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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

Zika: quando vão aprender a lição?

Comparemos os milhares de bebés afetados nas Américas com a falta de opções para aqueles que ouvem que às mulheres do norte lhes é recomendado não viajar para lá. Español English

Brasil: el mayor desastre minero del mundo

El mes de noviembre del año 2015 ha quedado marcado en Brasil por la mayor tragedia ambiental ocurrida en los últimos tiempos. Fue también el mayor desastre minero en el mundo. Português. English

The confinement of Eve: resolving Ebola, Zika and HIV with women’s bodies?

There are parallels between three major newsworthy viruses, Ebola, HIV and Zika, in relation to the global public health response and persistent and often toxic gender stereotypes. Español

Poppi Worthington: back to the future of child protection politics

The Cumbrian police dismissed her alerts. The pathologist had ‘jumped to conclusions’, she was ‘rash,’ they said.  

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (5): TIC´s e participação cidadã

É chave incentivar a participação cidadã no processo de implementação dos acordos da Havana. As TIC são uma via importante. Español English

Postconflicto en Colombia (5). TICs y participación ciudadana

Es clave incentivar la participación ciudadana en el proceso de implementación de los acuerdos de La Habana. Las TIC son una vía importante. English Português

As mudanças climáticas aumentam o risco do vírus Zika

22 países latino-americanos relataram vários casos de Zika. À medida que a temperatura global sobe e as regiões do planeta aquecem, a emergência toma uma dimensão internacional. English Español

El cambio climático aumenta el riesgo de Zika

22 países latinoamericanos han reportado casos de Zika. A medida que la temperatura global va subiendo y las regiones del planeta se calientan más, la emergencia se vuelve internacional. Português English

Climate change increases risk of Zika virus

22 Latin American countries have reported cases of Zika. As the global temperature rises and Aedes aegypti moves to new habitats, the emergency becomes international. Español Português

Targeted killings through drones are war crimes

The threat that terrorists pose to US interests and security did not create killing drones: rather the technical feasibility of killing drones has generated imagined terrorist threats. Book review.

Ecuador: el Estado fuerte y el estado de la salud

Si en tiempos de vacas gordas el Estado ha optado por el sistema público-privado, ¿qué va a pasar en tiempo de vacas flacas como ahora? English.

The true cost of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories raise a simple but difficult philosophical question: why should we not believe in them? Finding an answer to that is much harder than we like to think.

Skunk water: stench as a weapon of war

In 2004, the Israel Defense Forces began using putrid water called “Skunk” to incapacitate Palestinian protestors. But this weapon, though non-lethal, is far more dehumanising than it first appears.

Paris COP21: the worst deal in the history of global climate negotiations

The role of technology in solving the climate change challenge was completely ignored by world leaders at the Paris conference.

China es un “impulsor importante” de degradación medioambiental en América Latina

China lanzó su estrategia “de expansión global” hace una década, invirtiendo más de US$ 120,000 millones en Latinoamérica, más que cualquier otro país. Pero esto tiene un alto precio medioambiental. English. Português.

China is a “major driver” of environmental degradation in Latin America

China launched its “go global” strategy over a decade ago, and has funneled upwards of US$ 120 billion into Latin America, more than any other country. Bu this comes to an environmental price. Español. Português.

China é “forte promotora” da degradação ambiental na América Latina

A China lançou sua estratégia de “expansão global”, há uma década, e já aportou mais de US$ 120 bilhões à América Latina, mais do que qualquer outro país. Mas isto implica um alto preço meio-ambiental. English. Español.

We need a rebellious information politics

We have become economic subjects, instead of digital citizens. A new film, “Give Us Back Our Data”, demands that we resist the consequences of our lost technological imagination, recapturing it from Silicon Valley. 

Colombia: La confusión en Saludcoop

Tras conocerse denuncias sobre desvíos de fondos, la principal Entidad Proveedora de salud del país fue intervenida por el Estado. La historia completa, que implica corrupción y salud pública, es kafkiana. English. Português.

Colômbia: a confusão na Saludcoop

O Governo colombiano resgatou a principal Entidade Provedora de Saúde do país imediatamente depois de ter conhecimento das denúncias sobre desvios de fundos em benefício de alguns dos seus administradores. Contudo, a história completa é kafkiana. English. Español.

Saludcoop: Colombian-style confusion

After allegations were made that funds had been diverted, the government took control of the main healthcare provider in Colombia. The full story, involving corruption and public health, is Kafkaesque. Español. Português.

COP21: forget 'the future', we need a more radical present

As COP21 meets, people around the world already realise the devastating impacts of climate change. Instead of acting for 'the future', we need to reimagine a better here and now.

We could have stopped the Paris attacks

William Binney and Kirk Wiebe worked at the NSA for decades, before blowing the whistle on mass surveillance. They say they invented a surveillance system that could have given citizens more freedom and security….

A saúde pública na América-Latina não está à venda

Mesmo nos países “progressistas” como o Equador, as políticas públicas na área da saúde estão a sofrer fortes interferências por parte dos interesses das indústrias. Español. English.

Paris: assembling the fragments

The “13/11” massacre reveals the scale of the ISIS threat. That makes a coherent response vital. Português. Español. 

Paris: encaixando os fragmentos

Os atentados que tiveram lugar no dia 13 de Novembro revelam a ameaça que representa o Daesh, escreve David Hayes desde Londres. Esta realidade implica que uma resposta coerente é vital. English. Español. 

La salud pública en Latinoamérica no está a la venta

Incluso en los países "progresistas" como Ecuador, las políticas públicas de salud están sufriendo fuertes interferencias por parte de los intereses de las industrias. Português. English

American intelligence and national defense 2.0

An Open Source (Technologies) Agency, far removed from the secret intelligence world, would radically reduce wars and illegal immigration, increase trade and shared prosperity, and convert the USA into a “Smart Nation”.

Para el Estado, transparencia; para los demás, privacidad

Si algo deja de ser un instrumento para la democracia y la justicia y se vuelve un eslogan, tenemos un problema. Miren lo que ha pasado con “Love”, “Peace”, “Democracia”, “Justicia”… English.

La vigilancia digital y el fin de la democracia

Los activistas de derechos civiles están ocupados en subrayar hasta qué punto la vigilancia digital ha acabado con nuestras democracias. Su verdadero enemigo, sin embargo, es el miedo y la delegación del poder. English. Português.

What’s wrong with the idea that ‘robots don’t rape’?

The politics of rape denunciation is fast becoming the politics of lobbyists, vendors and military manufacturers seeking access to new customers and markets. 

The Investigatory Powers Bill is our chance to publicly set the rules around surveillance

The UK successor to the Snooper’s Charter will be published next week. Whether we demand and engage in debate will shape the privacy and security we can expect to have.

Politics, security technologies, and civil society: the missing links

This is the point in time where polities should start thinking of security as a public good, where all involved are potential winners or potential losers. 

Mistrust of medical science is not merely the product of ignorance

As new epidemic diseases strike, politicians are frequently driven to choose the science that best serves their interest, or their ideological standpoint.

Join the debate around genome editing

A new tool for genome editing offers genetic engineering on an unprecedented scale. It has triggered a major bioethical debate, and you are invited to join.

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