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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brazil: “Without women, there is no democracy”

Amid the cries of “Fora, Temer!” (Out with Temer), feminists are reminding Brazil of the need to re-instate Rousseff, and guarantee human rights and social dignity. Español Português

China y América Latina: relaciones estratégicas en tiempos de cambio

Es palpable la preocupación en China por la incertidumbre que generan las crisis económicas y políticas y los cambios en América Latina. English Português

Reading Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ after the Dallas shooting

King shows us a way of addressing the vacuous nature of our politics, without submitting to the nihilism of sniper fire.

DemocraciaAberta: primeiro ano

Selecionámos 10 artigos de entre os mais exitosos para os nossos leitores durante este primeiro ano. São bons exemplos do que a DemocraciaAberta está a construir. Español English

Paris after Orlando: gay prisoners of racial prejudice

This erasure by journalists and politicians has highlighted the lasting homophobia of French society. It served also as a reminder of how fragile the tenuous progress made for gay rights is.

Racism and xenophobia are resurgent in the UK, and the centre-left is partly to blame

Rather than engaging with the prejudices and misplaced fears of one section of the working class, the Labour party has given validation to forms of bigotry that have deep roots right across society.

When they call Brexit a ‘working-class revolt’, they mean the white British working class

But from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, to London’s Chinatown, the UK’s vote to leave the EU feels threatening, divisive, and poisonous for Britain’s ethnic minority and migrant communities.

DemocraciaAbierta: primer año

Hemos seleccionado 10 artículos de entre los más exitosos para nuestros lectores en este primer año. Son buenos ejemplos de lo que DemocraciaAbierta está construyendo. Português English

The dilemma of the European Left

We must, without ceding to the old myths of totalitarianism, restore meaning to the ideal of sovereignty.

A painful lesson from Brexit: Why DiEM25 needs a simpler message

The facts are simple: for the past three decades, 80% of the people are taken to the cleaners 95% of the time by the top 20% of society.

Theresa May and the love police

In Theresa May’s “One Nation” we are all border guards. Her vision of the Big Society will make us all shrink.

DiEM25: a new anti-fascist alliance for Europe?

A crucial stage in the rise of far right movements is the breakdown of the barrier between their own agenda and the policies of traditional conservative parties.

Demolitions in the West Bank

The Bedouin and rural communities in the Jordan Valley are remote from the conflict, yet key victims of a campaign of oppression.

Pós-conflito na Colômbia (15): Participação cidadã, chave para a paz sustentável

A participação cidadã é chave para pôr em prática os acordos assinados entre o governo e as FARC e para a negociação com o ELN. Español English

Figuring (out) Omar Mateen

Mateen killed 49 people, wounding 53 others, in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida, before being killed in a shootout with local police. But who was he?

Britain riding the tectonic plates

The referendum is at the centre of these shifting plates. It is the crack which can become a chasm in the postwar order.

Brasil: A revolução é proporcional ao tamanho da crise

Sendo o sistema representativo o que é, precisamos criar o que acreditamos ser a democracia. A luta pela democracia não tem data de caducidade. Español English

Brazil: the revolution is proportional to the size of the crisis

The representative system being what it is, we need to create what we believe democracy is. The struggle for democracy has no end date. Español Português

The EU-Turkey migration agreement and its humanitarian masquerade

The binding of security to humanitarianism, as is the case with this EU-Turkey agreement, exposes its underlying aim of maintaining the economic trade integrity of the Union.

For domestic abuse survivors, Kosovo’s justice system can be fatal

Proponents of family values preach respect for mothers, but expect those same mothers to simply endure abuse within their homes in silence - normalizing violence for generations to come.

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Gaza: a city no one wants

The Gazans have been abandoned and left in the hands of Hamas to do with them as they please. This policy is transforming Gaza slowly but steadily into a hotbed of radicals.

BREXIT: the R is for Racism

B in Brexit stands for Boris and his overweening ambition. But R is for Racism, the method through which Vote Leave aims to achieve the political upset of the century.

Who is afraid of the urban poor?

Maged MandourIn Egypt, both the ruling elites and the urban middle class cling to the military regime, in the hope that they will be protected from a seemingly inevitable tide of social unrest.

Times of pests: a first-hand account of Venezuela today

The official propaganda dissolves into the harsh reality: the rich get richer, the poor stay poor, but they face ever longer queues. Español

After the Swiss basic income vote – learning political lessons is key!

Basic income support is growing as more people become familiar with the idea, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Tiempos de plaga en Venezuela: un relato de primera mano

La propaganda oficial se disuelve en la cruda realidad: los ricos viven cada vez mejor y los pobres siguen pobres como siempre, pero hacen colas cada vez más largas. English

Something rotten in the migration compact 2.0 of Matteo Renzi?

If Europeans are appalled at the xenophobia and racism to be found in their countries, the question is - why are they following the same prescriptions?

Transnational marriage abandonment: A new form of violence against women?

Transnational marriage abandonment lies at the intersect of immigration and patriarchal control, allowing abusers and states to enjoy impunity for violations committed against women in transnational spaces.

Continuous catastrophe, yet still we seek accountability

Commemorating the Nakba and protecting refugee camps are entwined and equally critical endeavors: without historical accountability, without identifying perpetrators and victims, there is no redemption.

Breaking new ground in Jordan

Five years ago Syria’s uprising began and the ensuing war forced millions to flee to neighboring Jordan, a land whose present holds some lessons for Europe’s future.

Why is a military coup in Saudi Arabia possible?

Saudi Arabia is the most significant player in determining the future of the Arab revolutions. There are two ways to break this stalemate: replace Saudi regional hegemony, or change the regime controlling it.

When acts of humanity break the law, we are truly in dark times

A new book documents Europe’s loss of humanity as refugees struggle to seek a haven away from wars and degradation.

What's going on inside Labour's new economics?

With the UK focused on making the wealthy wealthier, is there any hope for a new economics? We talk to Labour Party members and policy experts at the shadow chancellor’s "State of the Economy Conference". !2-minute vid.

Indigenous peoples tell UN of persecution

Indigenous peoples are being persecuted and have called for an urgent examination of the dangerous situation faced by those defending their rights and the environment. Español Português

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