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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Defending democracy in Latin America… but which democracy?

Against whom must democracy be defended? Who must be protected? Today, uncertainty in the region, but especially in the United States and Europe, reshapes the answer to these questions. Español Português

Defender la democracia en América Latina… pero ¿qué democracia?

¿Contra quién hay que defender la democracia? ¿A quién debe protegerse? La incertidumbre en la región, pero sobre todo en Estados Unidos y Europa, altera hoy la respuesta a estas preguntas. Português English

End of the American hegemonic cycle

We might end up with a Trump presidency that has polarizing effects domestically and depolarizing effects internationally. Espanol.

From the Gasolinazo to Vibra México: the trivialization of resentment

After decades of outrage and violence, exclusion and inequality, what is taking thousands of Mexicans to the streets is an oil hike and Trump’s executive orders. Español

Del gasolinazo a “Vibra México”: la banalización del resentimiento

Tras décadas de atropellos y violencia, exclusión y desigualdad, lo que está sacando a miles de mexicanos a la calle es el precio de la gasolina y las amenazas del vecino Trump. English

"Europe's fate is in our hands: we, the 89ers, must defend it."

Young Europeans must assume a leading role in charting Europe's future, as it will ultimately fall on them to defend an open, tolerant and liberal society. Interview. Español Português

"El futuro de Europa está en nuestras manos: nosotros, los del 89, tenemos que defenderlo."

Los jóvenes europeos deben protagonizar el diseño del futuro de Europa, ya que en última instancia recaerá sobre ellos la defensa de una sociedad abierta, tolerante y liberal. Entrevista. English Português

“O futuro da Europa está nas nossas mãos: nós, a geração de 89, temos que defendê-lo”.

Os jovens europeus devem assumir a liderança da Europa, uma vez que recairá sobre eles a responsabilidade de defender uma sociedade aberta, tolerante e liberal. Entrevista. English Español

A false reality has contributed to a new political reality

The descent into complex post-factual politics goes some way to showing why Brexit and Trump were so successful, and their opposition so ineffective. 

Twist of fate: terror, torture and justice in the 9/11 trial in Guantánamo Bay

There is a fundamental contradiction: between government efforts to prevent disclosure of the crimes they themselves have committed; and defence lawyers’ struggle to defend their clients’ fundamental rights.

Only a bold and popular left radicalism can stop the rise of fascism

Walter Benjamin’s observation that every rise of fascism bears witness to a failed revolution speaks poignantly to our current condition.

The right to have visiting rights

May's not the only one trying to have it both ways. Before Trump’s election, the US, long-heralded (and self-celebrating) “nation of immigrants,” was lowering the lamp beside its golden door.

Working class racism

Following my initial surprise, my first reaction, as always when I encounter the rhetorically inclusive “we”, was to wonder who they might be; was I now part of this “we” ?

“No birthdays here”

For the forgotten children of the refugee crisis, school brings a transient normality to life in the camps.

How to hold up a sky that is falling in South Sudan

The government must end military campaigns and invest in dialogues with affected communities.

The polarized politics of Islamophobia

Human rights defenders are out in the cold at this moment: we have compromised allies on the left and the right.

Chilling effects: the politics of anti-semitism in the UK

A former specialist adviser to the House of Commons Social Services Committee has written a detailed critique of the Home Affairs Committee’s Report on anti-Semitism. We find out why.

140journos: after the coup attempt

An interview with the founder of 140journos about working in Turkey after the coup attempt, and a call to Europeans to provide a platform for the truth. Part two.

140journos: we´ll do it ourselves, then

How the story of one of the few remaining independent media outlets in Turkey began and kept ahead of the game. Part one.

Questions of interests: Canada and the puzzle of Fiduciary Obligation

Canada is seeking to move towards a new kind of reconciliation with its First Nations. But what does it mean to speak of the “best interests” of the vulnerable?

Ante un debate clave para Podemos: decidir el futuro del partido

Podemos está enfrascado en un apasionado debate previo a su segunda asamblea estatal el próximo fin de semana (Vistalegre II). Busca construir su democracia interna y su base social en España. ¿Pero cómo hacerlo? English

Glimpse into a key party debate: deciding the future of Podemos

Podemos is locked in passionate debate in the run-up to its second state-wide assembly, next weekend. It must build its internal democracy and its social base in Spain. But how? Español

Palestinian rights and Israel’s agenda

The Israeli government and its supporters need to break out of the prison house of their own thinking by taking a broader and more inclusive view of things. 

Finally, an end to the cold war?

The much-needed new relationship with the citizenry must involve an end to the conjuring up of an external enemy and the promotion of a “new cold war”.

State surveillance is a global threat to press freedom

The state should not have the power to secretly identify then persecute whistleblowers.

We need to remove free movement from the vicious circle of security

While freedoms, such as the principles of equality and non-discrimination, the presumption of innocence and respect for privacy, undoubtedly still exist, they have been relegated to the margins.

The Kurdish region since the coup attempt

Especially for the young generation who believes that there is no legal way to gain rights for the Kurdish people, Turkey's government policies will inevitably have tragic consequences.

Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on torture

The novelty and danger posed by the new US president is the fact that he either does not know, or does not care, that the prohibition of torture is one that is considered to be fundamental.

DiEM25-UK - launching at Conway Hall

At Conway Hall in Central London, (long an important place for radical religious, philosophical, social and political thinking in the UK), on Saturday morning, January 28, 2017, DiEM25 held its UK organisational launch.

‘The Art of the Deal’ in the Arab Gulf: how Trump could strike a new bargain with Bahrain

America’s new president has yet to fully articulate his foreign policy strategy but one thing is abundantly clear: the next four years are going to be a far cry from the Obama Doctrine.

Penal populism and the BDS movement after Security Council Res. 2334

Despite a backdrop of symbolic mislabelling, campaigns such as BDS seem to have formulated new horizons of civil and political practice (in opposition to the mere declamation) of human rights.

Anti-indigenismo brasileño

La cooptación del Estado por parte de grandes empresas constructoras y corporaciones del sector minero-energético acelera la agonía de los pueblos indígenas, desposeídos de sus territorios ancestrales por resoluciones gubernamentales. English Português

Trump is creating a real threat to security by trumpeting a false one

The order is not only morally reprehensible and legally problematic; it is also strategically irresponsible and will create real security risks for the United States.

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

The years since 9/11 have cast a dark shadow over global politics in many respects. But we have the option of recalling where the pursuit of authoritarianism leads.

A word about Trump from the American republic's founders

And a warning to Republicans who claim to revere them.

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