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Indonesia Executes Several for Drug Crimes in an Ominous Sign of a Trend

July 29, 2016 | Rick Lines

From firing squads in Indonesia to vigilante killings in the Philippines, state-sanctioned violence against those in the drug trade is reaching new heights.

Liberia’s Next Generation Finds Room to Grow

July 27, 2016 | Tina Hyder, Massa Crayton

Despite an array of life-threatening challenges, young children in Liberia are finding support in a country that’s making strides in early childhood development.

Ugandans Find a Reason to Vote in Their Rigged Elections

July 27, 2016 | Rita Nalumansi

Despite the questionable accuracy of the results, many Ugandans who voted in this year’s election felt they were casting a ballot in favor of democracy itself.

Italy Is Debating a Proposal to Legalize Cannabis

July 21, 2016 | Marco Perduca

The proposed system, if implemented, would regulate marijuana-related activities under a state monopoly.

How an AIDS Conference Sidelined an At-Risk Population

July 19, 2016 | Shaun Shelly

Some of those most likely to contract HIV—particularly people who use drugs—are largely ignored at a major AIDS conference this week.

Human Rights Defenders in Honduras Need a Defender, Too

July 19, 2016 | Daysi Flores

In Latin America, where activists face a range of threats, one group is working to build communities of trust and support to help protect them.

The Need for Action on Policing and Racial Justice after Baton Rouge

July 18, 2016 | Chris Stone

Peaceful protests are the opposite of violence, not the cause of violence.

U.S. Assistance to the Middle East Is Drying Up When the Region Needs It Most

July 18, 2016 | Stephen McInerney

President Obama says America stands with civil society in the Middle East, but declining funding for democracy and governance there tells a different story.

Obama’s New Drone Policy Is a Step Forward for Transparency

July 15, 2016 | Toby Shepard

The estimates of how many people have been killed by U.S. drones since 2009 will allow the American public to ask better questions about the uses and limitations of this new technology.

Case Watch: Discrimination Dressed up as Neutrality in European Headscarf Bans

July 12, 2016 | Simon Cox

Two cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union address complaints from Muslim women dismissed by a private sector employer because of wearing a religious headscarves at work.

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