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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ghandi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

US Senate launches attack on Nicaragua poverty programmes

The so-called NICA Act, if passed, would require the US government to veto loans from international financial institutions to Nicaragua. Español

Estados Unidos ataca los programas contra la pobreza de Nicaragua

La llamada Ley NICA, de aprobarse, obligaría al gobierno de Estados Unidos a vetar los préstamos de instituciones financieras internacionales a Nicaragua. English

¿Por qué el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos arrastra los pies en materia de cambio climático?

El Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos es una herramienta importante para los defensores de derechos humanos en Latinoamérica, pero ¿por qué se rezagan la Corte y la Comisión en cuestiones de cambio climático? English

Migración, drogas, energía y tecnología: estos son los intereses de Trump en América Latina

La nueva Estrategia de Seguridad Nacional debe leerse en el marco de la distancia entre las declaraciones y los hechos que caracteriza la incierta e impredecible política exterior de Trump. English

Trump's only interests in Latin America are migration, drugs, energy and technology

The new U.S. National Security Strategy must be read within the framework of the distance between statements and facts. This has come to mold Trump’s uncertain and unpredictable foreign policy. Español

Fighting in the left corner

“We are an organization with one staff member, and a limited amount of energy because nobody in the political and activist left wants to talk about Brexit! “

Team Syntegrity 2017: edging towards a more liveable world

Is it really enough to ‘like’, ‘follow’, and ‘retweet’ each other’s posts and updates? Or do we need something more – co-produced meeting points and collaborative projects in our real/daily lives?  

Putting class back onto the UK's equality agenda

The directors of a new documentary about class stratification in Britain’s acting profession argue that class needs to be added back into the UK Equality Act.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

Open letter on fake news and elections in Latin America

In the context of growing international debates about the so called “fake news”, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about paths that the issue is taking. Español Português

Fake news y elecciones en América Latina

En el contexto de los crecientes debates internacionales sobre las denominadas “noticias falsas”, las organizaciones abajo firmantes desean expresar su gran preocupación acerca de los posibles caminos que se están tomando en el tema. English Português

Carta aberta sobre "fake news" e eleições na América Latina

No contexto dos crescentes debates internacionais sobre as chamadas “fake news”, as organizações abaixo assinadas gostariam de expressar sérias preocupações sobre o rumo da questão. English Español

The UN secretary general isn’t yet what feminists were looking for

António Guterres showed real leadership on gender equality in 2017, but his first year in office fell short of our hopes for transformative change.

El costo ambiental del Rally Dakar en Bolivia

El impacto medioambiental del rally Dakar levanta cada vez más polémica, en medio de un show mediático mundial que promociona el motor de explosión y la velocidad cuando las alternativas con motores eléctricos sostenibles se consolidan.

Soñar con crear un país: Somalilandia

Los somalilandeses concretan silenciosamente y con confianza sus sueños de convertirse en un Estado, con el deseo de que algún día se reconozca como tal. English

Los salvadoreños en Estados Unidos van a ser los siguientes en ser deportados

La administración Trump sigue jugando a un juego macabro con la vida de los inmigrantes. Tras su revés con el DACA, ahora ha decidido cancelar el Estatus de Protección Temporal del que gozan los salvadoreños. English

Salvadorans next for U.S. deportation machine

The Trump administration continues to play a macabre numbers game with the lives of immigrants in its latest act of cancelling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran nationals. Spanish

Birmingham and the emergence of inter-marriage

The last of four excerpts from the forthcoming ‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham’: on the emergence of live and let live.

Meeting Lofa

“In the Kenyan camp there are second generation and third generation refugees,” I said, “Can you imagine somebody being in there on a permanently temporary basis? It’s hopeless.” It opened their eyes a bit I hope.

Milo Yiannopoulos, product of the crisis of post-modern politics

A troll who might as well be the new prototype of the 21st-century politician, what Milo does to us is what we have done to the world. Therein lies the challenge.

The unreachable Lago Escondido

Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake), in Patagonia, is almost impossible to reach. Controversial English tycoon Joseph "Joe" Lewis, a personal friend of Argentine President Mauricio Macri, has fenced it off. Español

Reclaiming the right to life: hunger strikes and protests in Denmark’s deportation centres

This movement aims to make public the consequences of this politics of dehumanisation; politics that ‘kill slowly’ which are structurally produced and legitimized by law. 

Western complicity is fuelling Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

If freedom of the press is democracy, then what do you call this?

Defending media freedom has never been so important. Governments are becoming subtler in attempting to hide the truth. Journalists must become subtler too in uncovering it. Español

The Demirtaş verdict and ‘enemy criminal law’

Open letter to Selahattin Demirtaş, MP and co-president of HDP, in pre-trial detention since November 4, 2016.

Catalan elections: all that for that?

Facilitators, middlemen, discrete openings so that both sides could start to talk to – and not scream at – each other again and try to reach a compromise, are these now European dirty words?

Antonio Guterres and the world as it is

The role of the UN Secretary-General is the most difficult job in the world. But it gets worse when the President of the United States represents a threat to the values enshrined in the Charter. 

Will Iraq’s PM embrace a Trump-inspired Saudi-sponsored drive to curb Iranian influence?

Trump-MBS strategy has not made significant headway. Will they succeed in escalating anti-Shia confrontation against Iran and its allies?

The origins of populism: bogus-democracy and capitalism

The reality of racism, hatred, anger, insecurity and inequalities is spreading irresistibly. There is no way of escaping from all these daily phenomena unless there is an alternative systemic project to challenge it. Español.

Childless proletarians: ten years after the ‘great recession’, would you start from here?

Far-right populism, with its emphasis on nationalism, cultural ‘purity’, anti-immigration, and security, might become a much stronger catalyser of votes, even where this has not yet happened.

The return of authoritarianism is priming the Middle East for more conflict

How is the Saudi-Iranian rivalry overwriting the Arab Spring’s key messages?

Cuba y América Latina: ¿solidarios o cómplices?

Los gobiernos latinoamericanos de derecha o de izquierda no parecen preocupados por el futuro de Cuba que condena a sus ciudadanos a vivir estancados en un tiempo que pasó.

The business of migration control in Spain

The migration control industry is a complex business. It carries out and influences a system designed to stop the flow of people, not to handle it. Español

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