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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Blame games

The perpetrators of the attacks on the London Underground in 2005 were also born and raised in Britain. So much for the British-French dichotomy.

Plus c'est la même chose: racist connotations of the “new” terror

This simplistic stereotyping of 1.6 billion people as extremists is not only ridiculous but also has serious political implications.

The attack on Kunduz Trauma Centre

MSF is appealing to the world for help. A petition to urge President Obama to consent to a full investigation has been launched, and is gaining traction and international attention.

Islamic State as the Saddam regime’s afterlife: the Fedayeen Saddam

In the Fedayeen—connected to the global Islamist terrorist movement, combining elements of Ba’athism with an increasingly-stern Salafism—is a microcosm of the Saddam regime’s mutation into Islamic State (ISIS).

París: composición de lugar

La massacre del 13/11 revela la escala de la amenaza de ISIS. Es vital una respuesta coherente. English. Português.

Why fear is our enemy

"It is a France made up of diversity, plurality, of people coming together and mixing, that the terror wants to shut down, to silence through fear, to make disappear through horror. And it is this open society that we must defend because it is our most secure and lasting protection against terrorism."

Paris: assembling the fragments

The “13/11” massacre reveals the scale of the ISIS threat. That makes a coherent response vital. Português. Español. 

Paris: encaixando os fragmentos

Os atentados que tiveram lugar no dia 13 de Novembro revelam a ameaça que representa o Daesh, escreve David Hayes desde Londres. Esta realidade implica que uma resposta coerente é vital. English. Español. 

La salud pública en Latinoamérica no está a la venta

Incluso en los países "progresistas" como Ecuador, las políticas públicas de salud están sufriendo fuertes interferencias por parte de los intereses de las industrias. Português. English

The Hillary Doctrine: untangling sex and American foreign policy

Twenty years ago Hillary Clinton declared that "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights." What would Clinton as US president mean for women and security?   

Cairo landscapes: a battle over history

The reworking of urban spaces embodying the collective memory of the January 25 uprising is not a novelty, but part and parcel of the state's attempt to rewrite the history of the revolution.

ISIS wants to destroy the 'grey zone'. Here's how we defend it

After the Paris attacks, it is imperative that we safeguard this arena of co-existence, where people of all faith and none remain unified on the principles of common humanity.

In war

In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on 'both shores' of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function.

Baathist/Syrian state institutions must be reformed

Assad is responsible for the damage being caused to Syria, but he is not the only one. Negotiators must reconsider their agreement over the fate of Syrian state institutions.

El capitalismo no se reformará a sí mismo

Camaradas, no cometamos el mismo error dos veces seguidas. El cambio progresista sólo llegará como resultado de una batalla política real y tangible. La alternativa es, como siempre, la barbarie. English.

From Beirut to Paris, we are all hypocrites and selective grievers

In legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and the world) forgets that it selectively grieves all the time. We must acknowledge our ineptitude at dealing with human suffering and show solidarity with all.  عربي

We are in pitiless times

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

IS attacks and not playing their game

For the terrorists, best would be to be left alone to consolidate. Next best would be an epic all-out confrontation with western infidel ground forces. We should not give them what they want.

From Beirut, this is Paris: in a world that doesn’t care about Arab lives

There is a stark contrast in the reaction of the world to the horrific terrorist attacks in Lebanon and France. But in the world that doesn’t care about Arab lives, Arabs lead the way.

The demon of Death, a letter from Paris

The real goal of the attacks in France, as well as those in the Shia southern suburb of Beirut a few hours before this, is through fear, to spread division.

Paris has been hit at its heart

The roots of these terror attacks are deep. They lie partly in Syria and Iraq, but also partly in our French and European cities. 

Michel Foucault as an activist intellectual

Foucault's 1982 - 3 lectures presented his thoughts on the subject of parrhesia, or the truth-telling subject. He found himself confronting governments through speech acts in ways that we have yet to understand.

Foucault and the ‘current’ refugee crisis

The specter of Foucault has much to teach us – if we are able to listen.

“The refugee problem is a presage of the great migrations of the twenty first century.”

This is an interview with Michel Foucault conducted by H.Uno, translated by R Nakamura for Shûkan posuto and published in August, 1979. In October, this timely if not prophetic text was translated from the French for openDemocracy by Colin Gordon.  

Fim dos governos de esquerda na América Latina? O Equador poderia decepcioná-los

Apesar da mudança de ciclo económico e das enormes resistências encontradas, o Equador continua a mostrar que a sua história de êxito não tem fim, mas que pelo contrário pode continuar a inspirar as esquerdas da região. English. Español.

Gaza: walking ‘eyes wide open’ into another war

The ramping up of air strikes in Gaza combined with a humanitarian crisis compounded by a stalled reconstruction effort following last summer’s war, should compel us all into a heightened state of activism using BDS.

Syrian activists are repairing the fabric of civil society, even as it comes undone

Syria has seen the emergence of a powerful culture of resistance, from subversive graffiti to makeshift hospitals, which continues to operate despite the violent and politically fractured terrain.

How not to counter Modimania

It has been India’s strength not to think in black-and-white terms. “If you are not with us, you are against us” is not what is normally heard in India. 

El golpe en Brasil ya ha ocurrido

No se puede negar que Brasil está atravesando una grave crisis económica. Dilma Rousseff reacciona con las mismas políticas neoliberales que acusó a sus oponentes de querer llevar a cabo. English. Português.

O golpe no Brasil já aconteceu

Não se pode negar que o Brasil está a atravessar uma grave crise económica. Dilma Rousseff reage com as mesmas políticas neoliberais que acusou os seus opositores de quererem implementar. English. Español.

The coup in Brazil has already happened

There is no denying the severe economic crisis Brazil is going through. Dilma Rousseff’s government is reacting to it with the very same neoliberal policies that she always blamed on her opponents. Español. Português.

American intelligence and national defense 2.0

An Open Source (Technologies) Agency, far removed from the secret intelligence world, would radically reduce wars and illegal immigration, increase trade and shared prosperity, and convert the USA into a “Smart Nation”.

Campesinos colombianos que defienden la paz

Desde hace casi dos décadas, una pequeña comunidad agrícola colombiana ha venido practicando tácticas de resistencia civil. Esta es una historia de guerra y sufrimiento, pero también de solidaridad y coraje. English.

A vote against religious hate

No agency records the levels of mental pollution and no scientific instrument records the intolerance levels in a society, but even a casual visitor to India would notice.

¿Se acaba la “Revolución cubana”?

El acuerdo diplomático entre Washington y La Habana tiene una gran importancia simbólica.  Pero el progreso real viene condicionado por factores como el carácter del liderazgo cubano y las decisiones que éste tome en los próximos años. English.

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