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Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Darkest Hour: another film about 1940

Is this film any better at history than Dunkirk? Does it matter when you have such a multi-faceted central character as this ‘real war leader ’? Review.

¿Se acabó la era de la privacidad?

La mensajería instantánea se ha convertido en el principal instrumento digital para el activismo social y político, pero abre brechas para su seguridad. English, Português

Are the days of user privacy over?

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español, Português

Os dias de privacidade acabaram?

As mensagens instantâneas tornaram-se o principal instrumento digital para o activismo social e político. Ao mesmo tempo que a sua implementação aumenta, também o fazem as dúvidas sobre a sua confidencialidade. English, Español

Whose human rights? The marginalisation of dissent in France and spreading

The use of human rights to criminalize the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign sends out a warning alert.

La democracia se vuelve digital

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

Democracy gone digital

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

La evolución de la participación democrática

Repensar la representación implica ampliar la comunidad de deliberación y redefinir no sólo quiénes pueden decidir en temas públicos que les afectan, sino cómo se toman las decisiones. English, Português

The evolution of democratic participation

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who decides on public issues, but how those decisions are made. Español, Português

A evolução da participação democrática

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English, Español

Uma nova forma de geografia

Libertemos a nossa forma de ver a realidade, aprofundemos novos olhares e enfoques, e teremos novas ideias e perspectivas para os problemas de gestão do bem comum. English, Español

A new form of geography

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

Una nueva forma de geografía

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

Syria: stop asking questions!

Who gets to decide who is involved in pseudoscience and misdirection? Who asks the questions and who gets bamboozled? What role should the media play?

The myth of the «Swedish education miracle»

The Swedish model is not especially efficient or good, but it is the one that has pushed as far as possible the post-authoritarian logic in modern European education.

Chomsky's linguistics and military funding: a non-issue

There is no evidence that Chomsky’s research program has been driven by a desire to devise a theory that is devoid of any potential military applications.

Is symbolic politics an impediment to economic equality?

The politics of representation are mostly symbolic. In Canada, we have seen over the past two years such a politics of representation at work in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.

Persistent inequality (1): Why Kirchnerism lost in Argentina

Why did Macri win the elections? Because of the falling price of commodities? The power of the media? A change in the mood of the population?. Español

Poland’s ‘holocaust law’ redefines hate speech

This new law exploits the spirit of such legislation in order to bolster the ruling majority’s authority and to further intimidate vulnerable groups. 

Honourable deceptions in the choreography of the Northern Ireland Peace Process

In some situations, the end does justify the means. In these anti-political times isn't it useful to remember the positive role political actors can play in making the world a better place?

Desigualdad persistente (1): Balance y derrota del Kirchnerismo en Argentina

¿Por qué Macri ganó las elecciones? ¿Debido a la caída del precio de los productos básicos? ¿El poder de los medios? ¿Un cambio en el estado de ánimo de la población? English

The truth about Corbyn supporters’ Facebook groups

2,000 abusive messages are too thousand too many. Is there any more to be said? It seems there might be.

Manifesto on algorithmic humanitarianism

The nature of machine learning operations mean they will actually deepen some humanitarian problematics and introduce new ones of their own. This banality of machine learning is also its power.

Vladimir Putin and the rural roots of authoritarian populism in Russia

Rural Russians are the major supporters of the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin. How can we explain this phenomenon, and what are the prospects for a replacement emancipatory rural politics?

Chomsky’s choice: how the linguist’s early military work led to a life of campaigning against the military

Noam Chomsky’s choice was to launch himself as an outspoken anti-militarist activist even while remaining in one of the US’s most prestigious military labs. It came at a cost.

"We Dreamers are like you, and you are like us"

Some 6.5 million undocumented youths and children of immigrants currently living in the United States, the so-called Dreamers, face deportation if Congress fails to reach an agreement on DACA. Interview. Español Português

The first transnational European list – a DiEM25 initiative

As stated by Luigi De Magistris, for years the forces of national, local, civil society have been resisting Brussels’s institutional violence – the time has come to strike back.

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

Gender equality cannot be achieved without tax reform for multinational companies

We can't achieve gender equality, or ensure women’s rights, without progressive tax policies.

La política de los sentimientos

Los sentimientos siempre han jugado un rol clave en política. En muchos sentidos, la política es el arte de la persuasión. English

Black Panther’s powerful women are magical – just like our everyday feminist superheroes

Watching Black Panther made me think about our everyday feminist superheroes, stepping out of their comfort zones and powering activism with creativity and skill.

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Despite claims to the contrary, new technologies like blockchain are unlikely to disrupt the aid industry quickly. Here is why.

The ordinary virtues of cities

Talking to Phil Wood, co-founder of the intercultural cities model, last November, about love of cities, intercultural city planning, innovative local government, human rights and ‘ordinary virtues’. Interview.

La insoportable tecnofobia de la izquierda

En la izquierda española, hay varias cosas que no van. Principalmente pecados de gula; gula electoral; gula de poder; gula comercial y cortoplacista. English

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