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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will the feline Macron succeed?

“Enthusiasm for his victory is drawing investment into European equities. And French private sector employment has just reached a post-crisis high, giving a boost to wages.”

Venezuela: receta para el conflicto

Una propuesta antidemocrática para una nueva constitución, y la retirada de la OEA de una Venezuela cada vez más aislada, son dos elementos que acentúan un conflicto que se agudiza cada día que pasa. English

Why aren't Egyptians revolting against the price hikes?

Some are frustrated at the Egyptian public’s ‘non-reaction’ to the waves of successive price hikes and deterioration of living standards. عربي

The Ala-Turca presidency: old wine in new bottles in the Kurdish case

Erdogan may require a more pragmatic approach to the US and Russia, hence indirectly with the PYD and Assad, to open up space for himself in the region’s politics.

Venezuela: a blueprint for strife

An undemocratic proposal for a new constitution and an increasingly isolated Venezuela’s withdrawal from the OAS are two developments of an increasingly upsetting crisis. Español

Abandonment, civil life and black rage in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura

What the government’s responses indicate is that because black lives do not matter, to be heard black protest must to disturb civil life, or be domesticated under the politics of multicultural rights.

Venezuela, the day after

There are three dimensions to the conflict: one, in the streets; another, at the international community level; and the third in the economic-financial sphere. Español

Venezuela: el día después

Hay tres dimensiones del conflicto. Una, en la calle. Otra, en la comunidad internacional. Y la tercera está en el ámbito económico-financiero, donde la situación crítica es lamentablemente auto-infligida. English

Learning the language of a pulsar

What is happening in Brazil is a process of awakening. Many Brazilians are realizing that the political system has been “rigged” against them for a long time, maybe since the very beginning. Interview. Português

Da crise pode surgir um novo Brasil

Um país como o Brasil não se pode dar ao luxo de perder mais tempo a tentar fazer a roda da história girar para trás. Devem celebrar-se eleições directas já. Español 

De la crisis puede surgir un nuevo Brasil

Un país como Brasil no puede darse al lujo de perder más tiempo en el intento de hacer girar la rueda de la historia hacia atrás. Deben celebrarse elecciones directas ya. Português 

Russia’s Syrian Constitution reveals more than anticipated

The draft constitution reveals more about Russia and its views of what’s best for Syria, than what the Syrians themselves might possibly contemplate.

Digital platforms and democracy

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español Português

Plataformas digitales y democracia

Las plataformas digitales son un instrumento para democratizar la participación porque superan las tiranías de espacio y tiempo tradicionales. Pero la mejora de la participación democrática tiene niveles de cumplimiento variados. English Português

Plataformas digitais e democracia

As plataformas digitais são um instrumento para democratizar a participação porque superam as tiranias do espaço e tempo tradicionais. Mas a melhora da participação democrática tem vários níveis de cumprimento. English Español 

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: a class under siege

The urban middle class in Egypt is averse to situations where class conflict is heightened and thus justifies repression by the state.

Neoextrativismo e outros pecados capitais da “esquerda progressista”

Este é provavelmente o legado mais prejudicial do abraço entre a "esquerda progressista" e o neo-extractivismo: a impressão de que a ideologia nominal daqueles que disputam as eleições não importa. English Español

Neoextractivismo y otros pecados capitales de la “izquierda progresista”

Este es probablemente el legado más dañino del abrazo entre la "izquierda progresista" y el neo-extractivismo: la impresión de que la ideología nominal de aquellos que disputan las elecciones no importa. English Português

Neoextractivism and other deadly sins of the “progressive left”

This is probably the most damaging legacy of the embrace between the "progressive left" and neo-extractivism: the impression that the nominal ideology of those contesting the election does not matter. Español Português

Política recuperada: "Somos un poco idealistas, pero no ingenuos: tenemos mucha información"

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli es una de las fundadoras del Partido de la Red, el único partido en Argentina que propone entregar las prerrogativas parlamentarias a la sociedad civil. English Português

Politics recovered: "We are a little idealistic, but not naive: we have a lot of information"

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli is one of the founders of the Network Party, the only party in Argentina proposing to hand over parliamentary prerogatives to civil society. Español Português

Política recuperada: somos um bocado idealistas, mas não ingénuos: temos muito informação.

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli é uma das fundadoras do Partido da Rede, o único partido na Argentina que propõe entregar as prerrogativas parlamentarias à sociedade civil. English Español 

Política recuperada: “Persistir en la esperanza es un acto de rebeldía muy importante”

Pedro Kumamoto es carismático, auténtico. Tiene el mismo mérito que Wikipolítica: ambos son distintos. Y tienen un largo camino por delante. English Português

Politics recovered: "Keeping hope alive is a very important act of rebellion"

Pedro Kumamoto is an authentic, charismatic character. He is different - like Wikipolítica. And they both have a long way ahead. Español Português

Política recuperada: manter a esperança é um acto de rebeldia muito importante

Pedro Kumamoto é carismático, autêntico. Tem o mesmo mérito que a Wikipolítica: ambos são diferentes. E tem um longo caminho pela frente. English Español 

Reimagining India in Britain

The Great India Show covers even science in India. It has been blessed by the two governments. Britain is out on a mission to rediscover India.   

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Política recuperada: se mudarmos como cidadãos, as nossas cidades mudam

Mónica Villegas partilha a sua paixão pelas cidades. Ela sabe bem que onde está a humanidade das cidades., está o ar que nos pode tornar livres. English Español 

Politics recovered: "If we change as citizens, our cities change"

Mónica Villegas shares her passion for cities. She knows that it is precisely in the humanity of cities where we can find the air that can set us free. Español Português

Política recuperada: "Si cambiamos como ciudadanos, nuestras ciudades cambian"

Mónica Villegas comparte su pasión por las ciudades. Ella sabe bien que donde está la humanidad de las ciudades, está el aire que puede hacernos libres. English Português

Yoga in Bogotá: imprisoned female FARC combatants look to the future

In a Bogotá women's prison, dozens of FARC combatants remain behind bars – but that hasn’t stopped them from making plans for political, and personal, transitions ahead. Español

Elegía a Javier Valdez Cárdenas, periodista

No hay un periodista en el mundo que merezca serlo si no hace propia hoy la entereza con la que Javier llevó adelante nuestra profesión.

Iran’s presidential election: the cynical moderate versus the representative of the deep state

As the incumbent moderate president faces off the Islamic Republic's deep state, potential variations and the shadow of previous disputed elections looms menacingly.

Veracruz – or what we (should) talk about when we talk about corruption

What Veracruz merely provides is a glimpse into the criminal corruption that thrives behind the façade of Mexico’s nominal democracy. Español

Veracruz - o de lo que deberíamos hablar cuando hablamos de corrupción

Lo que Veracruz ofrece es solo un simple vistazo a la corrupción criminal que prospera detrás de la fachada de la democracia nominal mexicana. English

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