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Rio, city of epithets: Olympic urbanism in context

Given the striking contrasts between its upper-class buildings and hillside favelas, Rio de Janeiro is a prime example of a divided city. What effect will the Olympic Games have?

Rio’s real vs. unmet Olympic legacies: what they tell us about the future of cities?

The heavily corporate city Rio has attempted to create, resulting in exacerbated urban problems of spatial, economic and social inequalities, is creating the conditions for Rio as the Singular City.

From civil disobedience to armed violence: political developments in Armenia

On Sunday, an armed group seized a Yerevan police station. Their claims have chimed with recent civic initiatives, and reveal how the marginalisation of activism can help fuel the search for more extreme methods. EspañolPortuguês

In defence of society: an open platform

This manifesto was penned by a group of Russian activists and intellectuals about the current political situation in Russia, and what must be done to change it.

Failed coup attempt in Turkey: the victory of democracy?

Who was the aggressor and who the victim? Who was protecting whom? From whom?

Dismantling the democracy we wanted for Brazil

Gradually, the old mechanisms of the oligarchic democracy were reintroduced, including the misalignment between the elite’s representative rights and the participatory rights of people in general.

Zimbabwe in turmoil: from the trenches

Despite constant harassment and brutal repression, one by one all sectors of society are expressing their discontent publicly.

The dilemma of the European Left

We must, without ceding to the old myths of totalitarianism, restore meaning to the ideal of sovereignty.

Are we Spaniards better off five years afterwards?

On the eve of the elections, an audit of the political and social outcomes of the square occupation and the rise of the Podemos party in Spain.

Spain’s political draw: a problem of programme or image?

Sunday, June 26, Spanish elections. A new alliance between Podemos and Izquierda Unida aims to unlock the political stalemate that occurred in the last elections. What is the calculation behind it?

Neoliberalism, mining and Armenia's politics of plunder

The resurgence of fighting with Azerbaijan could hinder progressive mobilisation in Armenia, but recent environmental initiatives reveal the appetite for resistance to the economy of extraction.

Their security, our poverty: militarisation and Lithuania’s new labour code

There are signs that a new movement is emerging against austerity in Lithuania, but it will have to contend with a new militarised nationalism. 

Affirming democracy: trade union action meets work fragmentation

How do you organize collective action if the workforce is spread in a fragmented value chain and if the power that governs processes is “faceless”?

What role for the ETUC in organising workers in Europe?

The added value of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is its role as a think-tank or even of a think-and-do-tank on strategies to organise workers.

Depoliticising protests in Armenia

Years of social and environmental protests in Armenia have proven one thing — our demands must be political in nature. Русский

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

Lebanese activists leave their ‘comfort zone’: how to overcome mistrust in conventional politics

In a context where all other forms of political action seemed to be blocked in the foreseeable future, municipal elections offer a unique opportunity to challenge the establishment.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

A human economy approach to development

Money buys the machines that control people’s access to work. Humanity’s task is to reverse that order.

A new politics from the left?

Can it be achieved from within existing political institutions, or does it require new sources of power to be built in society and the economy as a base for new political institutions?

End of a cycle for the left in Latin America?

We share a common enemy: a neo-conservative project for capital accumulation on a global scale, based on extreme mechanisms of dispossession, including war and the hollowing out of democracy and politics. Español

Defending democracy, reinventing the left

Representative democracy can only strengthen if it resorts to more participatory and deliberative mechanisms, a new generation of public action built on co-construction.

“We must never forget, so it never happens again”: Brazil’s peasant internationalism

On International Day of Peasant Struggles, we reflect on Brazil’s ‘Landless Workers’ Movement’, which has been at the heart of struggles for land and social justice for over three decades.

They make money through our dead bodies

Negotiation processes over conflict are practically impotent in men’s hands. A statement on the recent hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Русский

« Nuit Debout » : citizens are back in the squares in Paris

What distinguishes a social movement from any other kind of mobilization is the fact that it does not focus on a specific claim (such as labour reform) but challenges some of the core values ​​of a society. Français Español Português

Open Letter to the International Community about the political situation in Brazil

A new type of “judicial-mediatic coup”, more complex and sophisticated than the military coup, is under way in Brazil. Brazilian intellectuals seek support from the international community. Español Português

Japan after Japan

Post-Fukushima social movements, the rebirth of history and tacit futures. An interview.

After the world's largest mining disaster: what impacts? Who is affected?

In contrast to ‘hazards theory’, the theory of disasters derived from a sociological approach will underline concerns about complex social organization and collective behavior. Português. Español.

We need a Plan B for growth

One overarching theme of last weekend’s Plan B for Europe conferences in Madrid, the pursuit of growth, shows a basic unawareness of how the economic system depends on the biosphere.

2013-2016: polarization and protests in Brazil

The reduction of a broad and complex reconfiguration of Brazilian society to a matter of “Fascists” versus “Bolivarians” is a sign of the exasperation caused by the current conjuncture. Español Português

Global South, beyond the State

Global South's emancipatory practices are demanding the renewal of the 'Spirit of Bandung' that gave birth to the South-South cooperation. Español

'Commons sense’: you either see it or you don’t

Some of the debates regarding agency, change and commoning that flowed through openDemocracy in 2015.

Emotion and protest in Turkey: what happened on 19 January, 2007?

Those gathering spontaneously after the assassination of Hrant Dink have been part of the Gezi movement — in a non-violent way, manifesting their desire to be the Subjects of their own lives.