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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Soft or hard Brexit: do the UK’s political parties know what they want?

On the single market, Labour, the Tories, and UKIP, appear to agree: good access to the single market not membership of it - in disagreement with the SNP, LibDems and Greens.

Football’s martyrs: how the Ultras become revolutionaries

The second in a four-part series that delves into the history of the Ultras and their impact on Egyptian society. عربي

Que futuro tem a coesão do sul da Europa?

O projecto de um fórum do sul da Europa é uma ideia necessária. É por isso surpreendente que o encontro entre os países do Sul tenha suscitado pouco interesse dentro e fora de portas. English

Telhados de vidro e sapatinhos de Cinderela: o porquê do centro não suportar

O Fórum AWID realizado no Brasil este ano estabeleceu um modelo de rejeição à jornada das margens ao centro. Ao invés disso, ele explorou um futuro feminista baseado em “políticas de amizade”. English Español

Trump vs Hillary: consecuencias de las elecciones presidenciales en América Latina

Cualquiera que sea el resultado, las elecciones presidenciales del 8 de noviembre tendrán un impacto determinante al sur del Río Grande. Recabamos la visión de algunos analistas desde la región. English Português

Trump vs Hillary: consequências das eleições presidenciais na América Latina

Seja qual for o resultado, a eleição presidencial terá um impacto determinante ao Sul do Rio Grande. Recolhemos a visão de alguns analistas desde a região. Español English

Where is India under Modi headed?

If not Theresa May, the accompanying media ought to note the gross human rights violations and crackdowns on dissent that abound.

What could and should the EU do with Turkey?

Is there a minimal sense of responsibility in European policies towards the people of Turkey, or do we have to content ourselves with European realpolitik?

Hidden Warfare 1. Cyber

The UK agency would like to be known as on the front line defending UK interests from cyber attacks, rather than as an eavesdropping agency collecting data on individuals en masse.

Democracia 2.0: decidir antes de votar

A democracia representativa não é suficientemente democrática. Hoje, os cidadãos devem poder participar nos processos políticos desde o inicio, e não só no final com o seu voto. Entrevista. English Español

Mosul: the looming battle has begun

The Mosul operation marks the return of US forces to Iraq after their 2011 withdrawal. What would a long term stability in Mosul need?

Same the whole world over?

Reference to populism indicates little more than that mainstream politics is in trouble, thereby presenting tautology as explanation: mainstream politics is in trouble because mainstream politics is in trouble.

On newspaper cartoons in the Colombian Peace Process

The outcome of the referendum in Colombia came as a surprise, but a mapping of newspaper cartoons shows a divergence between the international and domestic framing of the peace process. Español

Hej Carl Bildt, are you asleep? Should Europe still stand by Erdoğan?

Dedicated to Aydın Engin, or “uncle Aydın”, and all jailed writers and journalists in Turkey.

La resiliencia del sistema latinoamericano de salud pública

América Latina se enfrenta a un ciclo en el que la economía ha empeorado, hay recesión y cambios políticos importantes. Está por ver qué grado de resiliencia tiene lo conseguido hasta ahora. Entrevista. English

Periodismo y defensa del medio ambiente, dos actividades de riesgo en América Latina

“Mientras no se presenten medidas integrales que corten los vasos comunicantes entre el crimen y las estructuras estatales, perdurarál a vulnerabilidad de ciertos grupos.” Entrevista. English

Journalism and environmental defense: two hazardous activities in Latin America

“Until comprehensive measures are taken to sever the ties between crime and State structures, certain groups will remain vulnerable and the violence directed at them will persist.” Interview. Español

Foreword to ‘Is segregation increasing in the UK?’ by Ted Cantle and Eric Kauffman

"This report, authored by two of our country’s leading experts on social integration, uncovers a picture that is more segregated by ethnicity than many of us have cared to admit."

Is segregation on the increase in the UK?

Can mixed communities and a shared society in the UK become recognised as a desirable objective, supported by a strategy and policy framework?

Brexit, racial and religious hate crimes and homo-, bi- and trans*phobia – why they are all linked

It’s time to get over our surprise and get on with this difficult work.

Rescuing democracy from the harms of hate speech

The tale of two places of worship, in the United States and Indonesia, suggests that fighting actual discrimination is more important than silencing hate speech.

10 years on: Jordan’s anti-terrorism law and the crackdown on dissent

It is now time that the authorities stop labelling all those who dare speak their minds as “terrorists”.

Will a No-Fly Zone help the people of Aleppo?

The debate around a no-fly zone in Syria is governed by divisions in the political establishment and opposing views.

The almighty military order

60 years ago, a scene of cold-blooded murder fell upon the hill-top Palestinian village of Kafr Qassem. This is the buried past but the not so buried present of the IDF.

¿Cómo hacer la paz con la selva? Desarrollo y guerra en Colombia

Lanzamos una serie de artículos que analizan la relación entre los derechos humanos y ambientales, una de las guerras más duraderas del mundo, el Acuerdo de Paz y su aparente colapso. English

“Gender ideology”: a spoiler for peace?

The gender approach is a guiding principle of the Peace Agreements, and a means for peace-building in Colombia to give way to inclusive, equality-based relationships. Español

Dez elementos chave para explicar o frenesim colombiano

“Ao extremo de já ninguém poder saber com certeza onde estavam os limites da realidade” – Gabriel García Márquez, Cem Anos de Solidão. Español English

How to make peace with the forest: development and war in Colombia

This launches a series of articles looking at the relationship between environmental and human rights, to unpack one of the world’s longest-running wars, the Peace Agreement and its seeming collapse. Español

Moazzam Begg and The Confession, Part Two.

"Whatever you want to think about Moazzam Begg...  the film demands that you recognize that the rule of law, that quintessential British value, has not been exercised in our time."

10 clues to explain the Colombian frenzy

"To the extent that no one could know for sure where the boundaries of reality were" – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Português Español

Avoiding a precedent in Syria and the Balkanisation of the Middle East

A key part of resolving the Syrian conflict lies in establishing a more coherent military-diplomatic dynamic and in post-conflict planning, and the solution is heavily dependent on perceptions.

Crying wolf?

A cavalier use of evidence in the UK’s latest Home Affairs Committee report is feeding a moral panic about antisemitism, rather than dealing with an increasingly racist, intolerant society.

Portrait of the artist and The Confession, Part One

An interview with the director of The Confession, Moazzam Begg’s story commissioned by BBC Storyville and the BFI - one of the most resonant modern stories for our times.

Turkey’s Mosul dream: showing up uninvited to a party or having prepared its seat well in advance?

Turkey is already shouldering the greatest portion of the burden for Syrian refugees.  It should temper its approach regarding Mosul accordingly.

¿Hacia dónde va la defensa en Argentina?

Borrando la distinción entre defensa y seguridad pública, el gobierno de Macri está planeando utilizar a las fuerzas armadas para combatir el crimen organizado y otras "nuevas amenazas". English

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