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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

In the Crosshairs, Syria’s Doctors Are Still Saving Lives—and Bearing Witness

April 18, 2017 | Donna McKay

Chemical agents and attacks on hospitals have become horrific weapons of war in the ongoing conflict. But doctors are being trained to document atrocities like these—so that war criminals can one day be held to account.

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.

Open Society Scholars Bring Mental Health Services to Afghanistan

September 30, 2015 | Zoe Brogden

A group of Open Society scholarship recipients trained in mental health counseling are transporting those skills to Afghanistan, a place where counseling doesn’t exist.

News Digest: Hundreds of Websites Blocked in India

August 24, 2012 | Becky Hogge

Weekly news digest produced by the Information Program. This week’s top story is about the Indian government’s decision to block hundreds of websites for fear they are inciting racial hatred.

Five Reasons Not to Use the Word “Slacktivism”

May 1, 2012 | Mary Joyce
Meta-Activism Project founder Mary Joyce argues that the slacktivism label is problematic and should be replaced with less derogatory terms like micro-activism or digital action.

Are Mobile Phones Bridging the Digital Divide or Deepening It?

July 7, 2011 | Brett Davidson

The rise of cell phones in the developing world has led many to proclaim the digital divide a thing of the past. In reality, advances in technology are creating new kinds of inequities.

Reaching Women Drug Users in Iran

April 7, 2011 | Buprenorphine Babe

In a country with the highest per-capita opiate consumption in the world, a pioneering clinic is helping women drug users reclaim their lives. Yet the program's survival is now under threat.

In Afghanistan, Methadone Improves Health and Reduces Crime

April 5, 2011 | Buprenorphine Babe

In Afghanistan, substitution treatments like methadone have helped people who use drugs reclaim their health and add stability to their lives. Yet this treatment is available to less than 10 percent of those who need it.

Buprenorphine Babe Goes to Lebanon

March 31, 2011 | Buprenorphine Babe

I've just arrived in Lebanon, which has announced it will legalize sales of a safe and effective medicine that reduces dependency on heroin and other opiates. It also helps lower HIV infection rates and saves lives.

Going Digital in Central Asia

December 7, 2010 | Daniel Zaretsky

The Digital Youth of Central Asia Forum in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, looked at the growth of blogs, e-learning initiatives, and how to use open source software in crisis situations.