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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Poniendo al Pacífico en el mapa

Este año,la Semana Internacional de la Sociedad Civil de CIVICUS tendrá lugar en Fiyi y permitirá a los delegados de la sociedad civil de todo el mundo explorar el frente de batalla en la lucha global contra el cambio climático. English

Putting the Pacific on the Map

The 23rd Council of Parties (COP23) has beeen held this week in Bonn, Germany at the headquarters of the UN Climate Commission. But next month ,CIVICUS will gather world's civic society in Fiji, allowing delegates from around the world to explore the frontlines in the global fight against climate change. Español

Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

Famine in Yemen finally reaches western headlines

While it is worth discussing whether the missile in the November 4 attack came from Iran in the first place, the outcome is unarguable. It has dramatically worsened an already abysmal situation.

Western countries are more secure without nuclear arms

NATO’s current nuclear strategy is untenable. Crises during the Cold War reveal that nuclear strategies become dangerous exactly in the circumstances they are intended to deter, in political confrontations.

Poland on fire: voices from the provinces

There is a growing atmosphere of hatred in which anyone who opposes the current government is labeled the ‘worst sort’, or even ‘Soviet murderers’.

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow: “it's never easy to fight for what we believe in”

Founding member of the Demosistō political party talked to World Forum for Democracy youth delegates about the importance of social movements and direct action.

Jobs, jobs, jobs – how to divert away from the industrial military complex in the UK

There is talk of ghost towns if UK defence jobs are threatened, but are these the only ghost towns that should concern us?

“We are all equal, but in the very long run”

There is complete social mobility - the only problem is that the process takes some three hundred years. Interview. Español

"¿Somos todos iguales? Sí, pero a muy largo plazo"

Existe total movilidad social. El problema es que el proceso tarda unos trescientos años. Entrevista. English

Contagion effect and the Saudi grand game in the Middle East

The willingness of Mohammed bin Salman to embark on a series of moves against Iranian power in the Middle East already shows evidence of severe miscalculation.

الروسي في الساحل السوري: لا احتلال ولا من يحزنون!

بغض النظر عن انتماء الروس العرقي والديني، يتشارك السوريون في جزء كبير منهم برفض تسمية القوات الأجنبية الموجودة على أرضهم بالاحتلال، وكل منهم يتمترس وراء موقفه الأساسي مما يجري في البلاد.

From Fake to Fact – and then?

Do all of us need to move outside our ‘comfort zones’ and self-imposed ‘echo chambers’, both  to come up with better diagnoses of the populist challenge, and to define constructive political action collectively ?  

The Prince: on how many fronts can Mohammad bin Salman act simultaneously?

The Saudi crown prince moves towards concentrating absolute power in his own hands, while escalating tensions on several fronts.

Kashmir abuses: women searching for justice challenge state use of forensics

Thousands of young men have 'disappeared' in Kashmir and there have been numerous allegations of sexual assaults. But the fight for answers and justice continues.

Facts will not save (the youth) from Fake. Citizenship will

How can we reconquer the capital city, symbolically – both in real and virtual terms – to capture the imagination of youth, to reorient it towards creativity, imagination and engagement?

Zionism, anti-semitism, and the Balfour Declaration

A complementarity between the anti-semitic desire to get rid of the Jews and the Zionist project of sending all Jews to Palestine seems ignored, for example, by Theresa May.

100 years after Balfour: the reality which still shames Israel

Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel.

Patriotic education is textbook propaganda

Resistance is vital if we are to spare children from the mind-numbing diet of national superiority and state allegiance that governments around the world are trying to feed them.

Italian free radio: giving a voice to the people

“We have about 15,000 supporters who give a fixed share each year. And that is something special. We are not just a radio, we are a community.”

Why Catalonia does not deserve to be independent

If we accept such self-serving and irresponsible arguments in one case, the whole of Europe is gone.

100 years later: getting beyond Balfour

The Balfour Declaration shows that sovereignty and security for one group of people can never be achieved at the expense of another.

استفتاء كردستان والمعارضة السورية: لا موقف.. موقف.. وتخبّط

لم تختلف حصيلة أداء هيئات المعارضة بالعلاقة مع استفتاء الاستقلال الكردستاني من حصيلة أدائها بالعلاقة مع مسائل أخرى.

Kazuo Ishiguro: a sense of freedom

“I always felt that for novelists, it’s better not to appear on television...  I want people to relate to my stories, not to me as a person.”

Nothing new about fake news

Media diversity must mean more than more of the same. The media sphere needs to be a public space where debates occur among and between many different groups and classes.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s populist gamble

The irony is despite dismissing notions of left and class, the sociology of Mélenchon’s electorate is clearly left-wing and their vote is a class vote against the right and extreme right.

To ban or not to ban? That is the question

Should we allow those fringe anti-systemic parties to undermine our democratic regimes from within, or should we ban them?

Wikimedia 2030: a fair wind for free knowledge

As of October 2, this year, there is a Strategic Direction formulated for the Wikimedia Movement.

The antirumours strategy and multi-level learning

In 2014, the Council of Europe led a European project to adapt and evaluate the antirumours methodology in 10 European cities. Now the interest is worldwide.

The anti-Islamist campaign and Arab democracy

Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians, and other Arabs deserve better than to be told that they must choose between extremism and chaos or autocracy.

Syria, the uprising and the media scene

The Syrian revolutionary process is a more thoroughly documented uprising than has ever been seen before in history, notably thanks to these democratic media.

New media must throw old ideas overboard

“Crucially, new models must consider the challenges of not just what is covered, but by whom and through what processes.”

The sweet spot: where media, citizens and government intersect

The ability of the media to frame the discussion and get the community talking, so that people can both be educated and motivated to act – beats creepy social media listening tools any day.

PeoplesHub

“I don’t believe deep change can be top down. Building a different sort of society happens from the grassroots – most powerfully, when local groups can learn from each other.”

Families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government

Declassified evidence about the 9/11 attacks point to Saudi Arabia. But will justice be served?

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