only search openDemocracy.net

This week's editor

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Is language as we know it still relevant for the digital age?

According to a number of neuroscientists and philosophers, language might not be the ultimate medium for the transmission of ideas. In the digital age, it is essential to understand its role and explore the new possibilities technology creates.                                                                                                                                       

Learning the language of a pulsar

What is happening in Brazil is a process of awakening. Many Brazilians are realizing that the political system has been “rigged” against them for a long time, maybe since the very beginning. Interview. Português

Da crise pode surgir um novo Brasil

Um país como o Brasil não se pode dar ao luxo de perder mais tempo a tentar fazer a roda da história girar para trás. Devem celebrar-se eleições directas já. Español 

De la crisis puede surgir un nuevo Brasil

Un país como Brasil no puede darse al lujo de perder más tiempo en el intento de hacer girar la rueda de la historia hacia atrás. Deben celebrarse elecciones directas ya. Português 

Digital platforms and democracy

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español Português

Plataformas digitales y democracia

Las plataformas digitales son un instrumento para democratizar la participación porque superan las tiranías de espacio y tiempo tradicionales. Pero la mejora de la participación democrática tiene niveles de cumplimiento variados. English Português

Plataformas digitais e democracia

As plataformas digitais são um instrumento para democratizar a participação porque superam as tiranias do espaço e tempo tradicionais. Mas a melhora da participação democrática tem vários níveis de cumprimento. English Español 

Neoextrativismo e outros pecados capitais da “esquerda progressista”

Este é provavelmente o legado mais prejudicial do abraço entre a "esquerda progressista" e o neo-extractivismo: a impressão de que a ideologia nominal daqueles que disputam as eleições não importa. English Español

Neoextractivismo y otros pecados capitales de la “izquierda progresista”

Este es probablemente el legado más dañino del abrazo entre la "izquierda progresista" y el neo-extractivismo: la impresión de que la ideología nominal de aquellos que disputan las elecciones no importa. English Português

Neoextractivism and other deadly sins of the “progressive left”

This is probably the most damaging legacy of the embrace between the "progressive left" and neo-extractivism: the impression that the nominal ideology of those contesting the election does not matter. Español Português

Política recuperada: "Somos un poco idealistas, pero no ingenuos: tenemos mucha información"

Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli es una de las fundadoras del Partido de la Red, el único partido en Argentina que propone entregar las prerrogativas parlamentarias a la sociedad civil. English Português

Reimagining India in Britain

The Great India Show covers even science in India. It has been blessed by the two governments. Britain is out on a mission to rediscover India.   

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Veracruz – or what we (should) talk about when we talk about corruption

What Veracruz merely provides is a glimpse into the criminal corruption that thrives behind the façade of Mexico’s nominal democracy. Español

Veracruz - o de lo que deberíamos hablar cuando hablamos de corrupción

Lo que Veracruz ofrece es solo un simple vistazo a la corrupción criminal que prospera detrás de la fachada de la democracia nominal mexicana. English

“We are dying, please”

Mohanned Jammo, a Syrian doctor on board a ship 61 miles off Lampedusa, was asking the Italian Coast Guard for help. “We are dying, please”, he said. Then the ship capsized. Español Português

“Por favor, nos estamos muriendo”

Mohanned Jammo, médico sirio a bordo de un barco a 61 millas de Lampedusa, pidió ayuda a la Guardia Costera italiana. "Por favor, nos estamos muriendo", dijo. English Português 

“Por favor, estamos a morrer”

Mohanned Jammo, médico Sírio a bordo dum barco a 61 milhas de Lampedusa, pediu ajuda à Guarda Costeira Italiana. “Por favor, estamos a morrer”, disse. English Español

We are not your case study: weaving transnational solidarities across the semi-peripheries

As transnational activists navigating this intricate landscape we need self-criticism, paying careful attention to systems of exclusion we are not immune to. But we need criticism that is generative.

Política recuperada: “a participação é valiosa quando forma parte dos processos de toma de decisões”

Pablo Collada partilha a sua visão do valor estratégico da pedagogia pública, a sua experiencia com a Lei de Lobby no Chile e até reflexões sobre a dança. English Español 

Politics recovered: "We are closer to rather than further away from a democratic revolution"

Giorgio Jackson talks about oxymorons and feedback, revolutions and democracies, axes old and new, and about conquering power to let go of it. Español Português

Política recuperada: “Estamos más cerca que lejos de una revolución democrática”

Giorgio Jackson habla de oximorones y retroalimentaciones, de revoluciones y democracias, de ejes viejos y nuevos, de conquistar el poder para desprenderse de él. English Português

Política Recuperada: “estamos mais perto do que longe duma revolução democrática”

Giorgio Jackson fala de oxímoros e de retroalimentações, de revoluções e de democracias, de eixos velhos e novos, de conquistar o poder para deixá-lo ir. English Español 

Saving Christianity through the Benedict Option

The idea of the select few isolating themselves from what they perceive as an enfeebled, morally weakened or ailing community, seems like a disappointingly minimalist social programme.

Why is so much art about the ‘refugee crisis’ so bad?

Even at a celebrity art gala you can don an emergency blanket and feel good about yourself. Hard political questions, not required.

Greve geral no Brasil: 28 de Abril será um ponto de virada?

No dia 28 de abril, o Brasil experimentou uma das mais impressionantes greves gerais da sua história. Como será a resistência a partir de agora ao Governo de Temer? English Español

Brazil after the general strike

On April 28, Brazil witnessed one of the most impressive general strikes ever. What, if anything, changed after the strike? How will the resistance to the Temer government go on? Español Português

Brasil: ¿cambió algo tras la huelga general?

El pasado 28 de abril, Brasil vivió una de las huelgas generales más imponentes de su historia. ¿Cambió algo tras la huelga? ¿Cómo seguirá la resistencia al gobierno de Temer? English Português

¡Detengan la batalla legal contra Lula en Brasil!

La persecución judicial y mediática del ex presidente Lula da Silva no es ética y es ilegítima. A través de su criminalización selectiva y sin pruebas de Lula, el juez Sergio Moro asalta la democracia brasileña. English  Português

What exactly does Macron, president-elect of France, stand for?

Does Macron leave the room for citizen participation? Will his pledges of social and economic reforms include giving citizens a greater say? 

Why DiEMUK shouldn’t take a precise position on the Brexit negotiations: OR, why Britain is screwed

Let’s focus on the battles we want to win, not the ones we’ve already lost.

A “Gerigonça” e o futuro da social-democracia: o experimento governamental em Portugal

Algo relativamente óbvio demorou muito tempo para ser explicitamente reconhecido na democracia portuguesa: há mais pontos de convergência do que de divergência entre os partidos de esquerda. English

Trump’s paradox: a critique of ‘populism’

Trump is an irrational projection and knows it. That’s why he can do absolutely anything and get away with it. Taking back control is scapegoating and aggression.

Politics recovered: “We are not going to do what hasn’t worked before”

Camilo Romero is the Governor of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia, a department with a high percentage of rural population and huge ethnic diversity. Español Português

Día mundial de la libertad de prensa – el periodismo está siendo asediado en todos los frentes

En el día mundial de la libertad de prensa, CIVICUS pide una mayor protección y respeto a los periodistas y a la contribución vital que hacen a las sociedades sanas. English 

Syndicate content