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Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

While a "new Condor Plan" is rumoured to be stalking the region, Colombia might need more than a sideways glance from self-absorbed neighbours in the years to come .Español

Post-conflict in Colombia (18) Amnesty and pardon in the peace process

The complex system of justice created at the negotiating table in Havana will require a great deal of effort for its implementation to meet the expectations. Español Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (18): Amnistias e indultos no processo de paz

O sistema de justiça criado na mesa de negociações para prestar contas é complexo e exigirá um grande esforço para que a sua implementação cumpra as expetativas criadas. English Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (18) Amnistías e indultos en el proceso de paz

El sistema de justicia creado en la mesa de negociaciones para rendir cuentas es complejo y requerirá un gran esfuerzo para que su implementación cumpla las expectativas creadas. English Português

Sudan: the government and its obsession with pornography

"They kept asking me if I have a boyfriend; when I was kissed last …they threatened to take naked pictures of me or create a porn film featuring me." 

Whose revolution?

The Egyptian mass protests can only be classified as a reform movement that had hoped to create a liberal order. A modest goal that has degenerated into a full-spectrum military autocracy.

As cimeiras mundiais sobre migrações, de alto risco e grande transcendência

O resultado das cimeiras sobre os refugiados desta semana em Nova Iorque deveria consistir em partilhar responsabilidades, não em eludi-las ou modifica-las. Español English

From "wear what you want" to reclaiming freedom, equality and solidarity

City activists across Europe have thrown beach parties against France’s burkini ban and the abuse of laïcité as a justification for the crackdown.

New data visualization explores city fragility around the world

One of the world´s most comprehensive city mapping platforms was launched in the Hague and Stockholm last week

Escaping from asylum to act as citizens: political mobilization of refugees in Europe

These forms of protest (except for the Sans Papiers movement in France) were for many years largely ignored by a wider public. This changed fundamentally in 2012.

Chile: the philosophical question

The global trend against humanities is hitting Chile, a country where thousands of students regularly take to the streets demanding not only free but better education. Español

Chile: la cuestión filosófica

La tendencia global contra las humanidades está llegando a Chile, un país donde miles de estudiantes salen regularmente a las calles exigiendo no sólo educación gratuita, sino mejor. English

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (17). Podem as FARC dedicar-se à política?

As FARC têm que aprender a fazer política sem armas. Depois de mais de 50 anos de guerra, este é o grande desafio ao que se enfrenta a Colômbia. Español English

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards.

‘Democratic’ doublespeak in Bahrain: how the government spins its summer of repression

If the government continues to imprison or deport every critical voice, Alfadhel’s distortion of democracy may well triumph in Bahrain.

What principles should guide a fair refugee responsibility sharing regime?

The world is at a crossroads for refugee protection. The UN Summit provides a rare opportunity to engineer a system that is equitable both for refugees and for host countries.

Being a Kurdish-Turkish mistake

As a Kurdish child, I grew up in Kirkuk under the Baath regime thinking I was an existential mistake: but I liked being a mistake. I still like being a mistake.

Troca de favores nas Nações Unidas

O candidato favorito para suceder a Ban Ki-Moon como Secretário Geral da ONU é o Ex primeiro-ministro português António Guterres. Mas o procedimento de eleição continua a ser pouco democrático. English Español 

Postconflict in Colombia (17). Can Colombia’s FARC turn to politics?

After more than 50 years of war, the FARC have to learn to do politics with no weapons. This is the great challenge facing Colombia. Português Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (17). ¿Pueden las FARC dedicarse a la política?

 Las FARC tienen que aprender a hacer política sin armas. Tras más de 50 años de guerra, este es el gran desafío al que se enfrenta Colombia. Português English

The Australian Senator for Beijing?

“Perhaps his mistake was to say something sensible about Australia's relations with China, not something we normally expect from our politicians.”

Horse trading in the UN

The leading candidate to succeed Mr. Ban Ki-Moon as new Secretary General of the UN is former Portuguese PM Antonio Guterres. The election procedure, however, is as undemocratic as ever. Português Español  

Global migration summits are high-stakes and high-risk

The outcome of the summits must be about sharing responsibility, not shirking or shifting it. It can be done. Português Español

Europe’s Greek tragedy deepens out of sight

While European leaders continue to hail the EU-Turkey deal – under which refugees arriving in Greece since March are threatened with deportation – its human toll ruins the lives of thousands.

United against Spain’s Gag Laws: change bottom-up

The most worrying consequence of the Gag Laws is the population´s fear of exercising their freedoms, in particular freedom of expression and information. Español

Anti-populist coups: Thaksin, dictatorship and Thailand’s new constitution

The “Red Shirts” movement has caused large-scale political instability, but it has brought to the fore critical questions about the road to Thai democratization.

Reply to Jonathan Rosenhead: ‘Is Zionist a rude word?’

A distinction must in all cases be made between the state and civil society.

Postconflict in Colombia (16). The missing actor

For the peace-building scenario in Colombia to be complete, an autonomous, meaningful negotiation process, with full respect for the political identity of the “other” guerrilla force, is crucial. Português Español

Path to authoritarianism: the collapse of the politics of accommodation

The alternative is to recover the constitutive elements of the politics of accommodation, the core ideas of democratic public life mediated by the rule of law and accountable to all citizens.

Perú no cumple con las mujeres indígenas

Bajo Fujimori, miles de mujeres y hombres indígenas fueron esterilizados en contra de su voluntad. Hoy, activistas y organizaciones siguen luchando para que sea considerado un crimen de lesa humanidad. English

That day: teaching at New York University on September 11, 2001

We live in the leeway between earth and sky. We need to speak to it, sing to it, the ground beneath our feet always changing homes.

Europe’s left after Brexit: DiEM25’s perspective

Varoufakis replies to Tariq Ali, Stathis Kouvelakis, Vicente Navarro and Stefano Fassina on the role of the national level in the inevitable clash with the EU establishment and current practices. 

We need bolder politicians

“We have seen a lengthy period during which politicians have deliberately disengaged from important aspects of what they should be doing, leading to a lot of disillusionment with politics.”

Las heridas de los Juegos Olímpicos de Río siguen abiertas

Tras la desaparición de cámaras y sonrisas de felicidad olímpica en la ciudad, el Proyecto 100 no quiere olvidar a las familias que cayeron del lado perdedor de los Juegos. Português English

América Latina en marea baja

La "década virtuosa" de gobiernos progresistas en América Latina parace que toca a su fin. Pero, según el vicepresidente de Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera, las revoluciones proceden por oleadas. English

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