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Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.

Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Lebanese activists leave their ‘comfort zone’: how to overcome mistrust in conventional politics

In a context where all other forms of political action seemed to be blocked in the foreseeable future, municipal elections offer a unique opportunity to challenge the establishment.

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

El Güegüense: strategies for eruption in Nicaragua

The conclusion to this series on Nicaragua’s important election year examines the main opposition coalition’s strategy.  What chance does it have of breathing life into a dormant democratic consciousness? Español

In fighting corruption, whistleblowers must be encouraged

Whistleblowers and society must work together to combat the profound and dangerous penetration of organised crime into the fundamental institutions of the state in Latin America, and elsewhere. Español Português

En la lucha contra la corrupción, hay que apoyar a los informantes

Informantes (whistleblowers) y ciudadanía deben trabajar conjuntamente para combatir la muy peligrosa penetración del crimen organizado en las instituciones fundamentales del Estado, en América Latina, y más allá. English Português

Na luta contra a corrupção, há que apoiar os informantes

Os informantes (whistleblowers) e a cidadania devem trabalhar conjuntamente para combater a perigosa infiltração do crime organizado nas instituições fundamentais do Estado, na América Latina, e mais além. English Español

“Rethinking gender is a tool for world revolution”

Increasingly, original ideas coming up from the Global South are getting into the world civil society agenda. The field of LGBT rights is a good example. Español

"Modificar y repensar el género es una herramienta para la revolución mundial"

Cada vez más, la agenda global de la sociedad civil asume ideas procedentes originalmente del Sur Global. El campo de los derechos LGTB es un ejemplo. English

Las mujeres y los niños primero: la seguridad interior norteamericana busca ‘unidades familiares” para deportarlas

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional está a punto de lanzar una campaña de deportaciones de ciudadanos centroamericanos que solicitaron asilo en los Estados Unidos en el verano del 2014, centrándose sobre todo en las mujeres y niños. English

Women and children first: Homeland Security targets “family units” for deportation in May and June

Homeland Security is about to embark on quest to arrest and deport Central Americans who applied for refugee status in the United States in the summer of 2014, focusing particulary on women and children. Español

Democracy and political experimentation for the 21st century

Our aim is to further our understanding of the scope and impact of political experimentation, and improve the diagnosis on a latent, deeper brand of democracy in Latin America. Español Português

Democracia y experimentación política para el siglo XXI

Nos proponemos comprender el alcance e impacto de la experimentación política, y mejorar el diagnóstico sobre el estado latente de una democracia más profunda en América Latina. English Português

Democracia e experimentação política para o século XXI

Pretendemos compreender o alcance e o impacto da experimentação política, e melhorar o diagnóstico sobre o estado latente de uma democracia mais profunda na América Latina. English Español

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

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? 

A bird, my cat, my shoes & Donald Trump.

The musings on a 'natural' Donald Trump phenomenon. 

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.

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.

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.

La oposición en Nicaragua y el mito de la unidad

Al ver cómo pierden elecciones algunos de los grandes líderes latinoamericanos, los heterogéneos oponentes de Daniel Ortega anticipan que les está llegando su oportunidad. Ha comenzado una carrera caótica. English

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

Defending democracy, reinventing the left

Representative democracy can only strengthen if it resorts to more participatory and deliberative mechanisms, a new generation of public action built on co-construction.

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

¿Revés israelí en América Latina?

Un incidente diplomático entre Brasil e Israel demuestra hasta qué punto Netanyahu es prisionero de sus socios de coalición, ultra-nacionalistas de extrema derecha. English

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

Las protestas no son movimientos

¿Cómo transformamos estas olas de protestas, que han venido ocupando las calles y plazas de todo el planeta en los últimos años, en movimientos efectivos, capaces de cuestionar las relaciones de poder? Português  English

"More people, more agency": Turning protests into movements

How do we transform the waves of protests—which have occupied streets and squares worldwide over the past few years—into movements that can challenge power? Português Español

Education worth thinking about

The latest Green Paper in the UK on higher education puts ‘Student Choice’ as a top policy objective. But are there real choices for those who believe in “education for education’s sake”?

Por qué Donald Trump sí puede ser presidente

Trump emplea reiteradamente el simbolismo, manipulando las frustraciones de distintos sectores. En una sociedad cada vez más desigual, se postula como el salvador de los perdedores. English

Middle classes in Latin America (8). Divided at the ballot and in the streets in Brazil

Mid-income Brazilians have been supplying the mobilized “troops” for the battles around Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, providing street legitimacy to the process as much as to the resistance against it. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (8). División en el voto y en las calles en Brasil

Los brasileños de ingresos medios han aportado “tropas” y legitimidad callejera a las batallas en torno a la destitución de Dilma Rousseff, tanto a favor como en contra. English

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

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