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07.02.2017

All bark but no bite?

Israel’s new law retroactively legalises Israeli settlers’ use of private Palestinian land. Palestinians remain to be convinced that the international community’s harsh words will be followed by appropriate action.


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30.01.2017

Institutions alone cannot guarantee democracy

Political education can establish the preconditions under which solidarity can develop in a best-case scenario but to boost solidarity we need to stake out other paths


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20.01.2017

“Latin America’s Left had deep differences when it came to democratic participation”

Interview with Yanina Welp on the realities that influenced the implementation of participatory policies in Latin America. At the very core is a nuanced understanding of “progressive,” the range of functional institutions for citizen participation, the different trends at local and state level and...


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16.01.2017

Political education programs in Kenya: challenges and alternatives

Our guest contribution for the month with considerations on the context of political education in Kenya and the challenges to overcome


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21.12.2016

Pioneers of social democracy

Stories, thoughts and activities in the life of 49 thinkers of social democracy tell the history of social democracy, now also eternalized in typo quotes.


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28.11.2016

When the right is left and the left is not right.

The Latin-American lefts have adopted an uncritical discourse that has closed doors to basic social experiences and disabled discussion spaces in which feminism had and still has a lot to say.


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22.11.2016

The first anti-gender party was the NPD

A conversation on the opposition to feminist movements in Germany rising alongside authoritarianism and right-wing populism worldwide.


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14.11.2016

The left and feminism, contemporary landmarks

The article looks at landmark events in recent years that have reactivated an evaluation of the encounter between the various lefts in the political spectrum and the increasingly plural feminisms.


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23.10.2016

Empowerment and networking as foundations of integration policy

The "success stories" of integration policy tell of effective self-organizing. A brief survey of three central areas of integration – housing, work, and language – shows where the pre-conditions for organizing lie.


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19.10.2016

Why Europe's border security approach has failed and how to replace it

Using ethnographic examples, anthropologist Ruben Andersson in this study goes against the grain of conventional approaches to migration as "crisis" and "security problem". What other options are there beyond migration as security problem and crisis perpetuated by an ever growing border security...


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  • 28.10.2017

    FES-sponsored think tank rises above Venezuelan deadlock to provide economic crisis solutions

    Caracas (Venezuela) – "The Observatorio Económico could even go on to provide a less contentious platform for wider democratic reform" writes Michael...

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  • 20.10.2017

    Don't leave it to the gangs! The state of Uruguay sells cannabis

    Montevideo (Uruguay) – The country faces obstacles on its ambitious path to create a state-run cannabis market.

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  • 16.10.2017

    Beijing, Moscow, Washington – who has what to offer in Latin America?

    Left-leaning political forces look for a counterbalance to US hegemony, while right-wing governments are driven by economic interests as much as by...

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  • 16.10.2017

    Is geography destiny? Mexico faces the renegotiation of NAFTA

    What is at stake in the renegotiation of NAFTA? So far, the results of the treaty differ as much from free trade's most catastrophic visions as they...

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  • 26.09.2017

    Access to the city in Latin America: Between market and social production

    In Latin America, the concept "right to the city" has been taken up by community and territorial organizations as the flag of their struggle for...

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  • 25.09.2017

    Yurts, condos and sewage: the particular challenges of urbanization in Ulaanbaatar

    Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – City planner Sumkhuu Yadam on urban planning as a political activity in the Mongolian context, and the rights of the growing...

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  • 20.09.2017

    Transforming cities for decent work

    Seoul (R. Korea) – In the fight against socioeconomic injustice, cities have a decisive political responsibility and the Seoul Declaration on Decent...

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  • 15.09.2017

    Will Nairobi’s ambitious renewal project secure residents' social rights?

    Nairobi (Kenya) – Amid the beauty surrounding Kenya’s capital is an acute shortage for affordable housing.

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  • 14.07.2017

    Bridging Social Capital – A new attempt on SDG 16 Peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan share the same social values and perceptions—this surprising result questions the interpretation of the violent...

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  • 13.07.2017

    Corporations divert UN agenda, claims civil society report

    New York (NY) – Global report Spotlight assesses how privatization and corporate capture have become obstacles to progress under the 2030 Agenda

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  • 07.07.2017

    When Debt-20 meets G-20

    During the G20 Summit in Hamburg, representatives from indebted countries will discuss with G20 members how to deal with debt crisis.

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  • 07.07.2017

    Africa-Europe dialogue important more than ever

    Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) – “Africa and Europe need each other but this mutuality is also in urgent need of redefinition so that it is not played out at...

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  • 27.06.2017

    We must talk also about the future and present of capital

    In Latin America we need to avoid that the digital revolution aggravates or consolidates the asymmetrical international division of labour, recommends...

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  • 27.06.2017

    Technology changes the future of work in Sub-Sahara Africa

    In the absence of any re-skilling initiatives for workers, suggests Keith Jacobs of UNI Global Union, digitalisation of work practices will have...

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  • 22.06.2017

    Fundamental rights and Digitalisation: A social promise in FLUX

    A joint reflection on the translation of fundamental rights into the digitalised world implies that we maintain the vibrancy of our social...

