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A General’s Guide to Building Open Societies

January 29, 2015 | by Chris Stone
Crowd in plaza

What Colombia Can Teach France About Political Cartoons

January 28, 2015 | by Maria Teresa Ronderos

Five Years After Citizens United, Signs of a Backlash

January 27, 2015 | by Sarah Knight

Open Society Voices

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.

What Does Independent Journalism Look Like in the Digital Age?

September 2, 2014 | by Marius Dragomir, Mark Thompson

Journalists and media organizations can find themselves repressed because of inadequate or deliberately repressive policy. Mapping Digital Media examines the situation in 56 countries.

How to Protect Migrant Workers in Nepal

June 10, 2014 | by Elizabeth Frantz

Nepali migrants are routinely cheated and forced into debt by recruitment agents. How can existing justice mechanisms be used to hold them accountable?

Grantee Spotlight

Demolishing a Bedouin Village to Build an Israeli Town

May 15, 2014 | by Suhad Bishara

The Israeli government plans to displace the Bedouin community of Umm el-Hieran. But the circumstances under which the Bedouin first arrived in the area lend their predicament a terrible absurdity.

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