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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Facing violence: thoughts from Geneva

To counter ISIS and address the other crucial crises that poison our days we need a regime change – at home.

”Famine” in Ethiopia: key facts

The usual scapegoat returns, with fears that the land tenure system is the main culprit for low production and thus food shortages in a crisis, when it is not.

Podemos: radical blueprint for democratic reform

Iglesias' party proposes a radical opening up of the state through citizen participation in decision-making, and administration as a weapon against oligarchic power. 

Podemos in the debate of the ‘Left(s)’: elections and aspirations for change at the ‘End of History’

Podemos has not given up on being part of the left, it has simply renounced being part of this left that can be content with losing, time after time. Español.

Intervención en el Fórum Europa: “La política debe tener ética y ser humanista”

No hay sitio donde yo pueda hablar. Y esto porque lo tenéis todo súper controlado. Los medios están al servicio del poder; un poder corrupto, esto está más que demostrado. English.

De la descafeinización de Podemos como fuerza de contrapoder en el contexto español y europeo

No hay manera de conciliar la abierta contradicción que existe entre los “altos eslabones” de Podemos y sus políticas estatistas, y los ciudadanos, que propulsan al partido desde abajo. English.

The true cost of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories raise a simple but difficult philosophical question: why should we not believe in them? Finding an answer to that is much harder than we like to think.

"A Gramscian party in a non-Gramscian world." An interview with Paul Mason

#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.

A vote of no confidence: explaining the Danish EU referendum

The six parties endorsing a yes-vote represented more than 60% of the parliamentary mandates. Still, they were rejected by an electorate fundamentally divided from them on EU-issues. 

Invirtiendo la pirámide invertida: breve genealogía del origen, emergencia y desarrollo de Podemos

El deber de un revolucionario no es simplemente ganar, sino conseguir transformar la sociedad, empezando por la transformación ética de uno mismo. English.

Comunicación Política, Transformación Social y Alternativas Democráticas: Crítica y Límites de la Experiencia PODEMOS

Desde el punto de vista de la economía política de la comunicación, fiar toda la comunicación política a los media es una apuesta equivocada. English.

Postconflicto en Colombia (1). Adiós a las armas

2015 termina con avances de vital importancia para la negociación. Acordado el punto sobre víctimas, la dejación de las armas es ahora uno de los más dificultosos que quedan por acordar. English. Português. 

Post-conflict in Colombia (1). A farewell to arms

2015 ends with crucial progress in the negotiation process. Once the victims' viewpoint has been agreed, the laying down of arms is now one of the most difficult remaining points. Português. Español. 

Idomeni, Grécia – sem saída

O campo de refugiados de Idomeni foi, durante as últimas três semanas, o epicentro do conflito da entrada dos refugiados na Europa. A distinção feita na fronteira entre migrantes e refugiados fez a violência escalar. English

Paris COP21: the worst deal in the history of global climate negotiations

The role of technology in solving the climate change challenge was completely ignored by world leaders at the Paris conference.

To be, or not to be: Europe under siege

In the short term, Europe can only survive as a way of solving common problems, worth having insofar as the EU stabilises crises and protects the economic wellbeing of its citizens.

El asalto a los cielos: ¿De arriba abajo o de abajo arriba? Las relaciones entre el movimiento municipalista y Podemos

Entre los errores de Podemos está el entender a sus comités locales (los famosos círculos), junto a iniciativas municipalistas, como meros generadores de reivindicaciones, y no como lugares de construcción colectiva y de creatividad política. English.

“Our situation is Quixotic and Machiavellian”: an interview with Podemos’ Jorge Moruno

It takes a lot to get very little, but there is no other option we must open a new way, without the means to do so. We are in the belly of the whale.

Por que perdeu a esquerda na Argentina?

Os porta-vozes do oficialismo nunca deixaram de manter um estilo duro e confrontacional que, nestas eleições, acabou por ser extemporâneo. Macri deve agora saber administrar a sua curta vitória respeitando as conquistas do kirchnerismo. Español. English.

