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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The wall isn’t a state of emergency but a state of exception

The German legal scholar and Nazi ideologue Carl Schmitt described a ‘State of Exception’ as the process by which a sovereign leader can transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good. 

Levanta, Brazil!

Não está na hora de um grande NÃO? Não só a ele, mas a todo esse cavalo de pau que botou o Brasil voltado para o passado. Español

¡Levántate, Brasil!

¿No es hora de decir un gran NO? No sólo a Bolsonaro, sino a todo el giro radical que colocó a Brasil rumbo al pasado. Português

Las mentiras de Trump, las redadas contra inmigrantes y el derecho a la identidad

En su "State of the Union" de este año Trump aseguró que: "año tras año, innumerables estadounidenses son asesinados por criminales extranjeros ilegales". Simultáneamente, Carolina del Norte fue testigo de varias redadas contra inmigrantes. English.

There’s a backlash against sex education in ‘Feminist Canada’

Canada appears progressive on the world stage. But under pressure from the Christian right, Ontario’s premier scrapped modern sex education.

First they came for the ‘bad hombres’ … but the North Carolina sheriffs are speaking out

As NC immigrant arrests climb to 230 ICE announces the “New Normal” declaring how, where and why the people considered immigration violators will be arrested.

‘Religious freedom’ claims used to defend FGM in courts in four countries

Cases come as rights advocates warn such arguments are increasingly being ‘weaponised’ against women’s and LGBT equality.

No hay desastres naturales

¿Debemos considerar el colapso de la presa de Brumadinho como un caso de incompetencia empresarial o como un crimen contra las personas y la naturaleza? English

Alleged army rapes amidst Zimbabwe fuel hike protests go uninvestigated

When Zimbabweans took to the streets in January, women were met with sexual violence by security forces. Many are scared to report abuses.

‘Muslim women are stuck between Islamophobes and Islamic fundamentalists’

From France to Malaysia, Muslim women’s rights activists are challenging those who ask them to ‘choose between being a Muslim and a feminist’.

Open letter to the women of the world from Leyla Güven

"All the women of the world need to be saying enough to fascism, enough to dictatorship!"

How Verona became a ‘model city’ for far right and ultra-Catholic alliances

Far right and religious conservative movements captured the ‘city of love’ years ago. After national successes, they’re aiming at European victories.

Me metí en un "campamento juvenil" organizado por activistas antiaborto en Colombia

En un campamento que ofrece una mezcla de deportes extremos y retórica extrema, vi cómo están entrenando a adolescentes para que se integren en la lucha contra los derechos reproductivos. English.

Los referendos, ¿mejoran la democracia?

Si los lideran los ciudadanos, como en Irlanda, los referendos enriquecen la democracia. Pero ¿qué ocurre si los lideran las élites políticas, como en el Reino Unido o en Colombia? English

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

“We create space for freedom”: battling sexism in Ukraine’s media

Gender stereotypes are widespread in the Ukrainian media. I talked to activist Oleksandra Golub about campaigns to change this.

Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing’ gender violence

From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

Sapiens, Homo Deus, 21 Lecciones, y las ficciones inconfesadas de Yuval Harari

El profesor Harari influye en los más poderosos y ha vendido millones de ejemplares, pero no se enfrentan los problemas existenciales de la tierra sustituyendo un conjunto de mitos por otro. English

Leaving the white nationalist movement with Derek Black

We talk to Derek about what catalysed this change, if others are likely to follow in his footsteps and the role white nationalism is playing in politics in 2019.

Sowing division: caste is crucial in Indian elections

Of course, politicians did not create the powerful Hindu caste system. They merely exploit this fault-line, exacerbating the caste animosities to build vote banks.

¿Qué hay después del final abrupto del fin de la historia?

El ciclo Seis contradicciones y el fin del presente del Centro de Estudios del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, nació evocando la urgencia de volver a imaginar un horizonte de transformación.

#EleccionesAbiertas2018: Earthquake in Brazil and Mexico, tremors in Colombia

The presidential elections in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil were carried out in a context of polarisation and misinformation, alerting us to potential democratic setbacks in the region. Español

After Me Too, can we trust the UK government to tackle sexual abuse?

If our lawmakers fail to confront abuse in their own workplace, how do we trust them to enact effective policies for the rest of us?

#2018: Victories and defeats of the Latin American feminist movement

2018 has been a year of great achievements and challenges for the women’s rights movement. The absolution of Imelda Cortez, the Green Tide and Bolsonaro in Brazil represent simultaneous progression and digression. Español

La libertad se reclama, no se concede

La resistencia de centroamericanos y palestinos a la existencia de fronteras es, sin duda, una coincidencia histórica. English

#2018: Victorias y derrotas del movimiento feminista latinoamericano

2018 ha sido un año de grandes logros y grandes desafíos para los derechos de la mujer. La absolución de Imelda Cortez, la Marea Verde y Bolsonaro en Brasil representan avances y retrocesos simultáneos. English

‘Deserving’ settlement in post-Brexit Britain: challenges posed by the settled status scheme

It's striking that the difference between the proof of continuous residence under the settlement scheme and the EU understanding of “lawful status” has not been more widely debated.  

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

¿Aprovechará Brasil la oportunidad de liderar el debate sobre las migraciones?

No todos los Estados Miembros de la ONU adoptaron el Pacto Mundial para la Migración Segura, Ordenada y Regulada este mes en Marrakesh. Brasil podría adoptar un rol decisivo en su implementación.  English

Will Brazil seize the chance to lead the debate on migration?

Many UN Member States have adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at an Intergovernmental Conference. Brazil could have a leading role in its implementation. Español

Want to see peace in Afghanistan? Make sure women are included

It is not enough to have token female representation in negotiations. Or room for compromise on the interests and rights of Afghan women citizens in future Afghan society.

Pacto Mundial para la Migración: Chile y su miedo a lo desconocido

No es trivial para un país pequeño y aislado geográficamente como Chile le dé la espalda a este marco de cooperación, porque la crisis migratoria originada en Centro América y partes de Sudamérica no sólo ha afectado las fronteras del norte. English

Mexico: great expectations

AMLO intends to carry out the "fourth transformation" in Mexico, but the global economic context is unfavorable and the region’s political climate is marked by the rise of the new right. Español

México: grandes esperanzas

AMLO se propone realizar la “cuarta transformación” de México. Pero la coyuntura económica global no es favorable y el clima político regional está dominado por el auge de las nuevas derechas. English

Imelda and the plight of the Salvadoran woman

The judge of the case of Imelda Cortez, accused of intent of homicide after giving birth on the toilet in her home, has declared her innocent. However, many challenges remain for reproductive freedom in El Salvador. Español

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