Assembly during the participatory budget process under the Genro administration in RS, Brazil

Scaling Up Participatory Budgeting

Is it possible to scale up participatory democracy? In this long article we take a look at the attempt to install participatory budgeting at the state level in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It tells the story of what happened under two different governments and asks what can be learned from their experiences.
The PKK Ban is Hypocrtical

The Social Impacts of the PKK Ban

In Europe today, Kurdish people constitute one of the most organized and political communities. The terror-listing of the PKK by Western states criminalizes ordinary Kurds. However, this hypocrisy also contributes to the increased growth of a conscious, mobilized, activist community.

Reclaiming the Urban Space

In cities across the world different forms of popular resistance are appearing at the grassroots level that aim to reclaim and recreate the urban public space. There is a direct link between these uprisings and movements and the broader project of direct democracy, writes Yavor Tarinski.
Barcode jail

Expanding the Floor of the Cage?

The magic word “revolution” has a big importance in left images and language. But what is attractive about it? Why is it necessary? We certainly don‘t want a revolution because it is cool, but because fundamental social change is necessary. But what is then the role of smaller reforms?
Paris mobilizations

Is the Paris Climate Conference Designed to Fail?

From the end of this month through early December, much of the world’s attention will be focused on Paris, the site of the upcoming round of UN climate negotiations. This is the twenty-first time diplomats and heads of state gather to discuss climate change. Are these negotiations designed to fail?
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