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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What causes the populist infection? How can it be cured?

In all countries, established political parties have the dangerous propensity to counter this electoral wave of populism by adopting the issues and language used by them.

Time for the west to fight for the exiled

Today’s autocrats are displaying a growing audacity in their willingness to pursuing dissenters everywhere, blatantly disregarding national boundaries in the process.

Postscript to a letter to extremists

We can defeat extremism by building something beautiful together.

Sarajevo 25 years after: paradigm for the future

The dynamic and sometimes dramatic interplay between the essence and the fate of a city provides the key for a wholesome national reintegration process.

Why Macron should give us hope of democratic renewal in France

François Fillon’s (LR) entanglements in corruption scandals and Benoît Hamon’s (PS) strategy to court the votes of the far left have helped Macron to emerge as the strongest candidate. Danish version.

The banality of terrorism

Current responses seem to normalise terrorism – cementing it into the everyday reality of daily life, in the same way that we accept poverty, homelessness or inequality. The way things are.

Argentina: laboratory of the New Right

March 24 commemorates the coup d'état of 1976 and was designated national holiday in 2002. Macri wanted to abolish it, but had to back down in front of protests of the public. Español

Argentina: laboratorio de las nuevas derechas

Al cumplirse otro aniversario del golpe de Estado del 24 de marzo de 1976 es hora de hacer un balance de los experimentos de la nueva derecha, que tienen como blanco la posibilidad de una democracia igualitaria y participativa. English

Las elecciones en Ecuador y la parábola de Ned Stark

El visceral eje “Correa-anti Correa” es más apasionado que el ideológico “izquierdas-derechas” y no parece que nadie vaya a dar su brazo a torcer ante la segunda vuelta de las elecciones. English

Ecuador’s elections and the parable of Ned Stark

The visceral "for Correa-against Correa" axis is more passionate than the ideological "left-right" one, and nobody is going to give his arm to twist before the second round of the elections. Español

Dealbreaker: EU migration policy causes more harm and chaos one year after EU-Turkey deal

As we mark the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, the EU’s migration policies are more contradictory than ever, ignoring evidence and by-passing democratic procedures.

The EU’s self-inflicted traps undermine its ability to respond to Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism

European mainstream leaders often forget that the fight against far-right appeal requires a rather more systematic approach, with or without the cooperation of Turkey in tackling Syrian refugees.

La elección al azar, el G1000, y la deliberación para cambiar Madrid

¿Es la elección al azar de representantes la clave para revitalizar la democracia? Mil madrileños elegidos al azar fueron convocados al G1000 para reflexionar y debatir sobre la ciudad que quieren. Português English

Trump’s Syrian “safe area” is just another wall

Without a true and robust commitment to save lives, Trump’s idea for a safe area in Syria looks more like a death trap.

Me, Turkey and our uncertainty

The trial of the Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders resumes in Istanbul on March 21. Together with the head of Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation and the writer Ahmet Nesin, Erol stands accused of “terrorist propaganda”.

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Surveillance technologies infiltrating computer systems of human rights activists can result in their imprisonment or death. The EU needs to put greater emphasis on working with activists.

Across Latin America, violence against women fuels more crime

The incredibly high levels of violence against women in Latin America have long been denounced by NGOs and the media. This form of violence helps lay the groundwork for criminal behaviour. Español

The fragility of the European project

One Dutch voter fears Holland's rejection of populism might be short-lived.

Dutch elections: little to celebrate

It is the normalisation of racist liberalism that is the key to what is happening. While many have argued that Wilders is a break from Dutch liberalism, Wilders is actually a continuation by other means.

Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’

Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and transparency are not hugely popular in the public eye.

Send them to Egypt

When Giulio was murdered, it had a profound impact on me and others not just because of the shocking injustice, but also because it tore down the illusions of our own defences.

The future of US net neutrality under Trump

Administrative decisions related to the country’s telecommunications policy often go unnoticed by the majority of the US citizenry. But now, net neutrality in its purest form is in peril.

El año en que el periodismo se perdió

Tal vez es el momento de asumir en serio que la realidad dura (política, justicia, economía) requiere y exige periodismo de farándula: emocional, espectacular, colorido, con historias y sin coherencia…

Políticas extractivas y silenciamiento de la disidencia en Ecuador

Expertos de la ONU señalan que la práctica del gobierno de Ecuador de silenciar a las ONG que cuestionan sus políticas y programas es una estrategia para asfixiar a la sociedad civil. English

The UK government’s attitude to refugees, then and now

Britain has a history of barbarism towards refugees.

Ecuador’s extractive policies and the silencing of dissent

Ecuador's policy of silencing NGOs that question government policies and programs has gotten the world's attention. UN experts on human rights claim it is a strategy to asphyxiate civil society. Español

UN report confirms that Israel is guilty of apartheid, and endorses BDS

On Wednesday afternoon, a ground breaking UN report from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) found the State of Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid.

Impunity and human rights violations in Mexico continue unabated

Human rights violations and the lack of an adequate response by the state remain the rule rather than the exception. The time has come for Mexico’s judiciary to react. Español Português

En México continúan la impunidad y las graves violaciones de derechos

Las violaciones de derechos humanos y la falta de respuesta adecuada del Estado siguen siendo la regla y no la excepción. Ha llegado el momento del poder judicial mexicano. English Português

A impunidade e as graves violações dos direitos continuam no México

As violações dos direitos humanos e a falta de respostas adequadas por parte do Estado continuam a ser a regra, e não a excepção. Chegou o momento do poder judicial mexicano. English Español

When elephants fight, the grassroots get hurt

To explain the new and unexpected dynamics we are experiencing, let us consider whether we are witnessing a new three way economic-ideological battle among global ruling elites.

Adding insult to injury: when Israel and Britain celebrate the historical trauma of Palestinians

Palestinians will not be silenced. We will voice our historical testimony and tell our narrative to make sense of the senseless grievances of colonialism.

El corredor de la cocaína en Centroamérica, a todo gas

La región sigue siendo el principal corredor de la cocaína que llega a los mercados estadounidenses, lo cual confirma la importancia de Centroamérica en la cadena del narcotráfico internacional. English

The Central American cocaine corridor, at full throttle

The region continues to be the main cocaine corridor for US markets, confirming the importance of Central America in the international drug trade. Español

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

It was the al Qaeda attacks in 2001, followed in quick succession by two political murders, that completely altered not just the landscape but the logic of Dutch politics.

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