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Pandemic as the last call for radical change of local housing situation

As noted by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Farha, during a session on the COVID-19 experience, “home has rarely been more of a life or death situation”. We were already facing a major housing crisis before this pandemic. An…


Real food for our cities. La Lactería from Rosario.

La Lactería is a project that was born as a first answer to a basic question: if bakeries, butchers or vegetable grocers exist, why do we have to go to supermarkets to have access to dairy products? Why isn’t there a place where we can…


The Internet of People (IoP) strikes back

While writing in confinement from my flat in Italy, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has exploded in all its dramatic social, economic and political violence. What has been absolutely clear is that this crisis does not concern only public health, rather it reveals much deeper societal…


After Covid-19, the flood

Covid-19 is producing real change. But what kind is up for grabs. This moment demands each of us think through what sort of world we want to live in and how to get there. For myself and many others in the UK, now is the…

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After coronavirus, Lisbon is replacing some Airbnbs and turning holiday rentals into homes for key workers

Fernando Medina

Essential workers and their families have increasingly been forced out as Airbnb-style holiday rentals have taken over a third of Lisbon’s city centre properties, pushing up rental prices, hollowing out communities and threatening its unique character. Now the city wants to bring the people who…


Murray Bookchin, municipalism, popular democracy and left politics

Blair Taylor
Hilary Wainwright
Kate Shea Baird

In this podcast there’s a discussion of the work of Murray Bookchin, relating it to the experiences and debates around municipalism and wider left political practices and theory. The guests focus the discussion on the recent edited collection of Bookchin’s work: The Next Revolution: Popular…


Cities versus multinationals: who will win our post-COVID future?

Observatori Del Deute En La Globalització (ODG)
Observatoire Des Multinationales
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

The importance of care and collective services and its often poorly treated workers has been visible to all during the confinement periods. The virus has often struck harder in poorer neighbourhoods, where living conditions in cramped apartments did not allow for social distancing, and where…


Zapatistas: lessons in community self-organisation in Mexico

Anya Briy

As we witness the limits of the imaginable being radically shifted, the Zapatista experience is more relevant than ever. Yet, despite the challenges, in 26 years of their struggle for autonomy, Zapatistas have built functioning social arrangements based on bottom-up democracy, cooperation and communal justice,…


Pandemic municipalism

Kate Shea Baird

Kate Shea Baird talks about her article, Lessons from the pandemic for the municipalists in Spain, on the This is Hell! podcast, commenting on US politics and Spanish municipalism. Beginning with the question of why Trump is so frightened at the movements that question the…


Turmoil in South Africa’s capital city points to the need to overhaul local democracy

Mashupye Herbert Maserumule

The City of Tshwane, home to South Africa’s government and foreign diplomats, has been rocked by political turmoil for nearly a year. Coalition arrangements were first made after the 2016 municipal elections which finally collapsed earlier this year. This jockeying for power by the parties…

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