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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Chomskyan revolution and the politics of linguistics

Chomsky is one of the few intellectuals to insist to this day that we can neatly untangle complex webs of state and non-state, private and public, military and civilian.

Democratic Socialism beyond the New Deal

We can lead better lives in an inhabitable world (for more than just a few decades) only if we chart a less governmental, less voting-based path.

The struggle for Yerevan: how city elections became a referendum on Armenia’s revolution

For the first time since Armenia's revolution, citizens have been to the ballot box. But Sunday's vote is less about the problems facing the country's capital, and more about the legitimacy of the revolutionary agenda. 

Military intervention in Venezuela: China matters

At the end of the day, the solution to the crisis in Venezuela lies with China. Español

#CrisisEnNicaragua: government repression is creating a migratory wave

Nicaragua is producing a second migratory wave in Latin America due to the economic and political situation in the country. After 155 days of protests, we are up against another unprecedented crisis: the migration of thousands of Nicaraguans. Español

A “People’s Vote” on Brexit – be careful what you wish for

We will never build a progressive internationalism on the basis of a democratic fix. We need democratic renewal at both UK and European level.

Kafka comes to life in Kaliningrad

After police and pro-government media disrupt a public event in Kaliningrad, it’s time to examine the forms of pressure on Russian civil society.

Britain’s warfare state

Britain needs an industrial strategy. At the same time, Britain needs to move away from its imperial pretensions to police the world's oceans. The two factors are ever more interlinked.

These women are demanding their rights from inside Rome’s occupied buildings

Precarious labour and housing conditions have pushed many to squat Rome’s empty buildings, living in fear of eviction and homelessness.

The politics of Latinx recognition

A new fluid, multiracial and multicultural identity is emerging in American politics.

Radical democracy and municipal movements

Can politics in cities and in Corbyn’s Labour Party come together to facilitate potent collectivities through an explicit commitment to radical democracy? Jeremy Gilbert in conversation.

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Why Adam Price is the man of the moment for Wales

Adam Price is the leader Plaid Cymru needs to kick start the moribund Welsh devolution process, writes John Osmond.

Does “being creative” just mean maintaining the status quo?

Whether it’s Theresa May lecturing EU leaders, or bosses lecturing employees, it seems everyone’s being urged to be more creative these days. Meanwhile true creativity is marginalised.

Will the new crimes against humanity treaty protect women and LGBTI persons?

It’s time for the international community to take a stand. A new treaty could affect people’s rights for generations to come.

Poland vs. Azamat Baiduyev: how an EU member state deported a Chechen refugee back to face the Kadyrov regime

Azamat Baiduyev is the latest person to be deported from Poland on the basis of “secret materials”.

Welcome to barbershop therapy

Barbers in the US South are training as first responders to assist men with their mental health concerns.

The councils trying to use Grenfell as an excuse to clear estates

Since a fire killed 72 people in London's Grenfell Tower, councils have been using safety concerns to try to move people out of housing estates.

European democracies and the responsibility to not protect?

How can we understand the paradox whereby migrant deaths and increased resources develop concomitantly?

Defeat, disappointment and the glimmer of dictatorship in Russia’s Far East

A regional election has gone badly wrong. Dissecting the Kremlin’s defeat in Primorye shows paths for Russia’s future.