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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

¿Qué clase de cambio en Argentina?

Una reñida carrera electoral, y una segunda vuelta sin precedentes, indican que un movimiento histórico se está produciendo en la política Argentina. English. Português.

Para el Estado, transparencia; para los demás, privacidad

Si algo deja de ser un instrumento para la democracia y la justicia y se vuelve un eslogan, tenemos un problema. Miren lo que ha pasado con “Love”, “Peace”, “Democracia”, “Justicia”… English.

¿Cuán libre es la libertad en Angola?

Henrique Luaty y otros activistas fueron detenidos, acusados de planear el derrocamiento del presidente de Angola. Su huelga de hambre, y un creciente apoyo público internacional, pueden forzar una transición democrática. English. Português

On the end of Chavism

Forthcoming elections in Venezuela may not be about the continuity or the end of Chavism, but rather on how the opposition and the ruling party will cohabitate the day after. Español.

Entre especulaciones y agoreros del final del chavismo

A pesar de la retórica, el tema de las próximas elecciones en Venezuela no es la continuidad o el fin del chavismo, sino la forma que tomará la cohabitación de la oposición y el partido gobernante el día después. English.

Now is the time to defend the public’s right to know

Britain has just attended the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico as the world leader on open data policy – a clear winner, now under threat. How come?

Quão livre é a liberdade em Angola?

Henrique Luaty e outros ativistas Angolanos foram presos por alegadamente planear depor o Presidente de Angola. A sua greve de fome e um crescente apoio público podem forçar o governo Angolano a abrir caminho a uma transição democrática. English. Español.

How free is freedom in Angola?

Henrique Luaty and other Angolan activists were arrested for allegedly planning to overthrow the President. His hunger strike and a growing public support can strong-arm the Angolan government into making way for a democratic transition. Português. Español.

¿Somos todos Guatemala?

Jimmy Morales, un cómico televisivo, ha sido elegido para sustituir al presidente Otto Pérez Molina, quien renunció a su cargo el 3 de septiembre bajo una gran presión popular. Guatemala es la expresión radical de una crisis que afecta a casi todos los países de América Latina. English. Português.

Aren't we all Guatemala?

Jimmy Morales, a television comedian, has been elected to replace president Otto Pérez Molina, who resigned on September 3 under massive popular pressure. Guatemala is the radical expression of a crisis affecting almost every country in Latin America. Español. Português

Somos todos Guatemala?

Jimmy Morales, um comediante de televisão, foi eleito para substituir o presidente Otto Pérez Molina, que renunciou ao cargo em 3 de setembro sob enorme pressão popular. Guatemala é a expressão radical de uma crise que afeta quase todos os países da América Latina. English. Español.

The pillage of Egypt by Sisi and Britain Inc.

The twisted logic of this system protects the socialisation of the Egyptian economy in favour of a military clique, whilst condoning the wholesale imprisonment of its capitalists.  

Politics, security technologies, and civil society: the missing links

This is the point in time where polities should start thinking of security as a public good, where all involved are potential winners or potential losers. 

Megateo, los grupos armados y el futuro de los habitantes del Catatumbo

Megateo era uno de los nacotraficantes más buscados de Colombia. Su muerte el 2 de octubre de 2015 fue un golpe importante. Pero para los habitantes del Catatumbo, hay menos motivos para la celebración. English. Português.

Megateo, the armed groups and the future of the people of Colombia’s Catatumbo

Megateo was one of the most wanted drug traffickers in Colombia. His death on October 2, 2015 was a major blow, but the people of Catatumbo have little reason to celebrate. Español. Português

Neoliberalismo tardío y sus enemigos

Los movimientos sociales se enfrentan a 3 retos: el reto simbólico de construir algo nuevo; el reto material de movilizar recursos limitados; y el reto estratégico de influenciar un sistema político muy cerrado. English.

The ‘shadow play’ of Budapest

In the summer months, Europe starts to migrate. Tourist hordes invade the cities that used to be our home. What have become of our towns? When and how did they become virtual and unbearably cool?

O Movimento dos Sem-Terra (MST) e a tripla crise do Brasil

O Brasil enfrenta-se atualmente a uma tripla crise- económica, urbana e política. O governo está a responder através de uma série de medidas políticas de classe, afirma o MST. English. Español.

Latin America on Democratic Alert

At a moment when Latin America finds itself at an economic and political crossroads, there is an urgent need to map out scenarios for ensuring a fully democratic future. The Alerta Democrática initiative is undertaking this relevant exercise. Español. Português.

Latinoamérica en Alerta Democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio. Português. English.

América Latina em Alerta Democrático

Num momento em que a região se encontra perante uma encruzilhada económica e política, parece urgente desenhar cenários para lidar com o futuro. A iniciativa Alerta Democrático pretende executar este importante exercício. EspañolEnglish.

Turkey’s interim passage to anarchy

The current mayhem, if it continues, is likely to once again tempt the military top brass to stage a coup and take power in the name of restoring order as it has done several times earlier. 

China and the coming crisis

Look to China, if you want to locate the downfall of capitalism. It could happen a lot sooner than we think.

Resposta aos profetas do “fim de ciclo” latino-americano

Os êxitos históricos dos governos progressistas são inegáveis segundo Atílio Borón e Álvaro Garcia Linera, dois dos intelectuais mais lúcidos implicados nos processos políticos da região. Español. English.

An answer to the “end of cycle” prophets in Latin America

The historical successes of progressive governments are undeniable, according to Atilio Borón and Álvaro García Linera, two of the most clear-headed intellectuals involved in the political processes in the region. Español. Português.

Respuesta a los profetas del “fin de ciclo” latinoamericano

Los aciertos históricos de los gobiernos progresistas son innegables, según Atilio Borón y Álvaro García Linera, dos de los intelectuales más lúcidos implicados en los procesos políticos de la región. Português. English.

Bernie Sanders has morphed into a serious contender

Democratic socialism does not resonate positively in an America still overshadowed by decades of anti-communism, but Sanders is tapping into deeply-rooted popular frustration with inauthentic politicians.

Canadians, go vote to get your money's worth

As Canada prepares to vote in the longest and possibly costliest election of its modern history, high voter turnout is key to bring the focus back on the role of citizens in Canadian electoral politics.

Time for a reckoning: NGOs, public trust and democracy

Accountability practices, intended to increase trust in NGOs, can lead to a narrow focus on projects at the expense of engaging in wider campaigning for social transformation. 

Should Labour be 'the party of home ownership'?

False hopes about a ‘property-owning democracy’ are central to the story of Britain’s ‘great housing disaster.’

Free movement, welfare tourism and refugees

“Economic migrant” was never a pejorative term among economists. If economic migration and asylum-seeking are kept properly distinct, the case for freedom of movement within the European Union is unanswerable.

European trust: the perfect storm

To entrust an increasingly sceptical public with more and more veto powers at the very moment when existing veto powers threaten the EU project - does not seem right.

Digital capitalism: stagnation and contention?

Capitalist development has undergone – and inflicted – violent historical dislocations in the past. So it is with digital capitalism today.

The ‘oil fairytale’ versus Norway's Constitution

Large-scale oil extraction in the Arctic is irreconcilable with a two-degree global warming limit. When politics let us down, we have to turn to the courts. Do you agree?

Rebuilding trust in Europe will mean a new and more populist way of doing politics

The truth is that ‘trust me’ didn’t work and the much-vaunted expertise of the ‘third way’ politicians have contributed to the disarray we see all around us. 

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