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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Stop Trump – definitely! But then what?

Resisting Trump should involve asking the UK government to reconsider its approach to global security alliances.

The Trump-Netanyahu meeting: a hint of policy behind the Trump-speak?

During the joint press conference held by Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu this Wednesday, the US president appeared to break with the two-state position.

Trump handbook for aspiring autocrats

At issue is due process, the rule of law and the division of powers that defines American democracy.

The sociology and psychology of xenophobia

In votes for Brexit, and in Trump, we are hearing an indivisible claim for a national, ethnic, gender and class identity. But the claim emerges not from pride, but from shame.

End of the American hegemonic cycle

We might end up with a Trump presidency that has polarizing effects domestically and depolarizing effects internationally. Espanol.

A false reality has contributed to a new political reality

The descent into complex post-factual politics goes some way to showing why Brexit and Trump were so successful, and their opposition so ineffective. 

Twist of fate: terror, torture and justice in the 9/11 trial in Guantánamo Bay

There is a fundamental contradiction: between government efforts to prevent disclosure of the crimes they themselves have committed; and defence lawyers’ struggle to defend their clients’ fundamental rights.

Only a bold and popular left radicalism can stop the rise of fascism

Walter Benjamin’s observation that every rise of fascism bears witness to a failed revolution speaks poignantly to our current condition.

Why every secularist should boycott Trump’s US

The Chair of the African Union Commission, has rightly noted, "The country to which many of our people were taken as slaves decides to ban refugees from some of our countries".

The right to have visiting rights

May's not the only one trying to have it both ways. Before Trump’s election, the US, long-heralded (and self-celebrating) “nation of immigrants,” was lowering the lamp beside its golden door.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

The appropriation of victimhood

The “post-truth” issue is intimately tied to the ability of powerful people to fabricate victimhood.

The polarized politics of Islamophobia

Human rights defenders are out in the cold at this moment: we have compromised allies on the left and the right.

The curse of apocalyptic rhetoric: why resisting Donald Trump requires prose

Days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the rhetoric around his presidency on the left remains mostly unchanged: a mix of incredulity and rage, laced with apocalyptic fret.

Why hitching across the USA led me to give £2500 to the ACLU

Julian Sayarer explains why, inspired by his trans-USA hitchhike and by John Berger's example, he is donating £2500 of his Stanford Dolman award, to the ACLU.

Standing our ground at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

When civic space is under attack, we make no dangerous accommodations. We stand up, and we fight back.

Finally, an end to the cold war?

The much-needed new relationship with the citizenry must involve an end to the conjuring up of an external enemy and the promotion of a “new cold war”.

Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on torture

The novelty and danger posed by the new US president is the fact that he either does not know, or does not care, that the prohibition of torture is one that is considered to be fundamental.

‘The Art of the Deal’ in the Arab Gulf: how Trump could strike a new bargain with Bahrain

America’s new president has yet to fully articulate his foreign policy strategy but one thing is abundantly clear: the next four years are going to be a far cry from the Obama Doctrine.

Lies and manipulation threaten US media and politicians

If America under Trump begins to look like the old Middle East and Russia, the risks of a crisis getting out of hand are huge. Português Español

Manipulación y mentiras contra medios de comunicación y políticos en Estados Unidos

Si la  América de Trump acaba pareciéndose al viejo Oriente Medio y a Rusia, los riesgos de que una crisis se vaya de las manos son enormes. Português English

Manipulação e mentiras contra os meios de comunicação e políticos nos Estados Unidos

Se a América de Trump começar a parecer-se ao velho Médio Oriente e à Rússia, os riscos de que uma crise se torne incontrolável são enormes. English Español

Penal populism and the BDS movement after Security Council Res. 2334

Despite a backdrop of symbolic mislabelling, campaigns such as BDS seem to have formulated new horizons of civil and political practice (in opposition to the mere declamation) of human rights.

Trump is creating a real threat to security by trumpeting a false one

The order is not only morally reprehensible and legally problematic; it is also strategically irresponsible and will create real security risks for the United States.

Trump's slap in the face of Lady Liberty

Will women be turned away from the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in March, in New York? The world's global institutions must fight the 'Muslim Ban', starting with the United Nations.

Trump & Modi hover over Jaipur Literature Festival

Since both Trump and Modi excite hearts rather than minds, they ought to be invited to the next Jaipur Literature Festival.

China and the embarrassment of western democracy

The trouble for democracy does not come from Beijing, or from globalisation, or from abroad, or, in Britain, from immigration or from Europe. It resides at home.

A word about Trump from the American republic's founders

And a warning to Republicans who claim to revere them.

Under Trump, we are all women

The same strategies used against women for decades by the Christian right and the anti-abortion movement are now, under Donald Trump's presidency, being turned on the American people as a whole.

An inside-outside strategy for defending the US Republic

Both the administrative pillar of resistance and the ‘Indivisible’ legislative pillar will be bolstered if linked to a grassroots strategy of cross-issue mobilizing and direct action – the core strategy.

The media–technology–military industrial complex

In a world of so-called fake news and post-truth politics, the influence of largely invisible qualities of concentrated power over media, public and policy agendas, warrants renewed and urgent scrutiny.

The battle for minds, and role of human behaviour in generating plutocracies

The control or influence of information is diffused through education, politics, culture, media and the process of socialization.

Occupy is not the reason why Trump won

Trump is a symptom of a reactionary response triggered when the problems requiring systemic transformation are blamed solely on the political establishment.

El perverso populismo de Trump

Cómo la plataforma "America First" (América, primero) de Trump distorsiona el populismo para proteger a los poderosos. English

The Washington March: Historic communion of women

The women’s march brought many first-timers on to the streets. A first-timer writes about why the election of Donald Trump spurred her to travel from North Carolina to Washington DC to take part.

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