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Hate Crimes Don’t Discriminate

March 27, 2015 | by Melissa Sonnino

Open Society Voices

Grantee Spotlight

Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

March 24, 2015 | by Rana Sabbagh

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

Grantee Spotlight

Why Saudi Arabia Is on the Defensive

February 13, 2015 | by Stephen Hubbell, Madawi al-Rasheed

Threatened by hostile neighbors and collapsing oil prices, the infamously oppressive kingdom is struggling to maintain its regional dominance.

The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

February 11, 2015 | by Chris Stone

The Open Society Foundations and others are making a public commitment to work towards an internet that is built, used, and governed in ways that allow everyone to access it and benefit from its potential.

Grantee Spotlight

A Scholarship That Follows Its Recipients Home

December 19, 2014 | by Zoe Brogden

This fall, the first Civil Society Leadership Awards scholars enrolled at universities around the U.S. with one goal: to bring new skills and ideas back to their home countries.

Grantee Spotlight

Israeli Veterans Break Their Silence on Life in the Occupied Territories

November 26, 2014 | by Yehuda Shaul

After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, Yehuda Shaul met dozens of other veterans who were questioning the military’s tactics. Now, through an organization called Breaking the Silence, they’re finding their voice.

Lapdogs vs. Watchdogs: State Advertising and Media

November 18, 2014 | by Mark Thompson, Marius Dragomir

In many countries, governments reward loyal media with millions in advertising revenue and, in doing so, stifle critical information.

Grantee Spotlight

How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

November 3, 2014 | by Bana Sayeh

Amira Yahyaoui, a vocal opponent of the ousted Tunisian President Ben Ali and founder of a transparency organization, discusses Tunisia’s way forward.

Grantee Spotlight

The Transformative Power of Photography and Collaboration

October 28, 2014 | by Anna Overstrom-Coleman

Recipients of the 2014 Audience Engagement Grants cover a range of places, populations, and ways to merge activism with documentary art.

Public Broadcasting Services Can Deliver Democratic Values. Few Do.

October 28, 2014 | by Marius Dragomir, Mark Thompson

Public broadcasting services can express the ideals of a democracy. But as of now only a few in the world really serve the public.

Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention Is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis

September 12, 2014 | by Martin Schoenteich

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

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