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Dawn Foster, Co-Editor

Dawn Foster is Co-Editor at 5050 and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Persistente violación de los derechos humanos en el sector bananero en Ecuador

El abuso de los empleadores y la falta de control por parte del Estado ecuatoriano hacen de la contínua violación de los derechos humanos y constitucionales en las plantaciones de banano en Ecuador una pesadilla diaria. English.

Bananas and the continuing violation of human rights in Ecuador

A persistent employers’ abuse of power and a lack of control by the Ecuadorian State make human and constitutional rights violations in many banana plantations a daily nightmare. Español

Hora de hacer balance del progresismo en América Latina

El ciclo progresista en América Latina parece vivir sus últimos días. El estado de debilidad de los movimientos sociales augura tiempos difíciles para los sectores populares. English. Português. 

Fazendo um balanço do progressismo

O ciclo progressista na América Latina parece viver os seus últimos dias enquanto que o estado de debilidade dos movimentos sociais augura tempos difíceis para os setores populares. Español. English 

Taking stock of ‘Progresismo’

As the cycle of Latin American progressive politics appears to be coming to an end, the weakened state of the social movements that made it possible portend a difficult time for popular sectors. Español. Português. 

Brazil´s Worker´s Party narrative: lost in the neoliberal labyrinth

Since 2014, Dilma Roussef’s government has adopted a strategy of polarisation between “left” and “right”. Nevertheless, there is a huge gap between the administration’s “progressive” rhetoric and its neoliberal policies. Español. Português.

Brasil: El relato del PT en el laberinto neoliberal

Desde el 2014, el gobierno de Dilma Rousseff forzó la polarización estratégica entre “la izquierda” y “la derecha”. Sin embargo, entre su relato progresista y su real politik neoliberal hay un abismo. Português. English.

Brasil: o relato do PT no labirinto neoliberal

Desde 2014, o governo de Dilma Rousseff forçou a polarização estratégica entre “a esquerda” e “a direita”. No entanto, entre seu relato progressista e a sua real politik neoliberal há um abismo. Español. English.

Women and the xenophobia narrative in South Africa

Women who are victims of xenophobia are seen as betraying their ‘nation’ by not conforming to their roles: and South African women are complicit in this narrative.

Hungary’s refugee policy: fencing off the country

The rapidly increasing influx of asylum-seekers poses a huge challenge to Hungary. The government responds with a complete lack of solidarity, massive demagoguery and arm-twisting in Brussels. 

Persecution lurks for converts from Islam in Egypt

The story of Bishoy Armeya stands in stark contrast to the Egyptian regime’s public discourse on religious unity, and to the "absolute" freedom of religion guaranteed by the constitution.

The crushing of Syriza: an Aesopian fable

In 2010 the image of ‘ending up like Greece’ was that of a Dickensian debtors’ prison. In 2015 it is that of hell.

India hangs another despite pleas from eminent people

Possible innocence, the fact that guilt was never proven beyond reasonable doubt and that many impoverished accused are poorly represented - just a few of the reasons anti-death penalty campaigners cite.

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

Have reports of the death of capitalism been greatly exaggerated?

Capitalism isn’t going anywhere without a fight, no matter how inventive the alternatives. 

Lula, de mágico a franco-atirador

Lula procura descolar-se do “seu” Partido dos Trabalhadores e do governo que contribuiu a eleger, para erigir-se como líder dos indignados contra a corrupção e a crise. English. Español.

Primeiro-Ministro: repare a injustiça do Maangamizi Britânico

Organizações da sociedade civil que representam pessoas com ascendência africana na Europa e na America reclamam ao Reino Unido que assuma plena responsabilidade pela sua participação no comércio transatlântico de escravos. English, Español

Primer ministro: ¡repare la injusticia del Maangamizi Británico!

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil que representan a personas con ascendente africano en Europa y América reclaman al Reino Unido que asuma plena responsabilidad por su participación en el comercio transatlántico de esclavos. English. Portugués.

It's gettin’ kinda hectic

With a few hundred years of colonial rule under its belt, the British state has mastered the art of psychological intimidation, and that’s why they use it.

Germany's demographic challenge

Germany is by no means an unstoppable juggernaut, and the re-erection of trade barriers across the continent and a return to a strong Deutschmark would ravage the economy.

“What now for Greece? What now for the left?”

Logics of financial capital are all the more powerful blended with cultural logics. From now on, do Greeks need to keep their “orientalist radar” active wherever they go?

El Papa Francisco, en la cárcel más hacinada de Bolivia: “Yo también podría estar acá”

¿Qué pasa cuando una visita papal arroja luz sobre una área vedada del Estado boliviano donde han fracasado casi por completo las reformas? English.

Momentous times for democracy in Europe

The shocking behaviour of the Eurozone leaders in punishing Greece for voting against austerity has alarming implications for the future. Is it too late to put democracy and Europe together again?

Can buying 'freely traded' coffee be socially just?

As the rise in Colombia's mimimum wage impacts the country's coffee producers, how can consumers support socially just production?

‘Love where you live’, and other lies of gentrification

Let’s admit that gentrification is an immoral urban process. It is a deliberate policy of social engineering and needs to be tackled at its source.

Ethiopia after its electoral drama: second “renewal” imminent ?

The history of this country is one of eternal recurrence. The ‘national question” re-emerges where it has always been, with varying degrees of visibility: at the heart of Ethiopian political life. 

Why I will be voting YES in Sunday’s Greek referendum

I would vote yes as I do not want my objections to the way the crisis has been managed at home and in Brussels to be usurped by politicians that dream that they can give the Union a bloody nose by destroying the Eurozone.

Why are so many Syrian children being left stateless?

Syrian women advocates recognize the links between the crisis of statelessness and the lack of reproductive justice for women, and argue that control over their own fertility and legal status is paramount.

Las revoluciones ciudadanas en Latinoamérica

Los países de la 'Revolución Ciudadana' en Latinoamérica son postneoliberales, pero no postcapitalistas.Publicado previamente en openDemocracy  English

From the squares to power in four years, 10 days

How Spain’s skilful activists have transformed politics during the crisis years and how the full effects of 15-M are still emerging. Español.

How I became pro BDS

Israelis will only wake up to their government’s discriminatory policies when they feel the effects of the BDS movement.

Refugees in the centre of Athens

A red line is crossed when you start thieving from refugees in order to survive or feed your addiction. ‘We can only survive as human beings through our solidarity.’ There is nothing else.

Haki Stërmilli’s 'If I Were a Boy': the first Albanian feminist manifesto

Haki Stërmilli 1936 novel If I Were a Boy portrays the contemporary problems of Albanian society that stem from a misogynistic mindset, and deserves to be (re-)read today.

A dilemma for Podemos

Bitter-sweet success in Spain’s regional and local election forces Podemos to choose - between joining with other left parties, following the example of Barcelona and Madrid, or going it alone in the autumn legislative election.

Exiled in Senegal

Damien Froidevaux’s Death of the Serpent God is not about politics, and yet it is a deeply political film. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015.

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