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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

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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.

In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door

March 8, 2017 | Sebastián Pilo

In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices.

How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García , Mercedes Melon

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

February 8, 2017 | Mariana Mas

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

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.

Latin America’s Environmental Defenders Find Themselves in the Crosshairs

February 3, 2017 | Ana Paula Hernández

Of the 185 environmental activists killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America.

The New Phone-Based Tool That Lets Brazilians Monitor State Violence

January 30, 2017 | Miguel Lago, Guilherme Pimentel

DefeZap collects and catalogs user-submitted videos of state violence, then makes sure the authorities take action.

Brazil’s Groundbreaking Attempt to Get Corporate Money Out of City Politics

January 11, 2017 | Ariel Kogan, Ana Carolina Evangelista

In 2016, for the first time, all private-sector campaign financing for municipal elections came exclusively from individuals.

El Salvador’s Sky-High Murder Rate Is Creating a Humanitarian Crisis

November 22, 2016 | Celia Medrano

Gang violence is pushing death rates to levels on par with war-torn Syria, and displacing tens of thousands of people in the process.

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