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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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. English

Violence without justice: Mexico’s War and its consequences

Mexico’s War is a civil war against and amongst citizens, regardless of where they stand on the drug business, of devastating consequences for the population and the state. Español

Pós-conflito na Colômbia (15): Participação cidadã, chave para a paz sustentável

A participação cidadã é chave para pôr em prática os acordos assinados entre o governo e as FARC e para a negociação com o ELN. Español English

Fog in Channel – history cut off

What has happened to Britain’s historic duty in helping out other nations formerly under its yoke? There is no such thing as an inner citadel.

Are we Spaniards better off five years afterwards?

On the eve of the elections, an audit of the political and social outcomes of the square occupation and the rise of the Podemos party in Spain.

Figuring (out) Omar Mateen

Mateen killed 49 people, wounding 53 others, in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida, before being killed in a shootout with local police. But who was he?

Spain’s political draw: a problem of programme or image?

Sunday, June 26, Spanish elections. A new alliance between Podemos and Izquierda Unida aims to unlock the political stalemate that occurred in the last elections. What is the calculation behind it?

Britain riding the tectonic plates

The referendum is at the centre of these shifting plates. It is the crack which can become a chasm in the postwar order.

Postconflict in Colombia (15). Citizen participation, key for a sustainable peace

To encourage citizen participation in the peace process, demographic and socioeconomic factors of territory, capital, institutional capacities, and the nature of the power groups are key. Português Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (15). Participación ciudadana, clave para la paz sustentable

La participación ciudadana es clave para poner en práctica los acuerdos firmados entre el gobierno y las FARC y para la negociación con el ELN. Português English

En vez de negar crímenes de lesa humanidad, México debe comprometerse a alternativas en políticas de drogas

Un informe de Open Society Foundations denuncia las atrocidades sistemáticas cometidas en México al amparo de la guerra contra las drogas. No reconocerlo dificulta acabar con este baño de sangre. English

Instead of denying crimes against humanity, Mexico should commit to drug policy alternatives

A report from Open Society Foundations denounces the systematic atrocities carried out in México under the cloak of the war on drugs. To deny this makes more difficult to end this bloodbath. Español

Trident or the EU: which is better for peace and security?

Mutual security and deterrence with fewer risks has been a conscious, crucial, and underestimated role of the EU.  A Brexit vote would put this at risk and make Britain less secure.

The June 1981 coup: the stolen narrative of the Iranian revolution

We can fundamentally transform our understanding of the Iranian revolution by letting the untold stories to be told.

The EU-Turkey migration agreement and its humanitarian masquerade

The binding of security to humanitarianism, as is the case with this EU-Turkey agreement, exposes its underlying aim of maintaining the economic trade integrity of the Union.

Argentina’s honeymoon with Macri is over

An aggressive implementation of harsh neoliberal economic policy measures in Argentina has ended up awakening strong internal opposition to  president Mauricio Macri. Español

Fin de la luna de miel entre el presidente Macri y el país real

La aplicación agresiva de medidas de política económica de fuerte corte neoliberal en Argentina ha acabado por despertar una fuerte oposición interior a Macri.  English

If the EU didn’t exist, we would have to invent it

A serious attempt at democracy, in the sense of being able to influence the decisions that affect our lives, can only be done through solidarity with those in the European Union. Interview.

We must understand threats in the technology we use every day

Like everyone else, human rights activists use mobile phones, email and social networks to connect. Unlike most people, they criticise states, challenging their actions. As such, they attract their attention.

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Gaza: a city no one wants

The Gazans have been abandoned and left in the hands of Hamas to do with them as they please. This policy is transforming Gaza slowly but steadily into a hotbed of radicals.

Deconstructing nuclear deterrence

Military and political leaders who might seriously threaten the UK are simply unlikely to be deterred by the threat to destroy their cities.

Grexit to Brexit: “Be careful what you wish for!”

There is an ironic parallel in the methodology of emotion and national dignity employed by both the left-wing Syriza in Greece and the right wing leave camp in Britain.

Who is afraid of the urban poor?

Maged MandourIn Egypt, both the ruling elites and the urban middle class cling to the military regime, in the hope that they will be protected from a seemingly inevitable tide of social unrest.

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

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