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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.

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.

A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

May 4, 2017 | Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Andrea Langlois

A ruling in Catalonia opens the door to legitimizing ancestral use of the coca leaf.

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.

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.

Death Threats in Haiti

October 13, 2016 | Chris Stone

Amid natural disaster and threats of violence, our foundation in Haiti continues working to create the zones of freedom on which open society depends.

Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

April 29, 2016 | Amaya Ordorika

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

Brazil Can Fight the Zika Virus with Better Public Policy

April 6, 2016 | Elisa Slattery

Instead of telling women not to get pregnant, Brazil should be implementing supports for them.

A Chance to Get Drug Policy Right

December 17, 2015 | Daniel Wolfe, Kasia Malinowska

In 1998, the world’s leaders hashed out a plan to create “a drug-free world.” In April, they’ll come together again—and search for a smarter way forward.

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