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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A mídia social mudou o Brasil ?

A eleição de Bolsonaro não se deve apenas ao uso das mídias sociais, mas a mídia social foi de fato fundamental para permitir que um discurso de ódio, violência e discriminação fosse difundido. English

Pro-Europe and anti-EU? Reviewing the far right’s view of Europe

The far right’s claim to be attached to ‘Europe’, not the EU, suggests that ‘European identity’ may pose a challenge rather than an opportunity for the European Union.

Has social media changed Brazil?

Bolsonaro's election does not stem only from the use of social media, yet social media was indeed paramount to allow a speech of hate, violence and discrimination to come to light. Portuguese

Back with a vengeance? One year with the radical right in government in Austria

The FPÖ is successfully tilling the field for a radical right turn of Austria, and it seems unlikely that the party will be manipulated into moderation again by the conservative ÖVP.

Beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

New solidarity for the Mapuche indigenous movement in today’s Chile

The murder of the Mapuche community member Catrillanca at the hands of the Special Forces has become a matter of solidarity towards the Mapuche people for Chilean society. 

El asesinato del mapuche Catrillanca y el activismo solidario en Chile

El 14 de noviembre fuerzas especiales de Carabineros aesinaron al comunero mapuche Camilo Catrillanca. Distintos sectores de la sociedad chilena están reaccionando en solidaridad. English

El Estado democrático se encuentra bajo grave amenaza en Guatemala

A partir de los últimos hechos y declaraciones planteadas por el máximo representante del poder ejecutivo en Guatemala, el presidente Jimmy Morales, varias organizaciones emitieron este comunicado.

More World: can communal practices save the planet?

Climate change, migration and digitalization are three of the greatest challenges in the current phase of globalization. How can we rise to them? asks the Berliner Gazette.

Do referendums improve democracy?

If the people lead them, like in the Irish case, referendums point way to improved democracy. But less so if political elites, like in the UK or Colombia cases, do lead them.

The fateful issue in Sweden’s autumn election was nuclear weapons

As we await the formation of the new Swedish government this week-end, one overriding issue and far too narrow an escape consumes the thoughts of an elder statesman.

Sapiens, Homo Deus, 21 Lecciones, y las ficciones inconfesadas de Yuval Harari

El profesor Harari influye en los más poderosos y ha vendido millones de ejemplares, pero no se enfrentan los problemas existenciales de la tierra sustituyendo un conjunto de mitos por otro. English

Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have appointed new ministers in charge of the Amazon. Who are they?

Four countries in the Amazon basin have appointed new environment ministers in the past eight months, at a time when rates of deforestation have increased and threaten the planet’s largest oxygen reserve. Español

¿Quiénes son los nuevos ministros responsables de la Amazonía en Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador y Perú?

En los últimos ocho meses, cuatro países de la cuenca del Amazonas han nombrado nuevos ministros del medio ambiente. ¿Quiénes son y qué se puede esperar de ellos? English

Sowing division: caste is crucial in Indian elections

Of course, politicians did not create the powerful Hindu caste system. They merely exploit this fault-line, exacerbating the caste animosities to build vote banks.

Terrorism policing: the YPG/YPJ, an ally abroad but a danger at home?

The erratic treatment members of the YPG/YPJ receive at the hands of Europe’s counterterrorism networks doesn’t look set to change in the near future.

Colombia y la línea dura frente a Venezuela

Hoy algunos países de la región, y especialmente Colombia, no solo quieren romper relaciones con Venezuela, sino que se suman al discurso de intervención militar de ciertos halcones en Washington. Es una postura riesgosa y equivocada.

¿Qué hay después del final abrupto del fin de la historia?

El ciclo Seis contradicciones y el fin del presente del Centro de Estudios del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, nació evocando la urgencia de volver a imaginar un horizonte de transformación.

Democracy is facing strong headwinds in 2019

Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration as president of Brazil marks the beginning of the political year. The redrawing of the world order currently under way is increasingly adverse to democracy. Español

Think Anew, Act Anew: a Convention on Brexit and a People's Vote

An emergency, public gathering in London will take place this Friday ahead of the big parliamentary debate on the UK and the EU. Come along!

Reforma de la policía federal en México. ¿Funcionará?

En México, los políticos llevan años prometiendo reformar la policía, pero ésta continúa enfrentando las mismas dificultades para lograr reducir la creciente amenaza que representa el crimen organizado. English

Police reform in Mexico. Will it work?

Politicians and officials in Mexico have promised to reform the police for years, but the force continues to face the same struggles in curtailing the growing threat posed by organized crime. Español

¿Verá Colombia un acuerdo de paz con el ELN en 2019?

Los sondeos de opinión muestran que el 64% de la población colombiana quiere que el Presidente Duque reanude las negociaciones con el ELN. Pero en 2018 el gobierno suspendió las negociaciones. English

Will 2019 see a Peace Process for the ELN rebels in Colombia?

Polls show that 64% of Colombians want President Duque to resume negotiations with the ELN, but the new government called off talks in 2018, leaving the future of the peace process uncertain. Español

Revealed: the dirty secrets of the DUP’s ‘dark money’ Brexit donor

MPs call on Richard Cook to “emerge from the shadows” after we uncover his trail of illegal waste, unpaid bills and court documents stretching from India to California.

Divine players in Indian politics

In a politically-surcharged atmosphere, no one should doubt that the appearance of Lord Ram’s idol in the mosque on the night of December 22, 1949 was an act of God.

How to neutralize Bolsonaro in his first 100 days of government?

A passive attitude from the International Community is not an option, and broad support from all progressives will be much needed to mitigate the damages. Español

Cómo neutralizar a Bolsonaro en sus primeros 100 días de Gobierno: 5 acciones

La pasividad internacional no es opción frente a Bolsonaro: debemos actuar para contrarrestar y evitar la regresión de derechos en la democracia más grande de Latinoamérica. English

Which municipalism? Let's be choosy

What exactly are we talking about when we refer to the “new municipalism” or “municipalist transformation” as defined by the Fearless Cities movement?

Gilets Jaunes and the two faces of Facebook

Facebook design allows popular ideas to be shared and expanded on – the dream of everyone having an equal political voice is very much alive in these digital citizens’ assemblies.

Los evangelistas en Guatemala, a punto de “legalizar la homofobia”

Un “perverso” proyecto de ley sobre “vida y familia”, el primero jamás esbozado por las Iglesias evangelistas del país, es reflejo de su crecimiento (y de sus ambiciones). English

Empieza el 2019, y soplan vientos contrarios a la democracia

La toma de posesión de Jair Bolsonaro como presidente de Brasil marca el inicio del año político internacional. La recomposición del orden mundial en marcha no se presenta favorable a las democracias. English

Lula é o verdadeiro Papai Noel

Uma festa de Natal para o ex-presidente brasileiro. English

A clear step backwards: New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina

Some of the new provisions fail to meet international use of force standards. Español

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