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Constitutional conventions: best practice

تونس: النسوية الانتقائية وتهميش كِفاحات النساء

حان الوقت للتصدّي لنهج الدولة التقليدي في استخدام حقوق النساء كأداة لتحقيق أغراض سياسية.  English

Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics. 

Sri Lanka local elections: the return of Rajapaksa

After his recent win, Mahinda Rajapaksa urged his voters not to attack the losing side, saying: “No matter what they did to us we must set an example”.        

Evangelicals in South Africa are 'broadcasting hate masked as morality'

Christian right groups are adding to an already dangerous environment for women and LGBTQI individuals, by pushing 'family values'  but not for everyone.

Cryptocurrencies to confront rising inequality

Cryptocurrencies are able to help recipients of foreign aid by allowing them the opportunity to exchange peer-to-peer, rather than having to transact through bureaucrats. Español

The myth of the Indian ‘New Middle Class’

Families in Modi’s India are caught in a spiral of working class conditions in jobs pretending to be middle class, with their requirement for degrees and skills training.

Criptomonedas para hacer frente a la desigualdad

Las criptomonedas pueden ayudar a llevar a cabo transacciones de igual a igual, sin pasar por las manos de burócratas. English

Join voices against the fascist cult of violence – “Long Live Life! Down with Death!”

After recent events in Macerata, Italy, we are beginning to realise that we need thousands of daily acts of resistance to banish fascist ideology.

La Ciudad de México, una isla en un mar de estados antiaborto

Activistas antiaborto, cada vez más activos en la capital de México, señalan e "inducen miedo" a las mujeres que acceden a unos servicios que se despenalizaron hace ya diez años. English

Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes. عربي

México: el volcán de la resistencia

México es un verdadero volcán en el que la belleza y frialdad de la nieve exterior que lo corona oculta una realidad hirviente, una inestabilidad que en cualquier momento amenaza con estallar. English

Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress

To defeat populist-nationalist forms of communal authoritarianism in India, we have to fight against more than just communalism.

The engine of violence in Brazil

Violence in Brazil increasingly revolves around the clash between large-scale criminal organisations. Recent events, such as prison massacres across the country, help bringing the issue to light. Español

Tragic Patagonia

In less than three months, two people have been killed by Argentine security forces during Mapuche protests in Patagonia. Here are the keys to understand the conflict. Español

Patagonia trágica

En menos de tres meses dos personas murieron en represiones de fuerzas de seguridad del Estado argentino a protestas mapuches en la Patagonia. Estas son las claves para entender el conflicto. English

We need to talk about how we learn to accept our own oppression

The more women stand up against bullies and harassment in our personal lives, the less we will tolerate them in our political lives too.

Seguridad humana feminista en las Américas: una obra en construcción

Lejos de la militarización y la violencia, y a costa de enormes riesgos personales, las mujeres están abriendo vías alternativas hacia una verdadera paz y seguridad en toda la región. English

Desigualdad persistente: el controvertido legado de la Marea Rosa en América Latina

Bajo el título 'Desigualdad persistente' lanzamos una serie de artículos analizando por qué, durante el ciclo progresista, los avances en la lucha contra la desigualdad han sido mucho más modestos de lo esperado. English

We’re African women and we’re feminists

Feminism is not ‘un-African.’ This is a multi-generational, multi-layered movement of women across the continent, including those who resist gender roles in everyday life.

Aborto no Brasil: uma história interminável

No Brasil, 500.000 abortos clandestinos são praticados a cada ano, com cerca de 200.000 levando a complicações pós-realização, e produzindo 500 mortes. Mas, a discussão sobre a legalização parece estancado. Español, English

The never-ending story of abortion in Brazil

In Brazil, 500,000 clandestine abortions are carried out every year, of which 200,000 end in complications and 500 in death, but the debate regarding legalisation appears to have halted. Español, Portugués

Aborto en Brasil: la historia interminable

En Brasil se practican 500.000 abortos clandestinos al año, de los que cerca de 200.000 conllevan complicaciones y 500 acaban en muerte. Pero el debate sobre la legalización parece estancado. English, Portugués.

Persistent inequality: disputing the legacy of the pink tide in Latin America

Under the title 'Persistent inequality' we are launching a series of articles that analyses why the advances in the struggle against inequality in the pink tide cycle have been much more limited than expected. Español

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

Putting class back onto the UK's equality agenda

The directors of a new documentary about class stratification in Britain’s acting profession argue that class needs to be added back into the UK Equality Act.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

The UN secretary general isn’t yet what feminists were looking for

António Guterres showed real leadership on gender equality in 2017, but his first year in office fell short of our hopes for transformative change.

Meeting Lofa

“In the Kenyan camp there are second generation and third generation refugees,” I said, “Can you imagine somebody being in there on a permanently temporary basis? It’s hopeless.” It opened their eyes a bit I hope.

Colombia: las 6 acciones más violentas del 2017

El 2017 fue el primer año de implementación del Acuerdo de Paz entre el gobierno y las FARC. Aunque las muertes se han reducido considerablemente, Colombia siguió siendo un país golpeado por demasiada violencia. English

Reclaiming the right to life: hunger strikes and protests in Denmark’s deportation centres

This movement aims to make public the consequences of this politics of dehumanisation; politics that ‘kill slowly’ which are structurally produced and legitimized by law. 

A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right

We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.

Poverty, inequality and discrimination in Latin America

When governments are seeking to reduce poverty based on discrimination and increase access to the enjoyment of rights, policies must also aim to reduce discrimination due to historical factors. Español

Pobreza, desigualdad y discriminación en América Latina

Cuando los gobiernos buscan disminuir la discriminación por pobreza y asegurar el acceso al disfrute de derechos, deben al mismo tiempo hacer un esfuerzo por reducir la discriminación por factores históricos. English

Childless proletarians: ten years after the ‘great recession’, would you start from here?

Far-right populism, with its emphasis on nationalism, cultural ‘purity’, anti-immigration, and security, might become a much stronger catalyser of votes, even where this has not yet happened.

The business of migration control in Spain

The migration control industry is a complex business. It carries out and influences a system designed to stop the flow of people, not to handle it. Español

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