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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Quem decide sobre o corpo de Janaina? Um caso de esterilização forçada no Brasil

Quem decide sobre o corpo de uma mulher? Quem determina se uma mulher deve ser permanentemente esterilizada?  Cabe a mulher essa decisão? Ou cabe ao judiciário decidir sobre o corpo dela? Español, English

#CrisisEnNicaragua: la represión está creando una ola migratoria

Nicaragua está protagonizando, tras Venezuela, una segunda ola migratoria en la región provocada por razones políticas y económicas. Después de 155 días de protestas, pestamos ante otra crisis sin precedentes: la migración de miles de nicaragüenses.

Destino Valparaíso: el arca de Neruda

El Winnipeg fue el arca de Pablo Neruda para los refugiados de guerra. Se echan en falta hoy esos grandes gestos. English

Venezuela en el abismo

¿Por qué un país rico puede vivir una crisis económica de magnitud cataclísmica?¿Y por qué, a la vista del desastre, se ponen en marcha programas que no conducen a ninguna parte? Entrevista. English

Venezuela in the abyss

Why is such a wealthy country experiencing such a catastrophic financial crisis? And why, in the light of this crisis, have certain measures been introduced that lead nowhere? Interview. Español

The European Court of Justice as a bastion of democracy and rule of law

The crucial role of the ECJ appears even more important in present times, when things taken forgranted, such as democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law, are in danger.

Red sky at morning: no recourse for migrant farmworkers during and after hurricane florence

Highly vulnerable immigrant farm workers caught in the hurricane have nowhere to go. Fear of family separation, imprisonment and deportation is preventing them from approaching the shelters.

Faultlines in India's parliamentary democracy

The executive is hardly accountable to the legislature, legislators lack tangible power, so notions of the consent of the governed and the will of the people are a farce.

On Brexit, there’s no doubt that UK negotiators have adopted a hard bargaining strategy

But is this the best strategy for advancing British interests? Here is the argument based on the findings of a recent Dahrendorf Forum working paper.

Refugees banned, tourists welcome: a journey through Hungary's rural west

Hungary’s hinterlands shed light on the rise of Orban's populist nationalism.

‘The Last Guardians’ Film: indigenous people’s fight in Ecuador

In their resistance to foreign oil consortiums, Ecuador's indigenous communities are not only fighting for themselves, but for indigenous peoples in every part of the world.

El necesario “Pacto por la democracia” en Brasil

Pocas veces Brasil estuvo tan dividido sobre el futuro. Pocas veces fue tan difícil afirmar el pluralismo, la tolerancia y la convivencia con la diferencia. Ante el momento decisivo que vive el país, numerosos actores de la sociedad civil firmaron un Pacto por la democracia. Português

El cuerpo de Janaina: esterilización forzosa en Brasil

La esterilización forzosa no es algo del pasado. Hace muy poco, en 2018, un juez de Mococa, un pequeño pueblo del estado de São Paulo, en Brasil, ordenó la esterilización de la Sra. Janaina Quirino. English Português

Who decides over Janaina’s body? A case of forced sterilization in Brazil

Forced sterilization is not an issue from the past. As recently as 2018 a judge in Mococa, a small town in São Paulo, Brazil, ordered that Ms. Janaina Quirino be compulsorily sterilized. Español Português

Catalan National Day: free speech under threat

Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its head to quench dissent.

Two kinds of justice in Spain

The recent conviction of several Basque youths with heavy sentences and the charges against Catalan politicians reveal the political nature of justice in Spain.

Exception in Catalonia one year after the referendum

What is Catalonian cooperativism’s contribution to independentism? Activists are promoting practical and concrete independence from all hegemonic powers, by building a parallel economic system.

O Brasil contra o seu futuro

Os brasileiros não estão contentes com a sua democracia. Mas a democracia deve prevalecer se quiserem evitar que as gerações futuras cresçam na escuridão e repitam os erros do passado. English, Español

Brasil contra su futuro

Los brasileños no están satisfechos con su democracia. Pero la democracia debe prevalecer si quieren evitar que las generaciones futuras crezcan en la oscuridad y repitan los errores del pasado. English, Português

Brazil against its future

Most Brazilians are not happy with their democracy. But democracy must prevail if the country is to prevent future generations from growing up in darkness and repeating the mistakes of the past. Español, Português

#DíaDeLaDemocracia: a day to evaluate democracy in Latin America

This year, the International Day of Democracy is dedicated to “democracy in times of tension: solutions for a changing world”. Today we reflect on the state of democratic values and the need for their regeneration. Español

#CrisisEnArgentina: What you need to know today

Argentina is facing one of the worst financial crises of its recent history, and memories of the brutal recession of 2001 and the famous ‘corralito’ (when people were unable to access their savings for a year) are still fresh. Español

‘Second’ bank account: MPs demand probe into Rees-Mogg’s Brexit group

Cross-party demands for an urgent investigation into the financial affairs of the European Research Group follow openDemocracy’s investigation.

How will we pay for news we can trust? I hope to find out

The British government has ordered a review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its chair explains the challenges she faces.

Brazilian vice-presidential candidate Sônia Guajajara’s river rally with indigenous leaders

Brazil's democratic future is at stake in the upcoming October elections. During a stop over in the Amazonia, the indigenous vice-presidential candidate met on the water with her fellow fighters. Images: Pablo Albarenga / Midia NINJA. Español

Hidro-reunión con Sônia Guajajara, candidata indígena, en el río Tapajós

Brasil se juega su futuro democrático en las elecciones del 7 de Octubre. En un alto en la campaña, la candidata indígena a la vicepresidencia se reunió, en el agua, con sus compañeras de lucha. Fotos de Pablo Albarenga / Midia NINJA. English

Being a female social leader in Colombia: a black hole

The story of Ana Milena Villa Villa, Colombian social leader helps us to understand the current killings of social leaders from a much-needed gendered perspective that is not as present as it should be. Español

Ser lideresa social amenazada en Colombia: un agujero negro

La historia de Ana Milena Villa Villa, lideresa social en Cartajena de Índias, nos ayuda a entender los asesinatos recientes desde una perspectiva de género que a menudo está siendo olvidada. English

Jackson Rising

When a young black attorney was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississipi, rather than ask what the local state could do, he asked, what can we do to the local state?

#DíaDeLaDemocracia: Un día para evaluar la democracia en América Latina

Este año, el Día Internacional de la Democracia, está dedicado a “La democracia en tiempos de tensión: soluciones para un mundo cambiante”. Hoy reflexionamos sobre el estado de los valores democráticos y la necesidad de su regeneración. English

Chile y Argentina están poniendo en peligro su biodiversidad

Para satisfacer la demanda de China, Chile y Argentina están ampliando sus instalaciones de piscicultura industrial - un mal augurio para la delicada y única biodiversidad del Cono Sur. English

Chile and Argentina putting at risk their biodiversity

To meet China’s demand, Chile and Argentina are scaling up fish farming. This bodes ill for the Southern Cone's unique and sensitive biodiversity. Español

BBC Diversity: will Ofcom deliver?

After eighteen years, the promise of broadcasting diversity is a cheque returned marked ‘insufficient funds’.

Nicaragua se está convirtiendo en refugio para fugitivos

Que Nicaragua haya otorgado recientemente asilo político a un fugitivo de la justicia de Guatemala es otra señal de que el país se está convirtiendo en refugio para criminales. English

Nicaragua becoming a regional safe haven for Latin American fugitives

The recent granting of political asylum in Nicaragua to a fugitive from Guatemala is the latest sign that the country is becoming a regional safe haven for wanted criminals. Español

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