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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR, covering the progressive agenda in Eurasia.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Democracia e experimentação política para o século XXI

Pretendemos compreender o alcance e o impacto da experimentação política, e melhorar o diagnóstico sobre o estado latente de uma democracia mais profunda na América Latina. English Español

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Dilma Rousseff´s government has in no way been a model of protection for the environment and indigenous areas. However,  it seems that the government of Michel Temer could be much worse. Español Português

Peace talks in Kuwait: will they solve Yemen’s crisis?

There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

A new politics from the left?

Can it be achieved from within existing political institutions, or does it require new sources of power to be built in society and the economy as a base for new political institutions?

End of a cycle for the left in Latin America?

We share a common enemy: a neo-conservative project for capital accumulation on a global scale, based on extreme mechanisms of dispossession, including war and the hollowing out of democracy and politics. Español

Os protestos não são movimentos

Como podemos transformar estes protestos, que ocuparam as ruas e as praças de todo o planeta, em movimento efetivos, capazes de pôr em causa as relações de poder? English Español

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

"More people, more agency": Turning protests into movements

How do we transform the waves of protests—which have occupied streets and squares worldwide over the past few years—into movements that can challenge power? Português Español

Por qué Donald Trump sí puede ser presidente

Trump emplea reiteradamente el simbolismo, manipulando las frustraciones de distintos sectores. En una sociedad cada vez más desigual, se postula como el salvador de los perdedores. English

Middle classes in Latin America (8). Divided at the ballot and in the streets in Brazil

Mid-income Brazilians have been supplying the mobilized “troops” for the battles around Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, providing street legitimacy to the process as much as to the resistance against it. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (8). División en el voto y en las calles en Brasil

Los brasileños de ingresos medios han aportado “tropas” y legitimidad callejera a las batallas en torno a la destitución de Dilma Rousseff, tanto a favor como en contra. English

Why Donald Trump could be president

Trump plays very strongly in the symbolic field, operating on a series of different sectors’ frustrations. In an increasingly unequal society he introduces himself as a savior of the losers. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (7). El empobrecimiento en Venezuela

En Venezuela, el cambio de ciclo y las políticas erróneas arrojan bastantes interrogantes sobre la recuperación de los grupos sociales que mejoraron sus ingresos durante el reciente boom petrolero. English

Middle classes in Latin America (7). Impoverishment in Venezuela

In Venezuela, the changing of the cycle and the wrong policies applied raise many questions about the recovery of the social groups that benefited from the recent oil boom. Español

Entre a pobreza, corrupção e violência, os agricultores lutam pela terra no Paraguai

O encerramento duma radio comunitária é a ultima demonstração da repressão existente num país onde 1.6% da população controla 80% da terra cultivável. English Español

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

Today’s People of the Abyss

Is the book a time capsule from a bygone era from which we can learn ‘how it was’ rather than ‘how it is today’?

Middle classes in Latin America (6). Between political instability and authoritarianism in Bolivia

A context of economic crisis could send many people back to poverty in Bolivia, fueling a situation of discontent that could bring back the climate of instability and political uncertainty. Español

Rural Paraguayans fight for land amid corruption, poverty and violence

The closing down of a community-run radio in eastern rural Paraguay is the last example of repression in a country where 1,6% of  its population controls 80% of its agricultural land. Português Español

Entre pobreza, corrupción y violencia, los campesinos luchan por la tierra en Paraguay

El cierre de una radio comunitaria es la última muestra de represión en un país donde un 1,6% de la población paraguaya controla el 80% de la tierra cultivable. Português English

Las mujeres y la guerra contra las drogas

Supervivientes y víctimas de la guerra contra las drogas viajaron desde Honduras en una caravana para la paz, la vida y la justicia para presentar su caso ante la UNGASS. English

Celebrating labour day in the red city – Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"“I don’t think older people are nostalgic about the socialist past. I can see that the life was better in those days..."

Middle classes in Latin America (5). From the rhetoric of growth to post-agreement expectations in Colombia

Although the rise of the middle classes in Colombia responds to the same factors as in the rest of Latin  America, social unrest here has a particularly multiclass character. Español

The dawn and delusions of the ‘Nerd Reich’: BlockBusters #1

It is both possible and necessary to think politically about the blockchain: delegation, transmutation and complexity.

Offshore democracy, or Argentina through the looking glass

Exclude the poor from politics on the grounds that they are tempted to misappropriate public funds, and replace them with the rich: this is the project. Español Português

Democracia offshore en la Argentina de Macri

Este es el proyecto: con el argumento de que caen en la tentación de apropiarse indebidamente de fondos públicos, excluir a los pobres de la política y sustituirlos por los ricos. English Português

Democracia Offshore na Argentina de Macri

Excluir os pobres da política, porque podem ser tentados a malversar fundos públicos, e substitui-los pelos ricos: este é o projeto da nova democracia offshore. English Español

Redefining relations between Latin America and China

According to a new report by the OECD, Latin America will have to redefine its relations with China if it is to resume economic growth. Español Português

A América Latina terá que redefinir as suas relações com a China

De acordo com um novo relatório da OCDE, a América Latina terá que redefinir as suas relações com a China se quiser retomar o crescimento económico. Español English

Hacia una redefinición de las relaciones de América Latina con China

Según un nuevo informe de la OCDE, América Latina tendrá que redefinir sus relaciones con China si quiere reanudar su crecimiento económico. English Português

No alternative in Europe to a long, hard struggle

Don't be conned by those determined to free Britain from EU “red tape” – their catch-all term for employment rights, consumer protection and environmental regulation.

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