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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

#CIDHenCrisis: Acción urgente es necesaria para salvar al sistema regional de derechos humanos de las Américas

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) sufre una profunda crisis financiera. En un momento en que los derechos humanos son centrales para la consolidación de las democracias latinoamericanas, la CIDH debería prosperar. English

Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism

In the current European context, associations between left-wing movements and the far-right, anti-cosmopolitan ‘revolt against modernity’ are very much fringe phenomena. Everything should be done to keep it that way.

Democracy after Sanders

Building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies.

Lebanese activists leave their ‘comfort zone’: how to overcome mistrust in conventional politics

In a context where all other forms of political action seemed to be blocked in the foreseeable future, municipal elections offer a unique opportunity to challenge the establishment.

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

Turkey and NATO as seen from Ankara

Turkey is currently experiencing the paradox of being integrated into the western security and defense system, while not sharing some of the most basic western objectives.

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.

El Güegüense: strategies for eruption in Nicaragua

The conclusion to this series on Nicaragua’s important election year examines the main opposition coalition’s strategy.  What chance does it have of breathing life into a dormant democratic consciousness? Español

El Güegüense: estrategias para la erupción en Nicaragua

Concluimos el repaso de este importante año electoral en Nicaragua examinando la estrategia de la principal coalición opositora. ¿Qué posibilidades tiene de insuflar vida a una conciencia democrática adormecida? English

In fighting corruption, whistleblowers must be encouraged

Whistleblowers and society must work together to combat the profound and dangerous penetration of organised crime into the fundamental institutions of the state in Latin America, and elsewhere. Español Português

En la lucha contra la corrupción, hay que apoyar a los informantes

Informantes (whistleblowers) y ciudadanía deben trabajar conjuntamente para combatir la muy peligrosa penetración del crimen organizado en las instituciones fundamentales del Estado, en América Latina, y más allá. English Português

Na luta contra a corrupção, há que apoiar os informantes

Os informantes (whistleblowers) e a cidadania devem trabalhar conjuntamente para combater a perigosa infiltração do crime organizado nas instituições fundamentais do Estado, na América Latina, e mais além. English Español

Las mujeres y los niños primero: la seguridad interior norteamericana busca ‘unidades familiares” para deportarlas

El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional está a punto de lanzar una campaña de deportaciones de ciudadanos centroamericanos que solicitaron asilo en los Estados Unidos en el verano del 2014, centrándose sobre todo en las mujeres y niños. English

Women and children first: Homeland Security targets “family units” for deportation in May and June

Homeland Security is about to embark on quest to arrest and deport Central Americans who applied for refugee status in the United States in the summer of 2014, focusing particulary on women and children. Español

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Turkey´s Kurdish peace process: regional implications

The rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP coincides with the country´s growing democratic deficit under the AKP and a re-intensification of armed conflict against the PKK, with implications for the entire region.

Carta abierta al Consejo Económico y Social en relación con el Comité de ONGs

La ONU es una plataforma fundamental para las voces que exigen rendición de cuentas y justicia. Sin embargo, está bloqueando el acceso y la participación de las ONG. English

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

The UN  becomes all the more important a platform for voices demanding accountability and justice. And yet it is blocking NGO access and participation. Español

Democracy and political experimentation for the 21st century

Our aim is to further our understanding of the scope and impact of political experimentation, and improve the diagnosis on a latent, deeper brand of democracy in Latin America. Español Português

Democracia y experimentación política para el siglo XXI

Nos proponemos comprender el alcance e impacto de la experimentación política, y mejorar el diagnóstico sobre el estado latente de una democracia más profunda en América Latina. English Português

Democracia e experimentação política para o século XXI

Pretendemos compreender o alcance e o impacto da experimentação política, e melhorar o diagnóstico sobre o estado latente de uma democracia mais profunda na América Latina. English Español

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Dilma Rousseff´s government has in no way been a model of protection for the environment and indigenous areas. However,  it seems that the government of Michel Temer could be much worse. Español Português

Brasil se prepara para el retroceso de las leyes verdes

El gobierno Rousseff no ha sido ningún modelo de protección para el medio ambiente y las áreas indígenas, pero el gobierno de Michel Temer puede ser mucho peor. English Português

O Brasil prepara-se para revogar leis ambientais

O governo de Dilma Rousseff não foi um modelo de proteção do meio ambiente e das áreas indígenas; mas o governo de Michel Temer pode vir a ser muito pior. English Español

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

Mogherini’s The European Union in a changing global environment: a discursive space to rethink the world

“I want a strategy that responds to the ideas, the fears, and even the dreams of the European citizens, the young and the older generations”, Federica Mogherini, 2015.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

Peace talks in Kuwait: will they solve Yemen’s crisis?

There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

As peace deal nears, Colombia’s journalists and activists still live in fear

Colombia conflict´s end may be upon us. Peace, however, is only the beginning, as the long state of war stands out as a breeding ground for crimes against anyone who dares to speak out. Español

El acuerdo de paz está cerca, pero periodistas y activistas colombianos aún operan en el miedo

El fin del conflicto se acerca en Colombia, pero es solo el principio. El largo enfrentamiento es un caldo de cultivo que favorece la represión y violencia contra activistas y periodistas. English

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

An open letter to #NuitDebout from the Indignados’ districts of the internet

This open letter is against the manipulation of 'new ' parties. Let's be radical, demand what's possible. Español. Francais.

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