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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

DiEM25 in the footsteps of Altiero Spinelli?

Democratising Europe is not about reinventing the wheel. A study of Altiero Spinelli's efforts, especially the Congress of the European People, may increase our chances of success.

9 cosas que hemos aprendido tras 50 años de guerra contra las drogas

En el continente americano, el modelo prohibicionista ha fomentado la desigualdad, el derramamiento de sangre y la violación masiva de derechos humanos. Necesitamos comprender qué ha fallado. English

Who cares for the refugees?

Refugee welfare infrastructures are run thanks to self-organised, spontaneous social activists: not by the receivers of EU aid packages.

Wikipolítica o la búsqueda de la innovación total

El movimiento mexicano Wikipolítica, sin recursos económicos, ganó el distrito 10 del Estado de Jalisco, con un programa progresista y una apuesta por la transparencia, la participación y los derechos cívicos. Entrevista. English

Wikipolítica, or the quest for total innovation

Pedro Kumamoto, the first ever independent Mexican member of a state Congress, won a seat in a conservative Jalisco district at the October 2015 elections riding the wave of the Wikipolítica progressive movement. Interview. Español

Terremoto no Brasil

Lula da Silva está a ser interrogado pela sua alegada participação em práticas de lavagem de dinheiro, corrupção e suposta fraude. A sua detenção levanta suspeitas sobre manipulação política. English

The Brazilian earthquake

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is being questioned in connection to money laundering, corruption and suspected dissimulation of assets. His detention has sparked suspicions of political manipulation. Português

Egypt: the stamp of the street on its children

Egypt's legal system does not protect vulnerable children and mainstream society is too self absorbed to reach out to those in need – but there are those doing all they can to help.

The gentrification-education cycle in Istanbul’s gated communities

Any encounters that exist between newcomers and long-term inhabitants end at the school gate.

From Netflix ‘Narcos’ to Peru: money, drugs and elections

The tribunal has managed to secure the support of a broad-ranging coalition of institutions. Many forces converge when it comes to adopting such controversial decisions.

The other "Turkeys"

There are as many Turkeys as there are people living within its borders. Is it really a good thing that we rely on proving the worth of other places and other lives by pointing out how similar they are to our own?

Conscience in the datasphere

Hobbes’s bargain appears to be unravelling. In truth, we don’t know who is supposed to protect us from whom.

Las políticas de drogas operan como una caja de Pandora.

Unas políticas que deberían ser estrategias sanitarias terminaron convertidas en un  sistema punitivo, ampliando la violencia y las brechas sociales, las inequidades económicas, las diferencias políticas y las asimetrías internacionales. English

Libertad de expresión y libertad “post-expresión” en Mozambique

A pesar del asesinato de un activista, del procesamiento de un académico o de la intervención sistemática de analistas a favor del régimen, la libertad de expresión en Mozambique empieza a ser posible. Português

Liberdade de expressão e liberdade pós-expressão em Moçambique

Apesar do assassinato dum ativista, do julgamento dum académico ou da intervenção sistemática de analistas a favor do regime, a liberdade de expressão em Moçambique começa a tornar-se numa possibilidade. Español

Honduras: the White River, dyed with indigenous blood

The murder of Berta Cáceres, a high-profile opponent of a hydroelectric project in Honduras, confirms the perverse connection between a private company, Chinese capital and the absolute contempt of local communities’ life. Español Português

Honduras: o Río Blanco, tingido de sangre indígena

O assassinato da líder hondurenha Berta Cáceres, dirigente indígena, evidencia a conexão perversa que existe entre interesses privados, o capital chinês e o desprezo absoluto pela vida da comunidade local. English Español

Honduras: el Río Blanco, teñido de sangre indígena

El asesinato de la líder hondureña Berta Cáceres, dirigente indígena, pone en evidencia la conexión perversa entre intereses privados, capital chino y desprecio absoluto por la vida de la comunidad local. Português English

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (9): o potencial internacional da paz

Uma Colômbia em paz devolve ao plano regional um vizinho importante e com tarefas hemisféricas de primeira ordem pela frente. English Español

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (8): Da Havana às aulas

Educar para a paz implica transformar os imaginários que justificam a violência, gerar um ambiente onde a solução pacífica dos conflitos seja a regra e as diferenças coexistam harmonicamente. Español English

Nonviolent strategies to defeat totalitarians such as ISIS

Military might has little success against violent terror organizations. If nonviolent strategies seem impractical, it is an even greater naiveté to think armed solutions can be the answer.

The tragedy of Cologne and its aftermath – the depletion of civility

This is a vicious circle of harassment, animosity, and aggressive and uncivilized behavior that seriously undermines the resource which is crucial for successful integration.

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. Português English

Post-conflict in Colombia (9) The international potential of peace

A Colombia in peace should be welcomed by the region because it means the return to the neighbourhood of an important, relevant resident, with first-order hemispheric tasks ahead. Português Español

Obama, a Argentina e os direitos humanos

O relançamento das relações entre os Estado Unidos e a Argentina dispõe dum pilar sobre o qual se deve apoiar: os direitos humanos. Español English

Japan after Japan

Post-Fukushima social movements, the rebirth of history and tacit futures. An interview.

Obama, Argentina and human rights

The resumption of relations between the United States and Argentina has a foundation on which to build: human rights. Español Português

Obama, Argentina y los derechos humanos

El relanzamiento de las relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Argentina tiene un pilar en el que debiera sostenerse: los derechos humanos. English Português

Postconflicto en Colombia (8) De La Habana a las aulas

Educar para la paz implica transformar los imaginarios que justifican la violencia, generar un ambiente donde la solución pacífica de los conflictos sea la norma y las diferencias coexistan armónicamente. English Português

Post-conflict in Colombia (8) From Havana to the classrooms

Educating citizens for peace implies transforming the world views that justify violence, generating an environment where the peaceful solution to conflicts is the norm, and where differences coexist in harmony. Español Português

Is #LetThemStay Australia’s anti-apartheid moment?

People inside and outside of Australia stand up to challenge a system that seeks to construct physical and imagined borders that separate people based primarily on their race and creed.

India falters in battle of ideas with Pakistan

The religious extremists in Pakistan love any outbreak of sectarian violence in India because that makes their task easier.

Hard times for Europe

European democracy matters in the world but it matters, particularly, in Latin America. Both regions should stick with defending the values they share, and keep on strengthening each other. Español Português

Tempos difíceis na Europa

A democracia Europeia é importante para o mundo, mas sobretudo para a América Latina. Num momento decisivo para ambas regiões, as mesmas devem continuar a defender os valores que partilham e continuar a reforçar-se mutuamente. Español English

Europa en horas bajas

La democracia europea importa al mundo. Pero sobre todo importa a América Latina. En momentos decisivos, ambas regiones deben seguir defendiendo los valores que comparten, y reforzarse mutuamente. English Português

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