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The Ghost of Christmas Present curates openDemocracy’s Highlights of 2017.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

O ocaso do petismo (Parte 2): as tarefas urgentes da esquerda

O “Vão-se todos embora” e as “Eleições Já”, são coerentes com o que exige a situação no Brasil, mas chocam com a inexistência duma organização popular que o apoie. English Español

Why the Panama Papers are a feminist issue

Those shifting and hiding their wealth are failing to pay back into the ‘care economy’ - the people who produce and reproduce the workforce of today and tomorrow. Islenska

The youth ruse: mobilizing concern for the younger generation

Reading through The Trials of Generation Y, a series of inflammatory headlines pit the young against the old, while skirting around the question of deepening inequalities within all age groups.

Crise Brasileira: junho de 2013 não aconteceu

Onde estão as condições de criação abertas pelas protestas de há três anos? Como evitar as armadilhas de uma polarização superficial, incapaz de rebaixar a tensão política no Brasil? English Español

Crisis Brasileña: junio de 2013 no tuvo lugar

¿Dónde está la creatividad abierta por las protestas de hace tres años? ¿Cómo evitar las trampas de una polarización superficial, incapaz de rebajar la tensión política en Brasil? English Português

América Latina: da cosmopolítica à tecnopolítica

Uma característica específica dos novos movimentos sociais latino-americanos é o seu sincretismo: a cultura do 15M/Occupy Wall Street mistura-se com cosmovisões indígenas ancestrais. English Español

Muros de odio y temor, en Europa

Necesitamos fronteras, pero éstas no tienen por qué ser barricadas. English

European walls of hate and fear

We do need borders – but these needn’t be barricades. Español

Desafiando nociones de sentido común: tráfico de emigrantes en el continente americano

Mientras los emigrantes buscan nuevos destinos, Ecuador, que una vez fue un principal exportador de emigrantes a EE.UU., se ha convertido en una zona de tránsito migratorio mundial. English

Papeles de Panamá: "una vieja tradición de la piratería inglesa"

Editores de openDemocracyUK, openDemocracyRussia y DemocraciaAbierta comentan las implicaciones de los "Papeles de Panamá". English

Latin America 2000-2015: an interim assessment

The great shortcoming of the messianic leaders was their failure to understand the root of their so Latin American stance: cycles exhaust themselves inevitably. Español Português

América Latina 2000-2015: un balance provisional

La gran insuficiencia de los líderes mesiánicos fue no haber entendido la raíz de su propia postura, tan latinoamericana, de no asumir que los ciclos se agotan inevitablemente. English Português

Obama, Timochenko e os Rolling Stones, juntos em Cuba

Juntar em Cuba Obama e Raul Castro, Kerry e as FARC, e ter Mick Jagger a saltar de alegria, é uma maneira revolucionária de enterrar a revolução. Español English

América Latina: de la cosmopolítica a la tecnopolítica

Una característica distintiva de los nuevos movimientos sociales latinoamericanos es su sincretismo: la cultura del 15M/OccupyWall Street se mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales. English Português

Carta aberta à comunidade académica internacional

Um novo tipo de golpe “mediático-judicial”, mais complexo e sofisticado que o golpe militar, está em marcha no Brasil. Intelectuais brasileiros procuram o apoio da comunidade internacional. Español English

"Economic peace" for Palestine?

By all means, give the Palestinians development aid. But let us not delude ourselves that this will facilitate a two-state solution anytime soon. Norsk

The troubling political economy of Iraq’s Sh’ia clerical establishment

Iraqi and Iranian Shia have been competing over Iraq's shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala since the invasion. Al Sistani's successor will have to cope with the fall-out.

Pía Mancini: generación cambio

52 Insights entrevista a Pía Mancini, una activista argentina de 33 años, que se propone facilitar el cambio en el sistema político global utilizando tecnología y apps innovadoras. English

It can’t happen here... can it?

Try listing similarities and differences between the US today and Weimar Germany in the 1920s -30s. At this edgy moment, the similarities, of course, tend to jump out at you.

Cheap gasoline and CO2 in Venezuela

No other country in Latin America consumes more oil-based fuel per person than Venezuela. With petrol close to zero dollars, air pollution is massive. Español Português

Venezuela, petróleo regalado y muchísimo CO2

Venezuela es el país de América Latina con mayor consumo por habitante de combustibles derivados del petróleo. Con la gasolina prácticamente a cero dólares, la contaminación es enorme. English Português

The chilling effect on India’s academic freedom

The language of anti-nationalism has worked to put forth a monolithic vision of the nation state, and simultaneously sought to erase diverse voices from the discursive space.

Brasil en caída libre

En vez de vivir el año triunfal que había previsto, Brasil ha entrado en el año de la ingobernabilidad. English

“We have created a monster”

On the recent electoral successes of Germany's extreme right and its ideological background.

The ‘SYRIZA experience’: lessons and adaptations

SYRIZA did what the traditional way of doing politics dictates: supported social movements, built alliances, won a majority in the parliament, formed a government. We all know the results.

Donald Trump defines the term, authentic populist

Populism, in other words, is the idea of a certain democracy in which illiberalism trumps liberalism.

Extend-and-pretend comes to the refugee crisis

Erdogan is not doing this just for the money. Turkey is legitimately concerned about its security situation and needs European and American help to resolve it.

Youngsters and refugees, or how exile changes eastern Europe

Official anticommunism never contented itself with making an equation between fascism and communism. It gravitated toward depicting communism as an absolute evil, whose enemies became new role models.

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (10): investir na equidade de género

Um ponto de vista corporativo centrado na igualdade de género evidencia que o investimento no capital humano da mulher equivale a investir no desenvolvimento de empresas fortes em sociedades pacíficas. English Español

Post-conflicto en Colombia (10): Invertir en la equidad de género

Un punto de vista corporativo enfocado en la igualdad de género evidencia que la inversión en el capital humano de la mujer equivale a invertir en el desarrollo de las empresas fuertes en las sociedades pacíficas. English Português

Postconflict in Colombia (10): investing in gender equality

A corporate perspective with a focus on gender equality makes obvious that investing in the human capital of women equates to investing in the development of strong businesses in peaceful societies. Español Português

DiEM25 in the footsteps of Altiero Spinelli?

Democratising Europe is not about reinventing the wheel. A study of Altiero Spinelli's efforts, especially the Congress of the European People, may increase our chances of success.

9 cosas que hemos aprendido tras 50 años de guerra contra las drogas

En el continente americano, el modelo prohibicionista ha fomentado la desigualdad, el derramamiento de sangre y la violación masiva de derechos humanos. Necesitamos comprender qué ha fallado. English

Is capitalism fuelling the war on drugs?

In the Americas, state policies, under cover of an anti-narcotics struggle, lead to terror and displacement. And this terrifying violence overwhelmingly favours transnational capital. Español

Who cares for the refugees?

Refugee welfare infrastructures are run thanks to self-organised, spontaneous social activists: not by the receivers of EU aid packages.

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