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RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

América Latina: da cosmopolítica à tecnopolítica

Uma característica específica dos novos movimentos sociais latino-americanos é o seu sincretismo: a cultura do 15M/Occupy Wall Street mistura-se com cosmovisões indígenas ancestrais. English Español

EU loses all moral standing on Lesbos

Humanitarian aid has become sidelined for a political agenda – the EU-Turkey deal – something that should be unacceptable for the EU: “humanitarian aid should be neutral, impartial.”

Petismo's sunset (Part 1)

The current Brazilian left, opposed both to the government and to the offensive from the right, needs to break the pernicious dualism in which it has been been locked. Español Português

El ocaso del petismo (Parte 1)

La izquierda brasileña actual, que se opone tanto al gobierno como a la ofensiva de la derecha, necesita romper el dualismo nefasto en el que se ha visto encerrada. Português English

O ocaso do petismo (parte 1)

A esquerda brasileira atual, que se opõe tanto ao governo como à ofensiva da direita, necessita romper com o dualismo nefasto no qual se viu encerrada. English Español

Postconflict in Colombia (11): Regional visions and resources for peace

We will witness a new attempt at rapprochement between the Colombian public institutions and certain regions of the country. It is extremely important to consider the expectations and the resources of these regions. Español Português

Post-conflicto en Colombia (11): Visiones y recursos territoriales para la paz

Al acercarse la firma del acuerdo de paz, es sumamente importante favorecer un acercamiento entre la institucionalidad pública colombiana y ciertos territorios del país. English Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (11): Visões e recursos territoriais para a paz

Ao aproximar-se a assinatura do acordo de paz, é sumamente importante favorecer uma maior interacção entre a institucionalidade pública colombiana e determinados territórios do país. Español English

Como um músico de hip-hop e o seu clube de leitura ameaçam o regime Angolano

Esta semana 17 ativistas foram condenados a sentenças de prisão efetiva por terem participado na discussão dum livro. Este artigo explica o porquê. English

Latin America 2000-2015: an interim assessment

The great shortcoming of the messianic leaders was their failure to understand the root of their so Latin American stance: cycles exhaust themselves inevitably. Español Português

América Latina 2000-2015: un balance provisional

La gran insuficiencia de los líderes mesiánicos fue no haber entendido la raíz de su propia postura, tan latinoamericana, de no asumir que los ciclos se agotan inevitablemente. English Português

Latin America, from cosmopolitics to technopolitics

A distinctive feature of the new-style progressive Latin American social movements is their syncretism: 15M/Occupy culture blends with ancestral native worldviews. Español Português

América Latina: de la cosmopolítica a la tecnopolítica

Una característica distintiva de los nuevos movimientos sociales latinoamericanos es su sincretismo: la cultura del 15M/OccupyWall Street se mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales. English Português

Carta aberta à comunidade académica internacional

Um novo tipo de golpe “mediático-judicial”, mais complexo e sofisticado que o golpe militar, está em marcha no Brasil. Intelectuais brasileiros procuram o apoio da comunidade internacional. Español English

"Economic peace" for Palestine?

By all means, give the Palestinians development aid. But let us not delude ourselves that this will facilitate a two-state solution anytime soon. Norsk

'We'll burn you like we burned the Dawabshehs' - life as a video activist in Hebron

The video camera allowed us to document attacks. The whole family started to film, and much of the neighbourhood. As Palestinians, we try to do things and speak for ourselves.

The troubling political economy of Iraq’s Sh’ia clerical establishment

Iraqi and Iranian Shia have been competing over Iraq's shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala since the invasion. Al Sistani's successor will have to cope with the fall-out.

Cities of refuge

The 1951 Geneva Convention on Political Asylum was a typical creation of the Cold War: the system cannot deal with the huge population flows now permanently characteristic of our world.

Open Letter to the International Community about the political situation in Brazil

A new type of “judicial-mediatic coup”, more complex and sophisticated than the military coup, is under way in Brazil. Brazilian intellectuals seek support from the international community. Español Português

The other of the others am I: risk and alterity in the Brussels attacks

An excess of security may not only increase paranoia, but can also make the ‘otherness’ much harder.  Português, Nederlands, Español

Pia Mancini, generation change

52 Insights interviews Pia Mancini, founder of DemocracyOS, a platform which aims to bring real accountability, insight and simplification to an already disillusioned system. Español

The making of an open and democratic Europe: reading Brexit through E.P. Thompson

There is no room for Britain’s turning away from Europe to a fantasy mid-Atlantic or neo-Commonwealth position of the kind floated, typically unseriously, by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

A case for demilitarizing the US military

15 years after the global war on terror was launched, America faces a deeply embedded (remarkably unsuccessful) version of militarism, and a seldom recognized crisis in civil-military relations.

It can’t happen here... can it?

Try listing similarities and differences between the US today and Weimar Germany in the 1920s -30s. At this edgy moment, the similarities, of course, tend to jump out at you.

Syrian lives matter

The suffering of Syrians is seen through four distorted lenses. But to find a sustainable political solution in Syria, we must move beyond clichés. 

Guerra contra la memoria en Argentina

Coincidiendo con la llegada de Obama a Buenos Aires, una operación de des-ideologización y desmemoria está en marcha en Argentina. English

The war on memory begins in Argentina

Coinciding with Obama's arrival in Buenos Aires, an operation of de-ideologization and forgetfulness is under way in Argentina. Español

A Venezuela, petróleo de graça e muito CO2

A Venezuela é o país latino-americano - não incluindo as nações do Caribe - com o consumo mais elevado per capita de combustíveis derivados do petróleo. Con a gasolina practicamente a zero dólares, a contaminação é massiva. Español English

The chilling effect on India’s academic freedom

The language of anti-nationalism has worked to put forth a monolithic vision of the nation state, and simultaneously sought to erase diverse voices from the discursive space.

Manifesto for civil liberties

The origins of the manifesto, its elaboration and dissemination, followed by a brief history of the struggle for civil liberties in Europe and the main threats to those freedoms. Español

Good camps, bad camps. What’s wrong with the ‘Jungle’?

The ‘Jungle’ has come to symbolise the negative mirror image of a refugee camp, its ‘Other’ in which power and civilisation are twisted and virtually turned upside down.

“Era pura mentira lo que estaban diciendo”. Una superviviente de la masacre de Tlatlaya (México) contesta la versión oficial

“El gobierno, el Estado, quería que todo quedara impune. Pues pensaban que yo nunca iba a hablar”, denuncia la testigo ocular Clara Gómez González. English

Brasil en caída libre

En vez de vivir el año triunfal que había previsto, Brasil ha entrado en el año de la ingobernabilidad. English

Brazil in free fall

This was supposed to be a triumphal year for Brazil. Instead, Brazil has entered the year of ungovernability. Español

“We have created a monster”

On the recent electoral successes of Germany's extreme right and its ideological background.

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