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Olly Huitson, Editor

Oliver Huitson is Co-Editor at OurKingdom and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Chile’s dissatisfaction

The recent proliferation of corruption scandals show the sheer necessity of substantial reforms of the political system in Chile, if only to be able to get rid of the old Pinochet regime’s remaining ghost. Español

El Chile de la insatisfacción

La proliferación de casos de corrupción pone en evidencia la necesidad de acometer profundas reformas en el sistema político de Chile, que necesita dejar atrás la sombra alargada del régimen de Pinochet. English.

¿Independencia de quién? Elecciones existenciales en Cataluña

Cataluña parece a punto de convertirse en un laboratorio de la soberanía popular en la Europa poscrisis. English.

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.

México, verdades asesinas

El brutal asesinato del fotoperiodista Rubén Espinosa es la última de una larga serie de ejecuciones. Pero la comunidad internacional sigue malinterpretando las formas en que la violencia política se ejerce en México. English.

Mexico’s deadly truths

The brutal murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa is the latest in a long line of executions. But the international community continues to misunderstand the roots of Mexico’s political violence. Español.

The art of plagiarism

Zygmunt Bauman has been accused of ‘self-plagiarism’. Is it really a problem that the prominent sociologist has repeated passages across the many books he has published since retirement?

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.

David Cameron’s hypocrisy on Muslim radicalization

If Cameron was serious about countering extremism, what better person to allow into the UK than Jeenah, who has much to say about the contributions of the west to the problem?

The siren song of financial realism

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe.

Objectivity, neutrality and the call for virtuous anger in academe

The problem with this perception of academic research as objective, dispassionate and free from emotion runs deeper. Neutrality, especially in social sciences does not exist.

The Syriza problem: radical democracy and left governmentality in Greece

Syriza’s extraordinary problem – which would not be faced by any other political party in government – was to alter internal institutional frameworks under conditions of external institutional assault. 

This time, it’s different

Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism is a book for our times—and the decades ahead.

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.

Why the UK’s economy is still grossly out of balance

Investment is low, the trade deficit is growing, and what growth we have is largely driven by ultra-cheap money and asset inflation. This is unbalanced and unsustainable.

Varoufakis’ unspeakably shocking plan B

This Greek rule-bending ambition, from a position of weakness, violates the basic principles of financial realism.

Surreptitious symbiosis: the relationship between NGO’s and movement activists

For now, thanks to surreptitious symbiosis, it is possible to do sustained activism to bring about social change, without becoming part of a ‘civil society industry’.  From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Renewing the Latin American connection

All the countries of those sitting around this table were born in genocide. In the case of Brazil, we were the world champion of slavery. So we are based on that! Sweet but violent. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Solidarity needs to be infectious: a conversation between activists in Greece and Scotland

On the eve of the 2015 Greek bailout referendum, Robin McAlpine of Scotland’s Common Weal and researcher Christina Psarra from Greece, sat down to discuss radicalized generations, alternative spaces, and the need for solidarity. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

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.

Is counter-propaganda the only antidote to propaganda?

Russia Today is packed full of lies. But aren't there motes aplenty in our own eyes onto the world? Is media credibility shot, and can we hope to improve trust in news?  An academic conference this autumn in Prague aims to bring journalists and acdemics together to explore the problem

Democratic dialogues: how to communicate with the people of Nuneaton

The 2015 General Election was a disaster for people and political parties that can loosely be called ‘progressive’. Rather than relying upon the one-way communication of ‘messages’ and ‘narratives’, they now need to learn how to engage in open-ended ‘Democratic Dialogues’.

A “velvet Grexit” is a trick. Argentina, Ecuador and Iceland prove default can work.

Temporary Eurozone exit plan is a smokescreen for shock doctrine tactics that would condemn the Greeks to perpetual austerity. Argentina, Ecuador or Iceland show there is an alternative. Español

O enemigo da Europa não é a crise Grega

Uma moeda única implica um estado federal, como os Estados Unidos ou o Brazil. A crise Grega confronta a Europa com o seu futuro. English.

El default de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestra que el Grexit temporal es una trampa

La salida temporal de Grecia de la zona euro es una cortina de humo que oculta la doctrina de schock que condenaría a los griegos a una austeridad perpetua. Los casos de Argentina, Ecuador o Islandia demuestran que el default es posible. English.

Europe’s enemy is not the Greek crisis

A single currency implies a federal state, like the US or Brazil. The Greek crisis confronts Europe with its future. Português

Chavista theory of transition towards the communal state

If the Maduro administration steps up the counter-offensive against speculation, such measures might well result in the retention of a Chavista majority in the National Assembly this December.

A solução “Portuguesa” e a Grécia

Portugal, segundo o que se entende pelas palavras do seu primeiro-ministro, orgulha-se de ter contribuído para uma decisão que supõe um golpe à soberania Grega em detrimento do sonho Europeu. English. Español

La vía portuguesa no vale para Grecia

Portugal, según se desprende de las palabras de su primer-ministro, se enorgullece de haber contribuido a una decisión que supone un golpe a la soberanía griega, en detrimento del sueño Europeo. English. Português.

The Portuguese way is not the way for Greece

Portugal, as its Prime Minister says, is proud to have contributed to an agreement that has dealt the last blow to Greece’s sovereignty at the expense of the European dream. Español, Português

Mexican winds and the need for community alternatives

Wind is a localised common resource, as copper or coal is. Its extraction should respect the property and institutions of the indigenous communities in the territory. Español.

Co-operatives: redefining local journalism?

Local media is marked by monopolised ownership and a consistent decline in availability and quality. With over 400 members, the Bristol Cable is a local media co-operative bucking the trend through common ownership, challenging investigations and multimedia.

Cuba: through her eyes

What do Cuban women imagine for their country’s future? In the wake of recent reforms, Cyd Bernstein talks to four women leaders about feminism, culture and cultivating change.

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