is the U.S. Moving Against the Tide?

The trend is towards liberalizing reproductive freedom, not repressing it. → Read More

Would you like the best job in the world?

Serving as Editor in Chief of openDemocracy has been the privilege of a lifetime. I can’t wait to see where you’ll take it next → Read More

We’ve won our lawsuit over Matt Hancock’s £23m NHS data deal with Palantir

We shouldn’t have had to go to court. For a year, we’ve been fighting legal battles over the British government’s secretive NHS data deals with controversial ‘spy tech’ firm Palantir. Today, we can announce an important victory. Back in December, after we had spent months on legal efforts to get transparency, the government snuck through a massive £23m, two-year deal with Palantir, a CIA-backed… → Read More

Why we’re suing over the £23m NHS data deal with Palantir

The government is battling ‘vaccine hesitancy’. How does sneaking through a massive deal with a controversial spy tech firm help? → Read More

MPs demand answers from Gove over Freedom of Information concerns

Senior Tories to seek answers from Cabinet ministers, after newspaper editors unite behind openDemocracy’s call for ‘urgent’ action on FOI → Read More

Fleet Street editors unite to demand ‘urgent’ action on Freedom of Information

Gove under pressure as Guardian, Times, Telegraph, FT, Mirror and others sign openDemocracy letter calling for investigation of controversial FOI ‘Clearing House’ → Read More

Fleet Street editors unite to demand ‘urgent’ action on Freedom of Information

Gove under pressure as Guardian, Times, Telegraph, FT, Mirror and others sign openDemocracy letter calling for investigation of controversial FOI ‘Clearing House' → Read More

Podcast: How Democrats won Georgia – and what happens now

Travelling across Georgia, we saw a radically different way of doing politics. The violence in DC should not obscure this story. And Democrats must learn from it. → Read More

Will Trump push Democrats to victory in Georgia?

In Trump country, the president’s war with facts and his own party is causing chaos – but not as Democrats might hope. → Read More

I never thought Democrats could win Georgia. Could it happen twice?

The critical Senate run-off race is too close to call. But a massive voter mobilisation effort may just tip the balance. → Read More

Controversial ‘spy tech’ firm Palantir lands £23m NHS data deal

Exclusive: UK government sneaks through new COVID data contract, despite legal challenges. → Read More

Podcast: Who will win Georgia’s Senate races?

Biden’s presidency hinges on this crucial vote – and it’s too close to call. → Read More

We need answers about the five-year NHS data deals with big tech

If we’ll be ‘back to normal’ by Easter, why are ‘emergency’ COVID deals with firms like Palantir becoming lucrative long-term contracts? → Read More

US election podcast: Can Biden deliver?

On the road across middle America, voters told us they want the country to heal. But is this even possible? → Read More

Welcome to Trump country: ‘We’re the silent majority’

Why is Trump winning support in this rural Kentucky town? Human trafficking, world peace – and ‘Antifa’. → Read More

US election podcast: ‘We want change, not Biden’

From race to a broken political system, the story of Louisville is in many ways the story of America. → Read More

Trump will lose. The problem is what comes next

Across the country, people tell me they back racial equality, LGBTIQ and abortion rights, and believe in climate change. Even Trump voters do. There’s just one problem. → Read More

Fresh concerns over privacy and profit in NHS Covid data deals

Documents released to openDemocracy suggest tech firms will profit from controversial deals – and that government gave misleading assurances. → Read More

The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right

Along with Marine le Pen in France, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, Italy’s Matteo Salvini is leading a startling resurgence of Europe’s far right. Across the continent, the messaging of these right-wing populists is increasingly slick, their party machines are disciplined, and their policies have been carefully crafted to appeal to a wider range of voters. Part of the explanation for this surge,… → Read More