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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

La emergencia del poder relacional, transversal y participativo impulsa el protagonismo de la tecnopolítica, base sobre la cual se conceptualiza una nueva visión de la democracia - abierta, directa e interactiva. English Português

O ecossistema da democracia aberta

O aparecimento do poder relacional, transversal e participativo impulsa o protagonismo da tecnopolítica, base sobre a qual se conceitualiza uma nova visão de democracia – aberta, direta e interativa. English Español 

The ecosystem of an open democracy

The emergence of relational, cross-over, participative power is what gives technopolitics its meaning and prominence, the basis on which a new vision of democracy – open, direct, interactive - is being developed. Español Português

Saudi foreign policy under Salman: same goal, different threat perceptions

An in-depth look at the transformations of Saudi foreign policy since the ascension of Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz to the throne.

COP21: the climate movement’s last summit?

In Paris, by trying to lift off ‘planet summit’, its gravity became truly noticeable for the first time.

Mining in South Africa: radical resistance

The oppression and exploitation of mining communities means that even within our democracy, the legacy of the apartheid and colonial era mining regimes continues.

10 anos de guerra: repensar o narcotráfico

Se o México quiser ser um país menos violento, tem que repensar os conceitos que o levaram a adotar estratégias que tiveram resultados inaceitáveis. Tem que pensar nos grupos criminosos mais além das histórias de narcos. English Español 

Adhocracy helps create a future of political engagement

For us, it is already a democratic achievement if you have the possibility to participate.

10 years at war: rethinking drug trafficking

If Mexico is to be a less violent country, it has to rethink the concepts that have led it to adopt strategies which have produced unacceptable results. It needs to think of criminal groups as organizations, beyond the narco tales. Português Español

10 años de guerra: repensar el narcotráfico

Si México quiere ser un país menos violento, tiene que repensar los conceptos que le han llevado a adoptar unas estrategias que han tenido resultados inaceptables. Tiene que pensar en los grupos criminales más allá de las historias de narcos. Português English 

Why people vote against themselves - a lesson From Colombia

The outcome of the referendum on the peace agreement in Colombia was as surprising as Brexit. Why do people around the world vote against choices that obviously make sense? Español

Por qué la gente vota contra sí misma - una lección de Colombia

El resultado del referéndum sobre los acuerdos de paz en Colombia fue tan sorprendente como el Brexit. ¿Por qué hay personas que votan en contra de opciones que tienen sentido? English

Trump handbook for aspiring autocrats

At issue is due process, the rule of law and the division of powers that defines American democracy.

Por qué la gente vota contra sí misma - una lección colombiana

El resultado del referéndum sobre los acuerdos de paz en Colombia fue tan sorprendente como el Brexit. ¿Por qué hay personas que votan en contra de opciones que tienen sentido? English

The sociology and psychology of xenophobia

In votes for Brexit, and in Trump, we are hearing an indivisible claim for a national, ethnic, gender and class identity. But the claim emerges not from pride, but from shame.

Defender a democracia na América Latina. Mas, que democracia?

Contra quem temos que defender a democracia? Quem devemos proteger? A incerteza na região, mas sobretudo nos Estados Unidos e na Europa, altera hoje a resposta a estas perguntas. English Español 

Defending democracy in Latin America… but which democracy?

Against whom must democracy be defended? Who must be protected? Today, uncertainty in the region, but especially in the United States and Europe, reshapes the answer to these questions. Español Português

Defender la democracia en América Latina… pero ¿qué democracia?

¿Contra quién hay que defender la democracia? ¿A quién debe protegerse? La incertidumbre en la región, pero sobre todo en Estados Unidos y Europa, altera hoy la respuesta a estas preguntas. Português English

End of the American hegemonic cycle

We might end up with a Trump presidency that has polarizing effects domestically and depolarizing effects internationally.

From the Gasolinazo to Vibra México: the trivialization of resentment

After decades of outrage and violence, exclusion and inequality, what is taking thousands of Mexicans to the streets is an oil hike and Trump’s executive orders. Español

Del gasolinazo a “Vibra México”: la banalización del resentimiento

Tras décadas de atropellos y violencia, exclusión y desigualdad, lo que está sacando a miles de mexicanos a la calle es el precio de la gasolina y las amenazas del vecino Trump. English

Egypt without Egyptians: the story of the Red Sea islands

Egyptian nationalism, as an ideology nurtured by the military elites and embraced by the middle class, marginalizes the mass of Egyptians.

"Europe's fate is in our hands: we, the 89ers, must defend it."

Young Europeans must assume a leading role in charting Europe's future, as it will ultimately fall on them to defend an open, tolerant and liberal society. Interview. Español Português

"El futuro de Europa está en nuestras manos: nosotros, los del 89, tenemos que defenderlo."

Los jóvenes europeos deben protagonizar el diseño del futuro de Europa, ya que en última instancia recaerá sobre ellos la defensa de una sociedad abierta, tolerante y liberal. Entrevista. English Português

“O futuro da Europa está nas nossas mãos: nós, a geração de 89, temos que defendê-lo”.

Os jovens europeus devem assumir a liderança da Europa, uma vez que recairá sobre eles a responsabilidade de defender uma sociedade aberta, tolerante e liberal. Entrevista. English Español

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

It is important that a law be enacted to criminalize the whitening of dictatorships so that those longing for the past stop their hopeless ventures of trying to falsify history.

A false reality has contributed to a new political reality

The descent into complex post-factual politics goes some way to showing why Brexit and Trump were so successful, and their opposition so ineffective. 

Twist of fate: terror, torture and justice in the 9/11 trial in Guantánamo Bay

There is a fundamental contradiction: between government efforts to prevent disclosure of the crimes they themselves have committed; and defence lawyers’ struggle to defend their clients’ fundamental rights.

Only a bold and popular left radicalism can stop the rise of fascism

Walter Benjamin’s observation that every rise of fascism bears witness to a failed revolution speaks poignantly to our current condition.

The right to have visiting rights

May's not the only one trying to have it both ways. Before Trump’s election, the US, long-heralded (and self-celebrating) “nation of immigrants,” was lowering the lamp beside its golden door.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

How to hold up a sky that is falling in South Sudan

The government must end military campaigns and invest in dialogues with affected communities.

Mirada a Podemos/Día 4: ¿Qué estrategias de comunicación son adecuadas para este nuevo ciclo post-electoral

¿Qué viene después de la "máquina de guerra electoral"? Estrategias de comunicación para el ciclo post electoral. English

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy 

Mirada a Podemos/Día 3: ¿Cómo ampliar la base social de Podemos?

¿Cómo expandir la base social? La relación de Podemos con los movimientos sociales. English

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