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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Lula in London

The former factory worker may sleep in the queen's palace, but the dreams of Brazil's president during his visit to Britain are about trade and politics, says Arthur Ituassu.

'Favela Rising'

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Farewell José, farewell 2005

The fall of José Dirceu, President Lula's chief aide and major figure on the Brazilian left for four decades, is a watershed in Brazilian politics, says Arthur Ituassu. 
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