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Constitutional conventions: best practice

¿Se acabó la era de la privacidad?

La mensajería instantánea se ha convertido en el principal instrumento digital para el activismo social y político, pero abre brechas para su seguridad. English, Português

Are the days of user privacy over?

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español, Português

Os dias de privacidade acabaram?

As mensagens instantâneas tornaram-se o principal instrumento digital para o activismo social e político. Ao mesmo tempo que a sua implementação aumenta, também o fazem as dúvidas sobre a sua confidencialidade. English, Español

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.

La democracia se vuelve digital

Las plataformas digitales son un instrumento para democratizar la participación porque superan las tiranías de espacio y tiempo tradicionales. Pero la mejora de la participación democrática tiene niveles de cumplimiento variados. English, Português

Democracy gone digital

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español, Português

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

Costa Rica's next President lacks a plan to tackle rising insecurity

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn’t seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in the country related to its growing role in the regional drug trade. Español

El Presidente electo de Costa Rica carece de plan para enfrentar la creciente inseguridad

El presidente electo de Costa Rica no parece tener un plan coherente para hacer frente a los altos niveles de violencia sin precedentes en la nación, relacionados con el creciente papel del país en el tráfico de drogas a nivel regional. English

El vía crucis de los migrantes

La marcha anual que se organiza en Semana Santa para llamar la atención sobre la situación en la que se vive en Centroamérica ha conseguido este año suscitar interés internacional. English

Mexico in the time of the caravan

Central American migrants march through Mexico once again this Easter to protest against the conditions they face in their home countries, but this year they have gained international attention. Español

La evolución de la participación democrática

Repensar la representación implica ampliar la comunidad de deliberación y redefinir no sólo quiénes pueden decidir en temas públicos que les afectan, sino cómo se toman las decisiones. English, Português

The evolution of democratic participation

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who decides on public issues, but how those decisions are made. Español, Português

A evolução da participação democrática

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English, Español

Corrupción imparable y violencia fuera de control ante las elecciones mexicanas

El 1 de junio de este año, México se presenta a la jornada electoral más grande de su historia. Se elegirán 3.416 cargos públicos a nivel local y federal.

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

Justicia transicional: es hora de un replanteamiento

El conjunto de herramientas de justicia transicional se desarrolló para circunstancias distintas de la mayoría de los conflictos violentos actuales. Es necesario reconsiderarlo para generar resultados en los temas de mayor interés para las víctimas. English

Uma nova forma de geografia

Libertemos a nossa forma de ver a realidade, aprofundemos novos olhares e enfoques, e teremos novas ideias e perspectivas para os problemas de gestão do bem comum. English, Español

A new form of geography

One of the risks of conventional politics is seeing the world through ideas which are subsidiary to a certain, old way of understanding the geography and the geometry of concepts. Español, Português

Una nueva forma de geografía

Uno de los riesgos de la política convencional es ver el mundo con las viejas ideas subsidiarias de una manera de entender la geografía y la geometría de los conceptos. English, Português

El caso contra Lula: una chapuza legal

El problema con la condena de Lula es el uso de procesos judiciales como herramienta política al servicio de una agenda autoritaria. English  Português 

‘Orbán, get lost to the tulipy cunt.’ Hungary threatens the European Union – a photo essay from Budapest

"I joined a massive demonstration against the Orbán supremacy a week after the election, on Saturday afternoon 14 March. It completely filled Budapest’s wide avenues between the Opera and Parliament."

Black Tunisian women: ceaseless erasure and post-racial illusion

Four black women from all walks of life speak up about their experiences. They can no longer be silenced.

Operation Lava Jato and the destruction of the rule of law

The fight against corruption in Brazil should imply political reform limiting the influence of economic power on politics, particularly during elections.  But without respect for the law, this is impossible. Español, Português

Por que a decisão contra Lula representa uma limitação ao Estado de direito?

O problema da condenação de Lula é o uso de processos criminais como um conjunto de ferramentas políticas com uma agenda autoritária. English Español

Why does the conviction against Lula threaten the rule of law?

The problem with Lula's conviction is the use of criminal proceedings as a political toolset with a long-standing authoritarian agenda. Español Português 

A redneck revolt? Radical responses to Trumpism in the rural US

There are radical responses to Trumpism in rural and working class white communities. The story of one of them, called Redneck Revolt, reveals important lessons for the US left.

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

Why the EU condones human rights violations of refugees in Hungary

While politicians such as Merkel polish their shining armour, the dirty job done at Europe’s periphery shelters them from actually having to apply their principles on their own territory. 

Is symbolic politics an impediment to economic equality?

The politics of representation are mostly symbolic. In Canada, we have seen over the past two years such a politics of representation at work in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.

Shooting Lula

Developments in Brazil show that the fight against corruption can coexist with a weakening of democratic and republican values, in a climate of social revenge and advancing inequality. Español

Todo contra Lula

El caso brasileño muestra que la lucha contra la corrupción puede utilizarse para el debilitamiento republicano y democrático. Las denuncias reales conviven con un clima de venganza social y avances desigualitarios. English

The Congolese Government is at war with its people

Six million Congolese have died from conflict-related causes over the past two decades – making the conflict in Congo the world’s deadliest since World War II. 

تعلم_عوم: صرخة تونسيين ضد ظلم البوليس#

عمر العبيدي ضحية اخرى من ضحايا القمع البوليسي الذي يتواصل بعد الثورة و الذي ذهب ضحيته الكثيرون.

Twofold crisis in Ethiopia: the elites and the street

Ultimately, the only route to its successful end is regulation through institutional mechanisms, which means elections, whether early or within the normal electoral cycle.

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