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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Las elecciones en Ecuador y la parábola de Ned Stark

El visceral eje “Correa-anti Correa” es más apasionado que el ideológico “izquierdas-derechas” y no parece que nadie vaya a dar su brazo a torcer ante la segunda vuelta de las elecciones. English

Ecuador’s elections and the parable of Ned Stark

The visceral "for Correa-against Correa" axis is more passionate than the ideological "left-right" one, and nobody is going to give his arm to twist before the second round of the elections. Español

A eleição aleatória, o G1000, e a deliberação para mudar Madrid

É a eleição aleatória de representantes essencial para revitalizar a democracia? Mil madrilenos escolhidos aleatoriamente foram convocados pelo G1000 de Madrid para reflectir sobre a cidade que querem. English Español

Populism, terrorism, and the crisis in western democracies: an interview with Iran’s former president

Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first post-revolutionary president, discusses neo-liberalism, the crisis in western democracies, and the relationship between Islamic terrorism and the rise of far-right politics.

Dealbreaker: EU migration policy causes more harm and chaos one year after EU-Turkey deal

As we mark the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, the EU’s migration policies are more contradictory than ever, ignoring evidence and by-passing democratic procedures.

The EU’s self-inflicted traps undermine its ability to respond to Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism

European mainstream leaders often forget that the fight against far-right appeal requires a rather more systematic approach, with or without the cooperation of Turkey in tackling Syrian refugees.

The new apathy: emotional break-off from Turkey

Young people are experiencing a numbness and profound disconnect from Turkey. Strict policies of repression and totalitarian changes in the country's constitution threaten to undo Turkish society altogether.

La elección al azar, el G1000, y la deliberación para cambiar Madrid

¿Es la elección al azar de representantes la clave para revitalizar la democracia? Mil madrileños elegidos al azar fueron convocados al G1000 de Madrid para reflexionar y debatir sobre la ciudad que quieren. Português English

Random election, the G1000 and deliberation to change Madrid

Is random election of representatives the key to revive democracy? One thousand madrileños selected at random were called to the Madrid G1000 to reflect and debate over the city they want. Português Español

From the politics of division to the politics of humanity

We must not give up on revolutionary optimism. It may get us some important concessions from neo-liberalism—and possibly much, much more.

The five poverties of inequality

Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Español Português

Las cinco pobrezas de la inequidad

A pesar de los miles de millones gastados en combatir la pobreza, no disminuye el número de pobres en el mundo. Y América Latina sigue siendo la región más desigual del mundo. English Português

As cinco pobrezas da iniquidade

Apesar dos milhares de milhões gastos em combater a pobreza, não diminui o número de pobres no mundo. E a América Latina continua a ser a região mais desigual do mundo. English Español

Me, Turkey and our uncertainty

The trial of the Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders resumes in Istanbul on March 21. Together with the head of Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation and the writer Ahmet Nesin, Erol stands accused of “terrorist propaganda”.

Egypt: the deep state’s war on journalism

The state is aware that free press means more accountability and their fear of being monitored, exposed, or held accountable indicates how fragile and insecure they are.

Salir de la caja de resonancia en la política

¿Cómo puede ser que gente que pasa su vida hablando de política esté tan a menudo tan alejada de lo que pasa en realidad? English 

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Surveillance technologies infiltrating computer systems of human rights activists can result in their imprisonment or death. There will be a hearing on dual-use exports in the European Parliament, March 21, 2017.

The fragility of the European project

One Dutch voter fears Holland's rejection of populism might be short-lived.

الحركة العمالية: صعود جديد يدفعه الإفقار ويعوقه القمع

محاولة عاملات المحلة الإضراب في مطلع فبرايريمكن اعتبارها أحد إرهاصات وبوادر صعود جديد للحركة العمالية في مصر.

Dutch elections: little to celebrate

It is the normalisation of racist liberalism that is the key to what is happening. While many have argued that Wilders is a break from Dutch liberalism, Wilders is actually a continuation by other means.

Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’

Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and transparency are not hugely popular in the public eye.

The future of US net neutrality under Trump

Administrative decisions related to the country’s telecommunications policy often go unnoticed by the majority of the US citizenry. But now, net neutrality in its purest form is in peril.

El año en que el periodismo se perdió

Tal vez es el momento de asumir en serio que la realidad dura (política, justicia, economía) requiere y exige periodismo de farándula: emocional, espectacular, colorido, con historias y sin coherencia…

Paper tiger law forbidding FGM in Sudan

While the law is a political compromise cleverly designed to please stakeholders, girls at risk of undergoing FGM remain unprotected.

Políticas extractivas y silenciamiento de la disidencia en Ecuador

Expertos de la ONU señalan que la práctica del gobierno de Ecuador de silenciar a las ONG que cuestionan sus políticas y programas es una estrategia para asfixiar a la sociedad civil. English

The UK government’s attitude to refugees, then and now

Britain has a history of barbarism towards refugees.

Ecuador’s extractive policies and the silencing of dissent

Ecuador's policy of silencing NGOs that question government policies and programs has gotten the world's attention. UN experts on human rights claim it is a strategy to asphyxiate civil society. Español

Impunity and human rights violations in Mexico continue unabated

Human rights violations and the lack of an adequate response by the state remain the rule rather than the exception. The time has come for Mexico’s judiciary to react. Español Português

En México continúan la impunidad y las graves violaciones de derechos

Las violaciones de derechos humanos y la falta de respuesta adecuada del Estado siguen siendo la regla y no la excepción. Ha llegado el momento del poder judicial mexicano. English Português

A impunidade e as graves violações dos direitos continuam no México

As violações dos direitos humanos e a falta de respostas adequadas por parte do Estado continuam a ser a regra, e não a excepção. Chegou o momento do poder judicial mexicano. English Español

When elephants fight, the grassroots get hurt

To explain the new and unexpected dynamics we are experiencing, let us consider whether we are witnessing a new three way economic-ideological battle among global ruling elites.

Adding insult to injury: when Israel and Britain celebrate the historical trauma of Palestinians

Palestinians will not be silenced. We will voice our historical testimony and tell our narrative to make sense of the senseless grievances of colonialism.

The European Court has normalized 'Hijabophobia'

What did the European Court’s ruling of March 14 say in the case of Samira Achbita’s dismissal by G4S because she wanted to wear the headscarf to work?

El corredor de la cocaína en Centroamérica, a todo gas

La región sigue siendo el principal corredor de la cocaína que llega a los mercados estadounidenses, lo cual confirma la importancia de Centroamérica en la cadena del narcotráfico internacional. English

The Central American cocaine corridor, at full throttle

The region continues to be the main cocaine corridor for US markets, confirming the importance of Central America in the international drug trade. Español

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