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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Democracia en Argentina: ¿significa Macri menos Estado?

El cambio que trae Macri a la Argentina presenta múltiples interrogantes ante el temor de la vuelta a un neoliberalismo que fracasó estrepitosamente en el país en los años 90. English. 

Democracy in Argentina: Does Macri mean less State?

The change that Macri is bringing to Argentina is raising multiple issues among fears of a comeback of policies that utterly failed in the country during the neoliberal 90’s. Español. 

Postconflicto en Colombia (3). La paz, medio siglo después

Las negociaciones con las FARC están demasiado avanzadas para que nadie pueda dar un paso atrás. English. Português.

Postconflict in Colombia (3). 50 years after

Negotiations with FARC are too advanced for anyone to step back now. Español. Português.

When soldiers speak out

‘Soldiers have spoken out, protested, and revolted in almost every war in history. We need this resistance… one of the single strongest factors in bringing wars to an end.’

Burundi: crisis and warning

Political violence is escalating in the east African state. The world's attention and engsgement are urgently needed if a repeat of Rwanda is to be avoided.

Postconflicto en Colombia (2). Más allá del dinero

La experiencia de Colombia y las distintas experiencias internacionales demuestran que las iniciativas económicas que contribuyen eficientemente para la paz  traen con ella un cambio real en la dinámica y la narrativa que envuelve el conflicto. English. Português

Post-conflict in Colombia (2). Beyond the money

Both Colombian and international experiences show that, beyond increased revenue, the economic initiatives effectively contributing to peace bring about real change in the dynamics and narratives surrounding the conflict. Español. Português.

France and radical Islam: overcoming failed containment

The way to address the disaffection of young French Muslims lies in opening the political system to their democratic criticism and voices.

Bolivia’s lithium boom: dream or nightmare?

Bolivia stores around 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, but the environmental impacts of extracting it represent a risk of massive contamination. Español. Português.

Bolívia, sonhos e pesadelos em função do boom do lítio

A Bolívia possua 70% das reservas de lítio do planeta, mais os impactos ambientais da extração representan un perigo de contaminação maciça. Español. English.

Bolivia, sueños y pesadillas por el boom del litio

Bolivia posee el 70% de las reservas de litio a nivel mundial, pero el impacto ambiental de su explotación supone un riesgo de contaminación masiva. Português. English.

Pós-conflito na Colômbia (1): Adeus às armas

2015 termina com avanços de vital importância para as negociações. Uma vez acordado o tema das vítimas, o abandono das armas é um dos mais difíceis pontos sobre os quais as partes ainda tem que chegar a acordo. English. Español

Spain’s December 20 General Elections: start of a new historical cycle

Being able to foster ‘real’ change in favour of the oppressed while, at the same time, responding to their need for security would be a great achievement for any political entity. Español

Smile again

For those disappointed with the prospects offered to us by the supposed ‘crisis of capitalism’, Podemos represents more than a breath of fresh air; it has been a shot of adrenaline. Español.

Volver a Sonreír

Para aquellos que están decepcionados con las perspectivas que ofrecía la supuesta “crisis del capitalismo”, Podemos representa más que una bocanada de aire fresco. Es un chute de adrenalina. English.

Facing violence: thoughts from Geneva

To counter ISIS and address the other crucial crises that poison our days we need a regime change – at home.

”Famine” in Ethiopia: key facts

The usual scapegoat returns, with fears that the land tenure system is the main culprit for low production and thus food shortages in a crisis, when it is not.

The need for national action on US gun reform

We passively accept, perhaps as a result of successive frustrations, that even the majority is powerless in the face of special interest groups that choke off the channels of change.

Podemos: radical blueprint for democratic reform

Iglesias' party proposes a radical opening up of the state through citizen participation in decision-making, and administration as a weapon against oligarchic power. 

PODEMOS en el Debate de las ‘Izquierdas’: Elecciones y Aspiraciones de Cambio en los Tiempos del ‘Fin de la Historia’

Podemos no ha renunciado a formar parte de la izquierda. Simplemente, ha renunciado a fromar parte de esta izquierda que se conforma una y otra vez con perder. English.

Podemos in the debate of the ‘Left(s)’: elections and aspirations for change at the ‘End of History’

Podemos has not given up on being part of the left, it has simply renounced being part of this left that can be content with losing, time after time. Español.

Intervención en el Fórum Europa: “La política debe tener ética y ser humanista”

No hay sitio donde yo pueda hablar. Y esto porque lo tenéis todo súper controlado. Los medios están al servicio del poder; un poder corrupto, esto está más que demostrado. English.

Intervention at Forum Europa: “Politics should have an ethical basis and be humanistic”

“There is no place for me to speak. And that’s because you have everything tightly controlled. The media is in the service of power, a corrupt power – this has been more than demonstrated.” Español.

De la descafeinización de Podemos como fuerza de contrapoder en el contexto español y europeo

No hay manera de conciliar la abierta contradicción que existe entre los “altos eslabones” de Podemos y sus políticas estatistas, y los ciudadanos, que propulsan al partido desde abajo. English.

On the decaffeination of Podemos as an anti-Establishment force

There is no way of concealing the increasingly open contradiction that exists between Podemos’s ‘upper echelons’ with their statist policies, and the citizens that propel the party from below. Español.

Xi's China and Han Fei: a lesson in authority

Xi Jinping's statecraft is influenced above all by an ancient, though lesser known, Chinese proponent of austere power-politics. 

How have the international media covered migration in 2015?

Moving Stories, reviews media coverage of migration in the European Union and in 14 countries across the globe and finds that journalists routinely fall into propaganda traps laid by politicians.

Tunisia: the irresistible flow

Five years ago, today, it began. The uprisings had no master narrative – they were a series of micronarratives produced by ordinary people. 

"A Gramscian party in a non-Gramscian world." An interview with Paul Mason

#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.

A vote of no confidence: explaining the Danish EU referendum

The six parties endorsing a yes-vote represented more than 60% of the parliamentary mandates. Still, they were rejected by an electorate fundamentally divided from them on EU-issues. 

Invirtiendo la pirámide invertida: breve genealogía del origen, emergencia y desarrollo de Podemos

El deber de un revolucionario no es simplemente ganar, sino conseguir transformar la sociedad, empezando por la transformación ética de uno mismo. English.

Reversing the inverted pyramid: a brief genealogy of Podemos’ origins and development

The duty of a revolutionary is not simply to win, but to forge the transformation of society, beginning from an ethical transformation of oneself. Español.

Comunicación Política, Transformación Social y Alternativas Democráticas: Crítica y Límites de la Experiencia PODEMOS

Desde el punto de vista de la economía política de la comunicación, fiar toda la comunicación política a los media es una apuesta equivocada. English.

Political communication, social transformation and democratic alternatives: critique of the Podemos experiment

To mortgage all political communication to media is a mistaken deal, from a perspective informed by the political economy of communication. Español

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