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The Lebanese Nationality Law That Leaves Children Stateless

January 11, 2017 | Christine Chamoun

A generation of children will grow up without a country because Lebanese mothers with foreign-born husbands cannot pass on their nationality to their children.

Q&A: A New Way to Access Higher Education for—and by—Displaced Syrians

January 9, 2017

A new initiative harnesses the knowledge of Syria’s dispersed academic community to help other displaced Syrians continue their higher education.

In Tunisia, 62,000 Voices Call Out for Justice

December 12, 2016 | Salwa El Gantri

After half a century of human rights abuses, Tunisians are finally getting answers.

Tunisia’s Negligence of Small Farmers Is Creating a Food Crisis

November 2, 2016 | Ezzaddean El Safi

Efforts to kick-start the economy largely exclude small farmers, leaving the country dangerously dependent on imported food.

Why Breaking the Silence Needs the Right to Keep Silent

October 24, 2016 | Daniel Simons

An Israeli rights group used testimony from soldiers to bring to light abuses in Gaza and the occupied West Bank; now it is under legal pressure to expose its sources.

How Israel Bombs Gaza with Impunity

October 17, 2016 | Yael Stein

When innocent civilians were killed, the military absolved its soldiers of wrongdoing—or declined to investigate at all.

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.

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.

U.S. Assistance to the Middle East Is Drying Up When the Region Needs It Most

July 18, 2016 | Stephen McInerney

President Obama says America stands with civil society in the Middle East, but declining funding for democracy and governance there tells a different story.

How the Israeli Military’s “Justice” System Shields an Illegal Occupation

June 29, 2016 | Hagai El-Ad

The farcical process not only fails to achieve justice for Palestinians killed or harmed by Israeli soldiers—it lends a sheen of false legitimacy to the occupation itself.

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