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  • 29.05.2017

    Opportunities and challenges for a coherent climate strategy for the Latin American continent

    Although Latin American countries contribute relatively little to global CO2 emissions, energy consumption has been rising corresponding with the...

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  • 23.05.2017

    The Energy Revolution in Africa: Don’t take it for granted!

    It is difficult to deny the many benefits that come with a green energy revolution. But rationality alone won’t drive this revolution. As part of this...

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  • 20.05.2017

    A renewable energy future rests on consensus

    First in this month’s special series on the work by FES and partners on climate change and energy policy, we peek into the transformation of the...

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  • 19.05.2017

    EU Climate Policy in Jeopardy

    Over a year after the Paris climate summit, Europe has to come together and take the lead once more. Reform of the European emissions trading system...

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  • 27.04.2017

    Trade policies for fair trade

    Economic interests alone should not be the driving forces of trade policy

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  • 27.04.2017

    Workers' rights in the global economy

    How can workers fight the increasing pressure from globalized supply chains?

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  • 24.04.2017

    FES opens Academy of Work in Bangladesh

    “We need to be more ambitious about international standards and ensuring long-term commitments to worker safety and living wages”

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  • 24.04.2017

    Successfully applying union power

    A project by FES tells stories of successful trade union action around the globe

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  • 18.04.2017

    In Uganda, unions are helping to drive transport workers into decent work

    A trade union action in Uganda is among the successful stories of trade unions in transformation documented by the Global Trade Union Team of FES

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  • 29.03.2017

    Care workers must organize for their rights

    Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Over half of the 22 million population employs domestic workers and the figures demonstrate an urgent need to support care...

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  • 27.03.2017

    A woman's place remains in the revolution!

    New York City (USA) - FES joined this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) with a delegation of eight...

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  • 09.03.2017

    Fair Homes, Fair Society

    An op-ed contribution on the domestic workers’ rights situation in Asia, reminds us the political goal of the international women’s movement for...

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  • 08.03.2017

    Domestic service and social protection in Latin America

    First in a series of contributions for our March issue on care work and domestic worker’s rights in regions of the world where FES works

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  • 27.02.2017

    What’s the future of progressive responses to conflicts?

    On the peace and security matters that marked the past year, the challenges that remain and a future of a social-democratic approach

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  • 26.02.2017

    Every war has to end

    In Afghanistan lack of a popular definition of ‘peace’ has weakened negotiators and politicians advocating for a peace process, and emboldened the...

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  • 26.02.2017

    Bringing security policy back to the public debate

    Crises are heating up around the world, above all internally, yet security policy is almost absent from public debate

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  • 22.02.2017

    Colombia: a detour to peace

    After the rejection of the first peace accord, renegotiations led to a new agreement between the government and the FARC in Colombia where FES...

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  • 17.02.2017

    Brothers in Arms

    Let not Brexit put asunder what must be joined together in defending Europe

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  • 07.02.2017

    All bark but no bite?

    Israel’s new law retroactively legalises Israeli settlers’ use of private Palestinian land. Palestinians remain to be convinced that the international...

    more

  • 30.01.2017

    Institutions alone cannot guarantee democracy

    Political education can establish the preconditions under which solidarity can develop in a best-case scenario but to boost solidarity we need to...

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  • 23.01.2017

    I don’t feel any restrictions

    Brexit in 2016 brought into sharp relief the cleavage among voters along generational lines. So how do young people feel about Brexit and the alleged...

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  • 23.01.2017

    BREXIT, GREXIT, FREXIT ... GERMEXIT? – A dystopia

    Who never wanted to foresee what the future holds for us? Against the background of last year’s events, read this short – and gloomy – glimpse into...

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  • 20.01.2017

    “Latin America’s Left had deep differences when it came to democratic participation”

    Interview with Yanina Welp on the realities that influenced the implementation of participatory policies in Latin America. At the very core is a...

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  • 28.11.2016

    When the right is left and the left is not right.

    The Latin-American lefts have adopted an uncritical discourse that has closed doors to basic social experiences and disabled discussion spaces in...

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  • 21.11.2016

    New flagship study is out: "What young women want"

    A broad data base brings new insights on expectations by young women in Germany about family policy and gender equality

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  • 14.11.2016

    The left and feminism, contemporary landmarks

    The article looks at landmark events in recent years that have reactivated an evaluation of the encounter between the various lefts in the political...

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  • 12.10.2016

    Between euphoria and rejection

    Attacks on refugee homes, applause for refugees as they arrive and right-wing populist parties on a roll. In Germany, the refugee issue provokes all...

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  • 11.10.2016

    Afghans embarking on homeward journey amid uncertainty

    Revisiting a contribution by Delawar Jan, we turn back to 2012 and the closing of UNHCR refugee settlements that left 2 million Afghans without their...

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  • 03.10.2016

    A guilty silence

    Restrictive migration policies are not novelty to the Americas. Yet, the dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean can’t be disassociated from the...

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