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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

History is on McCluskey's side: Unite must go beyond the law

As has happened time and time again, trade unions are being repressed and sidelined, the future of workers' rights is put into question. How can the unions, and the people they represent, respond?

More than a lobby: finance in the UK

Finance and the British state are mutually embedded to the point that it can be hard to tell where one stops and the other starts. Here, Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch gives us a brief tour of the tangled web that is public life in the UK.

A struggle for sacred land: the case of Wirikuta

For the moment, the Wixáritari believe that they are winning the fight for the hearts and minds of Mexicans and that public opinion is turning against international mining companies. They should not be underestimated. 

Civil resistance as deterrent to fracking: Part Two, Shale 911

The on-the-ground citizen victory against those who represented one of the most powerful industries in the world is the result of a multi-pronged, multiyear combination of tactics that has combined into an innovative, compelling strategy. See Part One here.

Civil resistance as deterrent to fracking: Part One, They shale not pass

Can we mobilize and prepare the towns threatened by hydraulic fracturing with action plans so well-devised, so widely and transparently publicized, that unconventional energy developers wouldn't dare enter? See Part Two here.

Egypt in the balance: what the blogs are saying 17 - 22 September

This 'You tell us' feature offers some first hand accounts and a range of opinions in blogs, articles and tweets, first and foremost from the people of Egypt.

Sisa: is meth use the latest face of the catastrophe in Athens?

Meth – or Sisa, as it has been called on the streets of Athens – has become the drug of choice for a rising number of drug addicts in Greece. After Golden Dawn and rampant poverty, is meth use the latest face of the catastrophe in Athens?

The German Election: what does it mean for Europe?

As predicted, Sunday’s German federal election resulted in a resounding victory for Angela Merkel. But with growing German euroscepticism and hesitation about the country's future role in the Union, the results for Europe are not yet in.

Re-purposing America's war machine

A great deal of good can happen if military contractors and militarized communities move away from economic dependence on Cold War weapons systems and instead invest in new energy technology. 

HIV positive? Russia’s reaction is negative.

In most parts of the world the incidence of HIV/AIDS is falling, but official figures for Russia show 200 new cases being recorded every day. And as Grigory Tumanov reports, if you’re a migrant worker or immigrant, you face not only discrimination and stigma, but deportation as well.  

Egypt: military crackdown strengthens local extremist movements

The Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi made many political mistakes during their reign; yet, the Egyptian Military's present campaign will not reverse these errors but rather exacerbate an already grave situation.

The hidden authors and missing histories of human rights

Human rights continue to remain unacknowledged as being at the heart of many social movement struggles. But like any language of power, they are subject to processes of institutionalization. Can they remain a source of empowerment? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.

What would Attenborough say about the Irish genocide?

The exploitation of the Irish economy during the potato famine caused widespread devastation. With the justification of overpopulation, to what extent does David Attenborough echo these intentions in the present day?

The chancellor of Europe, re-elected

Strengthened by a clear victory in the ballots, Angela Merkel is unlikely to change her austerity course. In the absence of a strong domestic opposition, it is up to the citizens of Europe to challenge her policies.

The metropolitanisation of gains, the nationalisation of losses

The prosperous South East can no longer afford to subsidise the rest of the United Kingdom. Or so runs the conventional wisdom. The facts, on the other hand, are rushing headlong in the opposite direction.

The Egyptian revolution: beyond false choices

Egyptians are looking to their own political participation and to further their interests as free individuals. In turn, this means they must build institutions, namely political parties and unions. The legitimacy of army rule is contingent on how smoothly this is accomplished. 

New movements in South Africa?

Despite a rising consciousness throughout the continent of the problems of increased militarization, coinciding with an increased appreciation of the power of creative nonviolent conflict, these conditions have not yet led to a rising movement of South African peace protesters.

Personalizing the revolution

Are you “in your Element,” doing things that blend your passions and your talents? The personal creativity movement is blooming, but is it anything more than spin?

Thoughts on R2P from the Arab region

Opinions in the Arab region are divided regarding the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), although marked by a deep skepticism based in the perceived double standards of the great powers, especially the United States. Only a more democratic UN will ensure morality trumps politics in applying R2P. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, R2P and the Human Rights Crisis in Syria.  Español, العربية

The Oslo ‘peace accords’: a psycho-political perspective

For us Israelis, equality is an impossible mental mission.