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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Macron and absolute responsibility

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

Ciudades y democracia: nuevas geografías, nuevas geometrías

Uno de los riesgos de la política convencional es ver el mundo con las viejas ideas subsidiarias de una manera de entender la geografía y la geometría de los conceptos. English Português 

Democracy and the city: new geographies, new geometries

One of the risks of conventional politics is seeing the world through ideas which are subsidiary to a certain, old way of understanding the geography and the geometry of concepts. Español Português

América Latina: democracia más allá de la representación

La investigadora brasileña Thamy Pogrebinschi, con sede en el WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), conversa con DemocraciaAbierta días antes de la presentación del proyecto de investigación LATINNO, en Berlín, en el 27 de junio. Entrevista. English

Latin America: democracy beyond representation

WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)-based Brazilian researcher Thamy Pogrebinschi talks to DemocraciaAbierta ahead of LATINNO’s research project presentation in Berlin, on the 27th of June. Interview. Español

15M, seen from the day after tomorrow

"Excuse me: It's not just that this left-right axis misrepresents me, it's also that I’m interested in the bottom-up one too, and I don't just want justice, I also want freedom." Interview Español

Warriors (of different sort) first

It is not that Washington should be more alert about what happens in the world; it is the world that should be concerned with what is going on in the United States. Español

“Guerreros primero” en la América de Trump

No es que Washington deba estar más pendiente de lo que sucede en el mundo; es el mundo el que debería estar preocupado por lo que está pasando en los Estados Unidos. English

100º aniversário de Roa Bastos: a sua reflexão sobre o poder continua vigente

A América Latina teve em Roa Bastos um escritor independente empenhado na causa dos abandonados pela história, numa terra que parece apaixonada pelo infortúnio. Español 

El 15M, visto desde Pasado Mañana

Lo que el 15M dice es: “perdonen ustedes: no me acaba de representar este eje derecha izquierda, me interesa también el abajo arriba, y no sólo quiero justicia, quiero también libertad”. Entrevista. English

"A ideologia serve para desviar a atenção para algumas coisas, enquanto acontecem outras”

A hegemonia das corporações de média no Brasil é um fenómeno que não tem precedentes na história do país. Não existem notícias equilibradas, livres de manipulação. Entrevista. English Español

“La ideología sirve para desviar la atención hacia algunas cosas, mientras suceden otras”

La hegemonía de las corporaciones de medios en Brasil es un fenómeno que no tiene antecedentes en la historia del país. No hay noticias equilibradas, exentas de manipulación. Entrevista. English Português

"Ideology can be used to divert attention towards some things, while other things are happening"

The hegemony of media corporations in Brazil is a phenomenon that has no precedent in the country's history. There are no balanced, manipulation-free news. Interview. Español Português

Sanctuary and refuge cities

At Fearless Cities –  we catch up with the Coordinator of the Refuge City Plan of Barcelona City Council, and two fellow panellists, activists from Berlin, Germany and Philadelphia, USA.

Cidadania do século XXI: educação + participação + cidadania

Vivemos o suposto retorno de cidadania ao centro do poder. Ou, pelo menos, ao centro da história. English Español 

21st century citizenship: Education + Participation + Technology

We are witnessing the alleged return of citizens to the center of power - or, to say the least, to the center of the narrative. Español Português

Ciudadanía del siglo XXI: Educación + Participación + Tecnología

Vivimos el supuesto regreso de la ciudadanía al centro del poder. O, al menos, al centro del relato. English Português 

“We Europeans have to take our fate into our own hands”

The European Union was a creation of an outstanding generation of politicians. Saving it demands our current generation to rise to a new challenge. The European project was – and will always remain – a choice.

Jeremy Corbyn – a mainstream [Scandinavian] social democrat

If there is such a thing as a ‘best practice approach’ in public policy the Nordic model would probably be it and, at any measure, a useful benchmark for Britain to move towards. First published on September 19, 2016.

Cambio de guardia en Ecuador

Lenin Moreno tomó el relevo de Rafael Correa prometiendo continuar las políticas de su predecesor. Pero su tarea, tanto desde el punto de vista político como económico, no será fácil. English

The changing of the guard in Ecuador

Lenin Moreno took office on May 24, pledging to continue the policies of his predecessor Rafael Correa. But he faces a tough job, both politically and economically. Español

La verdadera historia de ‘Narcos’

Miles de familias han sido víctimas de la guerra contra las drogas. ‘Anyone’s Child Mexico’, es un nuevo documental interactivo, que expone la necesidad urgente de reformas en política de drogas. English

Of sacred cows and profane men

The cow has highlighted religious, regional, social and cultural differences. Some humans have been killed in the name of the cow.

Four dilemmas facing Britain – as others see it

What is Britain's place in tomorrow's world? – a hugely important issue for a nation that, until seven decades ago, was a global empire.

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up.

Thirty-six years later, the trial of the El Mozote massacres could change El Salvador's history

The reopening of El Mozote case brings a historic opportunity for truth and justice; the State and the public prosecution must rise to the challenge. Español

Treinta y seis años después, el juicio por las masacres de El Mozote puede cambiar la historia de El Salvador

La reapertura del caso de El Mozote trae una oportunidad histórica en la búsqueda de la verdad y justicia, el Estado y la Fiscalía deben estar a la altura del desafío
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First, admit we have a problem

In December 2016, an Ipsos poll for BuzzFeed of more than 3,000 Americans found that 75 per cent of those who saw fake news headlines judged them to be accurate. Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, Ebury.

“In every conflict there is always room for negotiation”

There is no rule saying that some conflicts have no solution. The dynamics, the interests and the timings keep on changing and opening up possibilities for resolving them. Interview. Español

"En todo conflicto hay siempre posibilidades de negociación"

No existe una regla según la cual hay conflictos sin solución. Hay dinámicas, intereses y tiempos que van cambiando y abriendo posibilidades para su resolución. Entrevista. English

Innovación digital en América Latina: Cómo Brasil, Colombia, México y Perú han estado experimentando con la participación electrónica

La superación de la dependencia estatal puede ser crucial para que las innovaciones digitales consigan transformar la democracia al lograr  involucrar a más ciudadanos en el proceso político. English

Digital Innovation in Latin America: How Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have been experimenting with E-participation

Overcoming state dependence may be crucial for digital innovations to transform democracy by engaging more citizens in the political process. Español

How we are bringing democracy to our politics - and how you can join in

Every member of our pan-European movement – English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, Greek etc – got to vote on the UK parliamentary candidates we will support, with some surprises.

Get out and vote say immigrants. For your future and ours

Refugees and migrants test Britain’s claim to be a representative democracy, a test which Britain is not passing. 

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