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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

El Sur Global, más allá del Estado

Las prácticas emancipadoras del Sur Global reclaman la renovación del "Espíritu de Bandung" que dio origen a la cooperación Sur-Sur. English

Turkey’s other ‘Gezi’ moment

There were two Gezi moments: one, a resistance to neoliberal authoritarianism; the other, a defence of representative democracy and ‘the national will’, for whom Gezi spelt the end of democracy.

The UK's Investigatory Powers Bill report card: “Must try harder”

The British public will not accept a law that treats the Internet, the greatest modern innovation for cultural, economic and social development, as something that must be hacked, tracked, and mined.

The anti-US military base struggle in Okinawa, Japan

Many visitors stay for a prolonged period, become regular visitors or even completely relocate to Okinawa, as Aihara and Kamoshita did a few years ago.

Long live Empire!

Indians don’t care whether the statue of Queen Victoria stays put or is consigned to a junkyard. Many agree with Ferguson that the British Empire had some plus points.

Pós-conflito na Colômbia (6). Transição militar e policial: Cinco desafios

O caso colombiano quebra qualquer tipo de molde e seguramente será o modelo a seguir para superar os conflitos armados não internacionais próprios do século XXI, que não podemos caracterizar como guerras civis. English Español

The current situation in Yemen: causes and consequences

The conflict will not lead to a clear victory: there will need to be some difficult compromises. Meanwhile, the destruction continues and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State terrorists are exploiting the situation.

Postconflicto en Colombia (6). Transición militar y policial

El caso colombiano rompe cualquier molde y seguramente será el modelo a seguir para superar conflictos armados no internacionales propios del Siglo XXI, que no podremos caracterizar como guerras civiles. English Português

Postconflict in Colombia (6). Military and police transition: five challenges

The Colombian case breaks all previous patterns and will surely become a model for overcoming non-international armed conflicts in the 21st century, which cannot be categorized as civil wars. Español Português

A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution II: laughter and the future

The revolutionary calls were necessary; they united otherwise mutually hostile groups, politicised the apolitical and neutralised the anti-political. But it was not exactly a rupture nor a total break with the past.

Exigibilidad de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales: antecedentes y suposiciones equivocadas

Inicialmente,  el continente americano combinó  la Declaración de los Derechos y Deberes del Hombre con disposiciones sobre DCP y DESC indistintamente. Pero luego se fueron separando. English

Enforceability of ESC Rights: some background and misleading assumptions

In the American continent, a Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man combined Civil and Political Rights and Economic Social and Civic provisions with no distinction. But they grew apart. Español

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (5): TIC´s e participação cidadã

É chave incentivar a participação cidadã no processo de implementação dos acordos da Havana. As TIC são uma via importante. Español English

DiEM-25 - La Unión Europea ha de democratizarse. ¡O se desintegrará!

Activistas e intelectuales de toda Europa lanzaron el 9 de febrero en Berlín el Manifiesto de DiEM25, siglas en inglés del Movimiento Democracia en Europa 2025. El fundador de openDemocracy explica porqué es tan vital para Europa. English

Trust and suspicion under ‘policed multiculturalism’

‘Policed multiculturalism’, removes decisions regarding community relations from political discussion by presenting them as matters of ‘security’, to be decided in governmental or bureaucratic circles by security professionals.

Surveillance and the 2015-16 refugee crisis in Europe

The EU deals with 320 million third country nationals every year, immigration officials, according to FRONTEX, needing only 12 seconds to make a decision on their entry. So why the crisis?

Postconflicto en Colombia (5). TICs y participación ciudadana

Es clave incentivar la participación ciudadana en el proceso de implementación de los acuerdos de La Habana. Las TIC son una vía importante. English Português

Post-conflict in Colombia (5). ICTs and citizen participation

Information and Communication Technologies must play an important role in promoting the participation of citizens in the process of implementing the Havana agreements. Español Português

Back from the dead and standing on Travellers’ Doorstep – the case of the EU PNR Directive

This framework places the movement of travellers, including EU citizens, under constant monitoring, irrespective of the fact that they are a priori innocent and unsuspected of any criminal offence.

São Salvador, e não Caracas, foi a cidade do mundo com mais homicídios em 2015

Com quase 200 mortos por cada 100.000 habitantes, é provável que a taxa de homicídio de São Salvador supere a de mortes violentas em muitos dos conflitos armados no mundo. English Español

San Salvador, y no Caracas, fue la ciudad del mundo con más homicidios en 2015

Con casi 200 muertos por 100.000 habitantes, es probable que la tasa de homicidios de San Salvador supere la de muertes violentas en muchos de los conflictos armados en el mundo. English Português

San Salvador, not Caracas, was the world´s most murderous city in 2015

With almost 200 murders by 100.000 inhabitants, probably San Salvador´s murder rate exceeds the violent death rate in many of the world´s most vicious armed conflicts. Español Português

En Venezuela, lo fácil es polarizar

Rara vez los políticos negocian si no están obligados a hacerlo. Ante un país en quiebra, lo único que puede obligar al chavismo a negociar con una oposición fortalecida es la presión social. English

Venezuela, where polarising is so easy

Politicians negotiate only when they are forced to. In a broken nation, the only thing that can make Chavism accept to negotiate with a tough opposition is social pressure. Español

To the shores of Tripoli

Great Britain and Italy are preparing to send ground troops to Libya, and American troops will likely be involved eventually – ironic developments given western intervention helped create a failed state in Libya in the first place.

Post-conflict in Colombia (4). Uninvited: women in Havana

The participation and influence of women in peace negotiations around the world is usually low. What is the situation in the current negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC? Español Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (4). Sem convite: mulheres na Havana

A situação e incidência das mulheres nas negociações de paz têm sido escassa a nível global. Qual é a situação nos diálogos entre o governo colombiano e as FARC na Havana? English Español

How to support Syria

Today’s London conference might make a start by assessing the world’s catastrophic failure to stop the carnage in Syria and how this should be addressed for the future.

Democracia e experimentos no laboratório político latino-americano

Recentemente, a América Latina credenciou diferentes modelos de experimentação política. Observamos a emergência dum laboratório de experimentação politica que nos permite imaginar avanços para a democracia que vale a pena serem medidos. English Español

Postconflicto en Colombia (4). Sin previa invitación: mujeres en La Habana

La participación e incidencia de mujeres en negociaciones de paz ha sido escasa. ¿Cuál es la situación en los diálogos entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC en La Habana? English Português

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. English Português

Las protestas digitales asaltan las calles brasileñas

A pesar del Marco Civil de internet, no sabemos si los ciudadanos despertarán a tiempo ante tanta vigilancia cibernética. A pesar de los abusos policiales, las protestas van a continuar. English

Unchanging state security policies in southeast Turkey

The region’s people already know quite well that any policies pursued in the region are military-related, and have not brought peace but only more conflicts.

Writers get bouquets, not brickbats

The business model of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be studied as a case study, the two writer-directors having successfully yoked together the rival Hindu Goddesses of wealth and wisdom. 

In Burundi, we are seeing the creation of an ethnic conflict

The risk of genocide is palpable, and it needs to be stopped now.

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