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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Can shareholder activism tame the financial system?

Activists are increasingly targeting businesses – from oil companies to gun manufacturers – on the stock market. But can this strategy lead to lasting change?

Levanta, Brazil!

Não está na hora de um grande NÃO? Não só a ele, mas a todo esse cavalo de pau que botou o Brasil voltado para o passado. Español

¡Levántate, Brasil!

¿No es hora de decir un gran NO? No sólo a Bolsonaro, sino a todo el giro radical que colocó a Brasil rumbo al pasado. Português

Origen y final de la izquierda en Venezuela

La ideología del "socialismo del siglo XXI", que sedujo a Chávez y que sigue Maduro, convirtió a la la izquierda marxista en populista, adpotando un modelo misericordioso, improductivo, capitalista y petrolero. 

Venezuela and China: a risky story of oil and money

Experts acknowledge major errors in China’s Venezuela venture as opposition leader Guaidó claims power. Español.

Venezuela, un asunto de alto riesgo para China

Los expertos reconocen que China ha cometido errores graves en sus relaciones con Venezuela al tiempo que el líder de la oposición, Juan Guaidó, reclama el poder. English.

Venezuela – Un duro camino por recorrer

Ante la cada vez más profunda crisis en Venezuela, la Unión Europea propone liderar un Grupo de Contacto, como vía a una solución pactada. Aquí la evaluación del ICG, parte de su EU Watch List 2019. English

Venezuela – A rough road ahead

As a deep crisis unfolds in Venezuela, there is little informed analysis of what is going on and what the EU should do about it. Here’s ICG’s assessment, a part of its EU Watch List 2019. Español

Spanish women shoe workers organise to end decades of exploitation

Women workers in the country’s 'footwear capital' say they have endured too many years of job insecurity and wage theft.

As long as it lasts: Latvia’s new coalition government

The rapid emergence of KPV hints at the growing relevance of economic Euroscepticism for a new generation of ambitious, anti-establishment, parties in the crisis-ridden parts of the ‘new’ Europe.

On the hollowness of the contemporary radical populist right and what to do about it

For decades, radical right-wing populism has been accompanied by a narrative warning of the fundamental threat these parties pose to liberal democracy. The effect has been close to zero.

Nicolás Maduro, el usurpador

Los usurpadores de poder suelen ser democráticos si han sido elegidos en elecciones libres. Sin embargo, terminan manipulando los instrumentos constitucionales o electorales para aumentar su poder personal. English.

New solidarity for the Mapuche indigenous movement in today’s Chile

The murder of the Mapuche community member Catrillanca at the hands of the Special Forces has become a matter of solidarity towards the Mapuche people for Chilean society. 

Sapiens, Homo Deus, 21 Lecciones, y las ficciones inconfesadas de Yuval Harari

El profesor Harari influye en los más poderosos y ha vendido millones de ejemplares, pero no se enfrentan los problemas existenciales de la tierra sustituyendo un conjunto de mitos por otro. English

Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have appointed new ministers in charge of the Amazon. Who are they?

Four countries in the Amazon basin have appointed new environment ministers in the past eight months, at a time when rates of deforestation have increased and threaten the planet’s largest oxygen reserve. Español

¿Quiénes son los nuevos ministros responsables de la Amazonía en Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador y Perú?

En los últimos ocho meses, cuatro países de la cuenca del Amazonas han nombrado nuevos ministros del medio ambiente. ¿Quiénes son y qué se puede esperar de ellos? English

¿Qué hay después del final abrupto del fin de la historia?

El ciclo Seis contradicciones y el fin del presente del Centro de Estudios del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, nació evocando la urgencia de volver a imaginar un horizonte de transformación.

Democracy is facing strong headwinds in 2019

Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration as president of Brazil marks the beginning of the political year. The redrawing of the world order currently under way is increasingly adverse to democracy. Español

Empieza el 2019, y soplan vientos contrarios a la democracia

La toma de posesión de Jair Bolsonaro como presidente de Brasil marca el inicio del año político internacional. La recomposición del orden mundial en marcha no se presenta favorable a las democracias. English

Austerity is stupid, and why the powerful don’t like to admit it

We need a Progressive International whose narrative deeply penetrates this warped version of reality.

Phantom foreign investors for an open new Uzbekistan

A high-profile urban development project in Tashkent is designed to showcase the country for western capital. Our investigation suggests principal investors are from much closer to home. 

‘Gilets jaunes’: the meaning of the confrontation

As the ‘gilets jaunes’ movement continues after President Macron’s speech, the French philosopher examines its origins and some of its political implications for all of us.

Europe faces a "welcoming crisis" when it comes to migrants and refugees. It's not fair.

"Anti-migrant sentiment is at fever pitch." Seeing ourselves as others see us.

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

Global Compact for Migration: Chile and its fear of the unknown

It is not trivial that a small and geographically isolated country like Chile did not sign the Global Compact. The migratory crisis originated in Central and South America has not only affected the northern borders. Español

Pacto Mundial para la Migración: Chile y su miedo a lo desconocido

No es trivial para un país pequeño y aislado geográficamente como Chile le dé la espalda a este marco de cooperación, porque la crisis migratoria originada en Centro América y partes de Sudamérica no sólo ha afectado las fronteras del norte. English

Man at work outside the box – Bertrand Badie

This essay is a strong wake-up call for a new type of diplomacy from those western countries that wish to continue to govern the world despite the passage of time. Review.

Global Compact for Migration – missed opportunities for Europe

The way in which far-right politicians took advantage of the Global Compact as a tool for political posturing can be instructive. The Global Compact for Migration is also for Europeans.

Grassroots action prominent in the platform economy

It is newer, more grassroots forms of labour organisation than the established trade unions that have been the most active in this burgeoning sphere. We need their zest and zeal.

Why we need renters' unions more than ever

What these stories highlight is a more general social truth: to be a tenant is to be precarious, at continual risk of rent rise, legal disputes and being evicted.

Del fascismo al populismo. Aclaraciones indispensables

El fascismo no ha muerto, siempre ha estado allí. Pero no es el populismo. No puede utilizarse el término para descalificar sin reparar en las diferencias. Entrevista

The politics of protest in Argentina

Political life in Argentina is characterized by a particularly active culture of social protest. This is a key element to understanding political dynamics throughout the 21st century. Español

#ArchivoDemoAbierta2018: a year of environmental challenges

The protection of the environment is so crucial for upholding democracy that however the subject is approached, it is often impossible to express the real magnitude of the issue. That’s why we present some of the most important environmental conflicts of 2018. Español

Yellow fever in France

Almost everyone agrees on the analysis of what caused this movement: the growth of inequalities, the marginalization of certain regions and social categories, austerity and neoliberal politics. Then accounts diverge.

Argentina, el G20 y las movilizaciones en su contra

Cuando entramos en una nueva fase de neoliberalismo autoritario marcado por el avance del neofascismo es esencial que sigamos fortaleciendo los lazos entre los movimientos que luchan contra las estructuras de opresión.  English

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