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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Turkey´s Kurdish peace process: regional implications

The rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP coincides with the country´s growing democratic deficit under the AKP and a re-intensification of armed conflict against the PKK, with implications for the entire region.

Mogherini’s The European Union in a changing global environment: a discursive space to rethink the world

“I want a strategy that responds to the ideas, the fears, and even the dreams of the European citizens, the young and the older generations”, Federica Mogherini, 2015.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

Peace talks in Kuwait: will they solve Yemen’s crisis?

There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

As peace deal nears, Colombia’s journalists and activists still live in fear

Colombia conflict´s end may be upon us. Peace, however, is only the beginning, as the long state of war stands out as a breeding ground for crimes against anyone who dares to speak out. Español

El acuerdo de paz está cerca, pero periodistas y activistas colombianos aún operan en el miedo

El fin del conflicto se acerca en Colombia, pero es solo el principio. El largo enfrentamiento es un caldo de cultivo que favorece la represión y violencia contra activistas y periodistas. English

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

Can Sisi stop Egypt’s implosion?

Maged Mandour

Neither Sisi nor anyone else can bring stability to the country without radical social transformation, to address the key issues that brought about revolt in the first place.

An open letter to #NuitDebout from the Indignados’ districts of the internet

This open letter is against the manipulation of 'new ' parties. Let's be radical, demand what's possible. Español. Francais.

Qué quedó para los países Latinoamericanos luego de la insubstancial cumbre de la ONU sobre drogas

En algunos países latinoamericanos, las políticas de mano dura contra las drogas han generado niveles de violencia similares a los de una guerra. Sin embargo, los países centrales siguen siendo reacios a hacer frente a un problema que no reconocen como propio. English

Nicaragua’s opposition and the myth of unity

With grand caudillos toppling across Latin America, President Daniel Ortega’s disparate opponents have caught the scent of opportunity.  A chaotic clamber has begun. Español

End of a cycle for the left in Latin America?

We share a common enemy: a neo-conservative project for capital accumulation on a global scale, based on extreme mechanisms of dispossession, including war and the hollowing out of democracy and politics. Español

Os protestos não são movimentos

Como podemos transformar estes protestos, que ocuparam as ruas e as praças de todo o planeta, em movimento efetivos, capazes de pôr em causa as relações de poder? English Español

Israeli mishap in Latin America?

A diplomatic incident between Brazil and Israel shows how Netanyahu is prisoner of his extreme-right and ultra-nationalists coalition friends. Español

La guerra contra las drogas y la crisis de derechos humanos en México

La impunidad de las violaciones de derechos humanos genera una mezcla irracional: mientras que los intereses económicos y políticos de la criminalidad salen indemnes, marginados e inocentes sufren las peores consecuencias. English

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

Why Donald Trump could be president

Trump plays very strongly in the symbolic field, operating on a series of different sectors’ frustrations. In an increasingly unequal society he introduces himself as a savior of the losers. Español

Impact of Brexit on Scotland’s independence drive is hard to call

There is an intermediate path that the SNP may well take while it charts a path ahead, in the event of Brexit.

Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

The EU is creating an ever-growing population of illegally detained refugees, including vulnerable men, women and children, who are forced to live in appalling conditions and without recourse to justice. 

Christians among the victims in an unstable Yemen

Christians and Yemen’s other dwindling minorities are now being targeted with little hope of protection from a divided, dysfunctional, and deteriorating state.

Clases medias en América Latina (7). El empobrecimiento en Venezuela

En Venezuela, el cambio de ciclo y las políticas erróneas arrojan bastantes interrogantes sobre la recuperación de los grupos sociales que mejoraron sus ingresos durante el reciente boom petrolero. English

Entre a pobreza, corrupção e violência, os agricultores lutam pela terra no Paraguai

O encerramento duma radio comunitária é a ultima demonstração da repressão existente num país onde 1.6% da população controla 80% da terra cultivável. English Español

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution III: phase two, from the numinous to the real

What we see today is not a revolt against the ruling class, but rather a battle within this class; an attempt to redistribute the state’s power and resources.


Rural Paraguayans fight for land amid corruption, poverty and violence

The closing down of a community-run radio in eastern rural Paraguay is the last example of repression in a country where 1,6% of  its population controls 80% of its agricultural land. Português Español

A response to Norman Finkelstein’s interview

Even in its most reactionary form, Zionism before the second world war was one of the voices of oppressed Jews facing the growth of violent anti Semitism as a mass movement everywhere.

The Labour Party, Israel, and antisemitism

The key question, given that antisemitism along with other forms of racism has had a continuing presence in British political life, is why now? Much hangs on this.                                                                                     

15 steps for Turkish-Kurdish peace

For a ‘one state solution’, and sustainable peace, political and constitutional changes need to be adopted, appreciated and practiced not only by the state, but across society.

Human rights violations in south-east Turkey: failed peace talks followed by increasing violence

“Kurds are scared to go into their homes and Turks are scared to go out of their homes”. This is the state of public order in Turkey in the wake of the failed peace talks.  

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria: an argument for protecting humanitarian law in US politics

The extremist goals of those who seek to abolish such laws reflect a deeply problematic ideology, in which guilt by association is a celebrated norm.

Las mujeres y la guerra contra las drogas

Supervivientes y víctimas de la guerra contra las drogas viajaron desde Honduras en una caravana para la paz, la vida y la justicia para presentar su caso ante la UNGASS. English

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