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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is editor of oD-UK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Clases medias en América Latina (7). El empobrecimiento en Venezuela

En Venezuela, el cambio de ciclo y las políticas erróneas arrojan bastantes interrogantes sobre la recuperación de los grupos sociales que mejoraron sus ingresos durante el reciente boom petrolero. English

Middle classes in Latin America (7). Impoverishment in Venezuela

In Venezuela, the changing of the cycle and the wrong policies applied raise many questions about the recovery of the social groups that benefited from the recent oil boom. Español

Entre a pobreza, corrupção e violência, os agricultores lutam pela terra no Paraguai

O encerramento duma radio comunitária é a ultima demonstração da repressão existente num país onde 1.6% da população controla 80% da terra cultivável. English Español

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

Middle classes in Latin America (6). Between political instability and authoritarianism in Bolivia

A context of economic crisis could send many people back to poverty in Bolivia, fueling a situation of discontent that could bring back the climate of instability and political uncertainty. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (6). Entre la inestabilidad política y el autoritarismo en Bolivia

Un contexto de crisis económica podría devolver a mucha gente a la pobreza en Bolivia, generando una situación de descontento que podría alimentar un clima de inestabilidad e incertidumbre política. English

Trump diminishes democracy

How the Americans vote in their presidential election should be only their business. But it cannot be so.

15 steps for Turkish-Kurdish peace

For a ‘one state solution’, and sustainable peace, political and constitutional changes need to be adopted, appreciated and practiced not only by the state, but across society.

Human rights violations in south-east Turkey: failed peace talks followed by increasing violence

“Kurds are scared to go into their homes and Turks are scared to go out of their homes”. This is the state of public order in Turkey in the wake of the failed peace talks.  

Nuestras políticas contra las drogas son un fracaso y una ruina. ¿Qué alternativas hay?

El coste exorbitante de la guerra contra las drogas es una razón de peso para cambiar de política. ¿Qué pasaría si, en su lugar, invirtiéramos en tratamientos de las adicciones? English

Las mujeres y la guerra contra las drogas

Supervivientes y víctimas de la guerra contra las drogas viajaron desde Honduras en una caravana para la paz, la vida y la justicia para presentar su caso ante la UNGASS. English

'The Devil is in the Details': development, women's rights and religious fundamentalisms

Dealing with the escalation of violence against women across the world requires a wider adoption of a feminist approach to working at the nexus of development, religious fundamentalisms and women’s rights.

Clases medias en América Latina (5). De la retórica del crecimiento a las expectativas del post-acuerdo en Colombia

Aunque el crecimiento de las clases medias en Colombia responde a los mismos factores que en el resto de América Latina, el malestar social tiene aquí un carácter particularmente multiclasista. English

Celebrating labour day in the red city – Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"“I don’t think older people are nostalgic about the socialist past. I can see that the life was better in those days..."

O risco de publicar aquilo que alguns não querem que se publique

O jornalismo foi sempre uma profissão arriscada. De acordo com o Índice Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa para 2016, regista-se uma diminuição da liberdade de imprensa em todo o mundo, especialmente nas Américas. Español English

The risky business of printing what someone else does not want printed

Journalism has always been a risky endeavour. According to the World Press Freedom Index 2016, there has been a sharp decline in press freedom worldwide, especially in the Americas. Português Español

El riesgo de publicar lo que alguien no quiere que se publique

El periodismo siempre ha sido una profesión arriesgada. Según el Índice Mundial de Libertad de la Prensa de 2016, se registra una disminución de la libertad de prensa en todo el mundo, especialmente en las Américas. Português English

Abortar en Argentina: mujeres doblemente traicionadas

Un alarmante caso de aborto en Tucumán, Argentina, demuestra cómo las instituciones, pensadas para cuidarnos y protegernos, violan constantemente nuestros derechos, incluyendo la sanidad, la confidencialidad y el juicio justo. English

Abortion in Argentina: women twice betrayed

Belén's troubling abortion case in Tucumán, Argentina, demonstrates how institutions meant to care for and protect us instead regularly violate our rights—including the right to health, confidentiality, and due process. Español

Furthering freedom of religion and belief in Muslim-majority countries

Ballot boxes before a culture of toleration for diversity of beliefs takes root in the minds of people can make things worse. Secularization and freedom of religion are a precondition of democracy.

‘Un símbolo de vida’: cuando tomar drogas es un acto sagrado

La guerra contra las drogas se presenta como una lucha contra ciertos males sociales. Pero desde los Andes hasta el Caribe, lo que la prohibición ha criminalizado son expresiones culturales. English

Why are we Brits in such a muddle about antisemitism?

We may be at a critical moment in British public life, risking a plunge into an American-style pseudo-politics, sucking attention away from the real inequalities of our world and our society.

Papa Wemba of the Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People

Papa Wemba, star of the third generation of post-1945 Congolese musicians, has died. He exemplified Congo's cultural knack of creating distinctive, non-western ways of defining modernity

UNGASS 2016: de la oportunidad al oportunismo

La cumbre representaba una gran oportunidad para acabar con la "guerra contra las drogas",  pero los defensores del estatus quo lograron abortar las aspiraciones de transformación en la materia. English

What do Muslims think? Same old, same old... time to wake up

It is important not to surrender to fear by seeing all manifestations of Islam, including the conservative ones, as an indicator of terrorism.

The dawn and delusions of the ‘Nerd Reich’: BlockBusters #1

It is both possible and necessary to think politically about the blockchain: delegation, transmutation and complexity.

Papua New Guinea High Court ruling: the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island must close

But the main power blocks in Australia politics – the ALP and the Coalition – show no signs at all of even blushing, now that the Manus Island game is up.

Asylum seeker dies from self-inflicted burns

An Iranian asylum seeker has died after setting himself on fire at an Australian detention centre on the remote Pacific island of Nauru.

"To demand peace is not a crime": Turkish academics on trial

President Erdoğan's attack on academics and freedom of speech calls into question whether Turkey will ever comply with the Copenhagen Criteria which govern EU accession.  But does Turkey care?

Interviewing Babah Tarawally, Dutch novelist and former refugee from Sierra Leone

Babah Tarawally’s message is one of hope; he urges refugees to emancipate themselves from both a racist or excessively self-pitying discourse, and to acquire an active role in the construction of their future. 

Slovakia: Roma exclusion and the dark side of democracy

The EU should heed Slovakia consistently falling short of ‘Council of Europe standards’ in a seemingly inexorable shift to the dark side of democracy: illiberal, majoritarian, Christian and national.

From the sorrow to the shame of Belgium

The legalisation of this 'newcomer’s statement' is an undeniable step on the slippery slope in the dehumanisation of Europe’s ‘new Jews’. Alarm bells should be ringing.

In defence of today’s anti-fascist protesters

Populist leaders today are unable to completely abolish multi-party systems, free press, individual freedom, or instigate actual war both inside and outside the country. But we can’t ignore the danger they present.

Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

Democracia Offshore na Argentina de Macri

Excluir os pobres da política, porque podem ser tentados a malversar fundos públicos, e substitui-los pelos ricos: este é o projeto da nova democracia offshore. English Español

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