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A branch of the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group in the Arava (Wadi Araba) desert south of the Dead Sea. The company’s notorious Pegasus cyber-surveillance weapon has been used in Catalonia surveillance and implicated in human rights abuses worldwide. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

How far are states willing to go to spy on dissent? Bethany Rielly reports from Catalonia to find out.

Large placard with '15 months in prision for a peaceful protest? "Seriously Australia?" #FreeVioletCoco ' written on it and a photo of Deanna Maree “Violet” Coco. Two people are in the background but you can only see the lower parts of their bodies.

Governments are pushing back against climate activism with violence, anti-protest laws and prison sentences. But we can resist...

Protesters march with a banner that reads: 'Disarm, defund, abolish' in red capital letters

This article is almost two years old.

A world without incarceration and police may seem a long way off, but there are plenty of things we can change on the way....

Jessie jokes with his dad. Jessie wrote to Briarpatch: ‘Growing up, my dad was in prison. When I got a life sentence, he changed his life and stayed out and has been my support. This picture is me mimicking my nieces, who pull on his beard – it’s something I never got to do as a kid...’ JESSIE MILO

This article is almost two years old.

Writing from a Californian prison, Jessie Milo sets out his vision for a more caring society.

Through Abraço Campeão, Alan Duarte works with young people to see a future amid the pressure of constant violence and police raids. JOSIANE SANTANA

This article is almost two years old.

Community-based initiatives are helping keep people safe where the police fail. Lucilla Harrell and...


This article is almost two years old.

Abolition can be an everyday practice. Sarah Lamble explores how.

Riot police hit protesters participating in a demonstration against lawmakers’ salary demands outside the parliament buildings in Nairobi in May 2013. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS/ ALAMY

This article is almost two years old.

Mass imprisonment and merciless policing were the preferred tools of control for European colonizers. Patrick...

Terrence Floyd, George Floyd's brother, speaks at his brother's memorial at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr

This article is more than three years old.

Amy Hall on why the Black Lives Matter movement is once again resonating around the world.

A Roma camp attacked by far-right activists

This article is more than five years old.

Attacks on Roma and others have been ignored by law enforcement. Now two lie dead. Madeline Roache reports...


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Social security reforms have triggered an unprecedented wave of anger against the government. Dánae Vílchez...

EU border towns: Migrants sleeping under Via Europa, the bridge linking Italy and France in the border town of Ventimiglia. Photo by Fotomovimiento

This article is almost six years old.

Europe’s response to migration: more police, more walls – for no reason. Alex Fusco writes.

Brazilian favelas

This article is more than six years old.

Favela dwellers speak to Vanessa Baird about police violence and creative resistance.

This article is more than six years old.

In Peru, private corporations are hiring public law enforcers, writes Stephanie Boyd.

This article is more than eight years old.

Uzma Falak questions police tactics in Kashmir.

This article is more than eight years old.

Uzma Falak reports on a problem of powerlessness and the struggle against it.

This article is more than nine years old.

Mari Marcel Thekaekara looks at moral policing and ‘immoral’ activities.


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