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Constitutional conventions: best practice

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Life in the ashes: where now for survivors of the Rostov blaze?

Eight months on from a colossal fire in the centre of this southern Russian city, people affected by the fire are still looking for homes.

¿Se acabó la era de la privacidad?

La mensajería instantánea se ha convertido en el principal instrumento digital para el activismo social y político, pero abre brechas para su seguridad. English, Português

Are the days of user privacy over?

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español, Português

Os dias de privacidade acabaram?

As mensagens instantâneas tornaram-se o principal instrumento digital para o activismo social e político. Ao mesmo tempo que a sua implementação aumenta, também o fazem as dúvidas sobre a sua confidencialidade. English, Español

Whose human rights? The marginalisation of dissent in France and spreading

The use of human rights to criminalize the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign sends out a warning alert.

FP April 20


Turkish mainstream media’s bad habit keeps getting worse

The Turkish public has been puzzled by fabricated news stories appearing every day in the mass media.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

Democracy gone digital

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español, Português

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

No appetite for a deregulatory post-Brexit Britain: new findings on public attitudes

The transformation of the aims of Brexit emerged during the early days of the referendum campaign, when the cross-party campaign for leave realised where the route to broad-based success lay.

FP April 19


Costa Rica's next President lacks a plan to tackle rising insecurity

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn’t seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in the country related to its growing role in the regional drug trade. Español

Enoch Powell’s ghost and bigotry still haunt modern Britain

We are better than Enoch Powell – but, as recent events show, not by as much as we think.

Why the problem is economics, not economists

To avoid hitting an intellectual dead end, economics must embrace a wider diversity of views and focus less on the derivation of abstract models. 

The UK government must stop detaining LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution

“Here in detention it is the same as where I came from. I was so scared”.

Changing the conversation on labour migration in Southeast Asia

A regional study interrogates some of the commonly held assumptions about which factors lead to better outcomes for migrant workers.

Kyrgyzstan’s indispensable women are undervalued

Kyrgyz women still tend to live and work in traditionally female occupations. RU

“Motivated by justice”: defending the world’s courageous people

Australian human rights lawyer and member of the legal team defending Wikileaks since 2010, talks about the hacker from Queensland who chose to fight against surveillance capitalism. Interview.