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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Response to Thomas Fazi's critique of DiEM25

A large digital assembly, properly set up, would reasonably conclude that the mechanisms of global capitalism need to be regulated, redistributing wealth from those few to the rest of us. Deutsch.

Postconflict in Colombia (12). Public endorsement and legal certainty

A positive result in a referendum on the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC can massively strengthen the agreement’s legitimacy and confer upon it an aura of untouchability. Español Português

Women and the War on Drugs

Survivors and victims of the War on Drugs are travelling from Honduras in a caravan for peace, life and justice to present their case  to UNGASS 11 next week. Español

Re-visioning global governance: constraining the power of MNCs

Multinational corporations (MNCs) have eclipsed nation-states in their power and ability to set the international agenda. Four options for controlling corporate dominance over global governance.  

Refugee and migrant arrivals in the EU in 2016: who are we talking about?

A thoughtful analysis should deconstruct narratives portraying migrants as a ‘weapon’ and identify them for what they are: people looking for international protection or, at most, better living conditions.

A França luta em Noites Despertas

Como a ocupação de praças pelos jovens, contra a “reforma” trabalhista, a desigualdade e a desesperança, pode acordar um país acossado pelo terror, pelo Estado de Emergência e pela política reduzida a simulacro. Español English

What’s DiEM25, really? Reply to an open letter by Souvlis & Mazzolini

As in the 1930's, it is our duty to reach across party affiliations and borders to create a pan-European movement of democrats (radicals, liberals, even progressive conservatives) opposed to the forces of evil.

Open letter to DiEM25 responding to the recent Rome launch

European cosmopolitans run the risk of remaining unheard by the very people suffering the democratic deficit the most, to whom the initiative DiEM25, should be able to speak.

Hindu nationalism and caste exclusion in Indian universities

Leading members of the Indian opposition have publicly condemned the treatment of Rohith Vemula and the political interference in Hyderabad University.

"Nuit debout": el regreso de los indignados en París

Lo que distingue a un movimiento social de cualquier otro tipo de mobilización es que no se centra en una reclamación específica, sino que cuestiona algunos de los valores centrales de una sociedad. English Português

The executive deficit of the European Union

The oft-repeated mantra of ‘more coordination’ won’t provide a real solution to Europe’s political crises unless the EU’s dual executive architecture is first rationalized and democratized.

« Nuit Debout » : citizens are back in the squares in Paris

What distinguishes a social movement from any other kind of mobilization is the fact that it does not focus on a specific claim (such as labour reform) but challenges some of the core values ​​of a society. Français Español Português

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration.

Dutch popular rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: a self-inflicted wound

For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks in itself rather odd.

Whatever happened to the spirit of learning Rwanda’s lessons?

As we commemorate the Rwandan genocide, the promises of ‘never again’ look particularly bleak in 2016. How can these promises mean more in the future?

América Latina: da cosmopolítica à tecnopolítica

Uma característica específica dos novos movimentos sociais latino-americanos é o seu sincretismo: a cultura do 15M/Occupy Wall Street mistura-se com cosmovisões indígenas ancestrais. English Español

EU loses all moral standing on Lesbos

Humanitarian aid has become sidelined for a political agenda – the EU-Turkey deal – something that should be unacceptable for the EU: “humanitarian aid should be neutral, impartial.”

Petismo's sunset (Part 1)

The current Brazilian left, opposed both to the government and to the offensive from the right, needs to break the pernicious dualism in which it has been been locked. Español Português

El ocaso del petismo (Parte 1)

La izquierda brasileña actual, que se opone tanto al gobierno como a la ofensiva de la derecha, necesita romper el dualismo nefasto en el que se ha visto encerrada. Português English

O ocaso do petismo (parte 1)

A esquerda brasileira atual, que se opõe tanto ao governo como à ofensiva da direita, necessita romper com o dualismo nefasto no qual se viu encerrada. English Español

Postconflict in Colombia (11): Regional visions and resources for peace

We will witness a new attempt at rapprochement between the Colombian public institutions and certain regions of the country. It is extremely important to consider the expectations and the resources of these regions. Español Português

Post-conflicto en Colombia (11): Visiones y recursos territoriales para la paz

Al acercarse la firma del acuerdo de paz, es sumamente importante favorecer un acercamiento entre la institucionalidad pública colombiana y ciertos territorios del país. English Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (11): Visões e recursos territoriais para a paz

Ao aproximar-se a assinatura do acordo de paz, é sumamente importante favorecer uma maior interacção entre a institucionalidade pública colombiana e determinados territórios do país. Español English

Como um músico de hip-hop e o seu clube de leitura ameaçam o regime Angolano

Esta semana 17 ativistas foram condenados a sentenças de prisão efetiva por terem participado na discussão dum livro. Este artigo explica o porquê. English

Latin America 2000-2015: an interim assessment

The great shortcoming of the messianic leaders was their failure to understand the root of their so Latin American stance: cycles exhaust themselves inevitably. Español Português

América Latina 2000-2015: un balance provisional

La gran insuficiencia de los líderes mesiánicos fue no haber entendido la raíz de su propia postura, tan latinoamericana, de no asumir que los ciclos se agotan inevitablemente. English Português

Latin America, from cosmopolitics to technopolitics

A distinctive feature of the new-style progressive Latin American social movements is their syncretism: 15M/Occupy culture blends with ancestral native worldviews. Español Português

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 Street se mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales. English Português

Carta aberta à comunidade académica internacional

Um novo tipo de golpe “mediático-judicial”, mais complexo e sofisticado que o golpe militar, está em marcha no Brasil. Intelectuais brasileiros procuram o apoio da comunidade internacional. Español English

"Economic peace" for Palestine?

By all means, give the Palestinians development aid. But let us not delude ourselves that this will facilitate a two-state solution anytime soon. Norsk

'We'll burn you like we burned the Dawabshehs' - life as a video activist in Hebron

The video camera allowed us to document attacks. The whole family started to film, and much of the neighbourhood. As Palestinians, we try to do things and speak for ourselves.

The troubling political economy of Iraq’s Sh’ia clerical establishment

Iraqi and Iranian Shia have been competing over Iraq's shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala since the invasion. Al Sistani's successor will have to cope with the fall-out.

Cities of refuge

The 1951 Geneva Convention on Political Asylum was a typical creation of the Cold War: the system cannot deal with the huge population flows now permanently characteristic of our world.

Open Letter to the International Community about the political situation in Brazil

A new type of “judicial-mediatic coup”, more complex and sophisticated than the military coup, is under way in Brazil. Brazilian intellectuals seek support from the international community. Español Português

The other of the others am I: risk and alterity in the Brussels attacks

An excess of security may not only increase paranoia, but can also make the ‘otherness’ much harder.  Português, Nederlands, Español

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