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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

¿Qué debería aprender Brasil sobre el colapso de represas en Europa?

Cambios en legalización ambiental, con el propósito de responsabilizar a las empresas, es una de las lecciones importantes de las políticas europeas de gestión de desastres que podrían inspirar a las autoridades latinoamericanas. English.

What dam collapses in Europe can tell Brazil

The changes in environmental legalisation to hold the companies accountable is one of the lessons from the European disaster management policies that could inspire Latin American authorities. Español.

Nicolás Sartorius: “Las posiciones cerradas no conducen a nada, lo único que se consigue con ellas es la melancolía”

Han pasado 46 años desde la muerte de Franco. Hoy, en España, un sector no tan grande como ellos quisieran ni tan pequeño como quisieran los demócratas sigue defendiendo los valores de la dictadura. Entrevista.

¿Qué municipalismo defendemos?

¿De qué estamos hablando exactamente a día de hoy cuando hablamos de “nuevo municipalismo” o “municipalismo transformador” tal como lo defienden las Ciudades sin miedo?. English.

Spanish women shoe workers organise to end decades of exploitation

Women workers in the country’s 'footwear capital' say they have endured too many years of job insecurity and wage theft.

Catalonia: the trial will be about our ideological freedom

"This case is not about proving that specific acts constitute an offence. It is about the deactivation of an independence movement and of its leadership."

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

¿Qué hay después del final abrupto del fin de la historia?

El ciclo Seis contradicciones y el fin del presente del Centro de Estudios del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, nació evocando la urgencia de volver a imaginar un horizonte de transformación.

Feminist comedians are laughing at privilege – and it’s funny

Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated. These feminists are using humour to speak truth to power.

The rest and the West: thoughts on Brexit and migration. Part One

Why the decisive political space for the Left is not Europe, but an inclusive democratic debate that alone can challenge the monocultural National Us.

15M's social and political effects in Spain

General prospects for Spaniards are not promising, and, in many cases, worse than in 2011. So in what sense can it be said that after 15M, mentalities have changed?

The EU call it copyright, but it is massive Internet censorship and must be stopped

We citizens battling for civil rights on the Internet will meet our obligation and fight the good fight. We’ll stop this attack on the Internet and democracy sooner or later.

Catalonia and Spanish nationalism

Our only answer to self-serving nationalisms of every kind is a popular sovereignty that empowers everyone, collectively, to take control of matters of state, whatever its name. Catalana.

Catalonia: two half-truths don't make one truth

Journalists and opinion-makers have a responsibility to inform and explain, not to divide and contribute to the escalation of conflict.

Catalonia and postfascism

A legacy that never went away has risen to the surface in Catalonia. And it explains why the independence movement in Catalonia will not be broken easily. Catalana.

Catalan National Day: free speech under threat

Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its head to quench dissent.

Two kinds of justice in Spain

The recent conviction of several Basque youths with heavy sentences and the charges against Catalan politicians reveal the political nature of justice in Spain.

Exception in Catalonia one year after the referendum

What is Catalonian cooperativism’s contribution to independentism? Activists are promoting practical and concrete independence from all hegemonic powers, by building a parallel economic system.

We simply said ‘enough’: the story of Spain’s ‘Las Kellys’ hotel cleaners

From gruelling working conditions to more limited access to healthcare, austerity policies have hit women hardest. But they are fighting back.

España, último campo de pruebas de la socialdemocracia europea

En resumidas cuentas, el futuro de los partidos socialdemócratas de la UE depende muy probablemente de cómo el PSOE aborde el tema de la inmigración. English

Is Spain going to be the last test case for social democracy in the EU?

All in all, the future of the EU social democratic parties very likely depends on how the PSOE will address the migration issue. Español

Una historia de neófitos italianos y de constructores españoles

Lo que sucede en estos dos países es importante y merece mucha más atención que la que se le presta habitualmente. Es hora de reevaluar las fuerzas que están en juego en Europa. English

A story of Italian neophytes and Spanish constructors

What happens in these two countries matters and deserves much more attention. It is also time to re-assess the forces at play in Europe and claim a more equal union.

¿Qué puede hacer la izquierda en la era del populismo de derechas?

El nuevo giro a la derecha en Europa plantea una serie de retos difíciles para la izquierda, pero también crea oportunidades. English

"Tecnologías: hemos substituido la sucesión por la simultaneidad"

Santiago Alba Rico reflexiona sobre la izquierda y la derecha, el conservadurismo, el reformismo y la revolución, así como sobre la televisión y los medios digitales. Entrevista, 2ª parte. English

"Yo no hablaría de nacionalismo, sino de comunitarismo"

Durante el Festival Transeuropa, entrevistamos a Santiago Alba Rico. Habló sobre el papel de los nacionalismos y los comunitarismos en la actualidad, sobre España-Cataluña, el 15-M y el populismo. Entrevista, 1ª Parte. English

The unexpected rise of Pedro Sánchez

The rise of PSOE to government does not guarantee deep political change in Spain, but it makes Unidos Podemos a central actor, for Sánchez needs its support.

Spain’s historic motion of no-confidence: how can we understand the ousting of seemingly indestructible Mariano Rajoy, in just 72 hours?

Electoral considerations aside, for now, many of those who fought so hard for this day to come will take comfort from being able to oust the PP from power. Español

La primavera del Precariado: los movimientos sociales españoles se preparan para un nuevo ciclo de movilización

Durante el último mes, pensionistas, mujeres y activistas por el derecho a la vivienda han salido a las calles con un mensaje claro: Quieren que se termine la precariedad que sufren en su día a día. English

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

Restore Julian Assange’s access to visitors and to the outside world

We call upon all citizens of good conscience to ask the Ecuadorian authorities to restore Assange’s access to the outside world, and demand that the British authorities end his detention.

“I wouldn’t talk about nationalism, but communitarianism”

Interview with the Spanish philosopher and Podemos Senate candidate, on the nation-state, nationalisms, populism left and right, conservatism, reformism and revolution, television and digital media. Long - 8,500 words.

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

"We need a feminist constitution"

How is anyone going to go to work if no-one does the ironing, cooks, or looks after the children? I think putting this issue on the table is one of the great victories of March 8. An interview.

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