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Peacemaking in Colombia: lessons from the negotiators

One year ago, on November 24th 2016, a Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla was signed, after more than 4 years of intense negotiations. DemocraciaAbierta talked to experts and advisers who were at the negotiation table in Havana. 

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Graffiti in Nasa, Colombia. Demotix/Joana Toro. All rights reserved.

Peacemaking in Colombia: lessons from the negotiators

One year ago, on November 24th 2016, a Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla was signed, after more than 4 years of intense negotiations. DemocraciaAbierta talked to experts and advisers who were at the negotiation table in Havana. 

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Graffiti in Nasa, Colombia. Demotix/Joana Toro. All rights reserved.

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Call for submissions: Listening to Libya - Intervention and its aftermath

NAWA seeks to provide a deeper look into Libya by inviting Libyan writers, and readers to submit their thoughts, articles and pitches but also their reading recommendations to us.

Paradises of the earth: politics of solidarity

Nadir Bouhmouch, director of the groundbreaking documentary 'Paradises of the earth' talks about the inception of the project, and the urgency of telling North African stories. 

What does it mean to be a feminist father in America today?

Parents must talk to their kids about patriarchy, and confront mental barriers and social pressures that enforce gender roles and inequalities.

The struggle for survival – what’s next for Syrian journalism?

Media outlets, whether state-sponsored or opposition, often seek to send a specific message to a party through their articles, without complying to any kind of journalistic standards. عربي

Does migration have to be a national issue - or could it be localised?

The Home Office's immigration system is in a mess. Perhaps it's time to let councils have more of a say in running it, instead.

Peacemaking in Colombia: lessons from the negotiators

One year ago, on November 24th 2016, after more than 4 years of intense negotiations, a Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla was signed. DemocraciaAbierta talked to experts and advisers who were at the negotiation table in Havana. 

A birthday in the Urals

Oleksandr Kolchenko, a Crimean anarchist, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Russia. There's much to learn from his activism. 

Russia’s new foreign agent legislation will further silence independent media

New legislation targeting foreign media operating in Russia has evoked parallels with the US. Here’s why they’re wrong. 

Ten reflections inspired by the Rohingya crisis

The educated, middleclass layman, who is interested in the world and has a sense of social justice, but doesn’t quite know what to do with it. This is about me...

Russia’s Kuzbass coal region is on the verge of an ecological catastrophe

This corner of Siberia is famous for coal production and its local kingpin. Ecologists believe there are dark days ahead for the centre of Russia’s export coal industry.

Education, Islam and Criticality

Can a new kind of integrated knowledge-creation occur, that is outside as well as inside the post-Enlightenment western tradition? Book review.

Kafka in Greece: a struggle against tax bureaucracy

Faced with Greece's near-impossible loan repayments, the country's Tax Authority is using highly dubious methods to create the illusion of a budget surplus - and it is ordinary Greeks who are paying the price.

Our constitution is being rewritten – the time to fight is now

We only have a few months to stop it. 

Tax us if you can: Why Philip Hammond's 'crackdown' falls short of the mark

Less a crackdown, and more a tentative step in the right direction.

The Chechen watcher

Hundreds of desperate Chechen refugees are still stranded on the Belarusian border, waiting to enter the EU. Many locals are sceptical of the newcomers — but some have stood up to help.

How to get out of a gigantic mess - of Brexit, citizens assemblies, and popular sovereignty

The UK is in a mess thanks to an ill-defined ‘Leave’ option in the Brexit vote. More genuine popular sovereignty could have prevented the mess – and could yet get us out of it.

'It's a sense of adventure' - How Vouliwatch is reinventing politics in Greece

Vouliwatch is a new online platform which is revolutionising politics in Greece by introducing transparency and accountability into the country's parliament. Can it work elsewhere?

Northern Ireland police must stop intimidating equality activists

The force can't claim to be progressive whilst cracking down on those protesting hateful conservatism and oppressive, misogynistic laws.

Reading other people’s diaries in Russia

Historian Mikhail Melnichenko runs a digital archive of personal diaries from Russia's 20th century. The result is both an alternative to tightly guarded government archives and an important artistic resource. RU

How did 1917 change the west?

Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process. As we watch Russia struggle with history, the US and UK cannot afford to pretend that this history doesn’t affect us too.


Last week on OpenGlobalRights: communities influence investment banks but the UN loses credibility

Last week on OpenGlobalRights, authors debated whether community-led activism can influence big investment banks, how the “three generations” theory of human rights should be debunked, and why people in the global South do not trust the UN. 

'There is unity in diversity' - interview with Boriss Cilevičs MP

At the 2017 World Forum for Democracy, Latvian MP Boriss Cilevičs discusses minority rights in the EU, the war in Ukraine, the demographic crisis in eastern Europe, and the EU's response to the ongoing migration crisis.

Letter from the Crimean border

In southern Ukraine, Crimean Tatars from displacements past and present are building a life for themselves.

Austerity stories you won’t hear about in today’s Budget

Rhea needs a home. She is a full-time single mother of three living in destitution on the brink of homelessness. Yet two local authorities are reluctant to help. Why?

There is only life and power – not digital and non-digital life and power

The inseparability between our on and offline lives is the single most important thing to understand about the impact of the internet on political life – which is why we need systems literacy, now.

How to start a housing movement

Radical groups working on housing, racism, poverty, sex worker and migrant rights are springing up all over London. Embedded in local communities, they are seasoned activists, precarious workers and families.

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

The Grenfell tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords, private and social. But resistance is growing.