Beyond Ada Colau: the common people of Barcelona en Comú

Since the launch of Barcelona en Comú less than a year ago, Colau has taken pains to emphasize that she is just the most visible face of a movement that is horizontal in structure and collective in spirit.

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Beyond Ada Colau: the common people of Barcelona en Comú

Since the launch of Barcelona en Comú less than a year ago, Colau has taken pains to emphasize that she is just the most visible face of a movement that is horizontal in structure and collective in spirit.

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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

The morphology of a peaceful Turkish protest

They demanded greater rights and fair treatment from Oyak-Renault and Türk Metal, but they argued that their movement had nothing to do with politics.

Georgian fiction – in translation at last

Georgia_Mural (MEdwards).pngAt last, we can read what we have been missing – a literature as unpredictable as Georgian politics.

 

Yelena Mizulina: the creation of a conservative

RIAN_02517983.LR_.ru_.jpgToday, the name Yelena Mizulina is a byword for Russian ultra-conservatism. But her ‘patriotic’ policies have a surprisingly liberal backstory.

For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

Through the looking glass

The planet currently seems to be on the cusp of a decidedly unharmonic convergence. Did ‘Market-Leninism’ win the Cold War? 

Voyeuring occupation

Taking pictures in Palestinian refugee camps feels crude. But what is more clumsy is to go to the West Bank and ignore the occupation.

The government says no to democratic reform

One of the first things this government has done is to effectively disband the Committee for political and constitutional reform.

Towards a multipolar civil society

With the world more multipolar than ever, why is civil society power still disproportionately located in the global North? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Internationalizing human rights organizations. Español, Português

NPT: cornerstone of nuclear non-proliferation or stumbling block?

After the NPT Review Conference collapsed in disarray last week with disagreement over new proposals for a Middle East disarmament conference in 2016, humanitarian initiatives for a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty look like the only way forward.

The age of 'white men in suits'

Maged Mandour

White men in suits support Arab autocrats while the suffering many are vilified as dangerous to the fabric of western societies: external threats or worse, immigrants attempting to infiltrate.

Slavery, asylum, and the face of social death in modern day Britain

The dehumanisation of transatlantic slaves has strong echoes in the UK’s current immigration regime, which separates families, denies parents custodial rights over their children, and condemns migrants to social death.

The Polish presidential election: what happens now?

Everything you need to know about Poland's recent presidential election, at a glance.

Beyond Ada Colau: the common people of Barcelona en Comú

Since the launch of Barcelona en Comú less than a year ago, Colau has taken pains to emphasize that she is just the most visible face of a movement that is horizontal in structure and collective in spirit.

Heysel: 30 years on

A reflection on the thirtieth anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster - one of football's worst tragedies.

Islam and non-violence: Badshah Khan's example

The story of a Pashtun hero of peaceful struggle needs to be told, now more than ever. An original new book does just that.

When nonviolent action is the last resort

Against a repressive government, nonviolent action can often be more effective than violence. A new book surveys how the switch from armed to nonviolent resistance can occur. Book review.

Transnistria: West Berlin of the post-Soviet world

How to play hardball: Ukraine's parliament has revoked the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the movement of Russian troops through Ukrainian territory to Transnistria.

Mosul under IS

Three Sunni men from Mosul describe life under the so-called Islamic State.

David Cameron is a bigger threat to “British Values” than ISIS

The British government's clampdown on civil liberties is an assault on our way of life.

Kyrgyz LBGT attacked on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Kalys image Bishkek.jpg

Ahead of elections this autumn, the political drama around LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan hots up.

 

Out of the Middle East

It is time for Arab Gulf countries to stop being on the defensive and to accept their responsibility for what is happening in the region.

The UK: the far shore for torture survivors

The relatively small number of torture survivors who make it to the UK face disbelief, the threat of detention and removal, and barriers of access to vital services.

The transformative visions of William Blake

The ‘poetic genius’ inside of everyone creates a springboard for self-inquiry and social struggle. 

Ayotzinapa: the events that shook the Mexican youth

These protests did not oust the government of Peña Nieto, although they demanded the resignation of the president, but they did force the government to react and try to explain what had happened. 

Re-imagining England

Originally delivered as a public lecture at the University of Winchester on Thursday 9th October, 2014, John Denham reflects on the future of England and "Englishness."

A free election, but not a fair one

The 2015 election result shows just how absurdly unfair our voting system is. To change it we need political pressure from a movement for democratic renewal outside of Parliament.  

Why the British elite loves Waterloo

For the British ruling class, June 18, 1815 was a high point: most battles since have been disastrous.

The BBC has little to fear from Britain’s new government

Britain’s new Culture Secretary will be rational and measured in his approach to the BBC's Charter Renewal.  

Finland for the Finns?

To the astonishment of both their supporters and opponents, the populist Finns Party are likely to be influential players in the new Finnish coalition government. What does this mean for Finland...and for Europe?

A year of Modi Raj – India in crisis

Middle and upper class Indians see no crisis. The media fails to inform them that 75% upwards are too often suffering not only neglect but massive state violence and terror.