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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Assad’s rational brutality

Bashar al-Assad is a rational tyrant. Since he inherited the presidency in 2000, Assad has strategically employed brutality to repress dissent and maintain power.

As democracias estão em risco e só a tecnologia pode salvá-las

Se o uso intensivo das tecnologias da informação e comunicação não for acompanhado pela soberania sobre os dados que produzimos, as consequências sociais e políticas podem ser gravíssimas. English Español 

La democracia está en peligro y solo la tecnología puede salvarla

Si el uso intensivo de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación no viene acompañado de soberanía sobre los datos que producimos, las consecuencias sociales y políticas pueden ser gravísimas. English Português

Democracy is in danger, only technology can save it

If the intensive use of the information and communication technologies does not go hand in hand with sovereignty over the data we produce, the social and political consequences can be dire. Español Português

Why Facebook’s fake news filter won’t work

A range of solutions  –  including stronger independent media organisations  –  is going to be needed.

Brexit is racist

We are facing the biggest, most overarching, racist attack on immigration in generations. There is a void in politics. We must fight to win.

Verificações ideológicas: informação e mobilização eleitoral

A tecnologia fomenta processos de participação mais informados. As verificações ideológicas, que permitem aos cidadãos contrastar e compreender melhor os programas eleitorais, enriquecem processos tradicionais, tais como a convocatória de eleições. English Español 

Chequeos ideológicos: información y movilización electoral

La tecnología fomenta -por lo menos en teoría- procesos de participación más  informados. Los chequeos ideológicos permiten a los ciudadanos contrastar y comprender mejor los programas electorales y enriquecen procesos como la convocatoria de elecciones. English Português

Ideological checking: information and electoral mobilization

Technology has fostered – theoretically – better informed participatory processes. Ideological checking apps, which allow citizens to contrast and better understand electoral programs, are enriching traditional processes, such as holding elections. Español Português

Exploring two Alternatives

openDemocracy meets up with Denmark’s fastest-growing political party, Alternativet, and The Alternative UK, who inspired by them, have just launched their own ‘friendly revolution’. Interview.

On becoming the worst president

A tale of woe explaining just how high this particular bar is. Español

Ireland, Brexit and our Disunited Kingdom

Will Brexit ultimately result in a united federal Ireland in a confederation with Scotland, in the EU – with England and Wales outside it?

Does Turkey’s ongoing purge resemble the 1933 Enabling Act in Nazi Germany?

In both cases, through democratic processes authoritarian rule is imposed on a previously fairly democratic country.

Convertirse en el peor presidente de los Estados Unidos

La administración Trump podría muy bien terminar siendo no mucho peor para la humanidad en general que las administraciones que le han precedido.English

On becoming the worst president

The Trump administration may well end up being no worse for humanity at large than the administrations that have preceded it. Español 

We've triggered Article 50. Is this such a tragedy for Europe?

It is now possible that new governments in France and Germany will respond to civil society pressure and do what is needed to change the EU, without being blocked by Britain.

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.

Why did anti-globalisation fail and anti-globalism succeed?

Centre-right parties showed themselves more willing to hook up with anti-globalism – no threat to the international economic order –  than the centre-left parties had with anti-globalisation.

The war in Yemen: two years old and maturing?

The United Nations has stated that, of the four famines predicted for 2017, Yemen is the worst, with seven million people close to starvation and a further ten million in urgent need.

Subverting neoliberal slavery: migrant struggles against labour exploitation in Italy

We are witnessing cumulative processes of politicization – struggles and organization involving migrant workers and activists setting out to build awareness locally, and link up globally.     

Injustice is the foundation of the new Turkish state

With the media focusing on Erdogan’s April referendum, it is easy to lose sight of, or cover up, the tensions and serious abuses in the Kurdish areas in the south-east of the country.

What causes the populist infection? How can it be cured?

In all countries, established political parties have the dangerous propensity to counter this electoral wave of populism by adopting the issues and language used by them.

The new UN secretary general is poised to show the world what a feminist looks like

There has been real progress at this year's UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the new Secretary General has asked women around the world to "keep our feet to the fire". 

Bengal residents resist hazardous power grid amid repression

In January, police in Bhangar, West Bengal, shot two people dead as residents of the village protested a dangerous and unwanted electrical grid.

Time for the west to fight for the exiled

Today’s autocrats are displaying a growing audacity in their willingness to pursuing dissenters everywhere, blatantly disregarding national boundaries in the process.

Postscript to a letter to extremists

We can defeat extremism by building something beautiful together.

Sarajevo 25 years after: paradigm for the future

The dynamic and sometimes dramatic interplay between the essence and the fate of a city provides the key for a wholesome national reintegration process.

Why Macron should give us hope of democratic renewal in France

François Fillon’s (LR) entanglements in corruption scandals and Benoît Hamon’s (PS) strategy to court the votes of the far left have helped Macron to emerge as the strongest candidate. Danish version.

The banality of terrorism

Current responses seem to normalise terrorism – cementing it into the everyday reality of daily life, in the same way that we accept poverty, homelessness or inequality. The way things are.

Argentina: laboratory of the New Right

March 24 commemorates the coup d'état of 1976 and was designated national holiday in 2002. Macri wanted to abolish it, but had to back down in front of protests of the public. Español

Argentina: laboratorio de las nuevas derechas

Al cumplirse otro aniversario del golpe de Estado del 24 de marzo de 1976 es hora de hacer un balance de los experimentos de la nueva derecha, que tienen como blanco la posibilidad de una democracia igualitaria y participativa. English

Las elecciones en Ecuador y la parábola de Ned Stark

El visceral eje “Correa-anti Correa” es más apasionado que el ideológico “izquierdas-derechas” y no parece que nadie vaya a dar su brazo a torcer ante la segunda vuelta de las elecciones. English

Ecuador’s elections and the parable of Ned Stark

The visceral "for Correa-against Correa" axis is more passionate than the ideological "left-right" one, and nobody is going to give his arm to twist before the second round of the elections. Español

A eleição aleatória, o G1000, e a deliberação para mudar Madrid

É a eleição aleatória de representantes essencial para revitalizar a democracia? Mil madrilenos escolhidos aleatoriamente foram convocados pelo G1000 de Madrid para reflectir sobre a cidade que querem. English Español

Populism, terrorism, and the crisis in western democracies: an interview with Iran’s former president

Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first post-revolutionary president, discusses neo-liberalism, the crisis in western democracies, and the relationship between Islamic terrorism and the rise of far-right politics.

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