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Our Approach to Mental Health Isn’t Working

October 10, 2017Ailbhe Finn
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Azerbaijan’s Wrong Turn

September 29, 2017Melina Milazzo

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Latin America & the Caribbean

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“Gender Ideology” Is a Fiction That Could Do Real Harm

August 29, 2017 | Michelle Gallo

Political forces opposed to the rights of women and LGBTI people have a new rhetorical weapon. But even if “gender ideology” is a made-up concept, it could still be used to undo many recent and hard-won gains.

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.

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.

Q&A: Journalism and the Crisis in Venezuela

July 28, 2017

Investigative journalist and Armando.info cofounder Ewald Scharfenberg discusses the importance of holding governments accountable—especially during times of instability.

A New Campaign Against Latin America’s Epidemic of Homicide

May 23, 2017 | Michelle Marinho, Dandara Tinoco

To reduce the region’s terrible levels of violence, more than two-dozen Latin American organizations, across multiple countries, are banding together to create real policy solutions.

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.

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

On Venezuela’s Border with Colombia, the Need for Papers Threatens an Indigenous Way of Life

March 27, 2017 | Juliana Vengoechea

The problems facing the indigenous Wayuu people on Venezuela’s border with Colombia underline the need for creative response to documenting citizenship and nationality.

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.

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