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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why both the Spanish and the Catalan governments think they come out reinforced from the referendum clash

The PP may be seen as sole guarantor of Spanish unity, while support for pro-independence parties morphs into a reaction against repression by the Spanish government and its conservative values.

How should states manage assemblies in the new age of protest?

With a sharp increase in protest around the world over the past decade, international and domestic standards for state protection and management of assemblies must be pursued.

سياسات العمل الثقافي السوري في تركيّا: إسلاميّون وعلمانيّون ما وراء الجدار -٢ من ٢

يتطلّب تغيير الانطباعات الساخرة عن الثقافة السوريّة جهوداً لا متناهية.

الربيع العربي..عودة للأسباب وتصحيح اتجاهات أصابع الاتهام

العوامل الموضوعية المؤدية إلى انفجار الثورات العربية تكاد تكون متطابقة في معظم الدول العربية، وكانت شرارة الاحتجاجات، وإن لم تلعب الدور الأكبر في استمرارها، تباين مساراتها لاحقاً.

Live and let die? The end of the EU migrant relocation programme

Solidarity and responsibility-sharing in this sensitive policy area are likely to draw increasingly on a more fragmented, unpredictable and bottom up set of principles and modus operandi.

The eternal Chancellor

Is Germany ready for a new ‘social contract’, more adequate to the global age? Or does it want to continue under the comfortable protection of a reassuring Mutti?

The day after the vote in Düsseldorf

Everybody knows that something has changed – even here.

Britain must accept ambiguity to survive Brexit

Theresa May and Brexiteers both insist on a damaging binary view of the UK and Europe.

Redirecting the colonial gaze

Are we “decolonising queer liberation” or disciplining the Kurds? Let us attempt a careful and nuanced consideration of the historicity of different struggles.

Lo que queda de la democracia en Cataluña

El Parlamento catalán medio vacío durante la votación de la ley del referendo ilustra cómo la democracia en Cataluña se ha quebrado. El gobierno catalán ha suspendido las sesiones, a la espera de declarar la independencia. English Português

Uma (fraca) homenagem à democracia na Catalunha

As imagens de um Parlamento meio vazio durante o voto da lei do referendo ilustram como a democracia e a Catalunha seguiram caminhos separados. A democracia não é a lei da maioria, mas a protecção da minoria. English Español

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority. Español Português

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

Cataluña: reconocimiento y dignidad

El día 2 de octubre será necesario buscar salidas que no impliquen la derrota total del otro y que exista capacidad de reconocimiento de la diversidad nacional de España. English

Simplemente queremos dejar de rogar

No deja de ser inquietante que en España no haya modo de celebrar un referéndum. Y me refiero a cualquier referéndum. English

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

Can democracy alone deliver prosperity and stability?

Democracy worldwide faces deep challenges. But good ideas can help overcome them.

Cataluña se declara de facto independiente

Los nacionalistas catalanes están intentando imponer un referéndum inconstitucional para provocar una reacción por parte del Estado que impulse protestas masivas y facilite una mayoría que, hasta ahora, les ha sido imposible alcanzar. English

حراك الريف المغربي: القمع سيّد الموقف

يعيش المغرب اليوم تراجعا كبيرا على مستوى احترام حقوق الإنسان و النهوض بها، الشيء الذي يبرهن على تصاعد المظالم و الانتهاكات التي يتعرض لها النشطاء بشكل شبه يومي.

Catalonia’s de facto independence

Catalonia is trying to hold a referendum, to provoke a reaction from the State that would boost massive protests and deliver a majority which, so far, has proven elusive. Español

Pain, torture and alienation

Due to Egypt’s dire political and economic situation, pain and alienation are bound to be a feature of the lives of many for years to come.

Neocolonial geographies of occupation: portrait of Diyarbakir

The terms military zone and death zone trace the colonial dynamics which have compartmentalised the city, in order to unpack further the claim that Kurdistan is a colony.

Ya no hay agua para los indígenas en México: se la están robando

La organización caritativa religiosa estadounidense Living Water afirma que está tratando de ayudar a los pobres, pero en realidad sólo aumenta esa desigualdad apoyando una mayor privatización del sistema de agua. English

Kurdish struggles and the challenge of foreign support: the case of Syrian Kurds

What needs discussing critically is the historical and structural reasons that would leave a revolutionary movement with no option but to ask for help from virtually whoever offers it.

Kurds in Iraq: from Sykes-Picot to no-fly zones and beyond

Will the approaching referendum on independence open up a new phase for the Kurds, abrogating the Sykes-Picot Agreement?

US cross-border data deal could open surveillance floodgates

Internet users should assess whether their domestic system would adequately prevent their government from abusing the arrangement, and whether local law enforcement can be held accountable.

German elections 2017: 8 proposals for Germany's progressives

Germany needs new narratives and policy agendas in order to energise a new politics across Europe – a politics which will reflect the common interest of the majority of Europeans.

Power relations in New Turkey and the naked truth

The power holders have almost unrestricted control over people’s freedoms and lives, as well as over how they perceive reality.

Ethnic cleansing and the price of silence

For years Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar by any means possible. It is time to re-examine theses advanced by Arendt and Staub, taking the role of bystanders far more seriously.

Participatory democracy in emerging contexts: Fiji and Nepal

“They used to insist that they were sufficiently conversant with the issues. How would they know unless they discuss with us, or at least ask us?”

When is a genocide a genocide?

(Or, why is the world allowing the Rohingya to be slaughtered?) There is a genocide happening before our eyes. If only we can bear to look.

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

DiEM25: A historic moment for the international progressive movement?

DiEM25 needs to create a Janus-faced, progressive union out of the cooperation of every individual – individuals who in turn need to willingly relax their egos for the bigger cause.

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