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Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Bolsonaro y la extrema derecha brasileña

Le llaman "el Mito". El diputado federal Bolsonaro, estrella de la extrema derecha y uno de los políticos más populares de Brasil, aspira a presidir el país en 2018. English

Bolsonaro and the Brazilian far right

They call him “the Myth”. Federal congressman Bolsonaro is Brazil’s far-right star and a presidential hopeful. He is also one of the most popular politicians in Brazil. Español

Comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas frente a la implementación del acuerdo de paz

El tiempo juega en contra de las comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas, que corren el riesgo de quedarse fuera de  los compromisos de la implementación del acuerdo de paz. English

“You black bastard” Offensive, friendly banter, somewhere in between or both?

“There is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere” and certainly not in Britain or Australia.

To be or not to be: the future of opposition in post-referendum Turkey

In post-referendum Turkey, it is not just Erdoğan and his supporters but the opposition as well who refuse to recognize their adversaries as legitimate – an explosive formula.

Reflections on post-humanitarianism in dark times

British opposition to search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean and Polish pseudo-theological justifications not to help refugees exploit the insecurities of the humanitarian movement.

Backsliding on civic space in democracies

An open civic space is a key ingredient of a successful and rights respecting democracy. Sadly, there’s a gaping hole between principle and practice. Español  

Novas ideias precisam de edifícios antigos

A Criatividade é um recurso renovável, o Património não. Potenciar a criatividade dos cidadãos é um processo de empoderamento, mas não devemos esquecer que novas ideias precisam de edifícios antigos. Entrevista English

New ideas need old buildings

Creativity is a renewable resource, heritage is not. Unleashing the creativity of citizens is an empowering process, but we should not forget that new ideas need old buildings. Interview Português

O Banco dos BRICS precisa de uma estratégia sólida e participativa para o desenvolvimento sustentável

O NBD tem trabalhado até agora no escuro, com pouca ou nenhuma transparência sobre os projetos propostos ou um verdadeiro compromisso com a sociedade civil. English Español

The BRICS Bank needs a bold and participatory strategy for sustainable development

The NDB has up until now operated largely in the dark, with little to no transparency about proposed projects or real engagement with civil society. Español Português

El Banco de desarrollo de los BRICS necesita una estrategia para el desarrollo sostenible

El NBD ha funcionado hasta ahora en la oscuridad, con poca o ninguna transparencia sobre los proyectos propuestos o un compromiso real con la sociedad civil. English Português

عقدة الإسلام السياسي السوري وعقدة مستقبله

عقدة الإسلام السياسي السوري تستمد خيوط تعقيدها من خيوط عقد الأزمة السورية ذاتها، من جهة، ومن عقدة خيوط البنية الفكرية الأصولية ذاتها، من جهة أخرى، سواء أخذت هذه البنية شكلاً سنياً أم شيعياً

Citizenship and democratic production

Citizen producers take advantage of networked knowledge and benefit from new available production spaces. New skills and know-how are required, however, for the inclusion of all social sectors. Español Português

Cidadania e produção democrática

O cidadão produtor, por um lado, tira proveito do conhecimento em rede, e, por outro, beneficia-se dos espaços de produção. Esse novo paradigma exige novas habilidades. English Español

Ciudadanía y producción democrática

El ciudadano productor se beneficia, por un lado, del conocimiento en red y, por otro, de los espacios de producción. La inclusión de los distintos sectores sociales requiere nuevas habilidades. English Português 

French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election – 1

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle's fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens' Revolution look like?

Migration policies: effective ways to address smuggling

The European Council should review progress on the overall approach at its meetings in March and in June 2017, on the basis of a report from the Maltese EU Presidency.

The reinventing of the Latin American Left

How to re-arm the forces that work for progressive social change? The good news is that this agenda is already under way. Not in the party establishment, but in the street. Español Português

A esquerda precisa se reinventar

Como rearmar as forças que trabalham para a mudança social progressiva? A boa notícia é que esta agenda já está em movimento. Não no establishment dos partidos, mas sim nas ruas. English Español 

La izquierda necesita reinventarse

¿Cómo rearmar las fuerzas que trabajan por el cambio social progresista? La buena noticia es que esta agenda ya está en marcha. No en el establishment de los partidos, sino en la calle. English Português 

‘Prevent’, free speech and antisemitism

As a talking point for debate it might be productive. The problem arises from the government of the United Kingdom ‘adopting’ IHRA’s definition of antisemitism in a quasi-official manner.

Turkey's 'special refugees'

In Turkey's story, the western gaze is searching for new victims. Yes, I fled Turkey with my three year old daughter, but am I that victim?

Ecuador’s elections: the worst of all possible worlds

The tight victory of Lenin Moreno in the second round is the first to ensure the continuity of the left in this new Latin American electoral cycle. Yet the right does not accept the result. Español 

Elecciones en Ecuador: el peor de los mundos posibles

La ajustada victoria de Lenin Moreno en la segunda vuelta es la primera que asegura la continuidad de las izquierdas en este nuevo ciclo electoral latinoamericano. Pero la derecha no acepta el resultado. English

US strike against Syria: a Just War or just a war?

The Trump administration itself has crossed a line that Obama did not cross: directly attacking Syria. The consequences for US foreign policy are potentially catastrophic. Español

Estados Unidos contra Siria: ¿Guerra Justa o sólo guerra?

La administración Trump ha cruzado una línea que Obama no cruzó: atacar directamente a Siria. Las consecuencias para la política exterior de Estados Unidos son potencialmente catastróficas. English

Micaela: el femicidio apagó el sol

La violación y asesinato de Micaela García, una joven activista de 21 años pone demasiadas preguntas sobre el nivel intolerable de violencia, de machismo y de injusticia en Argentina. English.

Boom del fracking en Colombia

La concesión de licencias para la extracción de petróleo vía fracking proliferan, amenazando comunidades indígenas, ecosistemas, e incluso el suministro de agua a la capital, Bogotá. English

A multinational fracking boom begins in Colombia

New concessions threaten the water supply to the capital city of Bogota. Español

 

Three forays into ideology in the age of post-truth politics

Attempts to wrestle with fake news and post-truth lack a concept of ideology to tell us not only what is believed, but why, and suggest how to move on.

Dangerous road to divisive places

A review of The Road to Somewhere. The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart, London (2017).

O México frente à América de Trump

Apelar ao nacionalismo é a resposta errada às políticas de Trump. Mais além do seu carácter míope e potencialmente chauvinista, pode traduzir-se facilmente na ausência de criticas ao governo actual. English Español 

México frente a la América de Trump

Apelar al nacionalismo es la respuesta equivocada a las políticas de Trump y puede traducirse fácilmente en la ausencia de críticas al gobierno actual. English Português

Mexico in the Face of Trump’s America: Why Nationalism is Not the Answer

A call for nationalism is the wrong answer to Trump’s policies and can translate into a call for loyalty towards the current government. Español Português

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