Quiénes somos, de dónde venimos… ¿a dónde vamos?

Podemos tuvo que reconciliar el entusiasmo de todos aquellos que carecían de experiencia previa en participación política con la experiencia y el sesgo de los que ya procedían de entornos activistas. English.

Podemos: el desafío en España

Necesitamos expandir el espacio emancipatorio de lo que es posible desde dentro del discurso contaminado y contaminante, muy alejado de la pura racionalidad y una superioridad teórica sobre “las masas”. English.

The left isn’t dead yet in Venezuela

With a catastrophic economic situation, Chavism is running out of time. Much will depend on how Maduro deals with this unprecedented situation of having a parliament fully controlled by the opposition. Português.

A esquerda ainda não está morta na Venezuela

Numa situação económica catastrófica, o Chavismo está a correr contra o tempo. Muito dependerá de como Maduro lide com um Parlamento controlado pela oposição, uma situação sem precedentes na história recente da Venezuela. English.

If FIFA were a country

If the majority can be bought, intimidated or pushed around, then no country, any more than an international organization, can establish control over corruption.

“We are seeing you”: protesting violent democracies in Kosova

Within Kosova there is a general feeling that these international actors prize stability above all else, enabling them to overlook the kind of police violence they see in their social media.

Special Report: Gangs in Honduras

A new report based on extensive field research describes how the modus operandi of Honduras' two largest gangs (MS13 and Barrio18) has resulted in staggering levels of violence and extortion. Español.

Informe especial: Pandillas en Honduras

Un informe basado en un extenso trabajo de campo describe cómo funcionan las dos principales pandillas de Honduras, la MS13 y Barrio 18. Los niveles de violencia y extorsión son inauditos. English.

Integrated education in Europe: privilege or right?

This international human rights day, the deep-rooted stereotype that implies that Romani families do not value education contributes substantially to a general lack of awareness in working to ensure equality in education for all. 

The tale of a Brazilian betrayal: the mining and environmental tragedy in Itabira

As long as environmental policies in Brazil continue to be filtered through corruption and electoral accountability, large scale mining companies will carry on their highly profitable but dangerous extraction with impunity. Español. Português.

Tragedia minera y el medioambiente en Itabira: historia de una traición brasileña

Mientras la política ambiental esté sometida a la corrupción y evite la rendición de cuentas electorales, las grandes compañías mineras seguirán con su extracción, tan rentable como peligrosa, con toda impunidad. English. Português

Tragédia mineira e meio-ambiente em Itabira: história de uma traição Brasileira

Enquanto a política ambiental passar pelo filtro da corrupção e da rendição de contas eleitoral, as grandes empresas seguirão com a sua extração, tao rentável como perigosa, com toda a impunidade. Español. English

How ISIS provincialised Europe

A politics of blame, of ‘us’ versus ‘them’, serves only to endorse ISIS’s Manichean worldview. Only an ethos of intercultural dialogue can help produce the "strange multiplicity" that an irreversibly multiethnic Europe so urgently needs.

China es un “impulsor importante” de degradación medioambiental en América Latina

China lanzó su estrategia “de expansión global” hace una década, invirtiendo más de US$ 120,000 millones en Latinoamérica, más que cualquier otro país. Pero esto tiene un alto precio medioambiental. English. Português.

China é “forte promotora” da degradação ambiental na América Latina

A China lançou sua estratégia de “expansão global”, há uma década, e já aportou mais de US$ 120 bilhões à América Latina, mais do que qualquer outro país. Mas isto implica um alto preço meio-ambiental. English. Español.

The Eurozone crisis and the future of Europe, as viewed from Greece

As new rulers (and their voters) gradually realize that austerity cannot be simply voted out of existence, or prosperity into existence, the prevailing mood is that of a bad hangover.

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