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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera
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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Poland Is Pioneering the World’s First National Open Textbook Program

March 10, 2016 | Melissa Hagemann, Piroska Hugyecz

The country is revolutionizing its education system with free online textbooks that can be adapted, translated, and altered by teachers and students.

The Strange Invincibility of Corruption in Albania

March 9, 2016 | Fabian Zhilla

After 25 years of democracy, the country may finally be on the verge of putting a dent in its most persistent problem.

Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

February 23, 2016 | Carolyn O’Neil

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

The Struggle of Displaced Journalists in Ukraine

February 22, 2016 | Ilona Sabera

The conflict in Ukraine has forced many journalists to relocate, but their work has only become more vital.

In Georgia, Living Proof That Harsh Punishments Don’t Stop Drug Use

February 22, 2016 | David Otiashvili

Despite making strides in reform, possession of more than a gram of heroin can still earn you a longer prison sentence than murder.

How Albania Is Reforming Its Troubled Justice System

February 11, 2016 | Andi Dobrushi

There is growing pressure on Albania to execute the fixes that virtually everyone agrees are sorely needed.

Who Will Identify Ukraine’s Dead?

February 3, 2016 | Christine Mehta

With the body count in Ukraine rising and the government overwhelmed, a volunteer group is working to make sure families learn the fate of their loved ones.

Slovenia Built a “Corridor” to Move Refugees Straight Through the Country

February 2, 2016 | Neža Kogovšek Šalamon

Inside the legally questionable system that funnels migrants through Slovenia as if they were never there.

The Hashtag That Stymied Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

January 28, 2016 | Shamil Ibragimov

By making information about public spending visible, watchdogs are shaming away government waste.

Women Speak Up Against an Archaic Abortion Law in Northern Ireland

January 27, 2016 | Kellie O’Dowd

Why is it still illegal to take a pill the World Health Organization calls an essential medicine?

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