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Alex Sakalis, Editor

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

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Will sharing economy save civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Sharing economy has the potential to recreate "communities" in Latin America, a region where most of the population distrusts its neighbors, its government, its community organization and its church. Español

¿Salvará la economía colaborativa a la sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe?

La economía colaborativa tiene el potencial de volver a crear “comunidades” en América Latina, donde la mayor parte de la población desconfía de su vecino, de su gobierno, de su organización comunitaria y de su iglesia. English

Moscow leaves Tatarstan speechless

The recent demotion of the status of the Tatar language is one of a growing number of moves made by Moscow against the wealthy and autonomously-minded republic of Tatarstan. RU

Five inspirational feminists you should know and honour today

Documenting the lives of departed feminists, and sharing their stories, honours their memories and inspires future generations.

Another lonely Skype Christmas, thanks to the ‘minimum income requirement’?

Meghan Markle might not have to worry about the ‘minimum income requirement’, but if you marry a Brit of more modest means than Prince Harry, you might face years of separation from your partner and family.

Violencia, poder y minería en Perú: ¿cómo Las Bambas ha agravado la represión?

Las manifestaciones de las comunidades locales contra la mina MMG Las Bambas se han enfrentado con la represión policial, destacando un estado que prioriza los intereses comerciales sobre los derechos humanos. English

Six years of OVD-Info

Hundreds of hours spent on the phone, online and in court — this is what it means to monitor politically-motivated arrests in Russia. 

The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and the rewriting of History

The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have recovered the identity of 126 grandchildren (the last one, a granddaughter, on December 4) who were stolen by the Argentine civic-military dictatorship. Interview Español

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo y la reescritura de la Historia

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo han recuperado la identidad de 126 nietos y nietas (la última nieta, el pasado 4 de diciembre) que fueron robados por la dictadura cívico-militar argentina. Entrevista English

Pressure mounts on British universities to ‘come clean’ on fossil fuel investments

Paradise Papers revelations have added to long-standing concerns about universities’ fossil fuel investments - and students are now upping the ante.