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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

When you’re standing in the rain, you can’t expect not to get wet

Although violence is considered a societal threat in Norway, inclusion of the violence faced by sex workers is not high on the agenda.

The billionaire, big data and net neutrality: Facebook and democracy in India

“One user even said Facebook sent him a notification that his deceased uncle had supported Free Basics and so he should too.” 

Is Bolivia outsourcing too much to China?

Bolivian president Evo Morales has cultivated a close relationship with China since taking office in 2006, but many deals with Chinese firms are under scrutiny. Español Português

¿Está Bolivia vendiendo su desarrollo?

El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, ha cultivado una estrecha relación con China desde que asumió su cargo en 2006, pero muchos acuerdos con empresas chinas están hoy bajo escrutinio. English Português

Está a Bolívia a externalizar o seu desenvolvimento?

O presidente da Bolívia, Evo Morales, tem cultivado uma estreita relação com a China desde que assumiu o cargo em 2006, mas muitos acordos com empresas chinesas estão agora sob escrutínio. Español English

The relevance of Keynesian economics for Europe

Keynesian economics continues to reveal its relevance as an alternative to mainstream approaches, as The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes reaches its eightieth year.

Da resistência ao poder: a experiência latino-americana

Uma conversa entre o secretário político de Podemos e uma referente da esquerda pós-marxista reflete o potencial impacto das ideias e práticas latino-americanas na esquerda europeia. English Español

The winners and losers in EU’s great privatisation fire sale

Selling state assets such as ports and airports in order to meet bailout requirements is not a realistic solution to the financial crisis.

Honest facts are what's needed

Shout Out UK, award-winning independent youth news network, asked 'If you could decide now, would you stay IN or OUT of the EU?' Out of the 728 young people polled (16-25 years old) 68% voted to stay IN.

De la resistencia al poder: la experiencia latinoamericana

Una conversación entre el secretario político de Podemos y un referente de la izquierda postmarxista muestra el impacto potencial de las ideas y prácticas latinoamericanas en la izquierda europea. English Português

Latin American conquest of the state

A conversation between the political strategist of Podemos and a theoretical referent of the postmarxist left shows the potential impact of the Latin-American political ideas and practices. Español Português

‘First respect, then assess!’: anti-research assessment protest in Italian universities (#NoVQR)

How can you ask to judge the quality of a system while you are also subjecting it to the most massive disinvestment in the history of the Italian state?

The failure of empathy: European responses to the refugee crisis

In contrast to official policies, there has been a wide array of responses seeking to support and welcome refugees from within civil societies, and these should be highlighted.

2013-2016: polarização e protestos no Brasil

A redução de uma ampla e complexa reconfiguração da sociedade brasileira a “fascistas” e “bolivarianos” é mostra da exasperação da conjuntura atual. Español English

Latino high schoolers could be deported to "certain death"

Several North Carolina Latino high schoolers have been arrested and are expected to be deported, despite strong opposition from both the teachers and school boards throughout the state. Español Português

Estudiantes latinos ¿deportados a una "muerte segura"?

Varios estudiantes latinos de Carolina del Norte han sido detenidos y, pese a la fuerte oposición de las autoridades educativas en todo el estado, podrían acabar siendo deportados. English Português

Global South, beyond the State

Global South's emancipatory practices are demanding the renewal of the 'Spirit of Bandung' that gave birth to the South-South cooperation. Español

Turkey’s other ‘Gezi’ moment

There were two Gezi moments: one, a resistance to neoliberal authoritarianism; the other, a defence of representative democracy and ‘the national will’, for whom Gezi spelt the end of democracy.

What can we expect from the EU-Turkey deal over the lives of Syrian refugees?

EU and international organisations welcome the Turkish Government’s policy changes to curb the number of refugees entering Europe. But if this will work remains to be seen.

Los sindicatos argentinos no regresarán a los años 90

Los dirigentes sindicales leales a los trabajadores cuestionarán las políticas de Macri y se enfrentarán al gobierno en los sindicatos, en las calles y en el Congreso de la Nación. English

Argentina’s trade unions will not go back to the 1990’s

Union leaders who remain loyal to the workers will question Macri’s policies, and will confront the government through the union membership both in the streets and in the National Congress. Español

DiEM-25 - La Unión Europea ha de democratizarse. ¡O se desintegrará!

Activistas e intelectuales de toda Europa lanzaron el 9 de febrero en Berlín el Manifiesto de DiEM25, siglas en inglés del Movimiento Democracia en Europa 2025. El fundador de openDemocracy explica porqué es tan vital para Europa. English

En Venezuela, lo fácil es polarizar

Rara vez los políticos negocian si no están obligados a hacerlo. Ante un país en quiebra, lo único que puede obligar al chavismo a negociar con una oposición fortalecida es la presión social. English

Venezuela, where polarising is so easy

Politicians negotiate only when they are forced to. In a broken nation, the only thing that can make Chavism accept to negotiate with a tough opposition is social pressure. Español

Yanis Varoufakis, los orígenes de la crisis económica en Europa y en el mundo

acTVism Munich entrevista en este video a Yanis Varoufakis, el economista y político griego mundialmente conocido por su oposición a las políticas de austeridad de la Troika. English

Latin America is the world's most unequal region. Here's how to fix it

Global leaders met at the Annual Meeting in Davos to discuss how to improve the state of the world and address its most pressing challenges. What can Latin America experience bring to the table? Español

América Latina es la región más desigual del mundo. Hay que poner remedio.

Existe una crisis mundial de desigualdad, y lo que ocurre en América Latina debe servir de alerta English

Democracia e experimentos no laboratório político latino-americano

Recentemente, a América Latina credenciou diferentes modelos de experimentação política. Observamos a emergência dum laboratório de experimentação politica que nos permite imaginar avanços para a democracia que vale a pena serem medidos. English Español

Democracia y experimentos en el laboratorio político latinoamericano

Recientemente, Latinoamérica ha acreditado distintos modelos de experimentación política. Observamos la emergencia de un laboratorio de experimentos que nos permite imaginar avances para la democracia, que merecen ser medidos. English Português

Democracy experiments in the Latin American political lab

In recent years, Latin America has experimented with different political models, seeking to consolidate democratic progress in the region. It is time to start measuring the results. Español Português

Las protestas digitales asaltan las calles brasileñas

A pesar del Marco Civil de internet, no sabemos si los ciudadanos despertarán a tiempo ante tanta vigilancia cibernética. A pesar de los abusos policiales, las protestas van a continuar. English

The so-called end of the progressivism cycle in South America

Political polarization is currently tensioning Latin America. The result will not be a general rightward shift by society, but the increase in economic, political, cultural and ideological contradictions. Español.

Sobre el llamado fin del ciclo del progresismo en América del Sur.

La polarización política está tensionando Latinoamérica. Pero el resultado no será el de una derechización generalizada de la sociedad, sino el del incremento de contradicciones económicas, políticas, culturales e ideológicas. English.

Algeria’s transition to uncertainty

Algeria is facing succession scrambles and economic crisis. Why are the country’s leaders handing the country over to the IMF rather than use its political and economic talent? 

Del mostrador a la basura: el derroche alimentario y la cultura de la prisa

Un tercio de toda la comida producida en el mundo se tira a la basura.¿Qué está pasando? English

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