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Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

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Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

How US evangelical organizations deploy ‘human rights’ and ‘development’

Armed with the surety of belief in the ‘responsibility to act’ and international legal tools – US- or UN-funded Christian civil society organizations have used international law to further their goals internationally.

The jihadogenous urban structure

These individuals feel coerced by the predicament of being neither French nor Arab, neither Pakistani nor English... they bear the stigma of double ‘non-identity’.

A revolution of values: freedom, responsibility and courage in Armenia's Velvet Revolution

Armenia's emerging revolution isn't about geopolitics or foreign relations, but values. 

The revenge against the commons

Why France’s biggest police operation since May 1968 is prepared to kill for Macron’s neoliberal nightmare (10k words).

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.

Muerte de la "nueva república" de Brasil

Las instituciones brasileñas están colapsando una tras otra. La separación entre los poderes ejecutivo, legislativo y judicial es una farsa. Hay un Estado dentro del Estado. English

Death of the “new republic” in Brazil

Brazil's institutions are collapsing one by one. The separation between the executive, the legislative and the judicial powers is a sham. There’s a state within the state. Español

A revolution with the name of a Woman

In the entire world, and particularly in the Southern Cone, a cultural and social revolution is rising. It implies a change of paradigm with respect to the rights of men and women. Español

Feminist legal mobilization for abortion rights in Latin America

Legal mobilization for abortion rights, or the use of the law and the courts by feminist actors in their pursuit of abortion legalization, is a recent development in Latin America. Spanish

Marielle Franco and Brazil's future: hope or barbarity

Marielle's legacy and the repercussions of her death symbolize both the best and the worst of Brazilian society today. The building of a real clash of narratives is under way. Español

Batalla legal feminista por el derecho al aborto en América Latina

La movilización legal por el derecho al aborto, o el uso del derecho y las cortes por parte de actoras feministas en su lucha por la legalización del aborto, es reciente en América Latina. English

Marielle Franco y el futuro de Brasil: esperanza o barbarie

El asesinato de Marielle Franco es un cruel crimen político contra una de las principales figuras de la nueva izquierda brasileña en un momento en el que Brasil atraviesa un preocupante retroceso democrático. English

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK.

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Taking part in public life is a deeply affective process, at once personal and collective, and social media might just help us bridge the gap between the two.

Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

Mexico: the volcano of resistance

Mexico is a volcano, and the beauty and frailty of the snow gracing its peaks hides a scalding reality. An instability that in any given moment could explode. Español

Iran: the revolt of the deprived

The gap between power and society is also growing inexorably in Iran.

The new Chilean political (contra) cycle

Chile seems to have a new setback, belatedly questioning the neoliberal consensus and the political logic of the democratic transition that allowed its perpetuation. Español

The lobbies of glyphosate: a danger to the health of Europeans and of their democracy

The court summons these citizens received for a few splashes of paint on the facade of this powerful lobby’s headquarters illustrates the increasing criminalization of protest in Belgium. Francais, Español.

Reinventing the World Social Forum: how powerful an idea can be

The collective in Salvador has succeeded in bringing together thousands of organisations for preparing the Forum: the slogan is ‘to resist is to create, to resist is to transform’.

(Re)imagining the future in Bolivia

Is popular and indigenous opposition to a popular indigenous government a sign of betrayal and disappointment, or is it more complicated?

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow: “it's never easy to fight for what we believe in”

Founding member of the Demosistō political party talked to World Forum for Democracy youth delegates about the importance of social movements and direct action.

Heated debates around domestic violence in Armenia

Civil society includes many NGOs that are not only conservative but are financed by Russia, and seem to be on a mission to impede Armenia from any rapprochement with Europe.  Interview.

"The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society.

“It takes more to tango” – cross-movement alliances of youth-led movements in West Africa

It is stunning how social movements were able to mobilize the masses to protest against democratic backslidings, often combined with demands for better governance.

Hamburg G20 protests and alternative futures

We must use such a protest event as an opportunity to open up new horizons of political strategy on different scales, to expand counter-institutions and social solidarity.

In Indonesia, the peasant struggle of Kendeng

"We are ‘orang desa’ (country people), far from big cities. Maybe it’s hard for you to imagine that we work close to the earth, outside and sweating from morning until night."

Making the future possible again

The twentieth century began with two major models of progressive change in society, revolution and reformism, and the twenty-first century begins with neither.

Fostering alliances across progressive movements

The Cross-movement mobilizations series will provide a platform for reflection and research on the conditions under which successful movement alliances evolve.

From civil rights to the occupy movement: talking across issues in independent media

Interest in the dynamics of collaboration, alliance-building, coordination, and networking point to intersectionalities in participants, issues, and tactics that movements have always faced. DemocracyNow! is a good example.

Building new solidarities between movements: insurrectionary politics of food autonomy in the city of Athens

Their insurrectionary politics of autonomy, such as food autonomy in Athens, is crucial for building new solidarities and emancipatory imaginaries within cities.

Human nature as victim in Colombia

"We are part of nature – human and non-human. The relationship between both and in permanent interaction creates ‘the territory’." Interview.

COP21: the climate movement’s last summit?

In Paris, by trying to lift off ‘planet summit’, its gravity became truly noticeable for the first time.