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Walid el Houri
Walid el Houri is lead editor of North Africa West Asia

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Atacar un líder social es atacar una comunidad entera

En Colombia hay 8,307,777 víctimas del conflicto armado y 7,358,248 desplazados.Y cuando estas víctimas o desplazados son líderes sociales, comunidades enteras sufren cuando éstos no están. English

Has the Yemeni state ceased to exist?

Is it the disappearance of the Yemeni state that has resulted in the suffering of Yemenis?

Los venezolanos ante las próximas elecciones

Según las encuestas, la principal fuerza política es hoy la de los ciudadanos no alineados cuya primera opción electoral es un inexistente candidato independiente, no alineado con los partidos tradicionales. English

Muerte de la "nueva república" de Brasil

Las instituciones brasileñas están colapsando una tras otra. La separación entre los poderes ejecutivo, legislativo y judicial es una farsa. Hay un Estado dentro del Estado. English

Death of the “new republic” in Brazil

Brazil's institutions are collapsing one by one. The separation between the executive, the legislative and the judicial powers is a sham. There’s a state within the state. Español

"We Dreamers are like you, and you are like us"

Some 6.5 million undocumented youths and children of immigrants currently living in the United States, the so-called Dreamers, face deportation if Congress fails to reach an agreement on DACA. Interview. Español Português

“Nós Dreamers somos como vocês e vocês são como nós”

Milhões de jovens sem documentos vivem actualmente nos Estados Unidos. Os chamados Dreamers correm o risco de serem deportados se o Congresso não chegar a um acordo sobre o DACA. Entrevista. Español English

"Los Dreamers somos como ustedes, y ustedes son como nosotros"

Unos 6.5 millones de jóvenes indocumentados que viven en Estados Unidos, los llamados Dreamers, se enfrentan a su deportación si el Congreso no lo remedia. Entrevista. English Português

Marichuy, mujer indígena, deja huella en la campaña presidencial mexicana

La candidata Marichuy no reunió las firmas necesarias para presentarse a las elecciones, pero dio impulso a la campaña de un movimiento indígena nuevo, que aspira a obtener representación política. English

The killing of Marielle Franco on the UN radar

The killing of a black activist and politician is an opportunity for Brazil to show what it stands for. Thanks to Marielle, the whole world now follows the dramatic situation of the federal military intervention in Rio de Janeiro. Português Español

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

As Aristotle put it: ‘It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot, and as oligarchic when they are filled by election’ (Aristotle, Politics IV. 9, 1294b8).

Remotely-controlled weapons hit democracy: killing from a distance

In the new information order, manipulated voters have come to outnumber threatened voters and bribed voters. The larger picture.

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

The return of the Ultras Ahlawy?

Are communities that are not directly political more effective today? More capable of resisting repression and able to maneuver and challenge the state’s iron fist?

Marielle Franco and Brazil's future: hope or barbarity

Marielle's legacy and the repercussions of her death symbolize both the best and the worst of Brazilian society today. The building of a real clash of narratives is under way. Español

Climate (in)justice in Argentina

Like a tailor fitting a suit, the Argentine government is ready to alter basic environmental laws to adjust them to corporate interests. Español

La (in)justicia climática en Argentina

Como un sastre ajustando un traje, el gobierno argentino está dispuesto a modificar leyes medioambientales básicas para adaptarlas a los intereses corporativos. English

Com a morte de Marielle no Rio, um sonho se despedaça

A trágica morte de Marielle Franco, ativista negra contra a violência no Rio, e vereadora municipal, alimenta os temores de que a atual militarização da segurança no Brasil seja o prelúdio de um possível retorno ao seu passado ditatorial. Spanish English

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a drop of water trickling down the visible top of an iceberg. Focus on decentralizing power

We need open and robust debates. We cannot afford anything less than this. Too much is at stake. Part Three.

How an indigenous woman left her mark on a tumultuous presidential campaign in Mexico

Marichuy didn’t gather the necessary number of signatures to run for president, but that hasn’t stopped a movement’s campaign for political representation. Español

Salisbury attack: establishing responsibilities – war paradigm vs. crime paradigm

What difference would it make to describe what happened as an international crime, the approach taken by Jeremy Corbyn, rather than in the language of military force?

The evangelical wave hits democracy in Costa Rica

Fabricio Alvarado got through to the second round of the presidential elections, opening up the possibility that Costa Rica may place itself in the hard neoliberal and fundamentalist camp. Español

La ola evangélica y la democracia en Costa Rica

La llegada del pastor evangélico Fabricio Alvarado al balotaje presidencial abre la posibilidad de que Costa Rica quede ubicada en la órbita del neoliberalismo duro y el fundamentalismo religioso. English

The first transnational European list – a DiEM25 initiative

As stated by Luigi De Magistris, for years the forces of national, local, civil society have been resisting Brussels’s institutional violence – the time has come to strike back.

O assassinato de Marielle Franco no radar da ONU

Esta é a oportunidade de o Brasil mostrar a que veio. Graças à Marielle, o mundo todo acompanha agora o drama da intervenção militar federal no Rio de Janeiro. Hoje, Marielle é do tamanho do mundo. English Español

With Marielle's killing in Rio, a dream breaks into pieces

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security  in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past. Spanish Português 

Marielle Franco y el futuro de Brasil: esperanza o barbarie

El asesinato de Marielle Franco es un cruel crimen político contra una de las principales figuras de la nueva izquierda brasileña en un momento en el que Brasil atraviesa un preocupante retroceso democrático. English

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

Power and the divine: self-repression in Egypt

Focusing on the afterlife, the rewards of heaven for the just and hell for the unjust, keeps the masses in check and accepting of their social reality. This needs to change.

Asesinato de Marielle en Río: un sueño hecho pedazos

La trágica muerte de Marielle Franco, activista negra contra la violencia y concejala en Río, alimenta los temores de que la militarización de la seguridad sea el preámbulo de una vuelta al pasado dictatorial de Brasil. English Português 

A long overdue debate on the Tunisian economy

It requires great political skills to navigate the treacherous waters of transition towards democracy in a country beset by political infighting, rising inflation and indebtedness in a troubled region.

Los derechos indígenas, atacados en la era Trump

Los indígenas americanos se resisten activamente a los ataques de Trump y su administración, y trabajan duro para ejercer sus derechos civiles y humanos en condiciones más difíciles cada día. English

Una nueva trinchera en la batalla contra el neoliberalismo

Solo un nuevo internacionalismo de izquierdas, que acepte una reafirmación limitada de la soberanía económica nacional, puede aspirar a vencer la ola creciente de populismo autoritario. English

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

Enfrentarse al populismo autoritario: la dimensión rural

Junto a los intereses de clase y las desigualdades, la religión, las dinámicas de género, el lugar y la identidad cultural son los factores que conforman el auge del populismo autoritario en las zonas rurales. English

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