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RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La oposición en Nicaragua y el mito de la unidad

Al ver cómo pierden elecciones algunos de los grandes líderes latinoamericanos, los heterogéneos oponentes de Daniel Ortega anticipan que les está llegando su oportunidad. Ha comenzado una carrera caótica. English

Nicaragua’s opposition and the myth of unity

With grand caudillos toppling across Latin America, President Daniel Ortega’s disparate opponents have caught the scent of opportunity.  A chaotic clamber has begun. Español

"Youth is going to be part of the solution, in Brazil, and everywhere in the world"

“We figure out how to bring global issues down to the field and make sure young people understand where their responsibility lies – to be part of the solution, not just the victims.” Español Português

"Os jovens, no Brasil e em todo o mundo, seremos parte da solução"

"Entendemos como fazer chegar as questões globais ao nosso terreno e garantimos que os jovens compreendem que a sua responsabilidade é ser parte da solução, e não ser apenas vítimas." English Español

"Los jóvenes, en Brasil y en todo el mundo, seremos parte de la solución"

“Vemos cómo hacer llegar las cuestiones globales a nuestro terreno y asegurarnos de que los jóvenes comprendan que su responsabilidad es ser parte de la solución, no sólo ser víctimas.” Português English

The back way to Europe: Gambia’s forgotten refugees

The distinction between a refugee and other irregular migrants coming from the Gambia is hard to maintain in a country where a lack of democracy is accompanied by failures of economic and political governance. 

End of a cycle for the left in Latin America?

We share a common enemy: a neo-conservative project for capital accumulation on a global scale, based on extreme mechanisms of dispossession, including war and the hollowing out of democracy and politics. Español

Que estamos a fazer para desenvolver uma cidadania ativa?

Jovens ativistas de toda a América Latina, fartos da política institucional e ideológica, tentam organizar-se fora das estruturas do partido. English Español

¿Qué hacemos para conseguir una ciudadanía activa?

Jóvenes activistas en toda América Latina, aburridos de la política institucional e ideológica, están tratando de organizarse fuera de las estructuras de partido. English Português

What are we doing to build an empowered citizenry?

Young activists throughout Latin America are bored of institutional and ideological politics. They are trying to organize in ways that are outside the party structures. Español Português

Defending democracy, reinventing the left

Representative democracy can only strengthen if it resorts to more participatory and deliberative mechanisms, a new generation of public action built on co-construction.

Os protestos não são movimentos

Como podemos transformar estes protestos, que ocuparam as ruas e as praças de todo o planeta, em movimento efetivos, capazes de pôr em causa as relações de poder? English Español

¿Revés israelí en América Latina?

Un incidente diplomático entre Brasil e Israel demuestra hasta qué punto Netanyahu es prisionero de sus socios de coalición, ultra-nacionalistas de extrema derecha. English

Israeli mishap in Latin America?

A diplomatic incident between Brazil and Israel shows how Netanyahu is prisoner of his extreme-right and ultra-nationalists coalition friends. Español

La guerra contra las drogas y la crisis de derechos humanos en México

La impunidad de las violaciones de derechos humanos genera una mezcla irracional: mientras que los intereses económicos y políticos de la criminalidad salen indemnes, marginados e inocentes sufren las peores consecuencias. English

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

Las protestas no son movimientos

¿Cómo transformamos estas olas de protestas, que han venido ocupando calles y plazas por todo el planeta, en movimientos efectivos, capaces de cuestionar de verdad las relaciones de poder? Português  English

"More people, more agency": Turning protests into movements

How do we transform the waves of protests—which have occupied streets and squares worldwide over the past few years—into movements that can challenge power? Português Español

Por qué Donald Trump sí puede ser presidente

Trump emplea reiteradamente el simbolismo, manipulando las frustraciones de distintos sectores. En una sociedad cada vez más desigual, se postula como el salvador de los perdedores. English

Middle classes in Latin America (8). Divided at the ballot and in the streets in Brazil

Mid-income Brazilians have been supplying the mobilized “troops” for the battles around Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, providing street legitimacy to the process as much as to the resistance against it. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (8). División en el voto y en las calles en Brasil

Los brasileños de ingresos medios han aportado “tropas” y legitimidad callejera a las batallas en torno a la destitución de Dilma Rousseff, tanto a favor como en contra. English

Why Donald Trump could be president

Trump plays very strongly in the symbolic field, operating on a series of different sectors’ frustrations. In an increasingly unequal society he introduces himself as a savior of the losers. Español

Impact of Brexit on Scotland’s independence drive is hard to call

There is an intermediate path that the SNP may well take while it charts a path ahead, in the event of Brexit.

Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

The EU is creating an ever-growing population of illegally detained refugees, including vulnerable men, women and children, who are forced to live in appalling conditions and without recourse to justice. 

Clases medias en América Latina (7). El empobrecimiento en Venezuela

En Venezuela, el cambio de ciclo y las políticas erróneas arrojan bastantes interrogantes sobre la recuperación de los grupos sociales que mejoraron sus ingresos durante el reciente boom petrolero. English

Middle classes in Latin America (7). Impoverishment in Venezuela

In Venezuela, the changing of the cycle and the wrong policies applied raise many questions about the recovery of the social groups that benefited from the recent oil boom. Español

Entre a pobreza, corrupção e violência, os agricultores lutam pela terra no Paraguai

O encerramento duma radio comunitária é a ultima demonstração da repressão existente num país onde 1.6% da população controla 80% da terra cultivável. English Español

Resistance and hope

The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza…

Today’s People of the Abyss

Is the book a time capsule from a bygone era from which we can learn ‘how it was’ rather than ‘how it is today’?

Middle classes in Latin America (6). Between political instability and authoritarianism in Bolivia

A context of economic crisis could send many people back to poverty in Bolivia, fueling a situation of discontent that could bring back the climate of instability and political uncertainty. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (6). Entre la inestabilidad política y el autoritarismo en Bolivia

Un contexto de crisis económica podría devolver a mucha gente a la pobreza en Bolivia, generando una situación de descontento que podría alimentar un clima de inestabilidad e incertidumbre política. English

Trump diminishes democracy

How the Americans vote in their presidential election should be only their business. But it cannot be so.

A response to Norman Finkelstein’s interview

Even in its most reactionary form, Zionism before the second world war was one of the voices of oppressed Jews facing the growth of violent anti Semitism as a mass movement everywhere.

The Labour Party, Israel, and antisemitism

The key question, given that antisemitism along with other forms of racism has had a continuing presence in British political life, is why now? Much hangs on this.                                                                                     

15 steps for Turkish-Kurdish peace

For a ‘one state solution’, and sustainable peace, political and constitutional changes need to be adopted, appreciated and practiced not only by the state, but across society.

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