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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Argentina, el G20 y las movilizaciones en su contra

Cuando entramos en una nueva fase de neoliberalismo autoritario marcado por el avance del neofascismo es esencial que sigamos fortaleciendo los lazos entre los movimientos que luchan contra las estructuras de opresión.  English

Argentina, the G20, and the mobilisations against it

As we are entering a new phase of authoritarian neoliberalism it is essential that we continue strengthening ties between movements fighting the structures of oppression and advance in the construction of better worlds.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe

Message from Commercy: the time of the communes still rings out!

Commercy's Yellow Vests offer a political solution to the movement: autonomous local committees, direct democracy, sovereign general assembly, delegates with a precise mandate revocable at any time, rotating responsibilities.

How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights. 

4 días de trabajo, 3 días de ocio: ¿ha llegado la hora de reclamar la semana laboral de 4 días en Europa?

Las exigencias del neoliberalismo ponen en grave peligro el tiempo libre del que disponemos. Pero los trabajadores, los sindicatos y los activistas de toda Europa están organizando el contraataque. English

The double standards applied to academic freedom

The political right is not only cracking down on academic freedoms, but has started simultaneously to become a fierce advocate of an aggressively anti-intellectual freedom of speech.

¿Por qué la ultraderecha se come a la socialdemocracia en América Latina?

Las fuerzas progresistas deben abandonar el confortable lugar que da la superioridad moral y forjar fórmulas para volver a poner en el centro el problema de la desigualdad, si quieren resistir el auge de la extrema derecha.

A People's Vote without a referendum

There is an alternative way of "letting the people decide" on an issue where MPs seem incapable of agreeing a coherent policy. The Greeks had a word for it: democracy.

Los desafíos de la innovación política

Innovar políticamente no se traduce en un proceso lineal de avance en el cual lo nuevo lucha contra lo viejo. Las victorias deben traducirse en resultados tangibles para toda sociedad.

Diversity in UK film: when is a breakthrough a breakthrough?

It is a story told easily in numbers that eloquently, embarrassingly set out the scale of a problem, and the fairness and effectiveness lacking from a British industrial success.

Second referendum, yes. Will of the People, no

What could it possibly mean for a large and diverse set of people, the citizens of a country at a particular time and in a particular place, to share one will?

The ‘new’ climate politics of Extinction Rebellion?

Creating a movement that can have the impact XR aims for will require confronting the political as well as the moral challenges posed by climate change.

Living in truth

A conversation with the Lithuanian writer about being a young artist and activist exiled by the Soviet Authorities during the Cold War, together with more recent challenges from Putin’s Russia.

For the people to have their say on Brexit, how best can the multi-option conundrum be resolved?

If the problem is multi-optional, the question should be multi-optional, and the ballot paper should be a (short) list, usually of about 4 – 6 options.

Political violence, civic space and human rights defence in the era of populism and authoritarianism

Academics and international donors alike have only recently considered targeted political violence as an integral part of global democratic decline and populist politics. There is much they could do.

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos a punto de repetirla

Corremos el riesgo de repetir el 2008, pero a mayor escala. De producirse, otra vez los súper ricos saldrán de ella todavía más ricos – y ésta no es manera de llevar las cosas. English

#JusticiaParaImelda: La difícil lucha por los derechos de las mujeres en Centroamérica

Mientras esperamos el juicio aplazado de Imelda para el 17 de diciembre, la lucha de las mujeres centroamericanas por derribar barreras legales a sus derechos debe ser una prioridad. English

¿Puede la política ser compasiva?

Hay que tener valor y determinación para centrarse en el sufrimiento y ponerlo en el núcleo de las decisiones que uno toma. English

Why drug policy is a feminist issue

Like feminism, harm reduction is a philosophy that encourages us to do away with the false distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ women.

Should Judge Moro have accepted the Ministry of Justice offered by Bolsonaro?

If judge Moro adopts the same methods that he used in Operation Lava Jato in his new role, human rights, justice and democracy face a bleak future in Brazil. Español

¿Debería el juez Moro haber aceptado el cargo de ministro de Justicia?

Si Sergio Moro adopta los mismos métodos que usó en la Operación Lava Jato en su nuevo rol, los derechos humanos, la justicia y la democracia se enfrentan a un futuro sombrío en Brasil. English

Reflections on the ‘open letter’ debate: a middle way to approaching the radical right?

How should we study, present, and represent the radical right? Some from among the hitherto quiet observers speak up, in the interests of a broader conversation.

Por un Pacto internacional sobre Información y Democracia

Ante los ataques continuos que sufren periodistas y medios de comunicación, publicamos esta Declaración encaminada a establecer garantías democráticas relativas a la información y la libertad de opinión en un momento histórico crucial.

Varoufakis and Sanders: how to organize a progressive international? A contribution

The precariat is a new global class. However, this class needs political representation and social power. Can the Progressive International be one way to do this?

Necesitamos una civilización ecológica antes de que sea demasiado tarde

Las promesas del “crecimiento verde” no son más que pensamiento mágico. Lo que tenemos que hacer es reestructurar los fundamentos de nuestros sistemas culturales y económicos. English

The tightrope of Brexit and class appeal: can Corbyn make it?

If Labour seeks to mobilize its traditional working-class base, changes in MPs´ backgrounds may be far more relevant than any change in its policies.

#MeToo and human liberation

"My hope is that now men will once again put at the forefront of their personal agenda the unlearning of dysfunctional masculinity that will expunge the power and control mandate."

Migration complexity requires a less conditional compassion

We must not replace misleading and dehumanising portraits of migration with mono-dimensional accounts of vulnerability and victimhood, which paradoxically continue to set those on the move apart from us.

Meme warfare in the Swedish context

The alt-right mobilised online to back far-right parties at Sweden's general election – but are their tactics no longer effective?

Paroxismo de la democracia brasileña

Bolsonaro afirmó que todas las "minorías" deben adaptarse al estilo de vida y de pensamiento de la "mayoría". Su modelo es el del patriarcado blanco, cristiano, autoritario y heterosexual. English

15M's social and political effects in Spain

General prospects for Spaniards are not promising, and, in many cases, worse than in 2011. So in what sense can it be said that after 15M, mentalities have changed?

Showing fear in Brazil

As a gay man, a lawyer, a human rights activist, who directly acted to obtain justice in the crimes of the military dictatorship, I am undoubtedly one of the direct targets. Español Português

O terror assolou Brasil

Como um homem gay, advogado, militante de direitos humanos, que atuou diretamente para obtenção de justiça nos crimes da ditadura militar, sou um dos alvos diretos desse regime terrorista que se organiza. English Español

Brasil, o dia depois

Os nossos amigos brasileiros vão precisar de nós nos próximos anos. Nós, e o que resta da sociedade civil global, temos que estar preparados para oferecer refugio àqueles que são atacados. Español English

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