only search

This week's editor

NSS, editor

Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Your fatwa does not apply here

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed Karima Bennoune as Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights. Read articles by Karima on openDemocracy 50.50's platform, Frontline voices against Muslim fundamentalism.

Netanyahu-Khamenei political tango

Netanyahu did have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, disgraced former Iranian President, who with the support of Khamenei, would say one foul thing after another about Israel.

Parálisis creciente de la izquierda en América Latina (Segunda Parte): Uruguay

La izquierda se está quedando sin ideas e energía en América del sur. Uruguay, un pequeño país a menudo ignorado, parece ahora embarcado en el mismo desalentador viaje emprendido por la socialdemocracia en todo el mundo. English.

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.

The good student of Europe at a dead-end

Portugal feels like a ticking bomb, yet the country still lacks the political structures that would make dissent a rational choice.

¿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

Is the 'migrant crisis' simply a question of humanitarian assistance?

The European left is crushed between right-wing movements declaring the moral priority of fellow nationals, and huge flows of migrants asking for dignity. How should social democrats respond?

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."

The mounting paralysis of Latin America’s Left (Part 1)

An increasingly exhausted South American Left finds itself trapped between similar contradictions to those undermining its counterparts in Europe. Español.

Putin’s partition plans and the politics of cynicism

Russian military involvement appears to be increasingly focused on propping up the Assad regime, contributing to a partitioned Syria in which Russia establishes a firm foothold on the eastern Mediterranean.

Bahrain’s uprising: resistance and repression in the Gulf

A review of an interdisciplinary book exploring both the contemporary uprising and Bahrain’s lengthy history of contentious politics, exploring postcolonialism, foreign actors, human rights, and social media.

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.

Between Russia and the west

Dysfunctionality in Serbia and Bosnia reflects the larger economic conflict between Russia and the west.

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.

No habrá secesión exprés en Cataluña

Ya pasó anteriormente en procesos secesionistas similares (en Canadá y, más recientemente, en Escocia): sometida a la presión de tener que decidir sobre la independencia, una sociedad acaba profundamente dividida. English.

The ‘new antisemitism’

There are many Jews who actively sympathise with an anti-racist political vision. But the ‘new antisemitism’ complicates how the organised Jewish ‘community’ could identify with such an enterprise. 

European union – a cosmopolitan legal space

Porous borders really mean the acceptance that human beings move across borders, and that they should be able to move without being criminalized. The political philosopher in interview with Slawomir Sierakowski.

Negotiating environmentalism in a democratizing Iran

The new environmentalists hail from affluent backgrounds and urban areas and their everyday consumption practices are imbued with political meaning, given the reduced space for organized channels to express discontent.

Guatemala in limbo

The impeachment and arrest of President Otto Pérez Molina is a shrewd move by the Guatemalan elites to save the criminal bosses currently running the country. Español. Português.

O Guatemala no limbo

O impeachment e a detenção do Presidente Otto Pérez Molina são um astuto conjunto de movimentos das elites do Guatemala para salvar os chefes criminosos que atualmente lideram o país. Español. English.

Justiça para Ayotzinapa: um grito ignorado

No final, Ayotzinapa "foi o Estado", na medida em que foi, e continua a ser, o resultado da impunidade e práticas abusivas sistemáticas em diversos níveis de governo no México. Español. English.

Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms, and the question of Palestine/Israel

Both anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish racisms have played their part in legitimising global clashes. And the Palestine/Israel question has helped to encourage these conflations and racialisations.

Introducing this week’s guest feature – Anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and Palestine/Israel

Racisms against both Jews and Muslims across the globe are being stimulated by the question of Palestine/Israel in increasingly complex ways. Our guest editors this week, from the University of East London’s Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, invite you to join an open forum for constructive dialogue.

Denying genocide: how the west failed Rwanda (again)

Western states and even civil society share responsibility for the spread of a false account of what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Today, the truth needs wholesale support.

It’s the failure to admit failure that fuels conspiracy theories

Why do some still harbour the same concerns about medical interventions as expressed in 1950s America? And if history is repeating itself, why haven’t we learned the lessons?

Ayotzinapa: an unheard cry for justice

In the end, Ayotzinapa "was the State", inasmuch as it was, and continues to be, the result of impunity and systematic abusive practices within the various levels of government in Mexico. Español. Português.

Justicia para Ayotzinapa: un grito inaudito

Al final, Ayotzinapa “fue el Estado”, por cuanto fue y sigue siendo el resultado de la impunidad y de las sistemáticas prácticas abusivas en el seno de los distintos niveles de gobierno en México. EnglishPortuguês.

‘Talking to terrorists’: myth no. 6

Myth number 6: that it is only governments or diplomats that do the talking. The role of local people in reaching out to armed groups to encourage prospects for peace is regularly overlooked.

I know the fear and hope of those seeking refuge in Europe

If I could send a message to European leaders it would be this. Understand why people risk everything to reach Europe. Show them the same humanity being shown by ordinary citizens.

Greece, when the social movements are all that is left

Skyrocketing abstention, social demobilization and an impending wave of harsh austerity measures call for critical reflection after Syriza’s victory.

Syndicate content