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Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Crisis en Brasil: sobre héroes y golpes

Rechazar el discurso de un golpe de las élites contra un gobierno nacional-popular es clave para entender la crisis brasileña y desarrollar estrategias sobre qué hacer desde la izquierda.

Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary

Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Thomas Kuhn, corrupción y Dilma

¿Cómo se sale de la actual situación en Brasil? Nada menos que un nuevo paradigma político: un sistema que no requiera de la corrupción para ser gobernado.

To inhabit democratic cities

Anyone who remains outside of democratic cities, who doesn't accept the open rationale oriented towards the common good, will have one name: the enemy of democracy. Español

Habitar las ciudades democráticas

Quien se quede fuera de las ciudades democráticas, quien no acepte su lógica abierta orientada al bien común, tendrá un nombre: enemigo de la democracia. English 

America’s criminal injustice system

Think of the author as today’s Sam Spade, taking you deep into an American world in which justice couldn’t be blinder.

The allure of war: the motivations of Jordanian foreign fighters in Syria

Broadly speaking, religious motivations are the primary draw for Jordanian volunteers in Syria.

Migrant and refugee suffering on the central Mediterranean route: too much, too long

Despite the world’s media focus on the eastern Mediterranean route in the past year due to the high number of arrivals, the central Mediterranean remains the deadliest route into Europe.

Organized crime and elites in Colombia: an InSightCrime report

On the eve of a historical peace agreement, an InSightCrime report sheds some light on the dark sides of the Colombian society, now facing a complex and potentially violent post-conflict scenario. Español

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Élites y crimen organizado en Colombia: un informe de InSightCrime

 En vísperas de una acuerdo de paz histórico, un informe de InSightCrime arroja luz sobre aspectos oscuros de la sociedad colombiana, que ahora se enfrenta a un complejo y potencialmente violento escenario post-conflicto. English

Europe’s misguided applause for Morocco’s reform process

Stability under the cover of autocracy is not only unjust and brutal but also unsustainable.

Con los últimos ataques de Anonymous, comienzan los juegos digitales en Río

El grupo hacktivista ha incrementado significativamente sus ataques cibernéticos contra los Juegos Olímpicos. Pero, ¿podría una respuesta de mano dura poner en riesgo las libertades digitales de todo el mundo? English

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: 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 Streetse mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales.

Sala de lo Constitucional de El Salvador: conocer la verdad y contar con las víctimas

La Corte Suprema de El Salvador sorprendió al declarar inconstitucional la Ley de Amnistía que condonó crímenes de lesa humanidad cometidos durante la guerra civil entre 1980 y 1992. English

Amnesty law nullified in El Salvador: knowing the truth and taking the victims into account

The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador surprised everyone by declaring unconstitutional the Amnesty Law that granted amnesty for crimes against humanity committed during the civil war between 1980 and 1992. Español

A botched coup and Turkey’s future in western institutions

The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Postconflicto en Colombia (9) El potencial internacional de la paz

Una Colombia en paz devuelve al barrio a un vecino relevante y con tareas hemisféricas de primer orden por delante.

Justice and accountability for war related sexual violence in Sri Lanka

As the testimonies of survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka’s long war enter the public domain and the government designs transitional justice mechanisms, is an end to impunity in sight?

In Zambia’s contentious election, the EU finds a new challenge

Zambia can be an inspirational example for a region in democratic distress. But the opposite is also true. Will the EU help?

Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview

After this military coup, the government may use this as an excuse to strengthen their sexist, militarist and anti-democratic policies further. We face this danger now.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: 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.

10.000 dólares para liberar a un adolescente hondureño de la cárcel de inmigración en Estados Unidos

Como prueba del enorme apoyo cívico a los adolescentes de América Central, el dinero para liberar a Wildin Acosta fue rápidamente recaudado y enviado a la corte. English

Are there reasons to celebrate the International Day of Worlds’ Indigenous Peoples in Latin America?

9 of August should have been a date to reflect on the moral debt that the countries of Latin America accumulate, year after year, with their indigenous peoples. Español

Is Turkey’s opposition becoming loyal to an increasingly authoritarian political system?

President Erdoğan invited the CHP and MHP to meet to discuss steps to be taken in the wake of the coup. The HDP, as at the rally, was excluded.

Understanding transversality

It is essential that we always remember that activist spaces are a means and not an end in themselves, to reach the broad social majority that needs us.

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: counter-revolution and the state

Maged Mandour

The inability of the counter-revolutionary forces to appeal to more than the need for security means that the current political order can only be maintained through the use of coercion and violence.

What does the security establishment attack on Trump say about the establishment?

They say Donald Trump "lacks the character, values and experience" to be Commander-in-Chief. What they mean is, he is not enough of a warmonger.

Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies. Lithuanian (part1, part 2)

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

Divide and conquer: offer Jabhat al-Nusra access to the Syrian peace talks

Jabhat al-Nusra’s split from al-Qaeda offers the west a unique and crucial opportunity to create a fully inclusive and strengthened transition in Syria.

The moment the revolution broke down in tears

Globally, it seems that younger generations are on the losing side of the battles for more democratic, progressive and inclusive policies and societies.

Iraq 13 years on

As life goes on in Baghdad, plans need to be put in place to make people’s lives more bearable. Planning should not wait until the war ends, because in Baghdad, as in much of Iraq, war is now the new normal.

¿De dónde vienen las armas del crimen en Río de Janeiro?

La mayoría de las armas de fuego en manos de la población están fabricadas en Brasil. Su control es clave para reducir la escandalosa cifra de muertos por herida de bala. English

Regeni and cosmopolitanism: the false question of national belonging

"Where are you from? - Italy." "Ah, you have Regeni. We have thousands of Regeni in Syria."

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