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The Joint Africa-EU Strategy Must Support Civil Society

January 13, 2014 | by Marta Martinelli
If the Joint Africa-EU Strategy loses sight of its people-centered focus, it will become an irrelevant project for the populations of both continents. Civil society should be an integral part of ensuring this does not happen.

Drug Courts and Drug Treatment: Dismissing Science and Patients’ Rights

January 10, 2014 | by Holly Catania, Joanne Csete
Judges in New York are ordering patients to stop physician-prescribed drug treatment as a condition of participation in drug court, according to a new study.
Grantee Spotlight

The Tool for Success Every Student Should Have

January 7, 2014 | by Lauren Frohne
Jake Hayman wants to improve your social networks—and he doesn’t mean Facebook and Twitter. He believes every student deserves successful mentors—not just a privileged few.

Justice for Eight in Crack-Cocaine Sentencing. Thousands to Go.

January 7, 2014 | by Nkechi Taifa
Clemency not only provides a measure of justice for people who have been unnecessarily incarcerated, it curbs huge costs to taxpayers.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women’s Imprisonment in Latin America

January 6, 2014 | by Coletta A. Youngers
Between 2006 and 2011, the female prison population in Latin America almost doubled. Why? Harsh and ineffective drug policies.

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t: Switzerland’s Troubling Gaydamak Affair

December 20, 2013 | by Ken Hurwitz
Arcadi Gaydamak is on the run from a three-year prison sentence in France, linked to the Angolagate arms-for-oil scandal. Switzerland arrested him; then let him go.

Case Watch: A Step Forward for Constitutional Challenge to NSA Surveillance

December 18, 2013 | by Jessica Scholes
U.S. Federal Judge Richard Leon agreed that the Fourth Amendment rights of two plaintiffs had been violated by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of phone metadata.

“We Are What We Remember”: The Open Society Archives

December 18, 2013 | by Jesse Dylan
From dossiers of the Czech secret police to photos of remains from a mass grave in Srebrenica, the holdings of the Open Society Archives are a testimony to our past and a resource for a different, better future.

Case Watch: European Union's Top Court Reinforces Same-Sex Partnership Rights

December 18, 2013 | by Zsolt Bobis
A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should harmonize the provision of employment benefits to same-sex legal partnerships in EU countries.
Grantee Spotlight

A Victory for Equal Education in South Africa

December 18, 2013 | by Jonathon Fairhead
The physical landscape of schooling in South Africa looks much the same today as it did 20 years ago. This is about to change.

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