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Russia’s Bombing of Aleppo Must End

October 5, 2016 | George Soros

I appeal to the people of Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world not to stand idly by, but to spread the word and voice their outrage.

Urban and Rural Guatemalans Find Common Ground in Fighting Corruption

October 5, 2016 | Alvaro Montenegro

Activists are connecting discontent in urban centers with the ancestral resistance of indigenous communities.

Pledges Alone Won’t Improve the Lives of Refugees

September 30, 2016 | Eleanor Acer

Two summits last week on refugees and migrants produced promises of aid and plans for compacts. Now advocates must ensure those states follow through.

Tunisia’s New Right to Information Law Needs People Power to Work

September 27, 2016 | Joel Campagna, Eszter Filippinyi

The country is blazing a trail for transparency in a challenging region. But the law’s potential for advancing democracy will depend on citizens’ ability to use it.

A Photo Contest Captures Life with Ebola in West Africa

September 19, 2016 | Christopher Ifeanyi-Nwanze

Traumatized yet resilient, the region is rebounding after the outbreak that claimed 10,000 lives.

Four Countries That Opened Their Closed Institutions—and Prevented Torture

September 16, 2016 | Ben Buckland, Veronica Filippeschi

A look back at how a simple but revolutionary idea helped prevent torture in some of the world’s darkest places.

In Zambia’s Contentious Election, the EU Finds a New Challenge

August 12, 2016 | Bram Dijkstra

The election in Zambia—a country with 25 years of peaceful democratic consolidation—is a chance for the EU to show it still has serious clout as a foreign policy actor.

Brazil’s Security Plans for the Olympics Raise Eyebrows

August 5, 2016 | Natalia Viana

From tanks at the beach to jammed mobile phones, the militarization of Rio de Janeiro is pushing the boundaries of acceptable precautions.

Can Drones Make a Society More Transparent?

August 4, 2016 | Tamás Richárd Bodoky

In Hungary, activists are using drone footage to build support for migrants, counter government narratives, and bolster civil society.

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.

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