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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

¿Qué debería aprender Brasil sobre el colapso de represas en Europa?

Cambios en legalización ambiental, con el propósito de responsabilizar a las empresas, es una de las lecciones importantes de las políticas europeas de gestión de desastres que podrían inspirar a las autoridades latinoamericanas. English.

A family under attack: Iranian exiles and the economic sanctions

The sanctions force Iranians to suspend their struggle against their abusive father, fearing that the interfering strangers would manipulate their demands and grievances.

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

MP's new 'fake news' report largely ignores other platforms like Google and YouTube, and surveillance capitalism itself – and risks sending regulation in the wrong direction.

Radical-right backlash against Games of Belonging: the case of Mesut Özil

Özil, like many others, has repeatedly stated that he would prefer to play for both national football teams if international football regulations made it possible.

The wall isn’t a state of emergency but a state of exception

The German legal scholar and Nazi ideologue Carl Schmitt described a ‘State of Exception’ as the process by which a sovereign leader can transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good. 

Johnson & Davis claim chemicals industry will be Brexit winners – so where are the firms clamouring to leave?

Part one of a three-part-series: Will Brexit mean a toxic chemicals BREACH?

Levanta, Brazil!

Não está na hora de um grande NÃO? Não só a ele, mas a todo esse cavalo de pau que botou o Brasil voltado para o passado. Español

Sophia de Mello Breyner: when art is not free, people are not free

Poetry is a form of resistance against indignity. The responsibility of the writer is not only to interpret life, but to shape how we understand and inhabit our societies. Português.

The radical right, immigration and the future of the EU

In the May European elections, the immigration issue will continue to play a role in the expected success of radical right parties.

Sophia de Mello Breyner: quando a arte não é livre, as pessoas não são livres

A poesia é uma forma de resistência contra a indignidade. A obrigação do escritor não é apenas interpretar a vida, mas também moldar a forma como habitamos as nossas sociedades. English

¡Levántate, Brasil!

¿No es hora de decir un gran NO? No sólo a Bolsonaro, sino a todo el giro radical que colocó a Brasil rumbo al pasado. Português

Las mentiras de Trump, las redadas contra inmigrantes y el derecho a la identidad

En su "State of the Union" de este año Trump aseguró que: "año tras año, innumerables estadounidenses son asesinados por criminales extranjeros ilegales". Simultáneamente, Carolina del Norte fue testigo de varias redadas contra inmigrantes. English.

There’s a backlash against sex education in ‘Feminist Canada’

Canada appears progressive on the world stage. But under pressure from the Christian right, Ontario’s premier scrapped modern sex education.

First they came for the ‘bad hombres’ … but the North Carolina sheriffs are speaking out

As NC immigrant arrests climb to 230 ICE announces the “New Normal” declaring how, where and why the people considered immigration violators will be arrested.

Amenazas en Twitter, abusos, asesinato: a esto se exponen las mujeres cuando defienden el medio ambiente

No hay lugar más mortífero que América Latina para los defensores del territorio y del medioambiente. Pero los asesinatos a menudo llegan tras numerosas amenazas, incluso las publicadas en internet. English

No hay desastres naturales

¿Debemos considerar el colapso de la presa de Brumadinho como un caso de incompetencia empresarial o como un crimen contra las personas y la naturaleza? English

Un golpe a cámara lenta en Guatemala

El presidente Jimmy Morales y sus aliados en el mundo de los negocios, la política y el ejército compiten por quebrar el Estado de derecho y consolidar su poder. English

Venezuela and the zugzwang

Venezuela is facing what is known in chess as a zugzwang: having to make a move while knowing full well that all the moves you can make are no good. Español.

Trump’s lies, immigrant raids and the right to identity

In this State of the Union address, Trump said, “Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens”. Simultaneously, North Carolina witnessed a number of merciless immigrant raids. Español.

CGI crime scene reconstruction opens new leads in Kurdish activist killing

Investigation into Tahir Elçi’s shooting by Goldsmiths research group Forensic Architecture sheds new light on stalled case.

‘Muslim women are stuck between Islamophobes and Islamic fundamentalists’

From France to Malaysia, Muslim women’s rights activists are challenging those who ask them to ‘choose between being a Muslim and a feminist’.

Open letter to the women of the world from Leyla Güven

"All the women of the world need to be saying enough to fascism, enough to dictatorship!"

A barragem estourou no Brasil, mas os problemas atravessam suas fronteiras

Poluição, milícias armadas e expulsão de comunidades são algumas das acusações contra Vale S.A.

Una presa revienta en Brasil, pero los problemas cruzan fronteras

Contaminación, uso de milicias armadas y desalojo de comunidades son algunas de las presuntas infracciones y violaciones de Vale S.A., la mayor empresa minera de Brasil. English.

A dam bursts in Brazil, but the problems cross its borders

Pollution, armed militia and communities evictions are some of Vale S.A.'s alleged violations. Español.

Venezuela y el zugzwang

Venezuela está frente a lo que, en ajedrez, se llama zugzwang: tiene obligación de mover, sabiendo que todas las movidas que puede hacer son malas. English.

Nicolás Sartorius: “Las posiciones cerradas no conducen a nada, lo único que se consigue con ellas es la melancolía”

Han pasado 46 años desde la muerte de Franco. Hoy, en España, un sector no tan grande como ellos quisieran ni tan pequeño como quisieran los demócratas sigue defendiendo los valores de la dictadura. Entrevista.

Labour and the trade unions can unite people against a no-deal and push for a radically reformed, social Europe

The holding of the first referendum was the real boon to the far-right, and any outcome of the Article 50 process is one in which they gain ground. 

Turkey: the lion that the hyenas did not kill

The president of the Portuguese Judges Association published the following article about Turkish judge, Murat Arslan, in Público, here in English.

Bolivia and the government of the real people

The defeat in the 2016 referendum is now forcing the government to no longer speak on behalf of the majority of the people, but of the real people ("We came here to stay for 500 years"). Español.

2018 fue el año en el que el crimen se volvió ideología en las Américas

A pesar de algunas iniciativas valiosas para fortalecer el imperio de la ley y hacer frente a la impunidad en la región, el 2018 ha visto crecer al crímen organizado en todo el continente. English

2018 was the year crime became an ideology in the Americas

In spite of some valuable initiatives to stregnthen the rule of law and tackle impunity in the region, 2018 has seen organised crime thrive throughout the continent. Español

The Sudanese protests and the legacy of the Arab uprisings

Despite the factors working against the Sudanese protesters, there is a real hope that their primary goals can prevail.

Venezuela – Un duro camino por recorrer

Ante la cada vez más profunda crisis en Venezuela, la Unión Europea propone liderar un Grupo de Contacto, como vía a una solución pactada. Aquí la evaluación del ICG, parte de su EU Watch List 2019. English

¿Frenará AMLO la violencia contra niñas en México?

El nuevo gobierno debe hacer de la violencia de género una prioridad, un aspecto primordial en la agenda política y social. Urge una política integral que acompañe el cambio cultural en México.

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