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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Erdogan’s unexpected ally

By failing to condemn ongoing human rights violations in Turkey, the Council of Europe Secretary General betrays the regional human rights system he is supposed to promote. Originally published on 1 September 2016, updated September 6.

The Council of Europe has its right to reply

The Council of Europe made the following reply to the authors of 'Erdogan's unexpected ally '.

Bring them here

“We are generous to refugees on the one hand and we penalise undocumented refugees on the other. The two practices co-exist and one is often played off against the other.”

Brazil, Pandora's Box is about to open

The upcoming local elections in Brazil are an opportunity to restore democracy and overcome the political crisis. If we do not seize it, Latin America is in for more than a decade of darkness, warns Jean Wyllys. Español Português

Brazilian political cycles and the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff

The impeachment process marks the end of the three different political cycles undergone by Brazil since the 1970s. Something new has to emerge.

O Brasil, perto de abrir a caixa de Pandora

As próximas eleições municipais no Brasil são uma oportunidade para recuperar a democracia e superar a crise política. Se não se aproveita, “viveremos mais uma década escura na América Latina”, avisa Jean Wyllys. Español English

Brasil, a punto de abrir la caja de Pandora

Las próximas elecciones locales en Brasil son la oportunidad para recuperar la democracia y superar la crisis política. Si no se aprovecha, “viviremos más de una década oscura en América Latina”, dice Jean Wyllys. Português English

La salud en América Latina y el Caribe: un reto democrático

En la región más desigual del mundo, las aspiraciones democráticas cada vez más consolidadas no podrán alcanzarse sin atender de manera integral las causas de la precariedad sanitaria. English

The only way to purge Labour’s morbid symptoms: vote for Jeremy Corbyn

“For someone who did not yet realise that This Always Happens, who still didn't know what was normal… it made it worse that, on the day, there was really no alternative.”

Putin’s opposition in Hungary

Activism and the retreat to digital niches actually increases the system-conformity of Orbán’s opposition, just as it does in Putin’s Russia.

#PayPal4Palestine

While Israeli settlers living in the West Bank are completely integrated into the Israeli system and have access to PayPal and other technologies, the Palestinians they live among do not.

Belling the trolls: free expression, online abuse and gender

Freedom of expression is fundamentally about power: about who gets to speak or express themselves and on what terms and platforms.

En Haití, la ONU ha puesto en riesgo la salud pública y los derechos humanos

Al no reconocer su participación en el brote de cólera de 2010 en Haití, la ONU socavó las normas de salud pública y violó los derechos humanos que exige a los estados miembros respetar. English

A flashpoint in South Asia?

“You question India’s territorial integrity, I will question Pakistan’s. You interfere in our internal affairs, we will interfere in yours.”

Democracy, neoliberalism and talking to strangers: a kid on a local bus

In the act of going out from an excluding individualism, breaking the idea that everyone can improve their life conditions on their own, there is a big step. Español

Un niño en un bus: democracia, neoliberalismo y hablarle a extraños

En el acto de salir del individualismo excluyente, y romper la idea de que cada uno puede mejorar su vida por sí solo sin contemplar a los demás, hay un gran paso. English

Evictions in Greece: dozens of people convicted. Their crime? Solidarity

The function of these squats was to provide shelter for economic and political refugees, while the needs of the people staying there were met through solidarity networks and local communities.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Violencia sin justicia en México: la guerra y sus consecuencias

Independientemente de su relación con el narcotráfico, la guerra desencadenada en México es una guerra civil contra y entre ciudadanos, de consecuencias demoledoras para la población y el Estado. 

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Operación Cóndor: una asociación criminal transnacional, al descubierto

La condena judicial al acuerdo criminal entre dictaduras lationamericanas de los 70 nos recuerda que la lucha por la memoria, la verdad y la justicia sostiene los pilares de una sociedad democrática.

Moscow, August 1991: a world-changing failure

25 years ago, an attempted takeover by communist hardliners led to the Soviet Union's collapse. The reverberations still continue.

Turkey’s universities are being purged: we cannot afford to look the other way

We must keep in mind that as academics we are at our best, not when we agree to disagree, but exactly when we disagree to agree.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Crisis en Brasil: sobre héroes y golpes

Rechazar el discurso de un golpe de las élites contra un gobierno nacional-popular es clave para entender la crisis brasileña y desarrollar estrategias sobre qué hacer desde la izquierda.

Rio’s Olympic ruins

This week, when the Games are over and the flow of tourists begins to dissipate, the city will awaken to consequences of nearly a decade of Olympics-centered city planning and politics.

Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary

Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Thomas Kuhn, corrupción y Dilma

¿Cómo se sale de la actual situación en Brasil? Nada menos que un nuevo paradigma político: un sistema que no requiera de la corrupción para ser gobernado.

Migrant and refugee suffering on the central Mediterranean route: too much, too long

Despite the world’s media focus on the eastern Mediterranean route in the past year due to the high number of arrivals, the central Mediterranean remains the deadliest route into Europe.

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Europe’s misguided applause for Morocco’s reform process

Stability under the cover of autocracy is not only unjust and brutal but also unsustainable.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: América Latina: de la cosmopolítica a la tecnopolítica

Una característica distintiva de los nuevos movimientos sociales latinoamericanos es su sincretismo: la cultura del 15M/OccupyWall Streetse mezcla con cosmovisiones indígenas ancestrales.

A botched coup and Turkey’s future in western institutions

The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Postconflicto en Colombia (9) El potencial internacional de la paz

Una Colombia en paz devuelve al barrio a un vecino relevante y con tareas hemisféricas de primer orden por delante.

In Zambia’s contentious election, the EU finds a new challenge

Zambia can be an inspirational example for a region in democratic distress. But the opposite is also true. Will the EU help?

Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview

After this military coup, the government may use this as an excuse to strengthen their sexist, militarist and anti-democratic policies further. We face this danger now.

From slave market to Olympic venue: variations of capitalist accumulation in the port of Rio de Janeiro

There is a repeated primitive accumulation throughout the history of capitalism required by capitalist expansion itself, which must commodify not yet commodified spaces in order to develop.

DemocraciaAbierta primer año, selección: Democracia y experimentos en el laboratorio político latinoamericano

Recientemente, Latinoamérica ha acreditado distintos modelos de experimentación política. Observamos la emergencia de un laboratorio de experimentos que nos permite imaginar avances para la democracia, que merecen ser medidos.

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