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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Las elecciones y el cierre del ciclo kirchnerista

En la segunda vuelta de las presidenciales prevista para el 22 de noviembre, los argentinos tendrán que elegir a su próximo presidente, pero ya han decidido acerca del cierre del ciclo kirchnerista. English.

Argentina promete una definición por penales

La sociedad argentina podría dividirse en tercios: el tercio kirchnerista, el tercio anti kirchnerista y el tercio indeciso. Este último grupo es el que le dio la espalda al kirchnerismo en estas elecciones presidenciales. English.

Argentina’s runoff to be determined by a penalty shoot-out

Argentinian society could be divided into thirds: a Kirchnerist third, an anti-Kirchnerist third, and an undecided third. The latter group is the one who shied away from Kirchnerism at this presidential election. Español.

Neoliberalismo tardío y sus enemigos

Los movimientos sociales se enfrentan a 3 retos: el reto simbólico de construir algo nuevo; el reto material de movilizar recursos limitados; y el reto estratégico de influenciar un sistema político muy cerrado. English.

Smooth censorship in Russia

Everybody understands everything, everybody knows everything, and no one says anything aloud.

The EU's nerve-wracking disconnect on surveillance

Each time an EU government is confronted with a threat to security, it nearly always plunges into knee-jerk reactions at the risk of undermining the very freedoms its officials claim to protect.

“Do you agree?” Orbán’s dangerous waltz with the radical right

A sentiment shared by many Hungarians worried about the government’s xenophobic campaign is summarized by the poster that says,  “Sorry about our Prime Minister.”    

O Movimento dos Sem-Terra (MST) e a tripla crise do Brasil

O Brasil enfrenta-se atualmente a uma tripla crise- económica, urbana e política. O governo está a responder através de uma série de medidas políticas de classe, afirma o MST. English. Español.

El Movimiento de los Sin Tierra (MST) y la triple crisis Brasileña

Brasil se enfrenta actualmente a una triple crisis – económica, urbana y política. El gobierno está respondiendo a través de una serie de políticas neoliberales de clase, como afirma MST. English. Português.

The Landless Workers Movement and Brazil’s triple crisis

Brazil is currently undergoing a triple crisis - economic, urban and political – and the government is responding to it with a set of neoliberal policies that are in fact class-driven, according to the MST. Español. Português.

Latin America on Democratic Alert

At a moment when Latin America finds itself at an economic and political crossroads, there is an urgent need to map out scenarios for ensuring a fully democratic future. The Alerta Democrática initiative is undertaking this relevant exercise. Español. Português.

Choke points for the preservation of our liberty

Press freedom is only where we should start as activists, not where we should stop.

Freedom and control in the surveillance age (Part 1)

What (if any) is the 'right level' of surveillance? openDemocracy's editors introduce a new partnership with the World Forum for Democracy.

Mistrust of medical science is not merely the product of ignorance

As new epidemic diseases strike, politicians are frequently driven to choose the science that best serves their interest, or their ideological standpoint.

Enquanto o mundo assiste há 59,5 milhões de deslocados internos na terra

Uns 6 milhões de Colombianos fazem com que o segundo país do mundo com mais deslocados internos (DIs) por motivos de violência não esteja no Médio-Oriente, mas sim na América Latina. Español. English.

La reforma constitucional en España deberá superar el inmovilismo suicida del Partido Popular

Siria, Grecia, los retos de la socialdemocracia en Europa, la propuesta de reforma federalista del PSOE en España de cara a las próximas elecciones generales. Entrevista en profundidad al exministro de Justicia y europarlamentario socialista, Juan Fernando López Aguilar. English.

Memetic engineering: conspiracies, viruses and historical agency

Ideas, just like viruses or organisms, do not spontaneously generate, even if certain historical circumstances make the rise and spread of a given idea more likely.

Mientras el mundo anda mirando, hay 59,5 millones de desplazados internos en la tierra

Unos 6 millones de colombianos hacen que el segundo país del mundo con más desplazados internos (DIs) por motivos de violencia no esté en Oriente Medio, sino en América Latina. Português. English.

Latinoamérica en Alerta Democrática

En un  momento en que la región se encuentra ante una encrucijada, parece urgente dibujar escenarios para asegurarse un futuro en democracia plena. La iniciativa Alerta Democrática realiza este importante ejercicio. Português. English.

América Latina em Alerta Democrático

Num momento em que a região se encontra perante uma encruzilhada económica e política, parece urgente desenhar cenários para lidar com o futuro. A iniciativa Alerta Democrático pretende executar este importante exercício. EspañolEnglish.

Giving the word: the making of a refugee newspaper

A refugee lawyer from Kobane and a Danish newspaper editor explain why one of Denmark's media platforms was handed over to a group of refugees for a day.

Turkey as a failed society

A different kind of reality is both constructed and deployed, which effects a huge gulf in understanding between the pro-AKP and non-AKP masses.

China and the coming crisis

Look to China, if you want to locate the downfall of capitalism. It could happen a lot sooner than we think.

A resistência dos Guarani Kaiowá

Em Mato Grosso do Sul, a verdade dos povos indígenas continua a ser negada à mão armada pela verdade dos proprietários das terras, com a ajuda do Estado brasileiro. Español. English.

The resistance of the Kaiowá Guaraní

In the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul, the indigenous people’s truth is still being denied at gunpoint by the landowners’ truth, with the help of the State. Español. Português.

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.

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