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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Activist Reham Al-Bader’s death in Yemen shows the dangers women face providing lifelines in conflict

Women in Yemen are challenging the death and destruction around them, often paying a heavy price.  Yet, their voices and skills are still sidelined.

Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics. 

It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

The end game is clear: Assad, Russia and Iran will emerge victorious.

La seguridad ciudadana en el Perú tras la crisis política de 2017

El establecimiento de objetivos para distintos períodos de la legislatura, común en otros países, pero no en Perú , es un importante avance.

Sri Lanka local elections: the return of Rajapaksa

After his recent win, Mahinda Rajapaksa urged his voters not to attack the losing side, saying: “No matter what they did to us we must set an example”.        

The guilt, dignity and pedagogy of shamelessness

For centuries, Europe’s Christians have shut Jews behind ghetto walls. Now, Polish Christians intend to shut the voice of Jewish suffering into a ghetto of silence behind a legal wall.

How Britain’s recognition of Israel violated its colonial “mandate” over Palestine

Britain’s undertakings from the government’s own archives, show a pride rooted in false promises of “one nation promising a second the land of a third”

Trump has dropped any pretence of the US as an ‘honest broker’ in the Middle-East

Support for BDS is now more important than ever.

Join voices against the fascist cult of violence – “Long Live Life! Down with Death!”

After recent events in Macerata, Italy, we are beginning to realise that we need thousands of daily acts of resistance to banish fascist ideology.

“From the revolution, we learned to be united”: leaving politics behind. An interview with Mahienour el-Massry

On the occasion of the anniversary of the eighteen days’ occupation of Tahrir Square, beginning 25 January 2011, Mahienour el-Massry, lawyer and Revolutionary Socialist activist in interview.

Nowhere to turn for the ELN in Colombia?

Last week peace talks with the country’s second largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) were suspended after attacks by the group in the north of the country. Which way to turn? Español

Europe: from revolution to counter-revolution

Liberal values have been betrayed and we are witnessing a concerted effort to dismantle the system created after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a counter-revolution.

El dilema del ELN en Colombia: ¿qué camino tomar?

La semana pasada, el gobierno colombiano anunció que suspendía las conversaciones de paz con el segundo grupo rebelde más importante del país, el Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN).¿Qué camino tomar? English

Sisi’s coronation and the Egyptian opposition

In an attempt to centralize power, the regime is in the process of creating one unified enemy, an alliance between the disgruntled security and civilian elites as well as the opposition.

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

International Criminal Justice: from past to future

The ICC will eventually be competent on the crime of aggression, prosecuting not only war crimes, but also the crime of war (for which heads of states bear primary responsibility).

Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes.

How Saudi Arabia and Iran shared the rise and fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh

The commonly held view that the conflicts in Yemen – and elsewhere in the region – are a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia must be revised.

Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress

To defeat populist-nationalist forms of communal authoritarianism in India, we have to fight against more than just communalism.

نساء المهاجرين..مين زوجك؟

الخطوة الأولى للمهاجر بعد وصوله إلى سوريا، هي البحثُ عن امرأة للزواج منها. لماذا تَقبَلُ المرأةُ السورية هذا النوع من الزواج؟

Can the battle against Big Tobacco be won?

The tobacco industry’s relentless behavior, including a massive 'astroturf' campaign, led French MEP Françoise Grossetête to assert that it cannot be considered a ‘normal’ industry.

Ministry of Defence not fit for purpose

The MoD has a vested interest in exaggerating threats, in promoting concerns about a new cold war, in order to persuade the UK government, MPs, and the public to give it extra money.

Prosecuting ISIS crimes against women and LGBTIQ people would set a crucial precedent

A potentially precedent-setting petition at the International Criminal Court could help human rights advocates and survivors of gender-based crimes in conflict.

The engine of violence in Brazil

Violence in Brazil increasingly revolves around the clash between large-scale criminal organisations. Recent events, such as prison massacres across the country, help bringing the issue to light. Español

El motor de la violencia en Brasil

Cada vez más, la violencia en Brasil gira en torno al enfrentamiento entre organizaciones criminales de gran escala. Las recientes masacres en distintas cárceles han sacado a la luz este problema. English

Patagonia trágica

En menos de tres meses dos personas murieron en represiones de fuerzas de seguridad del Estado argentino a protestas mapuches en la Patagonia. Estas son las claves para entender el conflicto. English

When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits?

El Salvador: life in Mara Salvatrucha’s territory

Only a profound change in the country’s economic model, a policy of victim assistance, and engagement in community dialogue with those who want to put crime behind them, can improve El Salvador's prospects. Español

El Salvador: la vida en territorio de la Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Solo un cambio del modelo económico, una verdadera política de atención a las víctimas y un diálogo comunitario con quienes quieran dejar la vida criminal pueden mejorar El Salvador. English

هل سيتوقف الانتظار يوماً ما؟

إن الانتظار اليوم هو مسلسلُ سوري بامتياز والسوريون هم من يؤدون كلّ أدوارهِ دون أن يعرفوا متى سيتمكنون من التخلصِ منه.

What’s attracting women to Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement?

Amid Myanmar’s transition towards democracy, a dangerous Buddhist nationalist movement is on the rise, and women are playing a key role.

Don't do It: why attacking Afrin city would be a major blunder for the Syrian rebels

To attack a major Kurdish population centre alongside the forces of a historical adversary is a mistake firstly in terms of principle.

Dos movilizaciones ciudadanas desafían la violencia letal en Colombia

La Casa de las estrategias en Medellín y Tupa.Yat en Cali son dos de las más de 30 organizaciones que están incidiendo en disminuir los homicidios en América Latina. 

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

How women are building feminist human security in the Americas

Across the region, women are forging alternative paths to real peace and security, rejecting militarisation and violence. They do this at great personal risk. Español

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