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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A flashpoint in South Asia?

“You question India’s territorial integrity, I will question Pakistan’s. You interfere in our internal affairs, we will interfere in yours.”

Democracy, neoliberalism and talking to strangers: a kid on a local bus

In the act of going out from an excluding individualism, breaking the idea that everyone can improve their life conditions on their own, there is a big step. Español

A brief guide to the Don Dale scandal

The shock of politicians was always hard to take seriously. The problem is not a lack of knowledge. It’s that Australian governments refuse to act on what we do know.

Evictions in Greece: dozens of people convicted. Their crime? Solidarity

The function of these squats was to provide shelter for economic and political refugees, while the needs of the people staying there were met through solidarity networks and local communities.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Violencia sin justicia en México: la guerra y sus consecuencias

Independientemente de su relación con el narcotráfico, la guerra desencadenada en México es una guerra civil contra y entre ciudadanos, de consecuencias demoledoras para la población y el Estado. 

The 'Burkini Battle': France’s capitulation to extremism

Reduced to symbols of national identity, women are caught in the center of a tug-of-war in which any amount of violence, of coercion and regulation of their bodies is justified in order to win the battle.

Erdogan at a crossroad: dictatorship or democracy

An interview with A.H. Banisadr, Iran’s former president, about the aftermath of the coup in Turkey.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Operación Cóndor: una asociación criminal transnacional, al descubierto

La condena judicial al acuerdo criminal entre dictaduras lationamericanas de los 70 nos recuerda que la lucha por la memoria, la verdad y la justicia sostiene los pilares de una sociedad democrática.

Turkey’s universities are being purged: we cannot afford to look the other way

We must keep in mind that as academics we are at our best, not when we agree to disagree, but exactly when we disagree to agree.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Crisis en Brasil: sobre héroes y golpes

Rechazar el discurso de un golpe de las élites contra un gobierno nacional-popular es clave para entender la crisis brasileña y desarrollar estrategias sobre qué hacer desde la izquierda.

Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary

Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Thomas Kuhn, corrupción y Dilma

¿Cómo se sale de la actual situación en Brasil? Nada menos que un nuevo paradigma político: un sistema que no requiera de la corrupción para ser gobernado.

To inhabit democratic cities

Anyone who remains outside of democratic cities, who doesn't accept the open rationale oriented towards the common good, will have one name: the enemy of democracy. Español

Habitar las ciudades democráticas

Quien se quede fuera de las ciudades democráticas, quien no acepte su lógica abierta orientada al bien común, tendrá un nombre: enemigo de la democracia. English 

America’s criminal injustice system

Think of the author as today’s Sam Spade, taking you deep into an American world in which justice couldn’t be blinder.

The allure of war: the motivations of Jordanian foreign fighters in Syria

Broadly speaking, religious motivations are the primary draw for Jordanian volunteers in Syria.

Migrant and refugee suffering on the central Mediterranean route: too much, too long

Despite the world’s media focus on the eastern Mediterranean route in the past year due to the high number of arrivals, the central Mediterranean remains the deadliest route into Europe.

Organized crime and elites in Colombia: an InSightCrime report

On the eve of a historical peace agreement, an InSightCrime report sheds some light on the dark sides of the Colombian society, now facing a complex and potentially violent post-conflict scenario. Español

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Élites y crimen organizado en Colombia: un informe de InSightCrime

 En vísperas de una acuerdo de paz histórico, un informe de InSightCrime arroja luz sobre aspectos oscuros de la sociedad colombiana, que ahora se enfrenta a un complejo y potencialmente violento escenario post-conflicto. English

Europe’s misguided applause for Morocco’s reform process

Stability under the cover of autocracy is not only unjust and brutal but also unsustainable.

Con los últimos ataques de Anonymous, comienzan los juegos digitales en Río

El grupo hacktivista ha incrementado significativamente sus ataques cibernéticos contra los Juegos Olímpicos. Pero, ¿podría una respuesta de mano dura poner en riesgo las libertades digitales de todo el mundo? English

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: 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 Streetse mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales.

Sala de lo Constitucional de El Salvador: conocer la verdad y contar con las víctimas

La Corte Suprema de El Salvador sorprendió al declarar inconstitucional la Ley de Amnistía que condonó crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la guerra civil entre 1980 y 1992. English

Amnesty law nullified in El Salvador: knowing the truth and taking the victims into account

The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador surprised everyone by declaring unconstitutional the Amnesty Law that granted amnesty for crimes against humanity committed during the civil war between 1980 and 1992. Español

A botched coup and Turkey’s future in western institutions

The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Postconflicto en Colombia (9) El potencial internacional de la paz

Una Colombia en paz devuelve al barrio a un vecino relevante y con tareas hemisféricas de primer orden por delante.

Justice and accountability for war related sexual violence in Sri Lanka

As the testimonies of survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka’s long war enter the public domain and the government designs transitional justice mechanisms, is an end to impunity in sight?

In Zambia’s contentious election, the EU finds a new challenge

Zambia can be an inspirational example for a region in democratic distress. But the opposite is also true. Will the EU help?

Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview

After this military coup, the government may use this as an excuse to strengthen their sexist, militarist and anti-democratic policies further. We face this danger now.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Democracia y experimentos en el laboratorio político latinoamericano

Recientemente, Latinoamérica ha acreditado distintos modelos de experimentación política. Observamos la emergencia de un laboratorio de experimentos que nos permite imaginar avances para la democracia, que merecen ser medidos.

10.000 dólares para liberar a un adolescente hondureño de la cárcel de inmigración en Estados Unidos

Como prueba del enorme apoyo cívico a los adolescentes de América Central, el dinero para liberar a Wildin Acosta fue rápidamente recaudado y enviado a la corte. English

Are there reasons to celebrate the International Day of Worlds’ Indigenous Peoples in Latin America?

9 of August should have been a date to reflect on the moral debt that the countries of Latin America accumulate, year after year, with their indigenous peoples. Español

Is Turkey’s opposition becoming loyal to an increasingly authoritarian political system?

President Erdoğan invited the CHP and MHP to meet to discuss steps to be taken in the wake of the coup. The HDP, as at the rally, was excluded.

Understanding transversality

It is essential that we always remember that activist spaces are a means and not an end in themselves, to reach the broad social majority that needs us.

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