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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Turkey: a post-media society

Subversive street art and a metaphor-laden museum are filling the void left by the death of the free press in Turkey. A report from Istanbul.

El caso de los apátridas en Estados Unidos

En Estados Unidos, el gobierno ha tomado recientemente medidas para limitar el acceso a la ciudadanía de las personas nacidas en su territorio y despojar a otras de ciudadanía. English

Statelessness in the United States: an update

In the United States, the national government has recently taken steps to limit access to US citizenship for persons born there, and strip citizenship from others. Español

The democracy deficit in the UK and in Sri Lanka: a tale of two crises

As a Sri Lankan citizen living in the UK, the author finds himself in the eye of the two political storms tearing both these countries apart. He has four thoughts.

في الاعتراف بعنصريتنا الإثنو-دينية: تحليلٌ مفاهيميٌّ أوليٌّ

انتهاك المحظور لا يكون إيجابيًّا إلا عندما يتأسس على قيمٍ مختلفةٍ عن تلك التي يُفترَض به كشفها وفضحها وتجاوزها.

How Canada marijuana legalization impacts on Latin American drug policy?

Marijuana in Canada is now legal, and while the change is unlikely to have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could trigger a shift towards more progressive international drug policies. Español

¿Cómo la legalización de la marihuana en Canadá impacta en América Latina?

Los países Latinoamericanos exlporan la legalización o despenalización de algunos narcóticos, pero el consenso general sobre el problema global de la droga sigue inclinándose hacia la prohibición. English

Those who fall asleep in a democracy might wake up in a dictatorship

Despite progress during the PT governments, Brazil is a very unequal and violent country today. Young people seem surprised: was the dictatorship not a thing of the past? Interview. Español Português

Quem adormece em democracia, pode acordar numa ditadura

Apesar dos avanços alcançados durante os governos do PT, o Brasil é hoje um país desigual e violento. Os jovens parecem surpreendidos: a ditadura não era coisa do passado? EntrevistaEnglish Español

Quien se duerme en democracia, puede despertarse en una dictadura

A pesar de los avances logrados durante los gobiernos del PT, Brasil es hoy un país desigual y violento. Los jóvenes se sorprenden: ¿la dictadura no era cosa del pasado? Entrevista. English Português

#JusticiaParaImelda: the difficult battle for women’s rights in Central America

Whilst we await the postponed trial of Imelda Cortez for the 17th of December, the battle to tear down legal barriers that stand in the way of gender equality looks set to continue for Central American women. Español

Estas no son maneras de llevar las cosas en el mundo

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos en vías de repetirla. English

El decrecimiento como utopía concreta

El crecimiento económico no reduce las desigualdades; simplemente pospone enfrentar la explotación. English

¿Puede la política ser compasiva?

Hay que tener valor y determinación para centrarse en el sufrimiento y ponerlo en el núcleo de las decisiones que uno toma. English

Resisting oblivion in El Salvador

El Mozote survivors do everything, tirelessly, to demand justice and to make sure that no one has to live through what they faced ever again. Español

Resistir al olvido en El Salvador: El Mozote lucha contra la impunidad

Aún con el fantasma del olvido acechando sus memorias, pese a las dificultades de revisitar tanta oscuridad y deshumanización, los y las sobrevivientes de El Mozote continúan resistiendo. English

Tackling the kilil system: a critical response to ‘Ethiopia: Climbing Mount Uncertainty’

“A powerful leadership cannot resolve the endless ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia and save the country. Only a genuine transition to a democracy can.”

Ethiopia’s reform process: a seven-point response to Messay Kebede’s critique

“I don’t have any “aim” when I write my articles, other than to present the situation as I understand it. I don’t have any intention, right, or ability to interfere with, let alone alter, Ethiopia’s political course.”

Should Judge Moro have accepted the Ministry of Justice offered by Bolsonaro?

If judge Moro adopts the same methods that he used in Operation Lava Jato in his new role, human rights, justice and democracy face a bleak future in Brazil. Español

¿Debería el juez Moro haber aceptado el cargo de ministro de Justicia?

Si Sergio Moro adopta los mismos métodos que usó en la Operación Lava Jato en su nuevo rol, los derechos humanos, la justicia y la democracia se enfrentan a un futuro sombrío en Brasil. English

"Tickers of terror" – the crisis of Polish media as told by news crawls

As Poland prepares for another divisive and violent independence day holiday on 11 November (celebrating "100 years of independence"), we look at the polarising TV coverage of last year’s event.

Reflections on the ‘open letter’ debate: a middle way to approaching the radical right?

How should we study, present, and represent the radical right? Some from among the hitherto quiet observers speak up, in the interests of a broader conversation.

Whatever happened to the left in Peru?

The left in Peru lives in the shadows of radicalism and party disruption, which explains why its participation in the Latin American Pink Tide was almost non-existent. Español

#MeToo and human liberation

"My hope is that now men will once again put at the forefront of their personal agenda the unlearning of dysfunctional masculinity that will expunge the power and control mandate."

Migration complexity requires a less conditional compassion

We must not replace misleading and dehumanising portraits of migration with mono-dimensional accounts of vulnerability and victimhood, which paradoxically continue to set those on the move apart from us.

Separating the wheat from the chaff on Ethiopia: reply to René Lefort

One must see things in their movement rather than in their fixity. The EPRDF is the only path toward maintaining the unity of the country and consolidating it by means of democratic reforms.

Counterbalancing disproportionate power: a response to John Ruggie

When human rights gained recognition the dominant power was the state relative to the individual and citizen. Now transnational businesses have vastly greater power than both.

Meme warfare in the Swedish context

The alt-right mobilised online to back far-right parties at Sweden's general election – but are their tactics no longer effective?

The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration

There is a key democracy argument in this new book which calls for an urgent step change in our liberal democracies and a new type of political leadership.

#EleccionesBrasil: 5 insecurities behind the victory of Jair Messias Bolsonaro

Economy, Politics, Violence, Identity, Information: 5 insecurities that could explain, in part, the incontestable triumph of Bolsonaro, whose extreme political positions plunge the country into a state of security shock. Español

Paroxismo de la democracia brasileña

Bolsonaro afirmó que todas las "minorías" deben adaptarse al estilo de vida y de pensamiento de la "mayoría". Su modelo es el del patriarcado blanco, cristiano, autoritario y heterosexual. English

Brazilan democracy's paroxysm

Bolsonaro affirmed that all “minorities” must adapt to the “majority” way of living and thinking. His model is that of a white, Christian, authoritarian and heterosexual patriarchy. Español

Foreign Policy in Brazil: a sharp turn to the right

Make no mistake, the incoming government’s posture on issues ranging from climate change to open trade has global implications, not just for the region, but for the world. Español

La política exterior de Brasil se escora a la derecha

El posicionamiento del gobierno entrante sobre temas que van desde el cambio climático hasta el libre comercio tiene implicaciones globales, no solo para la región, sino para el mundo entero. English

Civil rights and voter suppression in the US

The rights of those whose citizenship is contested will not be guaranteed by appeals to loyalty and patriotism, but by social movements that are not bound by the state.

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