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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is a main site editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brasil ante la encrucijada climática

Brasil es candidata para ser la sede de la Conferencia Internacional sobre el Clima (COP25) en 2019. Pero el país parece inclinarse por elegir presidente a un escéptico del cambio climático. English

Brasil e o fascismo

Jair Bolsonaro e seus soldados imaginam um estado de guerra para o Brasil, esse é o experimento que podem apresentar ao mundo. English

Fascism and Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro and his volunteers envision a state of war for Brazil: that is the experiment they are hoping to deliver to the world. Português

O “Efeito Bolsonaro”

O desrespeito a vida que define o “efeito Bolsonaro” nada mais é que a mais recente, e mais radical expressão de um desrespeito a vida generalizado que ainda estrutura a sociedade Brasileira contemporânea. English Español

Brazil at a climate crossroads

Brazil’s bid to host international climate talks in 2019 (COP25) made significant progress, just as the country seems poised to elect extreme right-wing climate change sceptic Jair Bolsonaro. Español

The Bolsonaro effect

It sounds like a distasteful joke, but Brazilians are on the verge of electing a far-right president (Jair Messias Bolsonaro) and it is difficult to estimate what this means to progressive forces in Brazil. Español Português

El "Efecto Bolsonaro"

Parece una broma de mal gusto, pero los brasileños están a punto de elegir a un presidente de extrema derecha: Jair Messías Bolsonaro. English Português

It’s time to talk about what a lack of access to safe abortion means

This year, something has changed about the way we talk about abortion. You can feel it on the street, on Twitter, in the media.... Something has changed, and there’s no turning back. Español

Hablemos de lo que implica no tener acceso a un aborto seguro

Este año algo ha cambiado en la forma en que hablamos del aborto. Se puede sentir en la calle, en Twitter, en los medios de comunicación… Algo ha pasado y ya no hay marcha atrás. English

Las mujeres de #Elenão y #Elassim y la lucha contra el fascismo en Brasil

Candidato a las presidenciales brasileñas Jair Bolsonaro menosprecia a las mujeres, y su candidatura personifica la sociedad patriarcal en la que vivimos. English, Português

#Elenão, #Elassim e a luta contra o fascismo no Brasil

Candidato às presidenciais brasileiras Jair Bolsonaro menospreza as mulheres, e sua candidatura personifica a sociedade patriarcal na qual vivemos. English, Español

#Elenão and #Elassim as the vital struggle against the fascism in Brazil

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro frequently expresses contempt towards women, and his candidacy embodies the patriarchal society that we live in. Español, Português 

Migrantes y refugiados en las Américas: una crisis de solidaridad

En Latinoamérica la crisis se evidencia en la renuencia a aplicar estándares internacionales incluyentes en materia de refugiados y en las políticas migratorias restrictivas o de imposible cumplimiento. English

Migrants and refugees in the Americas: a solidarity crisis

In Latin America, the crisis is evident in the reluctance by many states to implement inclusive refugee international standards and in restrictive migratory policies. Español

Catalonia: two half-truths don't make one truth

Journalists and opinion-makers have a responsibility to inform and explain, not to divide and contribute to the escalation of conflict.

El fantasma que recorre América Latina hoy se llama antiprogresismo

El antiprogresismo, la demonización de la tolerancia, la diversidad y el progreso social, no se limita a Brasil. Se expande por toda la región y pone en riesgo los avances democráticos de las últimas décadas. English

Anti-progressivism: a ghost that haunts Latin America

Anti-progressivism is not restricted to Brazil. It is expanding throughout the region and putting at risk the democratic advances of the last decades. Español

Nosotros, los industrializados, y los derechos internacionales de la naturaleza

En 2008, Ecuador incorporó el derecho de la naturaleza en su constitución. Diez años más tarde, se celebraba en Quito el Simposio por los Derechos Internacionales de la Naturaleza. English

We, the industrialized ones, and the International Rights of Nature

In 2008, Ecuador incorporated the Right of Nature in its constitution. Ten years later, an international symposium on the Rights of Nature has just been held in Quito. Español

Una red internacional de narco-hooligans

El arresto de varios miembros de una organización internacional de narcotráfico formada por hooligans de fútbol en Argentina evidencia la creciente participación de estos grupos en el crimen organizado. English

An international drug-trafficking soccer hooligan network

The arrest of several members of an international drug trafficking organization made up of soccer hooligans in Argentina adds to mounting evidence of the involvement of these groups in organized crime. Español

Creativity must operate across borders

DiEMVoice took to the stage at Central Saint Martins in London this October, to share its creative vision for Europe in a time of culture war. Short speech.

A war of minds: beyond 2001-18

The west's failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, says our columnist who predicted both, is above all one of understanding.

Good Bye, Gandhi!

Writing on Gandhi in an India stricken by faux patriotism and jingoism causes gloom. A poem in Indian English provides an antidote.

Scenes of ‘civil war’? Radical right narratives on Chemnitz

The Chemnitz case shows a Saxon city where the radical right has tried to establish itself for years, with some very concrete fantasies about a violent ‘overthrow’.

The truth lies in Chemnitz?

We might see parallels between Rostock ’92 and Chemnitz ’18, but the impact and the political context today are fundamentally different – though not at all less dangerous.

Brasil se asoma a la polarización extrema

La polarización bebe de la irresponsabilidad de la derecha brasileña, así como de un Partido de los Trabajadores que la ha usado para sobrevivir La candidatura de Lula ha contribuido al éxito de Bolsonaro.

Genocidio indígena en Guatemala: ¿justicia demorada, justicia denegada?

Una nueva sentencia condenatoria representa una nueva reivindicación para las víctimas que, durante 30 años, han insistido en que sí hubo genocidio en Guatemala. English

The indigenous people genocide case in Guatemala: justice delayed, justice denied?

There was a military structure that designed, planned and executed operations aimed at eradicating Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. Español

Cincuenta años después, los nietos del 68 se movilizan en México

Las manifestaciones masivas contra la violencia de septiembre de 2018 en la Ciudad de México evidencian que los estudiantes de hoy enfrentan problemas similares a los de hace cincuenta años. English

Brasil: uma catástrofe evitável

Para enfrentar a onda de autoritarismo que está surgindo será necessário que todos os democratas, independente do lado, façam uma frente única para evitar tamanha catástrofe. Español English

Fifty years after the Tlatelolco massacre of 1968

Massive student demonstrations against violence have swept through Mexico City in September. Today's students face similar issues to those faced by protesters fifty years ago. Español

What happened to Uruguay and its Pink Tide?

Is further change possible in Uruguay? Today, the economic situation is less favourable, ideological affinity with other governments in the region is lower, and neighbours have become distant. Español

‘Go Home?’ – five years on

On bordering, the referendum and Windrush: "It might be a dangerous moment but it is a moment when the old tricks of government cannot be repeated." Chain letter between UK researchers, June – September, 2018.

¿Qué pasó con Uruguay y la Marea Rosa?

Es improbable que una continuidad de izquierda en Uruguay pueda profundizar cambios. La coyuntura económica es menos favorable, la proximidad con los gobiernos regionales es menor y los vecinos amigos están peor. English

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