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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Forever Evo?

A court ruling authorizes the reelection of Evo Morales. The Bolivian president is looking to Argentina and Ecuador to convince himself that the "process of change" depends only on him. Español

The building of the Indian as a violent character

There is no repression without demonization. In Argentina, demonizing is being used to place native communities outside the rule of law, so that “counter-terrorist war” can be waged against them. Español

El Salvador: from dialogue to death

Since January 2015, the war opposing criminal gangs and the State has resulted in 15.000 dead. Attempts at truce have been unsuccessful. Fear has taken over the country. Español

El Salvador: del diálogo a la muerte

La guerra entre las pandillas y el Estado se ha cobrado 15.000 muertos desde enero de 2015. Los intentos de tregua han sido infructuosos. El miedo se ha apoderado del país. English

7 keys to understanding Honduras’ declining homicide rate

Due to a combination of factors, Honduras is on track to close out 2017 with a significantly lower homicide rate than has been observed in previous years. Español

This is why we fight: Interview with Isabel Flota Ayala

AWID spoke with Isabel Flota Ayala, an indigenous activist from the International Indigenous Women’s Fund (IIWF) about people who fought bravely for her communities. Español

Nothing justifies homicide!. #InstintoDeVida in Latin America

It is urgent that in the 7 most lethal countries of Latin America we adopt plans for the reduction of homicides. The task before us is titanic. However, we know what the problem is and have tools at our disposal. #InstintoDeVida. Español

The New Left Agenda of Human Rights in Latin America: Which Rights Matter?

The resurgence of socio-economic claims and a greater emphasis on cultural rights have created a more diffuse and nuanced debate. Few areas of the world exemplify these changes more than Latin America. Español

Understanding arms trafficking in Colombia

In Colombia, more than 70% of the homicides are committed with firearms coming from at least twenty countries. Their main recipients are drug traffickers and criminal gangs. Español

The Brazilian paradox

The putschist Brazilian administration is not addressing the previous policy shortcomings constructively. Here’s the Foreword of Lena Lavinas' new book: The Takeover of Social Policy by Financialization – the Brazilian Paradox. Español Português

Challenging elections in Chile

Some of today's established reforms in Chile will go down in History as significant changes, yet Michele Bachelet ends up her second term in office with a mere 25% approval rating. Español

Government ads, a powerful tool against press freedom in Mexico

You just have to follow the money trail: who benefits from the 38.000 million pesos (2 billion US $ aprox) in government advertising that President Enrique Peña Nieto spent, to date? Español

The risky business of Fujimori’s pardon

Peruvian president Kuczynski hesitates, but several members of his party favour the ex-president's release from prison. Meanwhile, brothers Keiko and Kenyi hold opposing views on their father’s pardon. Español

Colombia: the power struggle in Tumaco and Alto Mira

If the government fails to defend the farmers who have accepted the voluntary substitution of their coca crops, it will never win the support of the population for the Peace Agreement. Español

America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico

As a spill over of the drug’s war, a vast network of criminal economy is spreading amid vast corruption, impunity, and mounting deaths. Español

Santiago Maldonado: the truth about what happened in the morgue

More than 50 people surrounded the corpse resting on a steel stretcher. Under a white light, the experts analyzed it. The body already has a name. Español

Social opposition to extractive industries hits all-time high in Colombia

Tensions over land and natural resources persist in rural areas despite the end of the conflict between the FARC and the Colombian government, partly because the government continues to prioritize the extraction and export of commodities such as oil. Español Português

Two years after the Mariana disaster, the mining industry keeps the upper hand in Brazil

Brazil's biggest environmental catastrophe of recent times is reaching its two-year mark, but the mining company is still trying to evade its responsibilities by co-opting the state. Español Português

Protesting in Guatemala

Guatemala has witnessed massive social protests against President Jimmy Morales and the connivance of 107 lawmakers who enacted a law protecting the corrupt. Español

Mexico: when Trump only makes things worse

Many Mexican households depend on remittances from abroad, mostly from the United States. How are they to recover from recent natural disasters if Trump decides to impose higher taxes on them? Spanish 

The Disappearance of Santiago Maldonado in the Struggle of the Lof Cushamen

In this case, it is not just the disappearance of an activist, but also an attempt to dissuade others from participating in social mobilization. Español

China leads the BRICS: building an alternative to US hegemony

With China playing the champion of globalization and multilateralism, the BRICS held in September their first formal summit after Trump's inauguration. China leads the way to an alternative to US hegemony. Español

Truth, memory and democracy in Latin America

For collective remembrance of crimes to go beyond storytelling and momentary indignation, citizens should be involved in the ideation, creation and dissemination of memory. Español

Can China help fix Venezuela?

After years of economic mismanagement and political strife, Venezuela finds itself in the midst of a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, due in part to a loans-for-oil debtor relationship with China. Español Português

Venezuela as a Latin American challenge

Venezuela is facing today the most painful and far-reaching crisis in America. Many interests are at stake. Español

Internet and political innovation in Latin America’s representative democracies

The model of representative democracy in Latin America presents a vital problem: elected representatives are, in general, unable to respond to the demands of those they represent. Español Português

Manifesto: Minga of thought “Communication and indigenous peoples”

In Colombia on July 15, 2017, the Native and Afro-descendant Peoples of Abya Yala, Cartagena de Indias, wrote a manifesto to build a web of intercultural relations. Español

Innovating Democracy in Latin America

The LATINNO Project aims at making democratic innovations measurable and comparable, allowing for assessments of their actual role and impact on democracy in Latin America. Español

Chinese investors zero-in on Latin America

According to a new report from the Atlantic Council and the OECD Development Center, China's direct investment in Latin America continues to rise fast. Español Português

Environmental and land activist killings hit an all-time high

At least 200 environmental and land rights defenders were murdered in 2016 – 60% of them in Latin America. Español Português

Latin America’s turn to the right: implications for Palestine

Over the past year a number of Latin American elections resulted in victories for the right. What does this political change mean for the Palestinian cause?

oD Drug & Criminal Justice Policy Forum: Front Line Report - March 15, 2012

It's hard to know these days which way the proverbial worm is turning when it comes to shifts in drug policy. Election years tend to do that. Despite an historical turn of events in Central America which saw Presidents of drug trafficking nations come together to call for world wide decriminalization of drugs, in an effort to end the violence and corruption of the drug trade, the US continues to demur, absurdly claiming that the "War on Drugs" has been a success. Even stranger is Canada's recent announcement that they plan to follow the US model of a "tough on crime" approach to drug policy, which threatens to swell their correctional system in the same ways as in the US. Still, good news abounds with recent studies showing that LSD can cure alcoholism, psychedelics can cure PTSD, and cannabis smoking is not nearly as harmful as the prohibition governments claim. ~ CS 

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of June 12th 2011

The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made and it has been praised for its realistic portrayal of urban life - especially the war on drugs. We lead this week’s Drug Policy Report with an excellent HCLU interview by Peter Sarosi with Sonja Sohn, who plays Detective Kima Greggs ~ MW & CS

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of April 25th 2011

With around 80,000 claimants of Incapacity Benefit having a drug or alcohol dependency, we lead this weeks report with DrugScope's caution over the DWP's 'incapacity revolution'. In other news we look at injecting drug use in prisons; calls for drug policy reform in Poland; and Wikileaks reveals the extent of the DEAs global reach ~ MW & CS

Authentic journalism: weapon of the people

The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.
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