One of the most difficult wounds to heal from the armed conflict is closely related to the democratic debate. In the post-conflict period, democracies tend to be at their weakest point. Hence why a sensible dialogue between political forces is a condition for the prosperity of peace.
Citizens’ enfranchisement is not the only empowerment that will come alongside universalized access to information technology. Indeed, total connectivity will also empower data collectors. But as the digital divide has not yet been closed, there is still time to look for tools to cope with the informatics power that governments and Internet platforms will be able to acquire.
There is an increasing interest by several countries in the Global South, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean, to advance the discussion on the possibility of demanding reparations from former colonial powers and certain public and private institutions for the role they played in the transatlantic slave trade.
In addition to the threat of populism, human rights face another distinct, yet related phenomenon: the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. This refers to a global pattern of repression against civil society organizations whereby governments utilize different methods to shrink the civic space, which is also what makes it so difficult to define and thus, combat.
The drug policy reform movement, albeit with its internal diversity, has one main premise: prohibition of drugs has failed to achieve its goal of reducing both demand and supply for illicit substances. And that failure has come at a painful cost, with massive negative consequences to the poor and vulnerable, by creating an illicit market and fueling organized crime.
In times of an upside down world, achieving global conversations is an urgent challenge. For this, the North and South should talk about their demonstrations against extractive industries. This is suddently a new opportunity to build a global united front for a new world in which other forms of life are included.
The first few months of the new US government have produced commotion in the world. The worst version of Trump’s campaign advertisements quickly became true through his executive orders, the selection of his administration, clashes with governments of other countries - including his outrageous position against Mexico - and its governance, which reproduces the bullying and lack of democratic decency that characterized his campaign.