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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fin de la luna de miel entre el presidente Macri y el país real

La aplicación agresiva de medidas de política económica de fuerte corte neoliberal en Argentina ha acabado por despertar una fuerte oposición interior a Macri.  English

If the EU didn’t exist, we would have to invent it

A serious attempt at democracy, in the sense of being able to influence the decisions that affect our lives, can only be done through solidarity with those in the European Union. Interview.

With one bound he was free!

The Internet organisation ICANN’s charismatic CEO, Fadi Chehade has moved on. Did he achieve what he set out to do? Was it what we needed him to do? And what about human rights?

Whose data is it anyway?

Collection, categorisation, and experimentation on people’s data are presented as legitimate because online advertising is funding the free internet. But what about privacy, free expression, and autonomy?

Mobilisation for digital rights

Post-ACTA, decision-making has been adapted to avoid decision-moments. Of course, individual grassroots campaigns are still hugely valuable. But we need long-term advocacy.

We must understand threats in the technology we use every day

Like everyone else, human rights activists use mobile phones, email and social networks to connect. Unlike most people, they criticise states, challenging their actions. As such, they attract their attention.

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Gaza: a city no one wants

The Gazans have been abandoned and left in the hands of Hamas to do with them as they please. This policy is transforming Gaza slowly but steadily into a hotbed of radicals.

Grexit to Brexit: “Be careful what you wish for!”

There is an ironic parallel in the methodology of emotion and national dignity employed by both the left-wing Syriza in Greece and the right wing leave camp in Britain.

BREXIT: the R is for Racism

B in Brexit stands for Boris and his overweening ambition. But R is for Racism, the method through which Vote Leave aims to achieve the political upset of the century.

Who is afraid of the urban poor?

Maged MandourIn Egypt, both the ruling elites and the urban middle class cling to the military regime, in the hope that they will be protected from a seemingly inevitable tide of social unrest.

The Great British higher education sell-off

If these proposals become law, then, over time, the fee-paying student will become the human equivalent of black gold.

Ocupando las escuelas en Brasil: la protesta de los más jóvenes

En un contexto de duros recortes, largas huelgas y violenta represión policial, una nueva generación de activistas se está gestando entre los estudiantes de secundaria en Río de Janeiro. English

Occupying schools in Brazil: the youngest protest

A new generation of activists is breeding among secondary school students in Rio de Janeiro, in a context of sharp expenditure cuts, long lasting strikes and violent police repression. Español

Times of pests: a first-hand account of Venezuela today

The official propaganda dissolves into the harsh reality: the rich get richer, the poor stay poor, but they face ever longer queues. Español

After the Swiss basic income vote – learning political lessons is key!

Basic income support is growing as more people become familiar with the idea, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Tiempos de plaga en Venezuela: un relato de primera mano

La propaganda oficial se disuelve en la cruda realidad: los ricos viven cada vez mejor y los pobres siguen pobres como siempre, pero hacen colas cada vez más largas. English

Novas eleições em Espanha: um pacto à Portuguesa no horizonte?

Depois de seis meses com um governo em funções, Espanha celebrará novas eleições no dia 26 de junho com uma única novidade: a coligação de Podemos com os ex-comunistas. Começa a campanha. Español English

Nuevas elecciones en España: ¿un "pacto a la portuguesa"?

Tras seis meses de gobierno en funciones, España celebrará nuevas elecciones el 26 de junio con una única novedad: la coalición de Podemos con los ex comunistas. Empieza la campaña.  English Português

New elections in Spain: towards a “Portuguese pact”?

After six months of a caretaker government, Spain is holding new elections on June, 26. The campaign starts with only one new element at play: the coalition of Podemos with the former Communists. Español Português

Can Poland’s opposition mount an effective challenge?

The divided opposition will struggle to mount such a challenge unless it can also address Poles’ broader concerns, recognising that they do not simply want a return to the pre-election status quo.

Something rotten in the migration compact 2.0 of Matteo Renzi?

If Europeans are appalled at the xenophobia and racism to be found in their countries, the question is - why are they following the same prescriptions?

Las raíces hidrológicas de la crisis brasileña

Una perspectiva histórica y geográfica de la estructura geopolítica del sub-continente sudamericano da claves para entender la profunda crisis que vive Brasil y toda la región. English Português

The hydrological roots of the Brazilian crisis

A historical and geographical perspective of the geopolitical structure of the South American subcontinent is key to understanding the deep crisis in Brazil and throughout the region. Español Português

As raízes hidrológicas da crise Brasileira

Uma perspectiva histórica e geográfica da estrutura geopolítica do subcontinente sul-americano oferece pistas para entender a profunda crise que vive o Brasil e toda a região. Español English

Hotspot stories from Europe's border

A response to testimony from an unaccompanied minor whose long journey culminated in a perilous boat journey, the author discusses Europe’s failure to address the rights of those it renders precarious.

Rome, Brexit, Trump and Greens – so many forms of establishment meltdown: revolution in the making?

Everywhere, people are increasingly hostile towards whoever wants them to vote just for the sake of stability and out of fear of a jump into the unknown.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (14): Desvinculando crianças das FARC

Não é suficiente estabelecer um programa de reintegração das crianças desmobilizadas. É preciso entender que estas crianças são essenciais para a construção da paz. Español English

Post-conflict in Colombia (14). Untying children from the FARC

It is not enough to establish a reintegration program for demobilized children. We must realise that untied children are essential to peace building and reconciliation in the territories. Español Português

Postconflicto en Colombia (14). Desvinculando niños de las FARC

Es urgente empezar a pensar que los niños y niñas desvinculados hacen parte fundamental de la construcción de escenarios de paz y reconciliación en los territorios.. English Português

Continuous catastrophe, yet still we seek accountability

Commemorating the Nakba and protecting refugee camps are entwined and equally critical endeavors: without historical accountability, without identifying perpetrators and victims, there is no redemption.

Palestine’s forgotten children

Next year will mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Britain has a historic responsibility to challenge the Israeli government’s conduct in the West Bank and Gaza.

Perú 2016: ¿una democracia bajo tutela autoritaria?

Perú celebra la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales sin haber afianzado una institucionalidad democrática suficientemente robusta. La regresión hacia el autoritarismo fujimorista amenaza las precarias libertades. English

Peru 2016: Democracy under authoritarian charge?

Peru is holding the second round of its presidential elections without having secured sufficiently robust democratic institutions. Regression toward fujimorista authoritarianism threatens the country's precarious freedoms. Español

Spain, seriously?

As elections in Spain loom for the second time since October, the slogan of the caretaker government of the conservative Partido Popular (PP) “España en serio”  gets more surreal every day.

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