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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La resistencia de los Guaraní Kaiowá

En Mato Grosso do Sul, la verdad de los pueblos indígenas todavía está siendo negada a punta de pistola por la verdad de los terratenientes, con la ayuda del Estado brasileño. English. Português.

Resposta aos profetas do “fim de ciclo” latino-americano

Os êxitos históricos dos governos progressistas são inegáveis segundo Atílio Borón e Álvaro Garcia Linera, dois dos intelectuais mais lúcidos implicados nos processos políticos da região. Español. English.

An answer to the “end of cycle” prophets in Latin America

The historical successes of progressive governments are undeniable, according to Atilio Borón and Álvaro García Linera, two of the most clear-headed intellectuals involved in the political processes in the region. Español. Português.

Respuesta a los profetas del “fin de ciclo” latinoamericano

Los aciertos históricos de los gobiernos progresistas son innegables, según Atilio Borón y Álvaro García Linera, dos de los intelectuales más lúcidos implicados en los procesos políticos de la región. Português. English.

How big are our imaginary lizards?

The obviousness of simple facts often get so tainted by political antagonism and conspiracy theories that they pull nations apart, making us forget that no one’s blood is darker than the other. 

Understanding conspiracy theories in the Turkish context

Two important elements in the prevalence of conspiracy rhetoric is secrecy and political insecurities in Turkish politics.

La tragedia interminable del Día de Colón

La celebración del Día de Colón no es de recibo. La colonización trajo consigo una inmensa tragedia que hay que empezar a recordar. English, Português.

The Continuing Tragedy of Columbus Day

The celebration of Columbus Day is not acceptable. The colonization brought with it an immense tragedy that it is necessary to start remembering. Español. Português. 

A tragédia interminável do dia de Colombo

A celebração do Dia de Cristóvão Colombo não e aceitável. A colonização trouxe consigo uma imensa tragédia que há que começar a recordar. English. Español.

'Are you a traitor?' The BBC Panorama interview with Edward Snowden

'The question is, if I was a traitor, who did I betray?' This is the exclusive full transcript of the interview with Edward Snowden, aired on BBC World TV on 10 October 2015.

Terror policial en Brasil

¿Cuántas muertes más de jóvenes negros son necesarias para que las consideremos “genocidio” o asesinatos políticos? La abolición de la policía militar en Brasil es urgente. English. Português.

Free movement, welfare tourism and refugees

“Economic migrant” was never a pejorative term among economists. If economic migration and asylum-seeking are kept properly distinct, the case for freedom of movement within the European Union is unanswerable.

Terror policial no Brazil

Quantas mortes de jovens negros são necessárias para serem consideradas 'genocídio' ou pelo menos como 'assassinatos políticos'? EnglishEspañol. 

Daniel Scioli e as “cadeiras vazias” na América Latina

A ausência do candidato favorito à presidência Argentina, Daniel Scioli, do debate eleitoral televisado põe em evidência uma recorrente falta de qualidade democrática na América Latina. Español. English.

Empty chairs in Latin America

The absence of the leading candidate for the October 25 presidential elections in Argentina at a national debate on TV highlights the persistent democratic-quality shortfall in Latin America. Español. Português.

Daniel Scioli y las “sillas vacías” en América Latina

La ausencia del candidato favorito a la presidencia Argentina, Daniel Scioli del debate electoral televisado pone en evidencia un persistente déficit de calidad democrática en América Latina. English. Português. 

“We are here!”: a new wave of anti-sectarian mobilizations in Lebanon

With this political praxis based on subjectivity, experience and prefigurative politics the activists attempt to embody their transformative visions in their everyday practices. 

Intensifica-se o domínio do Facebook

A América Latina parece especialmente vulnerável perante as iniciativas recentes do Facebook, que procuram afiançar a hegemonia global da empresa. Estamos ante um monopólio moral em construção? Español. English.

Rolling back corporate capture will take more than EU lobby transparency

If Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it. 

The failure of mainstream European federalism

Simply stating over and over again that something – in this case a European democratic federation – is possible and desirable does not make it more likely.

Se intensifica el dominio de Facebook

América Latina parece especialmente vulnerable ante iniciativas recientes de Facebook, que buscan afianzar la hegemonía global de la empresa. ¿Estamos ante un monopolio moral en ciernes? English. Português

Los silencios de las elecciones Argentinas

El 25 de octubre los votantes argentinos van a las urnas para elegir a su nuevo presidente. Pero el modelo de desarrollo extractivista del país no está en discusión. English.

The silences of Argentina’s election

On October 25, voters in Argentina go to the polls to elect their new president. The country’s extractivist development model, however, is not up for discussion. Español.

México: entre una democracia peligrosa y una democracia en riesgo.

Lejos del sueño democrático de progreso, los ciudadanos en México se encuentran inmersos en una democracia peligrosa y aún sumamente frágil. English.

Mexico: between a dangerous democracy and a democracy at risk.

Far from the democratic dream of progress, citizens in Mexico are living in a dangerous and still fragile democracy. Español.

The mounting paralysis of Latin America’s Left (Part II): Uruguay

The left is running out of ideas and steam in South America. Uruguay, a small country often ignored, now seems to have embarked on the same journey undertaken by social democracy worldwide. Español.

¿Por qué no hay un Syriza en Portugal?

Al contrario que en Grecia o en España, en Portugal ni la crisis, ni las duras medidas de austeridad han supuesto cambios importantes en el sistema de partidos. ¿Por qué? English. Português.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

On centrism and independence in Spain

"Facing an increasingly self-centered centre, we stand for citizens who are open to the world and to the present time, capable of organizing and cooperating according to their abilities and aspirations."

No maps, no manuals: retrieving radical republicanism, restoring popular sovereignty

Republicanism brings into sharp focus an articulation of common freedoms strived for under extremely varying political conditions, in different times and places, with the shared commonality of facing unequal odds.

Parálisis creciente de la izquierda en América Latina (Primera parte)

Unas izquierdas latinoamericanas cada vez más exhaustas parecen atrapadas en las mismas contradicciones que han venido socavando a sus contrapartes europeas. English

Time to move beyond nuclear tribalism

"Question: Is nuclear power good or bad?

 Answer: No. Some nuclear is good, some is bad. For example, the Govt. should support an IFR."

Internal and external factors in intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and antisemitism

Since 2000, the questions of Israel and antisemitism have become a source of ever greater conflict in British Jewry, as well as in other diaspora Jewish populations.

President Xi Jinping, this is how you can win the Nobel peace prize

From his new position of power, Xi Jinping can show that China is a generous emerging power, rather than a vengeful revisionist state.

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