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This week Tom Rowley and the oDR team edit the front page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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

What remains of democracy? Egypt, Italy and ‘the lesser evil’ after Giulio Regeni

A thesis circulating for some time seeks the secret of the 28-year-old's death, not in the Al-Sisi regime, but for example in Cambridge. This is a dangerous distraction. Italiano.

You've kept your power, Arab rulers, but at what cost?

Let us never forget that those who make peaceful uprisings impossible will eventually make violent revolution irresistible. 

El dilema del candidato López Obrador frente al narco

López Obrador encabeza los sondeos de opinión ante las presidenciales en México. No descarta la posibilidad de otorgar amnistía a los cabecillas de cárteles, moviéndose así entre el tabú y el pragmatismo. English

Candidate López Obrador before the drug lords

López Obrador, the presidential candidate leading the polls in Mexico, does not rule out the possibility of granting amnesty to the leaders of the drug cartels. Taboo, or pragmatism? Español

Seguridad humana feminista en las Américas: una obra en construcción

Lejos de la militarización y la violencia, y a costa de enormes riesgos personales, las mujeres están abriendo vías alternativas hacia una verdadera paz y seguridad en toda la región. English

Tunisians oppose the IMF

The Tunisian working class’ fight against poverty, corruption and unemployment is ever more present. عربي

El gobierno venezolano ¿fortalece al crimen organizado?

Venezuela se consolida como plataforma para el crimen organizado en la región. Las crisis política, económica y social alimentan el crecimiento del crimen y el fortalecimiento de las economías ilegales. English

Venezuela’s administration and organized crime: a partnership?

Venezuela’s role as a hotbed for organized crime in the Americas has deepened in the last year. The country’s political, economic and social crises have strengthened illegal economies. Español

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

US Senate launches attack on Nicaragua poverty programmes

The so-called NICA Act, if passed, would require the US government to veto loans from international financial institutions to Nicaragua. Español

Estados Unidos ataca los programas contra la pobreza de Nicaragua

La llamada Ley NICA, de aprobarse, obligaría al gobierno de Estados Unidos a vetar los préstamos de instituciones financieras internacionales a Nicaragua. English

¿Por qué el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos arrastra los pies en materia de cambio climático?

El Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos es una herramienta importante para los defensores de derechos humanos en Latinoamérica, pero ¿por qué se rezagan la Corte y la Comisión en cuestiones de cambio climático? English

Iran’s protesters are secularizing the 1979 revolution

What we see happening in Iran is the emergence of a new discourse that combines old traditions and new ideas that will strengthen a home-grown democracy.

Migración, drogas, energía y tecnología: estos son los intereses de Trump en América Latina

La nueva Estrategia de Seguridad Nacional debe leerse en el marco de la distancia entre las declaraciones y los hechos que caracteriza la incierta e impredecible política exterior de Trump. English

Trump's only interests in Latin America are migration, drugs, energy and technology

The new U.S. National Security Strategy must be read within the framework of the distance between statements and facts. This has come to mold Trump’s uncertain and unpredictable foreign policy. Español

Fighting in the left corner

“We are an organization with one staff member, and a limited amount of energy because nobody in the political and activist left wants to talk about Brexit! “

Por qué Colombia sigue viviendo a la sombra de la guerra

Reducir la violencia es crucial para consolidar la implementación exitosa del acuerdo de paz. Desde desplazamientos forzosos y amenazas e intimidaciones, hasta violencia sexual u ocupaciones de tierras – los desafíos son monumentales. English

Why Colombia is still living in the shadows of war

Reducing violence in Colombia is crucial to consolidate a successful implementation of the peace process. From displacements, threats and intimidations, sexual violence and land seizures – the task ahead is monumental. Español

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

Soñar con crear un país: Somalilandia

Los somalilandeses concretan silenciosamente y con confianza sus sueños de convertirse en un Estado, con el deseo de que algún día se reconozca como tal. English

Los salvadoreños en Estados Unidos van a ser los siguientes en ser deportados

La administración Trump sigue jugando a un juego macabro con la vida de los inmigrantes. Tras su revés con el DACA, ahora ha decidido cancelar el Estatus de Protección Temporal del que gozan los salvadoreños. English

Salvadorans next for U.S. deportation machine

The Trump administration continues to play a macabre numbers game with the lives of immigrants in its latest act of cancelling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran nationals. Spanish

Meeting Lofa

“In the Kenyan camp there are second generation and third generation refugees,” I said, “Can you imagine somebody being in there on a permanently temporary basis? It’s hopeless.” It opened their eyes a bit I hope.

Milo Yiannopoulos, product of the crisis of post-modern politics

A troll who might as well be the new prototype of the 21st-century politician, what Milo does to us is what we have done to the world. Therein lies the challenge.

Colombia: las 6 acciones más violentas del 2017

El 2017 fue el primer año de implementación del Acuerdo de Paz entre el gobierno y las FARC. Aunque las muertes se han reducido considerablemente, Colombia siguió siendo un país golpeado por demasiada violencia. English

Colombia: the six top violent acts in 2017

In the first year of implementation of the Peace Agreement between the government and the FARC, the number of deaths decreased considerably. But Colombia is still a very violent country.

How evangelical gang leaders are bringing a Holy War to Brazil

The expression “evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in Rio de Janeiro, it is an increasingly familiar phenomenon. Attacks on Afro-Brazilian religions proliferate. Español

Narcotraficantes evangélicos llevan la "guerra santa" a Brasil

La expresión “narcotraficante evangélico” puede parecer incoherente, pero en Río de Janeiro es un fenómeno cada vez más común. Los ataques a templos de religiones afrobrasileñas se multiplican. English

Yemen: 2017 in review

2017 has been a year of utter despair in light of countless human rights atrocities committed on multi-fronts.

Reclaiming the right to life: hunger strikes and protests in Denmark’s deportation centres

This movement aims to make public the consequences of this politics of dehumanisation; politics that ‘kill slowly’ which are structurally produced and legitimized by law. 

Western complicity is fuelling Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Si democracia es libertad de prensa, entonces ¿esto qué es?

Entre ataques sistemáticos a periodistas en todo el mundo, los gobiernos usan métodos cada vez más sutiles para intentar ocultar la verdad. Los periodistas deben ser también más sutiles para llegar a descubrirla. English

If freedom of the press is democracy, then what do you call this?

Defending media freedom has never been so important. Governments are becoming subtler in attempting to hide the truth. Journalists must become subtler too in uncovering it. Español

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