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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Lula, from magician to sharp shooter

Lula is trying to break away from “his” Workers Party (PT) and to establish himself as a leader outraged by corruption. But the biggest bogey for Brazilian ‘progressismo’ is now the possibility that Lula himself could be arrested. Español, Portugués.

Women's paid and unpaid work, and the colonial hangover

At the International Association for Feminist Economics conference, social scientists, researchers and economists agree that women's work is still undervalued globally, and dogged by an enduring subconscious colonial mindset.

Germany's demographic challenge

Germany is by no means an unstoppable juggernaut, and the re-erection of trade barriers across the continent and a return to a strong Deutschmark would ravage the economy.

Uma rebelião grega

Ao que estamos a fazer frente na crise grega é a uma inacreditável corrupção moral a grande escala. English

La rebelión griega

A lo que estamos haciendo frente en la crisis griega es a una asombrosa corrupción moral a gran escala. English

German offensive, Greek resistance

Europe needs Tsipras to pass the agreement in Parliament, where there is a no majority without the bulk of Syriza votes.

The outline of a “deal”

Imagine if the US states had rejected the Constitution and opted to keep the Articles of Confederation; Europe remains in this embryonic, weak and unstable state.

Momentous times for democracy in Europe

The shocking behaviour of the Eurozone leaders in punishing Greece for voting against austerity has alarming implications for the future. Is it too late to put democracy and Europe together again?

Young and European? We are Greece, we are the 99%

When will a true European democracy based on the people, not the states, finally emerge?

Can buying 'freely traded' coffee be socially just?

As the rise in Colombia's mimimum wage impacts the country's coffee producers, how can consumers support socially just production?

Athens from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a long way from Athens, but the suffering of the Greeks is close to the heart of the Argentines. Many are cheering Greek courage in standing up to the IMF and friends, even if this is simply what it takes to get back to the negotiating table. Español.

Buenos Aires, muito longe de Atenas

Buenos Aires está muito longe de Atenas, mas o sofrimento dos Gregos está muito perto do coração dos Argentinos. São muitos aqueles que aplaudem a coragem de fazer frente ao FMI e aos seus sócios, nem que seja para acabar voltando à mesa das negociações.English.

Atenas desde Buenos Aires

Son muchos los que desde Argentina aplauden el coraje de los griegos por haber plantado cara al FMI y a sus amigos, ni que sea para acabar volviendo a la mesa de negociación. English.

Why I'm leaving London

“My family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we're going.”

A 12 step guide to the EU’s crisis of political responsibility

Why are European institutions incapable of implementing values that honour fraternity, solidarity, and a dignified life?

Varoufakis’s dogma

Europe was not, and still is not, ready for the level of consolidation that the Greek Finance Minister suggested. On the other hand, Varoufakis was not ready to compromise his ideas either.

Yanis Varoufakis, James Dean of the European left

According to the distinction made by Max Weber, Varoufakis answers to his convictions while Tsipras holds the future of Greece in his hands for Greece and Europe.

In bad faith

Debt relief must happen now—more than the IMF suggests—to prevent the need for even more debt relief later. This is as much in the creditors’ interest as it is in the Greeks'.

‘Love where you live’, and other lies of gentrification

Let’s admit that gentrification is an immoral urban process. It is a deliberate policy of social engineering and needs to be tackled at its source.

The damage for which Chevron has failed to compensate its victims in Ecuador

For 20 years, farmers and indigenous people have been fighting the Chevron-Texaco corporation for recognition of the damage it has caused in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Español

Ethiopia after its electoral drama: second “renewal” imminent ?

The history of this country is one of eternal recurrence. The ‘national question” re-emerges where it has always been, with varying degrees of visibility: at the heart of Ethiopian political life. 

Nothing in politics is an accident

“More cynically (or realistically) the Hellenes must be kept in the NATO orbit and timely aid is the best guarantor of it.”

SYRIZA crash-lands against the euro

Tsipras’ room for manoeuvre is completely circumscribed by the euro.

The last couple of days in Athens and in solidarity

Tribute to the Greek left from a fellow European who won’t forget the run-up to the historic Greek referendum.

Why I will be voting YES in Sunday’s Greek referendum

I would vote yes as I do not want my objections to the way the crisis has been managed at home and in Brussels to be usurped by politicians that dream that they can give the Union a bloody nose by destroying the Eurozone.

¿Último tango en Atenas?

Los pesimistas pronostican una catástrofe social en Grecia. Pero en Argentina, la crisis de 2001 fue resuelta por los ciudadanos, no por lo banqueros. English

Last tango in Athens?

Doom merchants predict social catastrophe for Greece. But when Argentina defaulted in 2001,  the people - not the banks -  rallied to the rescue. Español

The citizen revolutions in Latin America

The countries of the ‘citizen revolution’ in Latin America are post-neoliberal, but not post-capitalist.

Blesa's e-mails: the end of an era

Spain, December 2013: 8,000 leaked e-mails sent from Caja Madrid corporate accounts, regarding the actions of former president, Miguel Blesa, have led to over 100 bankers and politicians facing trial. This is the inside story of Blesa’s e-mails, from those behind the leak. Español. Portugues.

Trash world

Most accounts of Agbogbloshie, the e-waste site in Accra, Ghana, persistently fail to sustain a proper conversation about how it and its counterparts across the global south operate.

If democracy in Egypt cannot be stimulated directly, it can be promoted by example

It seems that the accusations of hypocrisy towards western actors, often heard in the Arab world, are not completely wrong.

Straightening Europe’s crooked timber into a democratic eurozone

Opposition to the direction of the Eurozone can be expressed through national democracies, for example through the election of Syriza, but this is now an inadequate form of political representation.

A turning point for Greece and Europe

There is still some space to avoid this worst-case scenario. And to listen to the reasons of Alexis Tsipras and of Greece - that are the reasons of democracy, in Athens as in Europe.

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