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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Los venezolanos ante la reelección de Maduro

La ausencia de adversarios políticos potentes implica falta de competitividad electoral - un escenario perfecto para el presidente Nicolás Maduro, e imposible para cualquier esperanza de oposición. English

Maduro's re-election bid

The absence of strong political adversaries means electoral non-competitiveness - a perfect setting for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and hopeless for any opposition chance. Español

Luchar contra el machismo en Ciudad de México

Ante el problema del machismo, extendidísimo en México, una entidad de Ciudad de México organiza clases de grupo semanales para luchar contra las “masculinidades negativas”. English

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

El vía crucis de los migrantes

La marcha anual que se organiza en Semana Santa para llamar la atención sobre la situación en la que se vive en Centroamérica ha conseguido este año suscitar interés internacional. English

Mexico in the time of the caravan

Central American migrants march through Mexico once again this Easter to protest against the conditions they face in their home countries, but this year they have gained international attention. Español

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

Justicia transicional: es hora de un replanteamiento

El conjunto de herramientas de justicia transicional se desarrolló para circunstancias distintas de la mayoría de los conflictos violentos actuales. Es necesario reconsiderarlo para generar resultados en los temas de mayor interés para las víctimas. English

Black Tunisian women: ceaseless erasure and post-racial illusion

Four black women from all walks of life speak up about their experiences. They can no longer be silenced.

Operation Lava Jato and the destruction of the rule of law

The fight against corruption in Brazil should imply political reform limiting the influence of economic power on politics, particularly during elections.  But without respect for the law, this is impossible. Español, Português

A redneck revolt? Radical responses to Trumpism in the rural US

There are radical responses to Trumpism in rural and working class white communities. The story of one of them, called Redneck Revolt, reveals important lessons for the US left.

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

Is symbolic politics an impediment to economic equality?

The politics of representation are mostly symbolic. In Canada, we have seen over the past two years such a politics of representation at work in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.

#IBelieveHer protesters face backlash after Belfast rape acquittals

A gruelling rape trial ended in the acquittal of rugby players, prompting online outrage, offline protests – and a backlash from lawyers and men’s rights activists.

Twofold crisis in Ethiopia: the elites and the street

Ultimately, the only route to its successful end is regulation through institutional mechanisms, which means elections, whether early or within the normal electoral cycle.

A Operação Lava Jato e a destruição do Estado de Direito

A luta contra a corrupção implicaria uma reforma política que limitaria a influência do poder econômico nas eleições e na política, mas isso não pode ser feito sem respeito pelas leis. Español, English

Operación Lava Jato y la destrucción del Estado de derecho

La lucha contra la corrupción en Brasil implicaría una reforma política que limitase la influencia del poder económico en las elecciones y la política, pero esto nunca puede hacerse sin respetar las leyes. Português, English

From Land Day to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, Palestinians have plenty to protest

The murderously disproportionate violence meted out against demonstrating Palestinians is only the latest in a long series of deadly responses to popular protests. 

Migration bottleneck in southern Mexico

Hundreds of thousands of Central Americans flee their countries, beset by extreme poverty and intolerable violence, collapsing the southern border. Mexico and the US must do much more. Interview. Español

Re-thinking EU-Turkey co-operation over migration

Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin is also an example of how refugees are instrumentalized to gain domestic support for foreign policy ambitions.

Cuello de botella migratorio al sur de México

Cientos de miles de centroamericanos huyen de sus países hacia el norte, acosados por una pobreza extrema y por una violencia intolerable. México y EEUU deben hacer mucho más. Entrevista. English

Humanitarian response in Lebanon: changing social norms or reproducing them?

While gendered realities are increasingly acknowledged and addressed by international organisations and agencies, in practice, gendered social norms and attitudes have proven to be difficult to address. 

The Backlash podcast episode 2: "you can't eat a condom"

Anti-choice activists at the United Nations argue that rural women need food, not reproductive choice. But unsafe abortions kill women.

Persistent inequality (1): Why Kirchnerism lost in Argentina

Why did Macri win the elections? Because of the falling price of commodities? The power of the media? A change in the mood of the population?. Español

Teen Mom Tanzania: denied sex education, then criminalised for pregnancy

Pregnant teenagers face expulsion from school, arrests, even death. The backlash against sex education in Africa is punishing our girls, and must end now.

Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Authoritarian capitalism and the prison industrial complex is a two-tiered tyrannical system designed to enslave through mass incarceration.

México y el futuro digital: más allá del determinismo tecnológico

A pesar de la retórica sobre un futuro digital a la vuelta de la esquina, la reforma de las telecomunicaciones adolece de falta de inversión social y educativa. English

The health catastrophe in Gaza: our double standards are killing Palestinians

The right to health is severely restricted for the residents of Gaza in a way that would be inconceivable if enacted in a different setting.

"Podría haber sido nuestra Martin Luther King Jr." Homenaje a Marielle Franco

La concejala defendía los derechos de los más oprimidos en Brasil y la mataron. Por esto, por todo el mundo hay gente que están de luto, protestando por su muerte y lo que significa. English

‘She could have been our Martin Luther King Jr’ – tribute to Marielle Franco

The city councilwoman advocated for the rights of the most oppressed Brazilians. This is why people around the world are mourning and protesting her death. Español

¿Estamos dispuestas a asumirlo? La ejecución de Marielle y sus perversas consecuencias

Hoy hace tres semanas que estamos sin Marielle. Estamos dispuestas a seguir la luz que ella siempre representará, mostrándonos el camino? English

Are we ready to face it? Marielle’s execution and its perverse consequences

Today we complete three weeks without Marielle and Anderson. Are we ready to follow the light that Marielle will always represent? Español

El asesinato de Marielle Franco, en el radar de la ONU

Esta es la oportunidad de que Brasil muestre dónde está. Gracias a Marielle, el mundo entero sigue ahora el drama de la intervención militar federal en Río de Janeiro. Hoy, Marielle tiene el tamaño del mundo. English Português

An attack against a social leader is an attack on an entire community

In Colombia there are 8,307,777 victims of armed conflict and 7,358, 249 displaced people. And when these people are social leaders, entire communities suffer. Español

Atacar un líder social es atacar una comunidad entera

En Colombia hay 8,307,777 víctimas del conflicto armado y 7,358,248 desplazados.Y cuando estas víctimas o desplazados son líderes sociales, comunidades enteras sufren cuando éstos no están. English

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