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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is editor of oD-UK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

From London to Athens, Europe is an empty shell

Optimists affirm that the EU-UK agreement has a positive side: London cannot veto the will of other member states pursuing an “ever closer Union". This is true, but only formally. Italiano.

Regeni: victim of a regime of fear

Giulio Regeni was a dedicated and meticulous researcher, an “avant-guarde for Europe”, as the Italian writer Erri De Luca described him.

Hashtag analysis: #Clausnitz and #Bautzen

When hashtags help to uncover a societal problem: racism.

Relocating IPSA 2016 from Istanbul: one right, two wrongs and many traitors

The declaration leaves Turkey alone with its knotty problem, putting it into the same basket with all the other countries unsafe from a western perspective.

Palestinians must agree on a unity deal – now more than ever

After several failed reconciliation attempts, it is little wonder that Palestinians did not hold their breath when representatives from Fatah and Hamas met in Doha recently.

Postconflicto en Colombia (7): La promesa de justicia

Impartir justicia después de una guerra es siempre una tarea difícil. La Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz en Colombia destaca por haber sido negociada y no impuesta. English Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (7): A promessa de justiça

Garantir justiça depois de uma guerra é uma tarefa difícil. O acordo alcançado sobre o Regime Especial de Justiça na Colômbia destaca pelo facto de ter sido negociado e não imposto. Español English

Post-conflict in Colombia (7): The promise of justice

Delivering justice after a war is always a difficult task. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia stands out for having been negotiated and not imposed. Español Português

The fight continues to free detained Central American high schoolers in the US

Despite several protests, US authorities have not yet backed down from arresting immigrant high school students on their way to school. Español

Estudiantes centroamericanos detenidos en Estados Unidos: la lucha continúa

A pesar de multitudinarias protestas, las autoridades estadounidenses aún no han abandonado la práctica de arrestar estudiantes de secundaria de origen inmigrante de camino a la escuela. English

Brasil: o maior desastre mineiro do mundo

Novembro de 2015 ficou marcado pela maior tragédia ambiental do Brasil. Foi também o  maior desastre de mineração do mundo. Español. English

Brasil: el mayor desastre minero del mundo

El mes de noviembre del año 2015 ha quedado marcado en Brasil por la mayor tragedia ambiental ocurrida en los últimos tiempos. Fue también el mayor desastre minero en el mundo. Português. English

Silence – the EU’s strategy for human rights abuses in its neighbourhood

Talk in Brussels among non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians is that the EU lacks a strategy to address human rights violations in the European neighbourhood. However, what if the EU has a strategy?

El amor en los tiempos del Zika

Mientras el virus Zika que afecta América Latina se dirige hacia el norte, en El Salvador la atención se centra en la lucha por la justicia reproductiva. English Português

Love in the time of Zika

As the Zika virus ravaging Latin America moves northward, in El Salvador, the debate focuses on the struggle for reproductive justice. Español Português

Shame on those who try to justify Giulio Regeni’s assassination

Claims that Regeni’s supervisors bear responsibility for sending him into danger are outrageous, betraying both ignorance of the facts and a severe lack of empathy.

What kind of hope is a promise?

“If progressives focus too much on the institutional sphere, the right wing can take the streets – they’ve done it before. If we don’t, someone else will.” Interview with the author of Hope is a Promise. (5,800 words)

Can the Kurdish question be settled by killing people in Sur?

"Allow us, let us take these people out alive. The state will lose nothing if a civilian group is involved."

The transience and persistence of the ‘jungle’ in Calais

It is at once an informal encampment of makeshift shelters; a town under construction, with shops, restaurants and schools; and, a space subject to institutional violence, at risk of imminent destruction.

Plan Canal in Brussels: Belgium vs Molenbeek

The Belgian government has unveiled a multi-million euro plan to combat radical extremism in 'Molenbeekistan'. But does it ignore Islam altogether?

Women in post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan does much better on women’s rights issues in comparison to the rest of Iraq, yet many challenges remain.

Coalition air strikes and the Sunni 'endgame' in Syria, Iraq

The pattern of strikes by the disjointed US-led coalition of Operation Inherent Resolve remains the best and most reliable public indicator of intentions and future operations in the short-term.

Floating or sinking? The state of democracy in Turkey and the rise of the HDP

This just serves to highlight the pessimistic state of Turkish democracy today. What is more, it should certainly not be assumed that the HDP are the great democratic hope of Turkish politics.

Las bases sociales de las nuevas derechas en América Latina

La nueva derecha en América Latina tiene una base social inédita: las clases medias (y una parte de los sectores populares), modelados culturalmente por el extractivismo. English

When you’re standing in the rain, you can’t expect not to get wet

Although violence is considered a societal threat in Norway, inclusion of the violence faced by sex workers is not high on the agenda.

The billionaire, big data and net neutrality: Facebook and democracy in India

“One user even said Facebook sent him a notification that his deceased uncle had supported Free Basics and so he should too.” 

A realignment of Irish politics?

On February 26 the Irish people take to the polls for the first general election since 2011.

Is Bolivia outsourcing too much to China?

Bolivian president Evo Morales has cultivated a close relationship with China since taking office in 2006, but many deals with Chinese firms are under scrutiny. Español Português

A turning point for Turkey’s Kurds and parliamentary democracy

Ultimately, the fate of Turkish democracy appears to be intertwined with that of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP).

Rise and fall of the dream called HDP

President Erdoğan's readiness to circumvent elections shows that promises to end the conflict were contingent on securing a mathematically permanent conservative-nationalist electoral bloc.

Da resistência ao poder: a experiência latino-americana

Uma conversa entre o secretário político de Podemos e uma referente da esquerda pós-marxista reflete o potencial impacto das ideias e práticas latino-americanas na esquerda europeia. English Español

De la resistencia al poder: la experiencia latinoamericana

Una conversación entre el secretario político de Podemos y un referente de la izquierda postmarxista muestra el impacto potencial de las ideas y prácticas latinoamericanas en la izquierda europea. English Português

Latin American conquest of the state

A conversation between the political strategist of Podemos and a theoretical referent of the postmarxist left shows the potential impact of the Latin-American political ideas and practices. Español Português

Anti-Muslim hatred from the margins to the mainstream

Whatever local Muslim communities do to remind society that these extremists don’t represent them, there are media commentators, as well as right-wing politicians, constantly fostering a narrative of collective responsibility.

‘First respect, then assess!’: anti-research assessment protest in Italian universities (#NoVQR)

How can you ask to judge the quality of a system while you are also subjecting it to the most massive disinvestment in the history of the Italian state?

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