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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The so-called end of the progressivism cycle in South America

Political polarization is currently tensioning Latin America. The result will not be a general rightward shift by society, but the increase in economic, political, cultural and ideological contradictions. Español.

Sobre el llamado fin del ciclo del progresismo en América del Sur.

La polarización política está tensionando Latinoamérica. Pero el resultado no será el de una derechización generalizada de la sociedad, sino el del incremento de contradicciones económicas, políticas, culturales e ideológicas. English.

Writers get bouquets, not brickbats

The business model of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be studied as a case study, the two writer-directors having successfully yoked together the rival Hindu Goddesses of wealth and wisdom. 

Capitalism, cronyism and Clinton

The problem of Hillary Clinton is the problem of American democracy. Doug Henwood’s new book, My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency digs deep into the system that spawned her.

Human rights at the World Forum for Democracy 2015

The Council for Europe's commissioner for human rights warns that Europe’s new security-oriented turn restricts fundamental human rights, a success for terrorists who want us to abandon our lifestyle and live in fear. Short interview.

Fujimori 2.0

Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former Peruvian dictator, today imprisoned for corruption, has been campaigning since she lost in 2011. She now represents the strongest right-wing populism in Latin America. Español

Emotion and protest in Turkey: what happened on 19 January, 2007?

Those gathering spontaneously after the assassination of Hrant Dink have been part of the Gezi movement — in a non-violent way, manifesting their desire to be the Subjects of their own lives.

Will booming India topple China in Latin America?

Much like China since the turn of the century, India is increasingly looking overseas for raw materials to fuel its breakneck growth. Español Português

A Índia desbancará a China na América Latina?

Desde o início do século, assim como a China, sua rival econômica na Ásia, a Índia tem olhado cada vez mais para fora em busca de matérias-primas para alimentar seu crescimento vertiginoso. Español English

The streets are talking a lot, but democracy advances very little

Participation in Brazil has grown, but so far it has not come with an increase in democratic quality through a more consistent public debate or a better functioning political system. Español Português

Hablan las calles, pero la democracia avanza poco

La participación en Brasil aumentó, pero hasta ahora no se ha traducido en una mejora de la calidad democrática, en un debate público más consistente o en un sistema político más funcional. Português English

As ruas falam, mas a democracia avança pouco

A participação no Brasil cresceu, mas até agora não se combinou com a elevação da qualidade da democracia, com um debate público mais consistente ou com o melhor funcionamento do sistema político. Español English

‘Policed multiculturalism’ and predicting disaster

Counter-radicalisation in France draws on British and Dutch policies developed in the mid-2000s. It extends police action to areas of diversity management such as education, religion and social policy. With what results? Interview.

The struggles that turn around the Brazilian crisis

A time of crisis is also an opportunity to create something new. The Free Pass Movement is contributing to turn the negativity of the crisis into the positivity of democratic innovation. Español Português

Las luchas por darle la vuelta a la crisis brasileña

Los momentos de crisis son también oportunidades para crear algo nuevo. El Movimiento Pase Libre es una buena contribución para convertir la negatividad de la crisis en positividad de innovación democrática. Português English

A luta para dar a volta à crise brasileira

Os momentos de crise são também oportunidades para criar algo novo. O Movimento Passe Livre é uma boa contribuição para converter a negatividade da crise em positividade de inovação democrática. Español English

Reengineering democracy in Portugal

It is time to rethink Portugal´s democratic blueprint. Ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections, the real debate should focus on the urgent break with the current semi-presidentialist system. Español Português

Limpieza social en El Salvador

En el país más violento del mundo, la juventud se mata entre ella, el Estado está en pie de guerra, y los asesinatos extrajudiciales siguen en aumento. Esto no puede continuar así. English

Repensar la democracia en Portugal

Ha llegado el momento de repensar las bases de la democracia portuguesa. Ante las elecciones presidenciales, el verdadero debate está en la necesidad urgente de ruptura con el actual sistema semi-presidencialista. English Português

Redesenhar a democracia em Portugal

Chegou o momento de repensar as bases do sistema democrático em Portugal. Perante a proximidade das próximas eleições presidenciais, o debate real deveria centrar-se numa urgente rutura com o atual sistema semipresidencialista. Español English

Macri and the judges

By deciding to unilaterally fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court of National Justice by decree, adducing necessity and urgency, the new Argentine president is at odds with his electoral promises. Español.

Macri y los jueces

Al decidir designar de forma unilateral, vía decreto de necesidad y urgencia, a dos magistrados en la Corte Suprema de Justicia Nacional, el nuevo presidente argentino contradice sus promesas electorales. English.

Smear campaign against Academics for Peace

A peace manifesto circulated by many Turkish academicians against the political war being conducted by the Turkish Government in the Kurdish region of Turkey has prompted a severe reaction. 

The re-emergence of social cleansing in El Salvador

In the most violent country in the world, youth is killing youth, the state is in a state of war and extrajudicial killings are on the rise. This cannot continue unabated. Español.

Falar dos direitos das mulheres no Peru

No Peru, um país ainda muito conservador, dominado pela Igreja Católica e por seitas evangélicas, quebrar o silêncio sobre a violência sexual e o aborto supõe um primeiro passo estratégico. Español. English.

The fight for women’s rights in Peru

Hablar de los derechos de las mujeres en Perú

The open source city as the transnational democratic future

Open source local government is the first step towards scaling up new public policy spheres and interwoven citizen practices that can make neoliberalism unnecessary. Español

The battle for neoliberal hegemony: an interview with Nancy Fraser

The conditions of working-class people in the global north are converging with the conditions of the global south.

How to fight impunity in Mexico

The assassination of social activists, human rights militants, journalists and politicians in Mexico is a continuing criminal affair. It feeds on the total impunity that the government guarantees its partners. Español

Contra la impunidad en México

El asesinato de activistas sociales, defensores de derechos humanos, periodistas y políticos sigue alimentándose de la impunidad que el gobierno mexicano garantiza a sus asociados delincuentes. English

Turkish academics deserve solidarity: the fight for academic freedom is global

One can only conclude that the Turkish Government’s heavy-handed reaction to petitions supporting arrested academics is the continuation of a wider trend of restricting civil liberties and freedom of speech.

Guatemala: first trial for systematic violations of indigenous women

The case of the indigenous women of Sepur Zarco, who have suffered from sexual violence, finally comes to court in February. They will be testifying against impunity. Español

Guatemala: juicio por violaciones de mujeres indígenas

El caso de las mujeres indígenas de Sepur Zarco, víctimas de violencia sexual, será por fin juzgado en febrero. Para acabar con la impunidad, ellas darán su testimonio. English. 

Belated tourists of a postponed-revolution

A close look at the KMU Trade Union Centre in the Philippines suggests that joining the ITUC has buried any alternative labour internationalism of the kind dreamed of in 1990.

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