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Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

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For Children with Disabilities, Global Funding for Education Falls Short

March 20, 2017 | Dragana Sretenov

Millions of children are missing out on education because governments are not investing enough money.

Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017 | Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

A video series explores the complicated story behind Salvia divinorum—one of the most revered, and widely misunderstood, psychotropic plants.

Fighting Corruption in Health Care? There’s an App for That

March 10, 2017 | Akjibek Beishebaeva

Teams of coders and journalists from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan recently took part in a hackathon to address abuses in government procurement of medicines.

What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

March 8, 2017 | Claudia Stoicescu, Rima Ameilia

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

February 28, 2017 | Stefano Scarpetta

A new report sheds light on the driving forces behind the rising wealth gap. Left unaddressed, the divide won’t just affect those at the bottom; it will mean a more fractious and unstable future for all.

A Flourishing in the Deserts of Afghanistan. But for How Long?

February 21, 2017 | David Mansfield

A photo exhibition looks at the human stories driving a tenuous environmental revolution in Afghanistan.

Q&A: Lawyers on the Margins Find Creative Ways to Help Their Clients—and Each Other

February 13, 2017

Given worrying recent trends, the need for specialized legal assistance to vulnerable groups continues to grow. But this collaborative network of peers is rising to the challenge.

As U.S. States Decriminalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug War Rages On

February 6, 2017 | Froylán Enciso, Brenda Pérez

Decriminalization has brought an array of benefits to the United States, but not always to Mexico.

“Rogues” and “Vagabonds” No More: Ending Africa’s Imperial Legacy of Absurd Petty Offenses

February 3, 2017 | Louise Ehlers

Archaic colonial era laws originally imposed to control local populations still endure in Africa, allowing police to harass and arrest people who have done nothing wrong.

Greece’s Public Health Crisis Is Hitting Migrants Especially Hard

January 26, 2017 | Nicole Kakantoussi, Marios Atzemis

Two of the country’s most pressing challenges—migration and rising HIV rates—often affect the same people. One organization is tackling both.

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