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Constitutional conventions: best practice

In Indonesia, the peasant struggle of Kendeng

"We are ‘orang desa’ (country people), far from big cities. Maybe it’s hard for you to imagine that we work close to the earth, outside and sweating from morning until night."

The governor is busy

No matter how large or crowded Istanbul becomes, the centralized government structure does not change. There is always a single governor... Part one of three.

Art and the refugee ‘crisis’: Mediterranean blues

Artists are mapping new itineraries of the Mediterranean, throwing into relief an incurable colonial wound that continues to bleed into the present.

Fox and Sky: what happens to media plurality now?

On June 29, the UK’s Culture Secretary stated that she would submit to a full competition review the 21st Century Fox bid for 100% control of Sky plc. Will it happen?

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Simone Veil – a passionate believer in Europe

She was a tower of moral rectitude like that other great Jewish figure of French post war politics, Pierre Mendes France. In memoriam.

The return of Banisadr to the heart of Iranian politics

A permanent state of crisis has intersected with the Supreme leader’s actions to create conditions for the emergence of a new ‘post-reformist’ conjuncture. Could this lead to a paradigm shift in Iran?

Brexit: where were women’s voices?

Recent creative writing and films feature women’s voices on Brexit, many of whom explore the paradox of migrants voting to leave the EU.

Pride 2017: five British LGBT writers on books that inspired them

50 years after the UK decriminalised homosexuality, authors and activists talk about literary representations of gay relationships – and more.

Books and dreams: an autocrat’s nightmare

If seventeen activists can destabilize a regime that has been violently repressing and harassing those fighting for democracy and freedom for nearly four decades, what can 22 million Angolans achieve? Português

Livros e sonhos: o pior pesadelo dum autocrata

Se dezassete activistas conseguem desestabilizar um regime cujo modus operandi é reprimir e perseguir violentamente aqueles que lutam pela democracia e pela liberdade, o que podem fazer 22 milhões de angolanos? English

Preparing Iraq for the defeat of IS

Multiple segments of the population, including at elite level, have come together in the fight against IS and now the time has come for this effort to extend beyond the battle.

La isla que se niega a desaparecer

Muisne, en el sur de la provincia de Esmeraldas, Ecuador, está bajo amenaza de desalojo desde que la isla fue declarada no habitable después del terremoto de 2016. English

The island that refused to disappear

The people of Muisne, in the South of the Province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, are under threat of eviction since the island was declared unfit for habitation after the 2016 earthquake. Español 

The criminal, the victim, the policeman, the judge

“I do not know if Carlo Ginzburg would agree, but I came to evaluate fear as a precious tool for fieldwork in authoritarian contexts.”

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

What does ‘mainstream media bias’ mean in a digital age?

The internet should mean that everyone has access to the same information, yet people still talk of a “mainstream media bias”.

What could a multi-million euro arts festival offer struggling communities in Greece?

The world-class €37 million Documenta arts festival comes to Athens and brings challenging questions about art’s relevance amid economic and humanitarian crises.

Sanctuary and refuge cities

At Fearless Cities –  we catch up with the Coordinator of the Refuge City Plan of Barcelona City Council, and two fellow panellists, activists from Berlin, Germany and Philadelphia, USA.

Ciudadanía del siglo XXI: Educación + Participación + Tecnología

Vivimos el supuesto regreso de la ciudadanía al centro del poder. O, al menos, al centro del relato. English Português 

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards. First published on September 19, 2016.

Of sacred cows and profane men

The cow has highlighted religious, regional, social and cultural differences. Some humans have been killed in the name of the cow.

Four dilemmas facing Britain – as others see it

What is Britain's place in tomorrow's world? – a hugely important issue for a nation that, until seven decades ago, was a global empire.

First, admit we have a problem

In December 2016, an Ipsos poll for BuzzFeed of more than 3,000 Americans found that 75 per cent of those who saw fake news headlines judged them to be accurate. Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, Ebury.

How we are bringing democracy to our politics - and how you can join in

Every member of our pan-European movement – English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, Greek etc – got to vote on the UK parliamentary candidates we will support, with some surprises.

Refugees: the Trojan horse of terrorism?

Why are leaders in the EU and US reluctant to admit that the main terrorist threat to western countries comes from home-grown extremists?

My Three Day war: a memoir

“With so much land captured, aren’t you ideally placed to offer the Arab nations a peace deal?” “King Hussein has my number – let him call me!”

Media in Turkey before, during and after the referendum

Would giving the No campaign equal media access have changed the results of the Turkish Constitutional referendum? We will never know, but the damage was already done.

Books for bleak times: a reading list from six British feminists

We asked Caroline Criado-Perez, Sarah Ditum, Helen Lewis, Nimco Ali, Joanna Walsh, and Bidisha which books inspire and empower them during bleak political times.

Colombian strike: ‘To live with dignity, our people don’t give up’

For over two weeks, communities and social movements in Colombia's most important port city have been engaged in an indefinite civil strike. Español

“There is no such thing as a child prostitute”: a review of the BBC’s Three Girls

This is BBC drama at its best. But the privatisation of care homes, and how grooming impacts the families of perpetrators, were blind spots.

The Sultan is dead, long live “Başyüce” Erdogan Sultan!

Erdogan’s desire to install a presidential system in Turkey has been inspired by Kisakurek’s ‘Basyuce’ concept as the representative of the Sunni majority.

"It was women who made the color of the referendum purple and its spirit NO!"

The secondary position to which women were relegated was endorsed, not silently and privately, but publicly and vocally, by high-profile dignitaries of the AKP, including Erdogan himself. This helped violence.

Colombia Negra: Abandono, vida civil y furia en la ciudad portuaria de Buenaventura

¿Qué tipo de protesta es necesario para que las demandas de las personas negras se conviertan en demandas de la democracia en Colombia? English

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