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Constitutional conventions: best practice

When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits?

El Salvador: life in Mara Salvatrucha’s territory

Only a profound change in the country’s economic model, a policy of victim assistance, and engagement in community dialogue with those who want to put crime behind them, can improve El Salvador's prospects. Español

The magnificent oomph: securing a progressive Brexit

Yanis Varoufakis addressed a packed room of Labour Party MPs and councillors on fighting present and future battles with 'Norway plus', yesterday evening at the House of Commons. 

El Salvador: la vida en territorio de la Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Solo un cambio del modelo económico, una verdadera política de atención a las víctimas y un diálogo comunitario con quienes quieran dejar la vida criminal pueden mejorar El Salvador. English

What’s attracting women to Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement?

Amid Myanmar’s transition towards democracy, a dangerous Buddhist nationalist movement is on the rise, and women are playing a key role.

Acabar con el estigma y la persistencia de la lepra

En el Día Mundial Contra la Lepra, las organizaciones de todo el mundo deben unirse para crear conciencia y trabajar para poner fin a la discriminación en torno a la lepra. English

How the Italian media have helped CasaPound ‘glamourise’ fascism

Some reporters have dangerously framed this violent movement and its female leaders as ‘beautiful,’ ‘clean-faced,’ and attractive to voters.

How the Women’s March defied Trump’s populism

The largest single-day protest in US history was also the first mass social movement response to Trump’s election. And it was a women’s initiative.

Fox/Sky: here comes the crunch

Fox acquisition of the other 61% of Sky may ‘act against the public interest, reducing media plurality’. Yet Sky shares rose when the ruling was published. What is going on?

What remains of democracy? Egypt, Italy and ‘the lesser evil’ after Giulio Regeni

A thesis circulating for some time seeks the secret of the 28-year-old's death, not in the Al-Sisi regime, but for example in Cambridge. This is a dangerous distraction. Italiano.

Candidate López Obrador before the drug lords

López Obrador, the presidential candidate leading the polls in Mexico, does not rule out the possibility of granting amnesty to the leaders of the drug cartels. Taboo, or pragmatism? Español

De repente, elecciones en Venezuela

Cuando todos esperaban la reactivación de negociaciones con la oposición, la asamblea constituyente ha convocado elecciones presidenciales anticipadas. Los cancilleres del Grupo de Lima han mostrado su rechazo.

Gandhi, 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 sobre 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

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