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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Do we need a (legal) definition of anti-Semitism?

Drawing on the IHRA definition without the problematic examples, the new code of conduct adopted by the Labour party is a step in the right direction.

Challenges of fieldwork in Egypt: changing/challenging theoretical leanings

How can we ethnographically ground postmodern interest in human-animal relations?

#SOSNicaragua : Lo que debes saber sobre la represión en Nicaragua

350 muertes, un centenar de desaparecidos y terribles violaciones de derechos humanos, es el saldo provisional del horror en una Nicaragua martirizada por un tirano que reprime a sangre y fuego las ansias de un pueblo por liberarse.

The drift towards a brutal dictatorship in Nicaragua

Resorting to extreme violence has caused the Ortega/Murillo regime, which operates like an old dictatorship, to lose support from the entrepreneurial class that until now sustained it. Español

Greece & Macedonia: negotiating history doesn’t make it true

Geopolitical expediency has forced a people to bargain with the only name history has left them. Reflect on this, before again dismissing them as mere instruments of NATO policy. 

The Turkish election as a warning against the irresistible charms of populism

We urgently need a constructive and open dialogue between different strands of thought within the populism theoretical oeuvre, if we are to develop progressive political strategies.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

The attack on the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Interview: Colombian lawyer Iván Velásquez Gómez has been the international commissioner against impunity in Guatemala since 2013. Español

La cruzada de los corruptos contra la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala

El jurista colombiano Iván Velásquez Gómez es, desde octubre de 2013, el Comisionado Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala. Entrevista. English

Lula and the future of the Brazilian coup

The coup government has failed to overcome the political crisis and reactivate the economy 2 years after impeaching ex-president Rousseff. What will happen now that their main opponent is behind bars? Español

Lula y el futuro del golpe en Brasil

Los poderes fácticos que organizaron el golpe contra Dilma Rousseff en 2016 no han podido superar la crisis política ni reactivar la economía. Pero, eso sí, su principal rival político, Lula da Silva, sigue entre rejas. English

Facebook and journalism. Part one

How Facebook turned into the world’s biggest news platform, with newsrooms and journalists paving the way.

Muslim women’s rights are also women’s rights

More than 100 Muslim women are calling for a real European model of inclusion and pluralism giving everyone access to employment and education while not placing an extra burden on women.

Protesta social en Perú: criminalización extrema de comunidades indígenas Aymaras

Los jueces de la Corte Suprema de Perú decidirán el destino del vocero indígena y candidato Walter Aduviri, sentenciado a prisión por su rol en las protestas sociales de 2011. English

Criminalisation brought to new extremes in case of Aymara indigenous communities in Peru

In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court in Peru will decide the fate of Walter Aduviri, an indigenous spokesperson and aspiring politician for the local elections, convicted for his role in the 2011 Puno protests. Español

Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel

The CSU's position is weak – but unfortunately, not weak enough to not bring down Angela Merkel.

The political representation of the European people

English version of the political philosopher’s interview with Vadim Kamenka of L’Humanite Dimanche (21 June) and Ana Maria Merlo for Il Manifesto (15 June).

#TheyAreKillingUs: 5 keys to understanding the systematic murder of social leaders in Colombia

After months of continuous protests by hundreds of activists and organizations against the unpunished murders of social, community, ethnic and rural leaders, the situation is still out of control. Español

El nuevo presidente de México y la reforma energética

Tras elegir presidente el 1 de julio, México debe decidir ahora si usa la Ley de transición energética para ir abandonando los combustibles fósiles y adoptando energías renovables. English

The right to be forgotten risks becoming a tool to curb free press

Online news archives highlight the tension between the right to know and the right to be forgotten.

Mexico’s new president and energy reform

After choosing a new president on July 1st, Mexico must now decide whether to use its Energy Transition Law to transition away from fossil fuels towards renewables. Español

A story of Italian neophytes and Spanish constructors

What happens in these two countries matters and deserves much more attention. It is also time to re-assess the forces at play in Europe and claim a more equal union.

#NosEstanMatando: 5 claves para comprender el asesinato sistemático de líderes en Colombia

Después de meses de grito persistente de cientos de activistas y organizaciones ante el asesinato impune de líderes sociales, comunitarios, étnicos y campesinos, la situación sigue fuera de control. English

We must not forget Srebrenica

Political and judicial authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia must improve their cooperation to end impunity, by identifying and punishing war criminals.

Military justice, intervention and human rights in Brazil

Institutional impunity and military justice result in a combination of increasing violence and authoritarianism, and the erosion of democracy and the rule of law in Brazil. Español, Português

Inequality and the center-left of Chile

It is clear that under the governments of the Chilean center-left, the issue of legitimacy of economic inequalities was not particularly questioned. Español

¿Qué clase de capitalismo se puede construir desde la izquierda?

Para llegar al poder, hay que acabar con las privatizaciones, empoderar a la fuerza de trabajo y endeudarse para invertir. Para mantenerlo, hay que automatizar la economía y ofrecer servicios gratuitos. English

Las desigualdades y los gobiernos de centro-izquierda en Chile

Bajo los gobiernos de la centro-izquierda chilena la cuestión de la legitimidad de las desigualdades económicas no fue particularmente contestada. English

The last European Council meeting in June

It symbolises all that is wrong both in the Brexit strategy of the British government and the EU decision-making process.

‘Blatantly xenophobic’ and ‘shameful’ anti-refugee laws are passed by new Hungarian government, says UN

Hungary is at the forefront of delivering nativist and xenophobic laws that target refugees, migrants, and those that assist them. But the state is only a canary in the coal mine.

What’s in a name: the Macedonian question and the social question

The Macedonian Question will be there for many years to come, easily manipulated by both imperialisms and nationalisms of all kinds.

Una perspectiva de género para Venezuela

La crisis de Venezuela amenaza también a los derechos de las mujeres. Aumentan los embarazos adolescentes, las enfermedades de transmisión sexual, los abortos ilegales y la esterilización. English

A gendered approach for Venezuela

The crisis in Venezuela is threatening women's rights. Teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, illegal abortions and sterilization rates are all up. Español

Justiça Militar, intervenção e direitos humanos no Brasil

A proteção institucional da impunidade e do corporativismo através da Justiça Militar combina o aumento da violência e do autoritarismo com a erosão da democracia e do Estado de Direito no Brasil. Español, English

Justicia militar, intervención y derechos humanos en Brasil

La protección institucional de la impunidad y del corporativismo vía Justicia Militar conjuga el aumento de la violencia y del autoritarismo con la erosión de la democracia y del Estado de Derecho en Brasil. Português, English

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