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Dawn Foster, Co-Editor

Dawn Foster is Co-Editor at 5050 and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Hora de hacer balance del progresismo en América Latina

El ciclo progresista en América Latina parece vivir sus últimos días. El estado de debilidad de los movimientos sociales augura tiempos difíciles para los sectores populares. English. Português. 

Fazendo um balanço do progressismo

O ciclo progressista na América Latina parece viver os seus últimos dias enquanto que o estado de debilidade dos movimentos sociais augura tempos difíceis para os setores populares. Español. English 

Taking stock of ‘Progresismo’

As the cycle of Latin American progressive politics appears to be coming to an end, the weakened state of the social movements that made it possible portend a difficult time for popular sectors. Español. Português. 

Estado chico, infierno grande: la crisis de Italia, frente a Grecia

Las negociaciones hacia una posible salida de la crisis en Grecia podrían haber representado una oportunidad para hacer frente a las grandes dificultades y al estancamiento que arrastra la economía italiana. English.

The Italian crisis is not Greek

The negotiations leading to a potential way out of the Greek crisis could have been an opportunity for Italy to deal with the dire difficulties of its stagnated economy. Español.

The Hurricane and the Empire

On the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we republish an invitation to ponder the incapacity of the US government to respond to the disaster in New Orleans. What was at the root of that paralysis? From the archive, September 5, 2005.

Brasil: El relato del PT en el laberinto neoliberal

Desde el 2014, el gobierno de Dilma Rousseff forzó la polarización estratégica entre “la izquierda” y “la derecha”. Sin embargo, entre su relato progresista y su real politik neoliberal hay un abismo. Português. English.

Three myths behind the case for Grexit: a destructive analysis

Any hope of a radical change in the economic direction of Europe requires international solidarity, and that solidarity in turn requires the euro.

Women rewrite the rules of business in Palestine

Fida’a is one of a growing number of female entrepreneurs in the West Bank, and women like her have been the backbone of the economy for years of prolonged unrest.

Hungary’s refugee policy: fencing off the country

The rapidly increasing influx of asylum-seekers poses a huge challenge to Hungary. The government responds with a complete lack of solidarity, massive demagoguery and arm-twisting in Brussels. 

Iran’s nuclear deal reconsidered

Business delegations are flying in daily, making the most of this opportunity to establish themselves in Iran when Republican opposition to the deal is compromising US prospects at this critical early stage.

Should western countries support Tunisia and if so how?

The new Tunisian leaders would prefer that westerners invest in Tunisia by building factories and processing plants, creating thousands of jobs for Tunisians at home and quality goods at fair prices.

The crushing of Syriza: an Aesopian fable

In 2010 the image of ‘ending up like Greece’ was that of a Dickensian debtors’ prison. In 2015 it is that of hell.

The Greek referendum: a peculiar situation and an infamous act

A close adviser to Greece’s former Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, gives an insider view of the government negotiations with the Eurogroup. Interview by acTVism Munich. Deutsch.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy

Since Greek voters rejected Troika rule by a landslide, the Hellenic citizenry presents a threat far greater than the government it elected. It must be punished.

Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

Varoufakis’ unspeakably shocking plan B

This Greek rule-bending ambition, from a position of weakness, violates the basic principles of financial realism.

Egypt's military economy

The army, now in government with international support, is increasing its economic power and is free to impose the conditions it deems suitable.

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between NGO’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

An inconvenient marriage: Nikkei and the Financial Times

Jesus wept. My short response to the Financial Times's sale to Nikkei. The longer version follows below.

A “velvet Grexit” is a trick. Argentina, Ecuador and Iceland prove default can work.

Temporary Eurozone exit plan is a smokescreen for shock doctrine tactics that would condemn the Greeks to perpetual austerity. Argentina, Ecuador or Iceland show there is an alternative. Español

O enemigo da Europa não é a crise Grega

Uma moeda única implica um estado federal, como os Estados Unidos ou o Brazil. A crise Grega confronta a Europa com o seu futuro. English.

El default de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestra que el Grexit temporal es una trampa

La salida temporal de Grecia de la zona euro es una cortina de humo que oculta la doctrina de schock que condenaría a los griegos a una austeridad perpetua. Los casos de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestran que el default es posible. English.

Europe’s enemy is not the Greek crisis

A single currency implies a federal state, like the US or Brazil. The Greek crisis confronts Europe with its future. Português

Chavista theory of transition towards the communal state

If the Maduro administration steps up the counter-offensive against speculation, such measures might well result in the retention of a Chavista majority in the National Assembly this December.

A solução “Portuguesa” e a Grécia

Portugal, segundo o que se entende pelas palavras do seu primeiro-ministro, orgulha-se de ter contribuído para uma decisão que supõe um golpe à soberania Grega em detrimento do sonho Europeu. English. Español

La vía portuguesa no vale para Grecia

Portugal, según se desprende de las palabras de su primer-ministro, se enorgullece de haber contribuido a una decisión que supone un golpe a la soberanía griega, en detrimento del sueño Europeo. English. Português.

The Portuguese way is not the way for Greece

Portugal, as its Prime Minister says, is proud to have contributed to an agreement that has dealt the last blow to Greece’s sovereignty at the expense of the European dream. Español, Português

Viento mexicano en Tehuantepec: la necesidad de alternativas comunitarias

El viento es un bien común localizado, como el cobre o el carbón. Su explotación debe respetar la propiedad y las instituciones de las comunidades indígenas del territorio. English.

Here we are

A Greek question to which the answer comes eventually from elsewhere.

The UK's EU referendum and the EU's legitimacy crisis

"Is a UK that retreats in isolationist but somehow progressive splendour really feasible? Surely, European countries must cooperate in the face of the deep challenges and opportunities we face."

Which is more likely: a progressive Brexit or a progressive Europe?

EU institutions and socio-economic policies are hopelessly anti-democratic, inducing a current of deep nihilism across the continent. But don't be fooled: a progressive Brexit is deeply unlikely.

Greece has two choices. And so do the creditors

After 13 July 2015, Syriza's Greece and, for that matter, the creditors have two choices. Modernise the Greek state; or let Greece default and risk disintegration not just of EMU/EU but also Nato.

Lula, de mágico a franco-atirador

Lula procura descolar-se do “seu” Partido dos Trabalhadores e do governo que contribuiu a eleger, para erigir-se como líder dos indignados contra a corrupção e a crise. English. Español.

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