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The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017Naomi Burke-Shyne
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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017Karen Stevenson

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Ripples of Hope in the Fight Against Hate

August 17, 2017 | Kristen Clarke

The United States is stronger when it shares messages of inclusion, and when people of all backgrounds are welcome in their own communities and treated with respect and dignity.

The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017 | Karen Stevenson

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Muslim American Women Are Finding Their Voice and Confronting Islamophobia

August 16, 2017 | Katarina Rodriguez

Standing down a rising wave of discrimination and hate, Muslim American women in the United States are working together, learning how to defend themselves, and reclaiming their rightful place in American society.

Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives

August 9, 2017 | Binaifer Nowrojee

For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

Q&A: The Unjust Trial of Diego Gómez and the Necessity of Open Access

July 31, 2017

The story of the biologist—who is facing possible jail time simply for sharing a colleague’s research—is an unsettling reminder of why reforms to intellectual property laws are so desperately needed.

Giving Trans Activism the Support It Deserves

July 14, 2017 | Wiktor Dynarski

The International Trans Fund is a new participatory initiative to bring resources to grassroots activists for trans people’s rights—and to make sure that the movement for trans rights is being led by trans people themselves.

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.

A Message from Wales on Refugees: “People Are Very Keen to Help”

July 14, 2017 | Gregory Maniatis

Across the UK, a community-based sponsorship program is offering an alternative approach to refugee resettlement.

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems

July 13, 2017 | Topeka K. Sam

In theory, probation and parole are useful tools in helping to reduce America’s prison population. But without badly needed reforms, these systems of federal supervision are just incarceration by another name.

With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

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