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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Guatemala: el reto democrático

Tras haber logrado, con movilizaciones sin precedentes, derrocar a un presidente y una vicepresidenta corruptos, Guatemala tiene ahora ante sí un reto que comparte con las democracias en el mundo. English  

A small picture in the big picture of Erdogan’s Turkey

The judicial arm of the Erdogan leadership has decided to make an example of Istar Gözaydin: even the most moderate critics will not be tolerated.

Inside Basmane

Basmane is a district within the city of Izmir (western Turkey), where due to its multicultural heritage and solidarity, many refugees have found safe haven. Photo-essay.

UK counter-extremism agenda: ‘Safeguarding’ as routine punishment and collective self-policing

The programme’s operation depends on collective self-policing through fear of punishment. These practices become yet another bureaucratic performance indicator.

Bauman's legacy

Zygmunt understood the crisis of a social democracy built on solid jobs, fixed identities and bounded within nation states, and paved the way for thinking about the need for progressive alliances. Español

El ocaso de la primavera centroamericana

2017 empieza con un sabor agridulce: el del éxito —y los fracasos— de la lucha anticorrupción y contra el crimen organizado en el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica. English

Sunset of the Central American Spring

2017 starts with a bitter-sweet taste: that of the successes and failures of the fight against corruption, impunity and organized crime in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador). Español

Two states in one homeland: solving the riddle of Resolution 2334

A two-state solution has international legitimacy, while a deeply integrated polity seems the only realistic option on-the-ground. Does Two States One Homeland square the circle while giving dignity and human rights a chance

A learning experience

Making a few people obscenely rich is no reason for the USA not to have a health system something like Israel’s. There is no free lunch. But the system works.

Another pipeline through Indian land – this time in Mexico

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has sparked major controversy and clashes over land belonging to the Yaqui community. Português Español

Colombia: the new killings

20 rural leaders have been killed since the definitive bilateral ceasefire. The suspected killers are the same "dark forces" that have not stopped operating in Colombia under different names. Português Español

Colombia: la nueva matazón

Probablemente detrás de los crímenes están las mismas “fuerzas oscuras” que no han dejado de actuar pese a sus cambios sucesivos de nombre. Português English

Syria: is debate still possible?

The violence and polarisation of Syria's long war can induce paralysis of the mind. Only a polity based on law and justice can break the cycle.

La guerra contra el crimen en México: una década de fracasos

Hace diez años que el gobierno de México se embarcó en una campaña militarizada contra las organizaciones criminales que no ha mejorado sustancialmente la situación de seguridad del país. English

Mexico’s war on crime: A decade of (militarized) failure

December marked ten years since Mexico's government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country's criminal organizations which has failed to substantially improve the nation's security situation. Español

Mexico’s narco soap operas

Mexican soap operas revolving around the drug trade are being increasingly criticized for their perceived harm to the country's social fabric. But narco culture in Mexico enjoys a growing popularity. Español

Rupert returns

21st Century Fox – the Murdoch family’s entertainment conglomerate – is bidding for the 61% of satellite broadcaster Sky it does not own. Predictably, alarm bells are ringing. What is at stake?

Make Russia great again? Aleppo and a plea from another world

During the last days of December, Russia will host a round of diplomatic talks with Iran and Turkey.

Colombia: education will be key to ending the violence

Breaking the cycle of violence will require educational opportunities for young people, who are still especially susceptible to being recruited by armed groups. Español

Racism in Ecuador is linked to extractivism

Extractivism is government policy in Ecuador. Dissidence is being fought in the media with prejudice, an effective way to build negative mental models about the Others. Español

Racismo en Ecuador rima con extractivismo

El extractivismo es política de gobierno en Ecuador. A los disidentes se les combate mediáticamente con prejuicios, una forma eficaz de construir modelos mentales negativos sobre los Otros. English

A tribute to Sadek Jalal al ‘Azm

Engaging with Sadek never ceased to be a delight, a charmer who caught you with his sharpness and wit. How often have I wished to freeze that year I spent in Holland. In memoriam.

Community Philanthropy must reflect on power

“Modelling a different kind of participatory philanthropy, where ordinary people can feel their power through the act of cooperation is a very powerful idea”, says Jenny Hodgson in Johannesburg. Interview. Español

La filantropía comunitaria debe reflexionar sobre el poder

"Modelar un tipo distinto de filantropía participativa, en el que la gente común pueda sentir su poder a través de acciones de cooperación es una idea muy poderosa", dice Jenny Hodgson en Johannesburgo. Entrevista. English

A silver lining in the gilded age of Trump

The upsides of the United States presidential election, in seven points.

En filantropía comunitaria, confiar en las instituciones locales es la respuesta

"Asumir que las comunidades locales tienen una mejor comprensión de cuáles son sus exigencias y necesidades, es lo que " cambiar el poder" realmente significa”, dice Gerry Salole, en Johannesburgo. InterviewEnglish

The battle of governments against extremism has to be credible

Byrne writes, ‘the starting point for radicalisation may in fact be rage rather than religion…it’s not the madrassa that is the problem, it’s your mates.’ Book review.

India and Israel - bedfellows indeed

The Israeli treatment of Palestinians might serve as an ideal vantage point to scrutinize Indian rule over Kashmir.

Rojava, where water is twice as expensive as oil

Turkey is now in Jarablus town with Special Forces personnel and heavy weapons including tanks, and making advances enabling it to control a strategic part of the region.

Catalonian lessons: civil society has something to offer on the gaming tables of governance

A statement made before the Catalan Parliamentary Committee for the Study of Anti-Corruption Measures and for Democratic Regeneration.

Turkey’s draft constitutional amendments: harking back to 1876?

Detailed regulations in the draft raise the prospect of a possible perpetual state of emergency hinging on a perception of personal threat.

Catalonia revisited: farewell to great expectations?

On the eve of 2017, author of ‘Catalonia vs. Spain - a clash of two nationalisms’ has second thoughts about what’s possible.

Da Cuba de Castro à Trumplandia

Uma visita a Cuba, coincidindo com a morte de Fidel Castro e a vitória de Donald Trump, põe em perspetiva os êxitos e as carências de ambas sociedades. Español English

The deadly consequences of Europe’s border militarization

Refugees are using other, often more dangerous, routes, contributing to the increase in migrant deaths that we have seen in 2016.

O momento populista

O “demos”, o povo soberano, foi declarado como categoria “zombie” e agora vivemos em sociedades pós-democráticas. Español English

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