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Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Debates and articles from across the openDemocracy website that discuss or are relevant to Africa

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

The back way to Europe: Gambia’s forgotten refugees

The distinction between a refugee and other irregular migrants coming from the Gambia is hard to maintain in a country where a lack of democracy is accompanied by failures of economic and political governance. 

Eliminar la malaria, de una vez por todas

Muy extendida en África, Asia y América Latina, la malaria tiene importantes efectos negativos para el desarrollo económico. El 25 de abril es el Día Mundial de la Malaria. English

Eliminating malaria for good

Malaria is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is commonly associated with poverty and has major negative effects on economic development. April, 25 is World Malaria Day. Español

Papeles de Panamá: "una vieja tradición de la piratería inglesa"

Editores de openDemocracyUK, openDemocracyRussia y DemocraciaAbierta comentan las implicaciones de los "Papeles de Panamá". English

Como um músico de hip-hop e o seu clube de leitura ameaçam o regime Angolano

Esta semana 17 ativistas foram condenados a sentenças de prisão efetiva por terem participado na discussão dum livro. Este artigo explica o porquê. English

Libertad de expresión y libertad “post-expresión” en Mozambique

A pesar del asesinato de un activista, del procesamiento de un académico o de la intervención sistemática de analistas a favor del régimen, la libertad de expresión en Mozambique empieza a ser posible. Português

Liberdade de expressão e liberdade pós-expressão em Moçambique

Apesar do assassinato dum ativista, do julgamento dum académico ou da intervenção sistemática de analistas a favor do regime, a liberdade de expressão em Moçambique começa a tornar-se numa possibilidade. Español

Batalha digital em Angola

O “eterno” Presidente de Angola está preocupado pela falta de mecanismos estatais para controlar os meios de comunicação digitais. José Eduardo dos Santos está disposto a criminalizar a internet para mantê-los sob vigilância. Español English

Batalla digital en Angola

El incombustible Presidente de Angola está preocupado por la falta de mecanismos estatales para controlar los medios de comunicación digitales. Está dispuesto a criminalizar internet para mantenerlos bajo vigilancia. English Português

Angola´s digital last frontier

Angola´s long-standing president is worried about the lack of state mechanisms to control social media. By criminalizing the internet, he is determined to do something about it . Español Português

The Sahel: north-west Africa’s security weakest link

In addition to terrorism, the Sahel faces a host of thorny intertwined issues, which if not dealt with could plunge the region into chaos.

On the move again: 70,000 refugees compelled to leave camp

Refugees in South Sudan's Yida camp dispute UNHCR arguments for their relocation once again.

La pobreza mundial: los errores del Nobel de Economía

La pobreza no es un problema individual de falta de recursos que puede resolverse a través de la educación, como defienden Angus Deaton y el Banco Mundial. El problema es la forma en que se distribuyen los recursos. English.

World poverty: the misconceptions of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Poverty is not an individual problem of lack of resources that can be solved through education. The problem is the way in which resources are distributed. Español.

¿Cuán libre es la libertad en Angola?

Henrique Luaty y otros activistas fueron detenidos, acusados de planear el derrocamiento del presidente de Angola. Su huelga de hambre, y un creciente apoyo público internacional, pueden forzar una transición democrática. English. Português

Quão livre é a liberdade em Angola?

Henrique Luaty e outros ativistas Angolanos foram presos por alegadamente planear depor o Presidente de Angola. A sua greve de fome e um crescente apoio público podem forçar o governo Angolano a abrir caminho a uma transição democrática. English. Español.

How free is freedom in Angola?

Henrique Luaty and other Angolan activists were arrested for allegedly planning to overthrow the President. His hunger strike and a growing public support can strong-arm the Angolan government into making way for a democratic transition. Português. Español.

Neoliberalismo tardío y sus enemigos

Los movimientos sociales se enfrentan a 3 retos: el reto simbólico de construir algo nuevo; el reto material de movilizar recursos limitados; y el reto estratégico de influenciar un sistema político muy cerrado. English.

Enquanto o mundo assiste há 59,5 milhões de deslocados internos na terra

Uns 6 milhões de Colombianos fazem com que o segundo país do mundo com mais deslocados internos (DIs) por motivos de violência não esteja no Médio-Oriente, mas sim na América Latina. Español. English.

Mientras el mundo anda mirando, hay 59,5 millones de desplazados internos en la tierra

Unos 6 millones de colombianos hacen que el segundo país del mundo con más desplazados internos (DIs) por motivos de violencia no esté en Oriente Medio, sino en América Latina. Português. English.

La tragedia interminable del Día de Colón

La celebración del Día de Colón no es de recibo. La colonización trajo consigo una inmensa tragedia que hay que empezar a recordar. English, Português.

The Continuing Tragedy of Columbus Day

The celebration of Columbus Day is not acceptable. The colonization brought with it an immense tragedy that it is necessary to start remembering. Español. Português. 

A tragédia interminável do dia de Colombo

A celebração do Dia de Cristóvão Colombo não e aceitável. A colonização trouxe consigo uma imensa tragédia que há que começar a recordar. English. Español.

Refugee or economic migrant? Join the dots Theresa May

The compartmentalisation of individuals into the categories of economic migrants or refugees obscures the fundamental ways in which these two groups are intimately related through remittance economies. 

The scramble for Africa's oil

Instead of an exploitative relationship in which China is the only winner, Africa’s political elite can indeed fight back.

Trash world

Most accounts of Agbogbloshie, the e-waste site in Accra, Ghana, persistently fail to sustain a proper conversation about how it and its counterparts across the global south operate.

500 Eritreans

"We need justice, we need freedom”. Their voices were raised in unison, echoing off the striking architecture of Liverpool's docks as they marched quickly and determinedly through the streets.  

Morocco, UN myopia and the Libyan crisis

It may be understandable that the UN should clutch at any straws to address the miasma in Libya. But Morocco shouldn’t be one of them.

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt

Burundi looks like it is entering a vortex of renewed violence. It's in a troubled region, we have been here before—and the president's determination to pursue an unconstitutional third term is blocking any democratic alternative.

Central African Republic: the long and winding road

The good news is that the violent factions in the Central African Republic have agreed to ban child soldiering. The bad news is that a viable CAR state remains a long way off.

Securitisation not the response to deaths at sea

The European Union has responded to the humanitarian crisis presented by refugee deaths in the Mediterranean—but only through the lens of border control.

AFRICOM behaving badly

United States Africa Command likes to think that it is in the business of exporting ‘rule of law’. But it has been riddled with misdeeds, since it began overseeing the US military pivot to Africa.

South Africa’s new scapegoats

In the land that ended apartheid two decades ago, violence against other Africans has been on the rise. What has gone wrong and what is to be done?

Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe must change course

As leaders of European Union member states prepare to meet to discuss the Mediterranean refugee crisis, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights sets the bar for an adequate response.

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