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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La Educación que/de Podemos

La visión de la educación que está en la base del modelo educacional que Podemos propone está abiertamente en contra de las ruinosas  políticas de privatización que empezaron en Europa en los 80. English

La Lucha por el Centro. Un Programa para Europa

Hay una manera de apropiarse del centro desde la izquierda, sin mentir y sin caer en el populismo. Esta es la carta que ha jugado Podemos. English.

Podemos on education: the education ‘we can’ have

This vision of education forming the basis of the educational model that Podemos proposes is openly opposed to the ruinous policies of privatization that began in Europe in the 1980s. Español. 

Por que perdeu a esquerda na Argentina?

Os porta-vozes do oficialismo nunca deixaram de manter um estilo duro e confrontacional que, nestas eleições, acabou por ser extemporâneo. Macri deve agora saber administrar a sua curta vitória respeitando as conquistas do kirchnerismo. Español. English.

The photojournalist who ‘damaged Egyptian national unity’

Shawkan, an Egyptian photojournalist, has had his detention extended yet again. His camera has been as cold as the regime currently ruling Egypt - locking up anyone and everyone on no grounds at all.

Why did the left lose in the Argentine elections?

Government speakers never stopped maintaining a harsh and confrontational style that proved too unseasonable in this election. Macri’s slim victory should force him to avoid backtracking kirchnerist popular policies. Español. Português.

¿Por qué perdió la izquierda en Argentina?

Los voceros del oficialismo nunca dejaron de mantener un estilo duro y confrontativo que, en estas elecciones, resultó ser extemporáneo. Macri debe ahora saber administrar su ajustada victoria respetando los logros del kirchnerismo. English. Português.

Quiénes somos, de dónde venimos… ¿a dónde vamos?

Podemos tuvo que reconciliar el entusiasmo de todos aquellos que carecían de experiencia previa en participación política con la experiencia y el sesgo de los que ya procedían de entornos activistas. English.

Podemos: the challenge in Spain

We need to expand the emancipatory space for what is possible from within a contaminated and contaminant discourse, far removed from pure rationality and a theoretical superiority over ‘the masses’. Español.

Podemos: el desafío en España

Necesitamos expandir el espacio emancipatorio de lo que es posible desde dentro del discurso contaminado y contaminante, muy alejado de la pura racionalidad y una superioridad teórica sobre “las masas”. English.

Who are we, where did we come from... and where are we going?

Podemos had to reconcile the enthusiasm of all those without any previous experience of political participation with the experience and biases of those who came from activist backgrounds. Español.

Trump and Islamophobia: discrimination fuels terror

For Trump’s supporters, what they believe to be the ‘truth’ is a matter of no small significance. Now, and as a matter of urgency, an effective way in which to counter prevalent xenophobic public opinion must be found.

Critical masses, chilling effects, and coalitions

Intelligence sharing today is in essence a way for one agency to do the job that another can’t do because of the safeguards placed on it. Interview.  

The left isn’t dead yet in Venezuela

With a catastrophic economic situation, Chavism is running out of time. Much will depend on how Maduro deals with this unprecedented situation of having a parliament fully controlled by the opposition. Português.

A esquerda ainda não está morta na Venezuela

Numa situação económica catastrófica, o Chavismo está a correr contra o tempo. Muito dependerá de como Maduro lide com um Parlamento controlado pela oposição, uma situação sem precedentes na história recente da Venezuela. English.

Totally unbalanced power

"I don’t want to live in a society where everyone can be controlled, their data collected and stored, and then used for whatever purposes private companies want." Interview.

Where do we stand as we seek the balance between freedom and control?

As leaders, we have to overcome all of our historical, political, cultural divides and work towards building trust between communities.” Interview.

If FIFA were a country

If the majority can be bought, intimidated or pushed around, then no country, any more than an international organization, can establish control over corruption.

“We are seeing you”: protesting violent democracies in Kosova

Within Kosova there is a general feeling that these international actors prize stability above all else, enabling them to overlook the kind of police violence they see in their social media.

Turkey: from “role model” to “illiberal democracy”

If the west sees Turkey as a dumping ground for refugees, ignoring its transformation into an authoritarian regime allegedly assisting jihadist groups, an even more chaotic Middle East will ensue. 

Paris – 3 weeks on

"It is fundamental to search for explanations within our society, notably the social and economic exclusion of part of the population in France."

Cooperation and economic dialogue: interview with Rafik Abdessalem

An interview with the former foreign minister of Tunisia and a senior party adviser to the Ennahdha party.

The Paris climate summit presents us with a historic opportunity

It may not be perfect. But the COP21 model – and the democracy principle on which it rests – may just be our greatest weapon in the fight against climate change. 

The UN is imperfect, but we need it more than ever

The disconnect between the public and the UN has given it an increasingly opaque image, compounded by dark scandals and media bias. But would the world be as safe without it?

How do we win back those who sympathise with the jihadist insurgency?

The history of left-wing militancy in Europe suggests that police raids, surveillance techniques, and ‘anti-radicalization’ efforts will not end the jihadist insurgency. The more important struggle lies elsewhere.

You can’t break a glass ceiling if you’re standing on ice

It’s too easy for the liberal intelligentsia to feel righteous in their disgust for lower-class white racism. 

Special Report: Gangs in Honduras

A new report based on extensive field research describes how the modus operandi of Honduras' two largest gangs (MS13 and Barrio18) has resulted in staggering levels of violence and extortion. Español.

Informe especial: Pandillas en Honduras

Un informe basado en un extenso trabajo de campo describe cómo funcionan las dos principales pandillas de Honduras, la MS13 y Barrio 18. Los niveles de violencia y extorsión son inauditos. English.

La violencia contra las mujeres en España: ¿a quién le importa?

Ante las elecciones, todos los partidos políticos en España han hecho comentarios sobre la  violencia contra las mujeres. Pero la preocupación de los españoles por esta tragedia sigue siendo baja. English.

Integrated education in Europe: privilege or right?

This international human rights day, the deep-rooted stereotype that implies that Romani families do not value education contributes substantially to a general lack of awareness in working to ensure equality in education for all. 

The tale of a Brazilian betrayal: the mining and environmental tragedy in Itabira

As long as environmental policies in Brazil continue to be filtered through corruption and electoral accountability, large scale mining companies will carry on their highly profitable but dangerous extraction with impunity. Español. Português.

Tragedia minera y el medioambiente en Itabira: historia de una traición brasileña

Mientras la política ambiental esté sometida a la corrupción y evite la rendición de cuentas electorales, las grandes compañías mineras seguirán con su extracción, tan rentable como peligrosa, con toda impunidad. English. Português

Tragédia mineira e meio-ambiente em Itabira: história de uma traição Brasileira

Enquanto a política ambiental passar pelo filtro da corrupção e da rendição de contas eleitoral, as grandes empresas seguirão com a sua extração, tao rentável como perigosa, com toda a impunidade. Español. English

Misplaced concern: the sectarian scapegoat in Bahrain

To truly counter violent extremism in Bahrain and maintain the country’s stability, the US must use its leverage to urge the government to fully implement human rights reform and political reconciliation.

Southeast Asia: a new refugee crisis looming?

Southeast Asia is seeing persecuted minorities fleeing their homeland. As in Europe, lack of political consensus has exacerbated the situation – and a new wave of migration is just about to start.

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