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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What causes the populist infection? How can it be cured?

In all countries, established political parties have the dangerous propensity to counter this electoral wave of populism by adopting the issues and language used by them.

Postscript to a letter to extremists

We can defeat extremism by building something beautiful together.

Sarajevo 25 years after: paradigm for the future

The dynamic and sometimes dramatic interplay between the essence and the fate of a city provides the key for a wholesome national reintegration process.

Why Macron should give us hope of democratic renewal in France

François Fillon’s (LR) entanglements in corruption scandals and Benoît Hamon’s (PS) strategy to court the votes of the far left have helped Macron to emerge as the strongest candidate.

The banality of terrorism

Current responses seem to normalise terrorism – cementing it into the everyday reality of daily life, in the same way that we accept poverty, homelessness or inequality. The way things are.

Argentina: laboratory of the New Right

March 24 commemorates the coup d'état of 1976 and was designated national holiday in 2002. Macri wanted to abolish it, but had to back down in front of protests of the public. Español

Argentina: laboratorio de las nuevas derechas

El día 24 de marzo conmemora el golpe de estado de 1976 y fue designado fiesta nacional en 2002. Macri quiso anularlo, pero tuvo que retroceder frente a protestas del público. English

Las elecciones en Ecuador y la parábola de Ned Stark

El visceral eje “Correa-anti Correa” es más apasionado que el ideológico “izquierdas-derechas” y no parece que nadie vaya a dar su brazo a torcer ante la segunda vuelta de las elecciones. English

Ecuador’s elections and the parable of Ned Stark

The visceral "for Correa-against Correa" axis is more passionate than the ideological "left-right" one, and nobody is going to give his arm to twist before the second round of the elections. Español

A eleição aleatória, o G1000, e a deliberação para mudar Madrid

É a eleição aleatória de representantes essencial para revitalizar a democracia? Mil madrilenos escolhidos aleatoriamente foram convocados pelo G1000 de Madrid para reflectir sobre a cidade que querem. English Español

The EU’s self-inflicted traps undermine its ability to respond to Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism

European mainstream leaders often forget that the fight against far-right appeal requires a rather more systematic approach, with or without the cooperation of Turkey in tackling Syrian refugees.

La elección al azar, el G1000, y la deliberación para cambiar Madrid

¿Es la elección al azar de representantes la clave para revitalizar la democracia? Mil madrileños elegidos al azar fueron convocados al G1000 de Madrid para reflexionar y debatir sobre la ciudad que quieren. Português English

Random election, the G1000 and deliberation to change Madrid

Is random election of representatives the key to revive democracy? One thousand madrileños selected at random were called to the Madrid G1000 to reflect and debate over the city they want. Português Español

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Surveillance technologies infiltrating computer systems of human rights activists can result in their imprisonment or death. There will be a hearing on dual-use exports in the European Parliament, March 21, 2017.

Across Latin America, violence against women fuels more crime

The incredibly high levels of violence against women in Latin America have long been denounced by NGOs and the media. This form of violence helps lay the groundwork for criminal behaviour. Español

Dutch elections: little to celebrate

It is the normalisation of racist liberalism that is the key to what is happening. While many have argued that Wilders is a break from Dutch liberalism, Wilders is actually a continuation by other means.

Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’

Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and transparency are not hugely popular in the public eye.

El año en que el periodismo se perdió

Tal vez es el momento de asumir en serio que la realidad dura (política, justicia, economía) requiere y exige periodismo de farándula: emocional, espectacular, colorido, con historias y sin coherencia…

Políticas extractivas y silenciamiento de la disidencia en Ecuador

Expertos de la ONU señalan que la práctica del gobierno de Ecuador de silenciar a las ONG que cuestionan sus políticas y programas es una estrategia para asfixiar a la sociedad civil. English

Ecuador’s extractive policies and the silencing of dissent

Ecuador's policy of silencing NGOs that question government policies and programs has gotten the world's attention. UN experts on human rights claim it is a strategy to asphyxiate civil society. Español

Impunity and human rights violations in Mexico continue unabated

Human rights violations and the lack of an adequate response by the state remain the rule rather than the exception. The time has come for Mexico’s judiciary to react. Español Português

En México continúan la impunidad y las graves violaciones de derechos

Las violaciones de derechos humanos y la falta de respuesta adecuada del Estado siguen siendo la regla y no la excepción. Ha llegado el momento del poder judicial mexicano. English Português

A impunidade e as graves violações dos direitos continuam no México

As violações dos direitos humanos e a falta de respostas adequadas por parte do Estado continuam a ser a regra, e não a excepção. Chegou o momento do poder judicial mexicano. English Español

El corredor de la cocaína en Centroamérica, a todo gas

La región sigue siendo el principal corredor de la cocaína que llega a los mercados estadounidenses, lo cual confirma la importancia de Centroamérica en la cadena del narcotráfico internacional. English

The Central American cocaine corridor, at full throttle

The region continues to be the main cocaine corridor for US markets, confirming the importance of Central America in the international drug trade. Español

Venezuela: vozes silenciadas

A dureza com que a Venezuela trata a oposição não parece ter fim à vista. A comunidade internacional deve exigir responsabilidades ao Presidente Maduro pela sua violação dos direitos humanos. English Español 

Venezuela: voces silenciadas

La dureza con la que Maduro trata a la oposición, y las formas de tortura que esperan en las abarrotadas prisiones del país, son síntomas del fuerte deterioro que vive la democracia venezolana. Português English

Venezuela’s silenced voices

The harsh treatment of political opposition in society, and the forms of torture that await them in the country’s overcrowded prisons, are a worrying sign for the year ahead in Venezuela. Português Español

An Arendtian approach to post-truth politics

Arendt warns that a claim to absolute truth in the political sphere, with no support from opinion, would threaten to asphyxiate politics. For debate constitutes the essence of the political. 

Uncertain comma Texas

A new film describes a world whose inhabitants have been broken, but offers the hope that all can be repaired.

We got this covered!

Our perspective on the freedom to wear a headscarf, especially at work, in the context of an upcoming ruling by the EU Court of Justice on prohibiting wearing a headscarf in the workplace (on 14 March).

¡Berta Vive! Lecciones de la resistencia en Honduras

Seis lecciones clave de cinco dirigentes hondureños para llevar adelante una lucha que es global, en el primer aniversario del asesinato de la líder indígena Berta Cáceres. English

Un año después del asesinato de Berta Cáceres, proteger el planeta sigue siendo una actividad mortal

Apenas dos semanas antes del aniversario del asesinato de Berta Cáceres, el líder comunitario José Santos Sevilla moría en Honduras en medio de una oleada de asesinatos e intimidaciones. English Português

A year after Berta Cáceres’ murder, protecting the planet is just as deadly

Just two weeks before the anniversary of Berta Cáceres’ bloody killing, community leader José Santos Sevilla died amid a rising of tide of murders and intimidations in Honduras and elsewhere. Español Português

Um ano depois do assassinato de Berta Cáceres, proteger o planeta continua a ser uma actividade mortal

Apenas duas semanas antes do aniversário do assassinato de Berta Cáceres, o líder comunitário José Santos Sevilla morria nas Honduras no meio duma sucessão de assassinatos e intimidações. English Español 

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