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Walid el Houri
Walid el Houri is lead editor of North Africa West Asia

Constitutional conventions: best practice

En Paraguay, los pueblos indígenas tienen los ojos puestos en el Congreso

Paraguay está saltándose el derecho nacional e internacional - y anda rezagado en relación a sus vecinos- al no garantizar representación política a los descendientes de su población precolombina. English

The bewildered progressive camp in Latin America and Europe

Something unites Latin American and European progressives: the struggle for survival and the need for broad, bold reforms to face global challenges. Español

Women, political power and gender equality law in Paraguay

Latin America has once again become void of female presidents and only 13.4% of local posts were occupied by women in 2016. Paraguay is no exception. Español

El desconcierto en el campo progresista en América Latina y en Europa

Hay algo que une a los progresistas de América Latina y Europa: su lucha por la supervivencia y la necesidad de reformas amplias y audaces para enfrentar los desafíos. English

Paraguay’s indigenous peoples set their sights on Congress

Paraguay is in breach of domestic and international law – and lags behind its neighbours – in guaranteeing that the descendants of its pre-Columbian population have political representation. Español

Mujeres, poder político y ley de paridad en Paraguay

América Latina se ha quedado (de nuevo) sin presidentas y las mujeres ocuparon sólo el 13,4% de los cargos políticos a nivel subnacional. Paraguay no es ninguna excepción. English   

The perfect storm over the Rio de la Plata

The financial political decisions of Mauricio Macri over the last two years have attracted un-productive speculative capital that has been withdrawn suddenly, provoking confusion and the detested involvement of the IMF. Español

The right’s ‘gender ideology’ menace rolls to Africa

Spanish group CitizenGO brings anti-trans “Free Speech Bus” to Kenya, where the World Congress of Families is hosting a regional summit.

Seventy years of Palestinian resistance since the establishment of the State of Israel

This month marks not only 70 years since the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, but 70 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance.

¿Un pacto global para retornar migrantes?

Defender los compromisos de regularización no significa otorgar permisos a todas las personas con estatus irregular, sino promover el desarrollo de procedimientos y criterios más objetivos, claros, accesibles y asequibles. English

We are the unheard voices

Invited to participate on a panel organized by Nestlé, on the eve of the 8th World Water Council meeting, they shut down my voice, and I was censored. This is my story. Español, Português

A Global Compact to return migrants?

Defending commitments on regularization doesn’t mean providing permits to all people with irregular status, but instead promoting the development of more objective, clear, accessible and affordable procedures and criteria. Español

The state-sanctioned erasure of queer stories in Africa must end now

Movies depicting LGBTIQ experiences have been banned in Kenya and South Africa – adding fuel to the dangerous narrative that ‘homosexuality is unAfrican and harmful.’

Cómo cumplir la promesa de un Pacto Global para las Migraciones con directrices más eficaces en la protección de los derechos humanos

 Debemos asegurar los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes que no están abarcadas por la definición de refugiado, ya que existe un riesgo real de que estos individuos caigan en las crecientes lagunas entre los dos Pactos. English

Iraq and Syria: of memory and maps

The interests of outsiders, not those of the battered, bloodied and belittled peoples of Iraq and Syria, drive this brutal political theatre.

Somos las voces no escuchadas

Invitada a participar en un panel organizado por Nestlé, en vísperas del 8º Foro Mundial del Agua, callaron mi voz y fui censurada. Esta es la historia. Português, English

Somos as vozes não ouvidas

Convidada a participar de um painel organizado pela Nestlé, às vésperas do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, minha voz foi silenciada e eu fui censurada. Esta é a história. Español, English

There is established US legal precedent on water torture

Does CIA nominee Gina Haspel agree with US convictions of Japanese for water torture?

Understanding the rise of Orban: a lesson for western democracies in crisis

Capitalism without oversight has the inherent possibility to destroy democracy – no matter how long it has been functioning in a given country.

The illiberal tandem vs Europe

It’s not only the language and resetting of the agenda that the ruling parties of Hungary and Poland have in common. However, they do not mirror each other either.

The tragic death of Peruvian indigenous healer Olivia Arévalo

Leader of the Shipibo-konibo community, Olivia Arévalo Lomas, was 81 years old when she was shot in the chest and murdered. The principal suspect, Canadian Paul Woodroffe, died a few hours later. Español

The eyes of Iran and its children: ordinary lives, Iranian sanctions and Donald Trump’s rejection of the nuclear deal

On Tuesday night before the announcement, one ex-blogger wrote on Telegram how it seemed that Iran was engaged in early preparations for another New Year – everyone super alert.

US Iran policy is driven more by psychology than geopolitics

Could Trump’s mark of a successful term in office be the degree to which he erases Obama’s presidency?

Silence and din define Indian journalism

Ravish Kumar has recorded the Republic of Fear for posterity. These are the heroes of World Press Freedom Day.

El nexo familia-partido-estado en Nicaragua

Las recientes manifestaciones son expresión de un profundo rechazo del régimen de la familia Ortega. Pero a falta de una oposición política seria, está por ver cuál podría ser la alternativa. English

Tormenta perfecta sobre el Río de la Plata

Las decisiones de política financiera de Mauricio Macri en los dos últimos años atrajeron capital especulativo no productivo que se ha retirado repentinamente, provocando el desconcierto y el recurso improvisado al odiado FMI. English

La trágica muerte de curandera indígena Olivia Arévalo en el Perú

La lideresa de la etnia shipibo-konibo Olivia Arévalo Lomas tenía 81 años cuando fue asesinada de dos balazos calibre .380 en el pecho. El principal sospechoso, el canadiense Sebastián Paul Woodroffe murió pocas horas después. English

Trump’s folly with Iran means Europe must show what it stands for

A collapse of the Iran nuclear agreement could spark catastrophic, global conflict. Time for Europeans to close the gap between words and action.

Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The most popular political philosopher of his generation makes an invaluable contribution to openDemocracy's debate on liberal responsiblity worldwide for the rise of the hard right.

Women in politics in Latin America, from the Pink Tide to the turn to the Right

Until recently, there was a significant presence of women in the political frontline in Latin America. The current turn to the Right seems to produce the opposite. Or does it? Español

Las mujeres en la política latinoamericana, de la Marea Rosa al giro a la derecha

Hasta hace poco, América Latina contaba con una importante presencia de mujeres en primera línea política. ¿El actual giro a la derecha implica una menor presencia femenina en altos cargos políticos? English

The fight for an indigenous female voice in Latin America

Marichuy Patricio’s emergence as a potential candidate for the 2018 Mexican elections sparked hope for the indigenous female movement. But in reality, they are far from achieving equal political representation. Español

Los gobiernos de la nueva derecha y la estrategia de la silla vacía en UNASUR

El 20 de abril, los gobiernos de Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay y Perú comunicaban que suspendían "temporalmente" su participación en la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR). English

The New Right governments' empty chair strategy at UNASUR

On April 20, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru informed that they would "temporarily" suspend their participation in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Español

Las luchas por una voz indígena femenina en América Latina

La aparición de Marichuy Patricio, ex-candidata aspirante a las elecciones presidenciales mexicanas, despertó esperanzas para el movimiento indígena femenino. Pero en realidad, las indígenas están lejos de lograr la representación política igualitaria. English

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