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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

Open Society Voices

Putting Rio de Janeiro’s Maré on the Map

November 16, 2017 | Sarah Evans

For decades, Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, was impossible to find on a map. But thanks in part to a local development association, its residents aren’t invisible anymore—and are ready to defend their human rights.

Intersex Children Don’t Need Fixing

October 26, 2017 | Wiktor Dynarski

For too long, intersex people have lived under the weight of social stigma and personal shame. But as Kimberly Zieselman, director of the group interACT, explains, that dynamic is finally ending—and not a moment too soon.

The World Must Learn from Hong Kong’s Example

October 18, 2017 | Matthew Wilson, Joy Chia

While many policymakers work to control heroin dependence, Hong Kong stands out. A new report explains why—and offers lessons to public officials hoping to follow its example.

Our Approach to Mental Health Isn’t Working

October 10, 2017 | Ailbhe Finn

Viewing mental illness as a biological disease of the brain—inevitable, incurable, genetic—is not only wrong on scientific grounds, but neglects the experiences of the best authorities on people’s mental health: themselves.

What’s in Your Drinking Water? Too Many People Still Don’t Know

October 2, 2017 | Elizabeth Moses

This year’s International Right to Know Day was a reminder that despite the progress that’s been made, far too many people still don’t know the basic information they need to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.

How Attorneys in Ukraine Can Use Health Law to Save Lives

September 13, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne, Olena Kucheruk

In Ukraine and other parts of the world, attorneys who understand how laws governing justice and health intersect have a much better chance of protecting their clients—both literally and legally.

The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne

The Schedule 1 drug law classification used by the United Kingdom and the United States slows scientific knowledge and human progress in the name of a discredited approach to regulating drugs.

Ending Latin America’s Crisis of Avoidable Pain

August 3, 2017 | Gabriela B. de Luca

Decades of failed drug policies have turned many patients in Latin America into collateral damage. States must do more to ensure people can get the palliative care they need.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

How Reproductive Justice Serves as a Model for Progressive Organizing

June 23, 2017 | Elisa Slattery

Groundswell Fund’s Naa Hammond explains why reproductive justice is about more than reproductive rights, and why movements for transformative change must be intersectional.

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