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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fictiocracy: democracy as an illusion

Latin America is the domain of democracy as an illusion. An illusion that is maintained by its governments’ narratives, and a democracy that is corrupted by crime. Español. Português.

Ficciocracia: la democracia como ilusión

Latinoamérica, con sus dificultades para consolidar el estado de derecho, es la región de la democracia como ilusión. Ilusión que relatan los gobiernos y democracia capturada por la corrupción y el delito. English. Português

“Ficçocracia”: a democracia como ilusão

A América Latina conta com democracias plenas em muito poucas nações que conseguiram consolidar um estado de direito. Na maioria dos casos, só existem condições para viver a ilusão da democracia. Español. English.

América Latina busca papel decisivo na COP de Paris

Aproximadamente 25% das terras cultiváveis, 22% das selvas e 31% da agua doce do planeta estão na América Latina. A sustentabilidade do desenvolvimento na região determinará o futuro de todos. Español. English.

América Latina busca tener un papel decisivo en la COP de París

Cerca del 25% de las tierras cultivables, el 22% de las selvas y el 31% del agua dulce del planeta están en Latinoamérica. La sostenibilidad del desarrollo en la región determinará el futuro de todos. English. Português.

Latin America seeks decisive role at COP21 in Paris

About 25% of the world’s farmable land, 22% of its forests, and 31% of fresh water are found in Latin America. The sustainability of development in the region will determine the future of all of us. Español. Português.

The hard dilemma: counterterrorism and/or shallow freedom

How do we limit the freedom of individual terrorists, terrorist groups and support networks to operate unimpeded in a relatively unregulated environment, whilst maintaining individual freedoms, democracy and human rights?

Can democracy and genocide co-exist in Burma?

The treatment of Rohingya may be a detail in the general opening up and wooing of a state known for its unspoilt and unexploited natural resources. But what about western media?

Corporate reputation is a pressure point in the fight for digital human rights

"Make it right, make it fair or we will leave." This threat is nothing short of an internet giant's worst nightmare. 

Which lives do we mourn? And other questions we no longer decide for ourselves

What control does Facebook have over our experience of tragedy?

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.

París: composición de lugar

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

Transición a cámara lenta en Cuba

La liberalización económica y política tendrá que esperar al final del embargo estadounidense. Mientras tanto, Cuba conserva sus posicionamientos internacionales, refuerza sus lazos con Rusia y defiende una postura política no radical en América Latina. English.

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. 

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.

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.

Argentina elections: a shift to the right?

The second round of the presidential elections would certainly bring the end of Kirchnerism, in one way or another. What is less clear is if how much of that will mean the end of Argentina’s current “dynamic stagnation”. Español.

Elecciones argentinas: ¿un giro a la derecha?

La segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales traerá el fin del Kirchnerismo, de una manera o de otra. Lo que está menos claro es en qué medida esto significará el fin del actual “estancamiento dinámico”. English.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Purse is mightier than the pen

As India’s culture wars move into the economic domain, the British Prime Minister may raise the topics of pluralism and tolerance during Narendra Modi’s UK visit.

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.

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.

Why so serious? on ‘Doozakhrafat’

It is as if he has been one of the staff in God’s kingdom, sitting there like the Thinker sculpture, his hands under his chin, observing the daily life of God and his buddies in heaven. A review.

Voting in Istanbul

An AKP guy brings sandwiches to his colleagues sitting at the long table, and in the day’s only display of bipartisanship is rebuked by another AKPer: go and get sandwiches for everyone.

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