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In Angola, a Brutal Silencing of Dissent

November 23, 2013 | by Elias Isaac
The savage murder of two activists indicates the high level of political intolerance on the part of Angola's ruling party.

Testing the Transformative Power of the European Union

November 22, 2013 | by Viorel Ursu
The EU offers its eastern neighbors incentives for democratic reform. Why is it that some countries have demonstrated progress, while others have remained mostly immune to the EU’s leverage?

Destroying the Wall to Get Rid of the Graffiti

November 22, 2013 | by Darian Pavli
Diego Garcia Sayan, president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, errs in endorsing stricter controls on online comments.

Rein in the Drug War, Leaders Say

November 22, 2013 | by David Holiday, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
Bold new approaches to drug policy and criminal justice took center stage at a meeting of security ministers in Latin America.

Somali Life in Helsinki

November 20, 2013 | by Marja Tiilikainen
In the 1990s, Somalis began arriving in Finland as asylum seekers. What’s life like for them there today?

Judge Patricia Wald: A Champion for Freedom

November 20, 2013 | by Nkechi Taifa
For Judge Patricia Wald, calling attention to injustice at home is what patriotism is all about.

Kenya Needs to End Human Rights Abuses by its Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

November 19, 2013 | by Jonathan Horowitz
A record of human rights abuses is tarnishing the record of Kenya’s specialist anti-terrorism police, and undermining the country's efforts to combat terrorism.
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The High Cost of Cheap Gas in Southern Africa

November 18, 2013 | by Richard Lee
While fierce debate rages about fracking, the Botswana government has been silently pushing ahead with plans to produce natural gas, keeping the country in the dark as it grants concessions over vast tracts of land.

Raising the Bar for Legal Education in Western Europe

November 18, 2013 | by Marguerite Angelari
The number of law schools offering their students the chance to do community-based practical work is expanding dramatically.

Heroin-Assisted Treatment Works. Why Is Canada Denying It to Patients?

November 16, 2013 | by Scott Bernstein
In Canada, five drug users have launched a constitutional challenge to the federal government’s ban on prescription heroin for treatment of long-term opioid addiction.