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This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

Rosemary Belcher-2.jpg

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Thirty-six years later, the trial of the El Mozote massacres could change El Salvador's history

The reopening of El Mozote case brings a historic opportunity for truth and justice; the State and the public prosecution must rise to the challenge. Español

"En todo conflicto hay siempre posibilidades de negociación"

No existe una regla según la cual hay conflictos sin solución. Hay dinámicas, intereses y tiempos que van cambiando y abriendo posibilidades para su resolución. Entrevista. English

Obama keeps on deporting Central American teens. What will Trump do?

“I am glad the cards are now on the table and there is not a hidden agenda. Because then we can fight accordingly.” Español

Obama sigue deportando a jóvenes centroamericanos. ¿Qué hará Trump?

"Me alegro de que las cartas estén sobre la mesa y de que no haya una agenda oculta. Ahora podremos luchar en consecuencia". English

Sala de lo Constitucional de El Salvador: conocer la verdad y contar con las víctimas

La Corte Suprema de El Salvador sorprendió al declarar inconstitucional la Ley de Amnistía que condonó crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la guerra civil entre 1980 y 1992. English

Amnesty law nullified in El Salvador: knowing the truth and taking the victims into account

The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador surprised everyone by declaring unconstitutional the Amnesty Law that granted amnesty for crimes against humanity committed during the civil war between 1980 and 1992. Español

Door to justice finally opens in El Salvador

As the door finally opens for war criminals to face justice in El Salvador, the law can start serving the country's poor. Español

Se abre el camino a la justicia en El Salvador

Mientras los criminales de guerra se vean finalmente frente a la justicia en El Salvador, la ley podrá empezar a estar al servicio de los pobres. English

The fight continues to free detained Central American high schoolers in the US

Despite several protests, US authorities have not yet backed down from arresting immigrant high school students on their way to school. Español

Estudiantes centroamericanos detenidos en Estados Unidos: la lucha continúa

A pesar de multitudinarias protestas, las autoridades estadounidenses aún no han abandonado la práctica de arrestar estudiantes de secundaria de origen inmigrante de camino a la escuela. English

Amor em tempos do Zika

Enquanto que o vírus Zika que assola a América Latina se dirige em direção ao norte, no El Salvador a atenção centrasse na luta pela justiça reprodutiva. Español English

El amor en los tiempos del Zika

Mientras el virus Zika que afecta América Latina se dirige hacia el norte, en El Salvador la atención se centra en la lucha por la justicia reproductiva. English Português

Love in the time of Zika

As the Zika virus ravaging Latin America moves northward, in El Salvador, the debate focuses on the struggle for reproductive justice. Español Português

Latino high schoolers could be deported to "certain death"

Several North Carolina Latino high schoolers have been arrested and are expected to be deported, despite strong opposition from both the teachers and school boards throughout the state. Español Português

Estudiantes latinos ¿deportados a una "muerte segura"?

Varios estudiantes latinos de Carolina del Norte han sido detenidos y, pese a la fuerte oposición de las autoridades educativas en todo el estado, podrían acabar siendo deportados. English Português

São Salvador, e não Caracas, foi a cidade do mundo com mais homicídios em 2015

Com quase 200 mortos por cada 100.000 habitantes, é provável que a taxa de homicídio de São Salvador supere a de mortes violentas em muitos dos conflitos armados no mundo. English Español

San Salvador, y no Caracas, fue la ciudad del mundo con más homicidios en 2015

Con casi 200 muertos por 100.000 habitantes, es probable que la tasa de homicidios de San Salvador supere la de muertes violentas en muchos de los conflictos armados en el mundo. English Português

San Salvador, not Caracas, was the world´s most murderous city in 2015

With almost 200 murders by 100.000 inhabitants, probably San Salvador´s murder rate exceeds the violent death rate in many of the world´s most vicious armed conflicts. Español Português

Limpieza social en El Salvador

En el país más violento del mundo, la juventud se mata entre ella, el Estado está en pie de guerra, y los asesinatos extrajudiciales siguen en aumento. Esto no puede continuar así. English

The re-emergence of social cleansing in El Salvador

In the most violent country in the world, youth is killing youth, the state is in a state of war and extrajudicial killings are on the rise. This cannot continue unabated. Español.

