Society, security, and rights

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    Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma shows how visibility can help realise the rights of domestic workers, but more must be done

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma shows how visibility can help realise the rights of domestic workers, but more must be done

Achieving labour rights for domestic workers requires comprehensive legislation and concrete implementation mechanisms, but public exposure of long-obscured discrimination and abuse can play an important role in shaping mindsets and changing the law, writes Simca Simpson Lapp (Queen Mary University of London).

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    Cuban healthcare offers many lessons for global health security

Cuban healthcare offers many lessons for global health security

Despite its impressive achievements in a resource-poor setting, Cuba has never been seen as a poster child for health security. Yet the country’s medical internationalism and integrated healthcare system have proved remarkably successful in preventing and controlling infectious-disease threats, write Clare Wenham (LSE Health Policy) and Sonja Kittlesen (University of Oslo).

Who is to blame for polarisation in Venezuela? 

While academic research recognises a number of potential drivers of Venezuela’s social and political polarisation, major English-language newspapers tend to depict Chavismo alone as responsible for tearing apart a supposedly peaceful and united nation, writes Alan MacLeod (Glasgow University Media Group).

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    Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una consecuencia no intencionada del proceso de paz en Colombia ha sido el recrudecimiento de los asesinatos de líderes de comunidades locales, con más de 500 asesinatos ocurridos desde el 2011. Estos líderes han sido asesinados principalmente por grupos armados ilegales que no participaron del proceso de paz, con el objetivo de ejercer control en zonas previamente controladas por las […]

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    The Brazilian prison system is undermined by gaps in authority, incentives, and accountability

The Brazilian prison system is undermined by gaps in authority, incentives, and accountability

Crises in the management of Brazilian prisons tend to be neglected by state actors who see the problem as intractable. Institutional conflicts weaken state authority, political and financial incentives for change are weak, and accountability on this issue has rarely been a priority for civil society. But some novel programmes show that much progress can be made despite this difficult terrain, writes Débora Zampier.

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    A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

One crucial unintended consequence of the Colombian peace process has been a surge in the targeted killing of local community leaders, with over 500 assassinated since 2011. Leaders tend to be killed by armed groups excluded from the peace process that aim to thwart civilian mobilisation in order to consolidate control over formerly FARC-held areas. Those areas with higher judicial inefficiency and where […]

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    Caribbean ‘frontier societies’ like St Vincent are defined by the ever-present interplay between the civilised and the wild

Caribbean ‘frontier societies’ like St Vincent are defined by the ever-present interplay between the civilised and the wild

Historical shifts and contemporary changes in St Vincent and the Grenadines reveal how the frontier between the wild and the civilised is ever-present and continually shifting in the Caribbean and beyond. Colonisers once recoiled from untameable peoples and landscapes, as did the establishment from “out of control” self-organising religious movements like the Shaker Baptists. Yet today the modern frontiersmen of the illicit […]

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    AMLO tendrá que adoptar un enfoque integrado para alcanzar la paz y la prosperidad en México

AMLO tendrá que adoptar un enfoque integrado para alcanzar la paz y la prosperidad en México

El reto principal para el nuevo Presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, será abordar las causas fundamentales de la inseguridad y la violencia en el país. Esto significa que tendrá que crear inclusión y estabilidad de forma sostenible y hacerlo de tal forma que no ponga en riesgo los logros de gobiernos anteriores en términos de estabilidad financiera, comercio […]

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    AMLO will need an integrated approach to security to achieve peace and prosperity in Mexico

AMLO will need an integrated approach to security to achieve peace and prosperity in Mexico

The key challenge for Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be to address the root causes of insecurity and violence in the country. This will mean promoting sustainable advances in inclusion and stability, but without jeopardising gains made in terms of financial stability, trade, and investment, writes Graciana del Castillo (CUNY).

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    El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

El Chile de Pinochet nos muestra que la represión puede ser el fin de los dictadores

Las violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas durante la dictadura militar de Augusto Pinochet en Chile contribuyeron a una derrota electoral que determinó su salida del poder. Sorprendentemente, esto ocurrió sin que cambiaran las preferencias políticas de los ciudadanos. Por María Angélica Bautista, Felipe González, Luis Martínez, Pablo Muñoz y Mounu Prem.