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Remembering Peter Bell

April 15, 2014 | by Chris Stone
Peter Bell, who died on April 4, may have done more to shape American philanthropy over the last five decades than perhaps any of his contemporaries.

When Italians Were the Ones Being Called “Dirty Beggars”

April 10, 2014 | by Zeljko Jovanovic
In Italy today, the Roma face a level of racism and bigotry that would have been familiar to Italian immigrants to the United States over a century ago.

Three Ways to Build Upon Roma Progress

April 8, 2014 | by George Soros
The Roma have made progress, but there is much more to be done. These programs with a proven track record can improve on current conditions.
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Where an Open Society Scholarship Can Take You

April 8, 2014 | by Thomas Wilson
Open Society Scholarships alumni Corina Ajder of Moldova and Khatuna Ioselani of Georgia discuss the impact their scholarships have had on their career choices and beyond.

Keep the Spirit of the Maidan Alive

April 7, 2014 | by George Soros
We are witnessing the birth of a new Ukraine—with a limitless future made possible by people willing to sacrifice their lives for their country. But realizing that future won't be easy.

Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

April 7, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

Improving the Rights of Roma in Italy

April 7, 2014 | by Elena Cavassa, Anna Felicia Nardandrea
An Italian campaign is calling for the closure of "nomad" camps where Roma people are forced to live.

The Politics of Fear: Latin America Backslides on Excessive Pretrial Detention

April 1, 2014 | by Robert Varenik
Denying petrial release to suspects, regardless of the potential threat, has become a favored strategy for politicians eager to present themselves as "tough on crime".

The Killing of Norbert Zongo: African Court Stresses State Obligation to Protect Journalists

March 31, 2014 | by Chidi Odinkalu, Ibrahima Kane
Africa’s top human rights tribunal has found that Burkina Faso failed to properly investigate the murder of a politically troublesome newspaper editor.

A Roma Reality Check for the UK

March 26, 2014 | by Violeta Naydenova, Israel Butler
Roma have been portrayed as a threat to British society in the form of welfare tourists and beggars. The reality is rather different.

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