Crime, violence and political gridlock in El Salvador. Business as usual

The future of El Salvador depends on its capacity to address the structural causes of violence, to repair the broken state apparatus and to create real opportunities for the country’s youth. Español.

El Salvador’s gang truce: a lost opportunity?

The truce declared in 2012 may have been imperfect and controversial but positive lessons must be learned amid the country’s current crisis of violence.

The corporate nullification of the human right to water: the case of El Salvador

Multinational corporations are increasing their control over valuable fresh water supplies, particularly in Latin America. But the people of El Salvador are fighting back.

The Handmaid's Tale of El Salvador

Poverty, misogyny, and Christian fundamentalism in El Salvador lie behind the prison sentences of up to forty years handed down to seventeen women who were arrested for the crime of abortion, but sentenced for murder.

Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity

What governments must do, now more than ever, is decisively leave resources in the ground, reject mining projects, resist the short-termist temptation of a fossil fuel fix. 

El Salvador: crisis of masculinity in a machista society

Unless the crisis of masculinity in El Salvador is directly tackled, no effort on behalf of women’s organizations will be able to reduce the levels of violence against women that take place in the country.

El Salvador's gang problem: the truth behind the truce

Will El Salvador's new president deploy state or civil society to address the recent spikes in violence, as politics threaten to unravel the wary truce between the country's gangs?

García Márquez and "the Latin American who came in from the cold"

Former Swedish deputy foreign minister and UN ambassador Pierre Schori remembers circumstances and characters, including the late prime minister Olof Palme, that linked him to Gabriel García Márquez, in the work they did on Latin America.

Political motherhood vs violence against mothers

The Activist Mothers of Xalapa have united their individual power as mothers to create a collective political motherhood that has resisted many patriarchal institutions in the past, and could well be the driving force of a new society based on nurturing life instead of selling it, says Alda Facio.

US immigration bill: silence on the deportation of children

Unaccompanied minors best illustrate the need and mechanisms for true comprehensive immigration reform yet the proposed bill does little for this highly vulnerable, fastest growing subset of migrants to the US, says Elizabeth Kennedy.

Deals with the devil

Talk of a pact with criminals is beyond the pale in Mexico’s presidential election campaign. But the tentative success of a deal with gang leaders in one of Central America’s most violent countries suggests the time may have come to explore a new style of negotiations aimed at reducing appalling levels of violence.

In the shadows of globalisation: drug violence in Mexico and Central America

The wave of violence afflicting Mexico and the northern triangle of Central America (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) is caused by three developments: changes in the global drug market, the effect of the war against organised crime and the international financial crisis, making the problem not just a criminal one.

Stay alive: turning around a failing war

A deep strategic rethink is needed to reverse the dismal failure of the war on drugs and gangs, particularly in the way this has been fought across Central America and the Caribbean. Intimate community engagement and integral policy approaches are crucial steps in moving on from the bankrupt iron fist.

Gangs and wolves: violence and vulnerability in a global economy

Forces of globalization provide the link between the areas of extreme criminal violence in poorer countries and the random attacks carried out by fundamentalists in the west. On all sides, economic interconnectedness has brought wealth to some, criminal opportunities to others, and vulnerability to everyone.

Unsentimental partners: Obama goes south of the border

Obama’s trip to the stable democracies of Brazil, Chile and El Salvador beginning on March 19 is a sign of maturing relations between the US and Latin America. Nevertheless, a toughening approach towards security issues and the hard-headed calculation of US national interests will be a dominant theme.
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