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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

El presidente Peña Nieto echa gasolina al fuego

Mientras las protestas se extienden ante la subida inesperada del combustible conocida con “el gasolinazo”, Peña Nieto pregunta a los mexicanos: ¿qué hubieran hecho ustedes? English

Guatemala: el reto democrático

Tras haber logrado, con movilizaciones sin precedentes, derrocar a un presidente y una vicepresidenta corruptos, Guatemala tiene ahora ante sí un reto que comparte con las democracias en el mundo. English  

Guatemala: the democratic challenge

After the unprecedented mobilizations which led to the overthrow of a corrupt president and vice-president, Guatemala now faces a challenge shared by democracies around the world. Español

A small picture in the big picture of Erdogan’s Turkey

The judicial arm of the Erdogan leadership has decided to make an example of her: even the most moderate critics will not be tolerated.

Bauman's legacy

Zygmunt understood the crisis of a social democracy built on solid jobs, fixed identities and bounded within nation states, and paved the way for thinking about the need for progressive alliances. Español

El ocaso de la primavera centroamericana

2017 empieza con un sabor agridulce: el del éxito —y los fracasos— de la lucha anticorrupción y contra el crimen organizado en el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica. English

Sunset of the Central American Spring

2017 starts with a bitter-sweet taste: that of the successes and failures of the fight against corruption, impunity and organized crime in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador). Español

A learning experience

Making a few people obscenely rich is no reason for the USA not to have a health system something like Israel’s. There is no free lunch. But the system works.

Otro gasoducto en tierras indígenas – esta vez en México

Un nuevo gasoducto en construcción en el norte de México ha desencadenado una importante controversia y enfrentamientos al afectar tierras que pertenecen a la comunidad yaqui. Português English

Another pipeline through Indian land – this time in Mexico

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has sparked major controversy and clashes over land belonging to the Yaqui community. Português Español

Why do people go to cat cafes? Loneliness and relaxation in a time of neoliberalism

After I began researching the explosion of ‘cat cafes’ in post-economic bubble Japan, I discovered an entire healing industry devoted to the commodification of intimacy.

Colombia: the new killings

20 rural leaders have been killed since the definitive bilateral ceasefire. The suspected killers are the same "dark forces" that have not stopped operating in Colombia under different names. Português Español

Colômbia: a nova matança

Provavelmente, por detrás dos crimes estão as mesmas “forças escuras” que não deixaram de atuar pese às suas sucessivas mudanças de nome. English Español

Colombia: la nueva matazón

Probablemente detrás de los crímenes están las mismas “fuerzas oscuras” que no han dejado de actuar pese a sus cambios sucesivos de nombre. Português English

La guerra contra el crimen en México: una década de fracasos

Hace diez años que el gobierno de México se embarcó en una campaña militarizada contra las organizaciones criminales que no ha mejorado sustancialmente la situación de seguridad del país. English

Mexico’s war on crime: A decade of (militarized) failure

December marked ten years since Mexico's government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country's criminal organizations which has failed to substantially improve the nation's security situation. Español

Las narcotelenovelas en México: más allá de una apología del narcotráfico

Las narcotelenovelas están siendo cada vez más criticadas con el argumento de que éstas debilitan el tejido social del país. Pero la narcocultura goza de una popularidad creciente en México. English

Mexico’s narco soap operas

Mexican soap operas revolving around the drug trade are being increasingly criticized for their perceived harm to the country's social fabric. But narco culture in Mexico enjoys a growing popularity. Español

Tango and the gender question

Someone has said that tango is condensed life. Today, the quintessential element of Argentinian culture opens up to diversity and inclusion and welcomes the LGBT community. Español

El tango y la cuestión de género

Alguien dijo que el tango es vida condensada. Hoy, este elemento paradigmático de la cultura argentina se abre a la diversidad y la inclusión y acoge a la comunidad LGBT. English

Colombia: education will be key to ending the violence

Breaking the cycle of violence will require educational opportunities for young people, who are still especially susceptible to being recruited by armed groups. Español

Racism in Ecuador is linked to extractivism

Extractivism is government policy in Ecuador. Dissidence is being fought in the media with prejudice, an effective way to build negative mental models about the Others. Español

Racismo en Ecuador rima con extractivismo

El extractivismo es política de gobierno en Ecuador. A los disidentes se les combate mediáticamente con prejuicios, una forma eficaz de construir modelos mentales negativos sobre los Otros. English

A tribute to Sadek Jalal al ‘Azm

Engaging with Sadek never ceased to be a delight, a charmer who caught you with his sharpness and wit. How often have I wished to freeze that year I spent in Holland. In memoriam.

Community Philanthropy must reflect on power

“Modelling a different kind of participatory philanthropy, where ordinary people can feel their power through the act of cooperation is a very powerful idea”, says Jenny Hodgson in Johannesburg. Interview. Español

La filantropía comunitaria debe reflexionar sobre el poder

"Modelar un tipo distinto de filantropía participativa, en el que la gente común pueda sentir su poder a través de acciones de cooperación es una idea muy poderosa", dice Jenny Hodgson en Johannesburgo. Entrevista. English

In community philanthropy, relying on existing local institutions is the answer

‘Assuming the fact that local communities have a better understanding of what their exigencies and needs are, is what ‘shifting the power’ really means’ says Gerry Salole in Johannesburg. InterviewEspañol

En filantropía comunitaria, confiar en las instituciones locales es la respuesta

"Asumir que las comunidades locales tienen una mejor comprensión de cuáles son sus exigencias y necesidades, es lo que " cambiar el poder" realmente significa”, dice Gerry Salole, en Johannesburgo. InterviewEnglish

The battle of governments against extremism has to be credible

Byrne writes, ‘the starting point for radicalisation may in fact be rage rather than religion…it’s not the madrassa that is the problem, it’s your mates.’ Book review.

Catalonian lessons: civil society has something to offer on the gaming tables of governance

A statement made before the Catalan Parliamentary Committee for the Study of Anti-Corruption Measures and for Democratic Regeneration.

Da Cuba de Castro à Trumplandia

Uma visita a Cuba, coincidindo com a morte de Fidel Castro e a vitória de Donald Trump, põe em perspetiva os êxitos e as carências de ambas sociedades. Español English

O momento populista

O “demos”, o povo soberano, foi declarado como categoria “zombie” e agora vivemos em sociedades pós-democráticas. Español English

De la Cuba de Castro a Trumplandia

Una visita a Cuba, coincidiendo con la muerte de Fidel Castro y la victoria de Donald Trump, pone en perspectiva los logros y las carencias de ambas sociedades. Português English

From Castro’s Cuba to Trumplandia

A visit to Cuba, coinciding with the death of Fidel Castro and the victory of Donald Trump, puts into perspective the achievements and shortcomings of both societies. Português Español

Distintas generaciones de cubanos recuerdan a Fidel Castro

Dependiendo, más que nada, de su edad, los cubanos que viven en Cuba, adoran a Fidel Castro a pesar de todos sus defectos, o lo odian, o son plenamente indiferentes. English

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