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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe in despair: refugee crisis and press freedom in Turkey

Europe needs to show that it actually cares about the cornerstones of democracy by putting pressure on Ankara to restore the free flow of information and ideas. 

Políticas de drogas y derechos humanos: superando el desencuentro

El enfoque prohibicionista ha ocasionado violaciones sistemáticas de derechos humanos y sufrimientos innecesarios. UNGASS 2016 es una oportunidad para un nuevo enfoque, basado en los derechos humanos y la agenda de desarrollo. English

¿Entró Argentina en la guerra contra las drogas?

Uno de los peligros de las medidas antidrogas del nuevo gobierno es que podrían permitir la intervención militar en tareas de seguridad interior. Un camino que, una vez emprendido, es difícil desandar. English

The untouchables: Egypt’s petty security officials

Maged Mandour

The regime has unleashed a wave of repression that it can no longer control. Power now lies in the hands of those that police local communities: Egypt’s new untouchables, the petty security officials.   

Has Argentina entered the 'war on drugs'?

One of the dangers of the new government's anti-drugs measures is that they enable military intervention in matters of domestic security, a path that once taken, is hard to reverse. Español

This is how Singapore teaches children to stay away from drugs

The city-state has been distributing morbid anti-drug propaganda in its schools. So we asked an expert what Singapore’s harsh anti-drug policies actually achieve in reality.

“They were telling pure lies”: a survivor of Mexico’s Tlatlaya massacre shatters the official account

“Everyone in the government, the state, wanted this to go unpunished. They thought I would never talk.” Eyewitness Clara Gómez González speaks out. Español

Drug control reformers must remember our commitment to human rights

The prohibitionist approach undertaken by drug policies has created a great deal of unnecessary suffering. With the United Nations General Assembly meeting this April, a paradigm shift is needed in our drug control system. Español

Meet the Brazilian sociologist fighting back against the 'war on drugs'

"We have to stop the war on drugs if we want to live in a safer and more just society". (3:53 minutes)

The ‘SYRIZA experience’: lessons and adaptations

SYRIZA did what the traditional way of doing politics dictates: supported social movements, built alliances, won a majority in the parliament, formed a government. We all know the results.

Donald Trump defines the term, authentic populist

Populism, in other words, is the idea of a certain democracy in which illiberalism trumps liberalism.

Extend-and-pretend comes to the refugee crisis

Erdogan is not doing this just for the money. Turkey is legitimately concerned about its security situation and needs European and American help to resolve it.

Bunkers: the nature of power and democracy

On occasion of the publication of Bunkers by Manuel Montobbio, a book on the totalitarian experience, we propose a conversation about the nature and the limits of power. Español

Búnkeres: la naturaleza del poder y de la democracia

A raíz de la publicación del libro “Búnkeres” de Manuel Montobbio, sobre la experiencia totalitaria, planteamos una conversación sobre la naturaleza y los límites del poder. English

El capitalismo, motor de la guerra contra las drogas

En las Américas,  con la excusa de la lucha anti-drogas, las políticas gubernamentales llevan al terror y al desplazamiento. Esta violencia terrorífica favorece al capital transnacional de una manera abrumadora. English

Youngsters and refugees, or how exile changes eastern Europe

Official anticommunism never contented itself with making an equation between fascism and communism. It gravitated toward depicting communism as an absolute evil, whose enemies became new role models.

Giulio Regeni, Egypt, and the deafening silence of Europe

Giulio Regeni's case is not only about academic freedom, but about the responsibility of EU states to protect their citizens: silence cannot be the response to his torture and murder.

In the Middle East, the prospects of a kinder drug policy remain distant

Across the Middle East, the ‘Americanisation’ of global drug policy seems as engrained and as inflexible as ever.

What’s really behind the ‘failure’ of the US ‘war on drugs’ in Afghanistan?

Although drug production has not been reduced, this has not really been a failure. The drug war’s true function lies in reinforcing western support for the war.

Drones, drugs and death

The war on terror’s methods of mass surveillance and remote warfare are not unique. The US is also addicted to covert tools in its ‘war on drugs’, with disastrous consequences.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (10): investir na equidade de género

Um ponto de vista corporativo centrado na igualdade de género evidencia que o investimento no capital humano da mulher equivale a investir no desenvolvimento de empresas fortes em sociedades pacíficas. English Español

Post-conflicto en Colombia (10): Invertir en la equidad de género

Un punto de vista corporativo enfocado en la igualdad de género evidencia que la inversión en el capital humano de la mujer equivale a invertir en el desarrollo de las empresas fuertes en las sociedades pacíficas. English Português

Postconflict in Colombia (10): investing in gender equality

A corporate perspective with a focus on gender equality makes obvious that investing in the human capital of women equates to investing in the development of strong businesses in peaceful societies. Español Português

DiEM25 in the footsteps of Altiero Spinelli?

Democratising Europe is not about reinventing the wheel. A study of Altiero Spinelli's efforts, especially the Congress of the European People, may increase our chances of success.

9 cosas que hemos aprendido tras 50 años de guerra contra las drogas

En el continente americano, el modelo prohibicionista ha fomentado la desigualdad, el derramamiento de sangre y la violación masiva de derechos humanos. Necesitamos comprender qué ha fallado. English

“The degree of the racism is insane”: Johann Hari on the ‘war on drugs’

“African Americans are no more likely to buy or sell drugs than any other group, but they make up the overwhelming majority of the people who go to prison for it.” (27:42 minutes)

The United Nations is supposed to be negotiating a solution to the ‘world drug problem’, and it’s not going well

Nearly 200 civil society organisations are expressing serious concerns with the preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs.

Will UNGASS 2016 be the beginning of the end for the ‘war on drugs’?

Held this April, will the United Nations General Assembly Special Session be the turning point for the international drug control system?

Is capitalism fuelling the war on drugs?

In the Americas, state policies, under cover of an anti-narcotics struggle, lead to terror and displacement. And this terrifying violence overwhelmingly favours transnational capital. Español

Who cares for the refugees?

Refugee welfare infrastructures are run thanks to self-organised, spontaneous social activists: not by the receivers of EU aid packages.

Wikipolítica o la búsqueda de la innovación total

El movimiento mexicano Wikipolítica, sin recursos económicos, ganó el distrito 10 del Estado de Jalisco, con un programa progresista y una apuesta por la transparencia, la participación y los derechos cívicos. Entrevista. English

Wikipolítica, or the quest for total innovation

Pedro Kumamoto, the first ever independent Mexican member of a state Congress, won a seat in a conservative Jalisco district at the October 2015 elections riding the wave of the Wikipolítica progressive movement. Interview. Español

Terremoto no Brasil

Lula da Silva está a ser interrogado pela sua alegada participação em práticas de lavagem de dinheiro, corrupção e suposta fraude. A sua detenção levanta suspeitas sobre manipulação política. English

The Brazilian earthquake

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is being questioned in connection to money laundering, corruption and suspected dissimulation of assets. His detention has sparked suspicions of political manipulation. Português

Egypt: the stamp of the street on its children

Egypt's legal system does not protect vulnerable children and mainstream society is too self absorbed to reach out to those in need – but there are those doing all they can to help.

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