Open Society Voices

The Price of the State

September 20, 2013 | by Nino Evgenidze
How much does running a state cost its citizens? A new web tool is designed to answer that question for the country of Georgia.

An Intimate Look at Solitary Confinement and Police Interrogations

September 19, 2013 | by Anna Overstrom-Coleman
At this year’s pop-up photography festival Photoville, the Open Society Documentary Photography Project supports two exhibits that provide an inside view of solitary confinement and police interrogation practices.

Envisioning a Better Future for Pretrial Detention in Africa

September 17, 2013 | by Stanley Ibe
A new African initiative takes aim at the excessive and arbitrary use of pretrial detention and its associated human and economic costs.

Does “Populism” Propose the Wrong Answers to the Right Questions?

September 12, 2013 | by Andrej Nosko
Policy researchers, activists, journalists, academics, and politicians discuss the rise of populism in Europe and its implications.

Case Watch: Court Ruling Keeps European Diplomacy behind Closed Doors

September 12, 2013 | by Natalija Bitiukova
A ruling from the European Court of Justice has underlined the need for reform of European law on public access to information.

In Italy, the Drug Debate Gets Animated

September 11, 2013 | by Marco Perduca
Italy’s harsh drug laws aren’t fun. But this video is.
Grantee Spotlight

Torching the Myths of Expensive Medicines

September 10, 2013 | by Sebastian Krueger, Els Torreele
Less than four cents of every dollar made by pharmaceutical companies accounts for drug research and development. So why are lifesaving medicines so costly?

Roma in Political Life: Czech Republic—Dependency and Political Development

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
How can the Czech Republic’s Roma ever acquire or wield political leverage if they remain dependent upon nongovernmental organizations run in many instances by people who are not Roma but who have come to speak for the Roma?

Roma in Political Life: Bulgaria—Political Manipulation and the Damage Done

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
Corruption, coercion, and manipulation have stifled the political development of Bulgaria’s Roma community, estimated to be nearly three times higher than the last census in 2011.

Roma in Political Life: Macedonia—Pride and Prejudice

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
On paper, Macedonia’s Roma fare better than their neighbors in other parts of Central and Eastern Europe, but yawning social and economic gaps remain between Roma and the rest of the country’s population.