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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brazilian democracy has been attacked

"Brazilian elites never showed any interest in democracy. We will have to make a superhuman effort to revalue democracy," said Jucá Ferreira, Brazil's former Minister of Culture. Español Português

The fight for Mosul: the danger of arming Sunni opponents to Daesh and the Sunni/Shia power struggle

The liberation of Mosul, backed up by Sunni powers, themselves backed up by western powers, will only add to the general feeling of injustice experienced by Shias and will only benefit Iran and its conspiracy theories.

The cyber-war on WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is not only influencing the US elections, but transforming the US elections – as they should have been from the very beginning – into a global debate.

Next steps in the democracy argument

Any engagement approach not focused on getting the widest possible range of voices, and creating multiple environments in which they feel comfortable will be no improvement on the current system.

A democracy for the Internet era

Democracy is constantly evolving. If it were to stop doing so, it would no longer be democracy. According to Pia Mancini, it is up to our generation to update it. Interview. Español Português

Failing Libya

If peace and national unity in Libya seem remote five years after the fall of the Qadhafi regime, western powers and the international community bear much of the responsibility.

La paz en Colombia tiene que desarmar el miedo al género

Un voto emitido con el propósito de rechazar explícitamente el marco de referencia del género en el acuerdo de paz con las FARC, es un voto motivado por la ignorancia y el miedo. English

Colombia’s peace requires the disarmament of gender-fear

A vote cast to purposely reject the gender framework of the peace treaty with the FARC is a vote premised on ignorance and fear. Español

Uma democracia para a era da internet

A democracia está em constante evolução. No dia em que deixe de estar, deixa de ser democracia. Segundo Pía Mancini, repensar as instituições políticas é uma responsabilidade da nossa geração. Entrevista. English Español

Democracia para la era internet

La democracia está en constante evolución. El día que deje de evolucionar, dejará de ser democracia. Según Pía Mancini, nos toca a nosotros como generación actualizarla. Entrevista. Português English

Who broke the Syria ceasefire?

Rely on the UK media for your information about Syria, and you probably think it was Russia and Assad. Here is what goes unreported.

In Brazil, polarization feeds upon itself

Marina Silva and José Gustavo, Sustainability Network Party (REDE) spokespersons, speak about the difficulties currently facing democracy in Brazil, but they argue that institutions are still working. Interview. Español. Português

Primavera estudiantil en Paraguay

¿Son las recientes protestas de los estudiantes paraguayos el comienzo de un despertar político en el país? English

Paraguay's Student Spring

Do recent mass protests by Paraguayan students represent the beginning of a political awakening? Español

La democracia brasileña ha sido atacada

“Las elites brasileñas nunca demostraron interés alguno por la democracia. Tendremos que realizar un esfuerzo sobrehumano para revalorizar la democracia”, dice Jucá Ferreira, ex ministro de Cultura de Brasil. English Português

Humanitarian Corridors: beyond political gesture

Around 300 people have entered Italy from Lebanon via safe and legal routes pioneered by faith groups. This pilot project holds great potential as an innovative approach to the so-called ‘refugee crisis’.

La “ideología de género”: ¿un spoiler para la paz?

El enfoque de género, como principio orientador de los Acuerdos de Paz, es un medio para que la construcción de la paz en Colombia dé paso a relaciones incluyentes, basadas en la igualdad. English

Small steps in the struggle for digital rights?

In this rapidly expanding internet, the kinds of rights we need are often difficult to pin down – though pin them down we must if they are to be protected.

Jackie Walker: a suspense mystery

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to be suspended once may be regarded as a misfortune; twice looks like carelessness. But whose?

Slovakia: when seeing means myopia

Observation is one tool for approaching an understanding of socio-economic marginality – especially in its racialised forms – but mere observation is not enough.

Nonlethal security – supporting peace by reducing the damage of war

Military technologies are becoming increasingly lethal and unpredictable year by year and month by month. There’s more than one alternative.

En Brasil, la polarización se alimenta a sí misma

Marina Silva y José Gustavo, portavoces nacionales del partido Red Sustentabilidad, hablan de la dificultad que atraviesa la democracia en Brasil, pero sostienen que las instituciones aún  funcionan. English Português

Postconflicto en Colombia (20): Paz territorial, descentralización y participación ciudadana

El final del conflicto armado es una oportunidad para redirigir las agendas complementarias de descentralización y participación ciudadana de forma a contribuir a la construcción de una paz estable y duradera. English 

Postconflict in Colombia (20): 'Paz territorial', decentralisation and citizen participation

The end of the armed conflict is the opportunity to re-route the complementary agendas of decentralisation and citizen participation so as to contribute to building a stable and lasting peace. Español

Small, illegal refugee paradise

Hotel “Oniro” is a better option for a fugitive life away from homelessness and another decent station for some Syrian refugees in Greece.

The lynching of Jackie Walker

The attacks on Jackie Walker and others are political, a determined effort by the Israel lobby to make Britain’s Labour Party safe for Israel and Zionism. 

Shia militias can be a greater threat to Iraq’s stability than Islamic State

The current security situation in Iraq is likely to worsen if the abuses of civilians by Shia militias within the PMF are not officially recognised and appropriately responded to.

Fireflies shine brighter together

Vagalume means firefly in Portuguese and, like the fireflies, the organization went on an expedition all over the Amazon rainforest, implementing community libraries in remote areas and establishing intercultural dialogue.

Brazil changes course

The new government's closure of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Combat Against Hunger signals that South-South cooperation is no longer a priority for Brazil. Español

Cambio de rumbo en Brasil

El cierre del Departamento de Cooperación Humanitaria y Lucha contra el Hambre por parte del nuevo gobierno indica que la cooperación Sur-Sur ya no es una prioridad para Brasil. English

The problem with politicians and democracy…

"Opening up new forms of political participation to hear the voices of the politically marginalised is critical for the well being of our polity." Interview for the World Forum for Democracy 2016.

The long reach of Orbán’s referendum experiment

Orbán’s anti-Brussels rhetoric never contains any hint of Huxit; he would have too much to lose. But it affects the community of law that underpins the EU.

Was a peace agreement ever possible in a country as complicated as Colombia?

Easy to imagine the president sizing up how that Nobel Prize would look on his mantelpiece. But the impact of the No vote will only become known in the fullness of time.

Turkey’s largest environmental legal case

In addition to the incompetence of the Turkish legal system, this case illustrates how twenty first century power politics is being played out in the arena of environmental projects.

One Israeli Zionist response to Mary Davis and Jonathan Rosenhead

The real problem is that anti-Semitism has become an integral part of Palestinian and Arab nationalism, imported from the west.

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