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15 Democracy on the edge
Unloved and under threat from several sides, democracy seems to be in peril. Should it be saved – or helped to change? Vanessa Baird investigates. 21 Information and democracy – THE FACTS 22 Love and other conspiracies
Laxmi Murthy reports on the theory of ‘love jihad’ that is sweeping across India. 24 How to talk with conspiracy theorists 25 The space invaders
Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips talks about our need for privacy in a digital age. 28 Dark money
It twists and corrupts democracy in hidden ways. Peter Geoghegan explores the murky world of thinktanks and billionaire backers. 31 How we are gulled
Propaganda and media expert Peter Pomerantsev on tackling disinformation and the power of the digital platforms. 34 Defibrillating democracy
A kick-start for a habitable future. Claire Mellier and Rich Wilson make the case for citizens’ assemblies. 37 ACTION Ways to get active on demoracy.
Stories making the news 8 India’s farmers stand up for their livelihood Plus: Borderlines 9 Introducing: Cori Bush Plus: Seriously? 10 Western Sahara: ceasefire broken Athletes call out body policing DRC: landmark protection for indigenous people Plus: Inequality Watch Plus: Sign of the Times 12 Hard-won feminist victory in Argentina Plus: Open Window 13 Norway presses ahead with Arctic oil Plus: Reasons to be cheerful
REGULARS 6 Letters
Plus: Why I… 7 Letter from Manila
Iris Gonzales on why the general public still believes in heroes.
40 Country Profile: Nigeria
49 Temperature Check
Danny Chivers weighs up the evidence on carboncapture technologies and finds them wanting.
50 The debate
Is homeschooling socially harmful? Lindsey T Powell and Cheryl Fields-Smith disagree.
53 Southern Exposure
Clubbing in Lima, pandemic style, by Paco Chuquiure.
54 The Interview
Michael Fakhri, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has a bold vision for a trade system that reflects how people actually eat.
72 Hall of Infamy
Why bully boy Bezos can’t stop smirking.
80 The Puzzler
81 Agony Uncle
As his comrades argue about trans women, a reader feels conflicted. Step forward Agony Uncle.
82 What if…
We banned intensive animal agriculture? Hazel Healy imagines an end to cheap meat.