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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ocupando las escuelas en Brasil: la protesta de los más jóvenes

En un contexto de duros recortes, largas huelgas y violenta represión policial, una nueva generación de activistas se está gestando entre los estudiantes de secundaria en Río de Janeiro. English

Occupying schools in Brazil: the youngest protest

A new generation of activists is breeding among secondary school students in Rio de Janeiro, in a context of sharp expenditure cuts, long lasting strikes and violent police repression. Español

Times of pests: a first-hand account of Venezuela today

The official propaganda dissolves into the harsh reality: the rich get richer, the poor stay poor, but they face ever longer queues. Español

Tiempos de plaga en Venezuela: un relato de primera mano

La propaganda oficial se disuelve en la cruda realidad: los ricos viven cada vez mejor y los pobres siguen pobres como siempre, pero hacen colas cada vez más largas. English

Can Poland’s opposition mount an effective challenge?

The divided opposition will struggle to mount such a challenge unless it can also address Poles’ broader concerns, recognising that they do not simply want a return to the pre-election status quo.

Something rotten in the migration compact 2.0 of Matteo Renzi?

If Europeans are appalled at the xenophobia and racism to be found in their countries, the question is - why are they following the same prescriptions?

Lampedusa: red letter days

'The journey to make my life easier has actually been the most difficult experience I have ever faced in my life'. An unaccompanied minor recounts his journey to safety in Europe.

Rome, Brexit, Trump and Greens – so many forms of establishment meltdown: revolution in the making?

Everywhere, people are increasingly hostile towards whoever wants them to vote just for the sake of stability and out of fear of a jump into the unknown.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (14): Desvinculando crianças das FARC

Não é suficiente estabelecer um programa de reintegração das crianças desmobilizadas. É preciso entender que estas crianças são essenciais para a construção da paz. Español English

Operación Cóndor: Una asociación criminal trasnacional, 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. English

Operation Condor: A transnational criminal conspiracy, uncovered

The recent guilty verdict for the criminal pact between Latin American dictatorships in the 70's reminds us that the struggle for memory, truth and justice upholds the pillars of democratic society.Español

Palestine’s forgotten children

Next year will mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Britain has a historic responsibility to challenge the Israeli government’s conduct in the West Bank and Gaza.

Breaking new ground in Jordan

Five years ago Syria’s uprising began and the ensuing war forced millions to flee to neighboring Jordan, a land whose present holds some lessons for Europe’s future.

Cuatro años después, la matanza de Curuguaty en Paraguay sigue sin aclararse

Aunque en Paraguay se sabe que lo que pasó en Curuguaty no es lo que dice la versión oficial, también hay dudas de que alguna vez se sepa la verdad de lo que allí ocurrió. English

Defeating the Islamic State will take more than gunpowder

Attempting to defeat IS without beginning to address the political and structural failures that have led to these circumstances borders on the ridiculous.

Povos indígenas protestam na ONU contra a perseguição

Os povos indígenas queixaram-se às Nações Unidas pela  perseguição a que estão sujeitos. A América Latina foi alvo de críticas pela violação dos direitos e pela ausência de salvaguardas. English Español

A humanitarian battlefield: redefining border control as saving victims

Care and control both fuel and feed off each other, nurturing a ‘compassionate repression’ that fails to bridge the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

VoteIn might have better arguments, but it is failing those it needs to reach

The arguments made at the openDemocracy-sponsored VoteIn rally were, at last, convincing. But is the campaign refusing to engage with Brexiteers’ grievances?

Lexit will only strengthen nationalism

The geometrics of politics have changed. European federalism is ill-designed to respond, to be sure. But national rescaling can only reinvigorate nationalism. 

Undigested Snowden

These pieces of research indicate a pattern of behavioural change that dampens dissent and resistance to overbearing power, both of which are hallmarks of an active democratic citizenry.

The rise of the far-right in Westminster as Brexit looms

A victorious ‘Leave’ vote, vindicating a campaign driven by xenophobia and clearing the path for far-right domination of British politics, could mark a shift towards hyper-nationalist policies across further member states.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (13). A pós-guerra contra as drogas

Os acordos da Havana permitem pensar em pôr fim à guerra contra as drogas enfocando desde outra perspectiva uma situação que tem sido até agora tratada como um problema de segurança. English Español

Post-conflict in Colombia (13). Post-war on drugs

The Havana agreements offer an opportunity to put an end to the war on drugs through an approach from a territorial development perspective to what has been, until now, a security problem. Português Español

Post-conflicto en Colombia (13). La posguerra contra las drogas

Los acuerdos de La Habana permiten pensar en poner fin a la guerra contra las drogas enfocando desde otra perspectiva lo que ha sido hasta ahora un problema de seguridad. Português English

We are gaining ground on the evil of authoritarianism

If we take into account that the Universal Declaration dates from 1948, and that subsequent legislative instruments are relatively new, then we can see that the rate of progress is very rapid. Español Português

Will Brexit impact on borders and the control of immigration?

There is now an ever-growing need for immigration and border criminologists to focus on the harms inflicted by racist state policies and practices, and strengthen strategies of resistance.

Iran’s military objectives in Syria and Russia’s contradictory positions

As the US and Russia speak of a mutual agreement over Syria, Iran and Assad are continuing their ruthless slaughtering of the Syrian people.

ISIS and Israel on the Golan Heights

The Yarmouk Valley is run by ISIS – and left alone by Israel. This is a testament to the complex, cynical and calculated machinations of the actors in this conflict.

The role of the EU in the Syrian conflict

As a new round of Geneva talks is under way, the EU should ensure that the outcome is not merely the result of US and Russian talks.

Cybersecurity: the case for a European approach

The EU objective of developing a cyber ‘soft’ power privileging defence, resilience and civil society, sharply contrasts with national cybersecurity policies developed both inside and outside Europe.

#CIDHenCrisis: urgent action needed to save the regional human rights system in the Americas

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is in deep financial crisis. At a time when Human Rights in Latin America are central for strengthening troubled democracies, the (IACHR) should thrive. Español

#CIDHenCrisis: Acción urgente es necesaria para salvar al sistema regional de derechos humanos de las Américas

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) sufre una profunda crisis financiera. En un momento en que los derechos humanos son centrales para la consolidación de las democracias latinoamericanas, la CIDH debería prosperar. English

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

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