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Mairi Mackay is openDemocracy’s senior editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

O Perú terá que escolher entre democracia e ditadura

A segunda volta supõe um dilema que se resolveria facilmente com a participação ativa e militante das esquerdas que atualmente sumam um 22.88% da votação nacional. English Español

Response to Thomas Fazi's critique of DiEM25

A large digital assembly, properly set up, would reasonably conclude that the mechanisms of global capitalism need to be regulated, redistributing wealth from those few to the rest of us. Deutsch.

The EU must not leave Greece to solve the migration crisis

Still, the boats come. Detention, as a solution to this, would have to be on a scale hitherto unimaginable in the EU. We need alternatives, and migrants need to be part of them.

Where from here? The Latin American middle classes facing stagnation

What will be the effect of the economic slowdown in trust in institutions and political behaviour of Latin American emerging middle classes, after 10 years of “leftist” governments? Español

Sin brújula: las clases medias latinoamericanas ante el estancamiento

Tras 10 años de gobiernos de “izquierdas”, ¿qué efecto tendrá la desaceleración económica en la confianza en las instituciones y sobre el comportamiento político de las clases medias  emergentes latinoamericanas? English

Bombings in Turkey – a blip on your newsfeed?

The world is closer together than ever, conflicts spilling over state borders and challenging their very existence. It is time for resistance and solidarity to travel across borders with the same fluidity.

Re-visioning global governance: constraining the power of MNCs

Multinational corporations (MNCs) have eclipsed nation-states in their power and ability to set the international agenda. Four options for controlling corporate dominance over global governance.  

Refugee and migrant arrivals in the EU in 2016: who are we talking about?

A thoughtful analysis should deconstruct narratives portraying migrants as a ‘weapon’ and identify them for what they are: people looking for international protection or, at most, better living conditions.

A França luta em Noites Despertas

Como a ocupação de praças pelos jovens, contra a “reforma” trabalhista, a desigualdade e a desesperança, pode acordar um país acossado pelo terror, pelo Estado de Emergência e pela política reduzida a simulacro. Español English

Activistas protegen el Manglar de Cancún, destruido por promotores de un centro comercial

Los residentes de Cancún reaccionaron y se apresuraron a proteger y restaurar lo que quedó de su querido manglar. English

Cancun residents halt developers to protect and revive beloved mangrove

The residents of Cancun reacted and moved to protect and restore what was left of their beloved mangrove forest. Español

What’s DiEM25, really? Reply to an open letter by Souvlis & Mazzolini

As in the 1930's, it is our duty to reach across party affiliations and borders to create a pan-European movement of democrats (radicals, liberals, even progressive conservatives) opposed to the forces of evil.

Open letter to DiEM25 responding to the recent Rome launch

European cosmopolitans run the risk of remaining unheard by the very people suffering the democratic deficit the most, to whom the initiative DiEM25, should be able to speak.

Hindu nationalism and caste exclusion in Indian universities

Leading members of the Indian opposition have publicly condemned the treatment of Rohith Vemula and the political interference in Hyderabad University.

The executive deficit of the European Union

The oft-repeated mantra of ‘more coordination’ won’t provide a real solution to Europe’s political crises unless the EU’s dual executive architecture is first rationalized and democratized.

What hope remains for drug policy reform at UNGASS?

The inability to recognise the reality of the current situation worldwide is the biggest failing of the ‘outcome document’ for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem. Español

Travesía de emigrantes centroamericanos en México. Tráfico y contrabando como forma de negociación social

Para facilitar su travesía, los emigrantes que viajan hacia el norte desde Centroamérica utilizan guías y coyotes, pero el tiempo que pasan juntos resulta una renegociación constante. English

Our drug policy system is an expensive failure. What are the alternatives?

The exorbitant cost of punitive drug policy is actually an argument for change. What if we invested in good quality treatment for addiction instead? Español

« Nuit Debout » : citizens are back in the squares in Paris

What distinguishes a social movement from any other kind of mobilization is the fact that it does not focus on a specific claim (such as labour reform) but challenges some of the core values ​​of a society. Français Español Português

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration.

More than a welcome: the power of cities

What is the scope for circumventing the national and EU deadlock over migration, and what role can cities, together with solidarity movements, play in overcoming this crisis?

Petismo´s sunset (Part 2). The tasks of the Brazilian left

The "Kick them all out" and "Elections now", are what the moment in Brazil calls for, but come up against the lack of popular organization that would support them. Español Português

El ocaso del petismo (Parte 2). Las tareas de la izquierda brasileña

El “Fuera todos” y  el “Elecciones ya”, son coherentes con lo que pide la situación en Brasil, pero chocan con la falta de una organización popular que lo respalde. Português English

O ocaso do petismo (Parte 2): as tarefas urgentes da esquerda

O “Vão-se todos embora” e as “Eleições Já”, são coerentes com o que exige a situação no Brasil, mas chocam com a inexistência duma organização popular que o apoie. English Español

Dutch popular rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: a self-inflicted wound

For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks in itself rather odd.

Whatever happened to the spirit of learning Rwanda’s lessons?

As we commemorate the Rwandan genocide, the promises of ‘never again’ look particularly bleak in 2016. How can these promises mean more in the future?

The youth ruse: mobilizing concern for the younger generation

Reading through The Trials of Generation Y, a series of inflammatory headlines pit the young against the old, while skirting around the question of deepening inequalities within all age groups.

Crise Brasileira: junho de 2013 não aconteceu

Onde estão as condições de criação abertas pelas protestas de há três anos? Como evitar as armadilhas de uma polarização superficial, incapaz de rebaixar a tensão política no Brasil? English Español

Crisis Brasileña: junio de 2013 no tuvo lugar

¿Dónde está la creatividad abierta por las protestas de hace tres años? ¿Cómo evitar las trampas de una polarización superficial, incapaz de rebajar la tensión política en Brasil? English Português

Brazilian crisis: June 2013 did not take place

Where are the creative conditions opened up by the protests three years ago? How to avoid the pitfalls of a polarization that is fuelling the agonizing political tension in Brazil? Español Português

América Latina: da cosmopolítica à tecnopolítica

Uma característica específica dos novos movimentos sociais latino-americanos é o seu sincretismo: a cultura do 15M/Occupy Wall Street mistura-se com cosmovisões indígenas ancestrais. English Español

Muros de odio y temor, en Europa

Necesitamos fronteras, pero éstas no tienen por qué ser barricadas. English

European walls of hate and fear

We do need borders – but these needn’t be barricades. Español

Desafiando nociones de sentido común: tráfico de emigrantes en el continente americano

Mientras los emigrantes buscan nuevos destinos, Ecuador, que una vez fue un principal exportador de emigrantes a EE.UU., se ha convertido en una zona de tránsito migratorio mundial. English

EU loses all moral standing on Lesbos

Humanitarian aid has become sidelined for a political agenda – the EU-Turkey deal – something that should be unacceptable for the EU: “humanitarian aid should be neutral, impartial.”

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