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Why Is West Africa Repeating the Failures of the Latin American Drug War?

January 28, 2014 | by David Bewley-Taylor
In West Africa, poor data and politically driven rhetoric drive militarized drug control, a strategy that cost Latin America hundreds of thousands of lives.

Black Male Mentors Share, Inspire, Empower

January 28, 2014 | by Chris Norris
African-American men and boys are not problems that need to be solved—they’re assets. Here's just one example of how they’re working to build strong communities.
Grantee Spotlight

When Relieving Suffering Means Removing Legal Burdens

January 27, 2014 | by Kiera Hepford, Zipporah Ali
Caring for patients at the end of life often means more than just pain relief. That's why the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association began training health care providers to become paralegals.

A Young Filmmaker Shares His Past to Overcome It

January 27, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
Richard Memminger was born dependent on crack cocaine; his mother was addicted to drugs. Documentary filmmaking gave him the ability to tell his story—not be defined by it.

Case Watch: Colombia Says No to Blanket Limits on the Right to Information

January 27, 2014 | by Emi MacLean
The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.

Tragedy in Romania: HIV and Shakespeare

January 24, 2014 | by Valentin Simionov
Romania would be better off paying for more Shakespeare festivals than for HIV-prevention efforts, the country's culture minister recently said. He has since resigned, but the belief may be harder to dislodge.
Grantee Spotlight

How to Make Voting Meaningful for British Youth

January 23, 2014 | by Michael Sani
Just a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds took part in the last UK general election. But that doesn't mean they don't care passionately about political issues.

A Deafening Silence Over Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan

January 22, 2014 | by Judith Mazdra
Every year, tens of thousands of women throughout Uzbekistan are sterilized without their informed consent—and often even without their knowledge. Why isn't the international community condemning it?

America’s Secret Surveillance Court: What the Public Needs to Know

January 17, 2014 | by Aryeh Neier
Reforms are urgently needed to the secret court that rules on the electronic surveillance practices of the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. Here's why.

Making Freedom of Information a Reality in Georgia

January 17, 2014 | by Vakhtang Natsvlishvili
The government of Georgia must now proactively disclose public information in a way that is accessible to anyone, thanks to the efforts of civil society organizations in that country.