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Filmmakers in Syria Humanize a Conflict Overwhelmed by Media Images

March 16, 2016 | by Ali Atassi

To counterbalance endless images of violence and rubble, a group in Syria is training filmmakers to excavate personal stories from the conflict.

You Can’t Bomb Your Way to Peace

February 19, 2016 | by Larry Attree

A new series of reports shows the futility of using direct force to pursue global stability.

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How Businesses Profit from Israeli Settlements

February 12, 2016 | by Shawan Jabarin

Settlement businesses are perpetuating the Israeli occupation and violating Palestinians’ most basic rights. Palestinian civil society has worked hard to expose their complicity.

Five Years After the Revolution, Tunisia’s Fragile Transition Still Inspires Hope

January 13, 2016 | by Ammar Abu Zayyad

Grim as the future may sometimes look, the country continues to work toward freedom and democracy.

Can the Arab League Be Civil Society’s Partner for Human Rights?

December 9, 2015 | by Mervat Rishmawi

To take on a more ambitious role that responds to Arab peoples’ aspirations for more rights and liberties, the Arab League and civil society need to deepen their relations.

Slain Human Rights Lawyer Warned of Turkey’s “Existential Crisis”

November 30, 2015 | by Erika Dailey

Tahir Elçi, a torture survivor who became one of Turkey’s best known human rights lawyers, was shot dead at a peace rally in southeast Turkey on Saturday.

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The Slow-Motion Legal Disaster Unfolding within the Refugee Crisis

November 11, 2015 | by Samar Muhareb

Many refugees fleeing Syria find themselves in a legal black hole. Now a Jordan-based organization is helping them piece their identities back together.

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An Arts Endeavor in Tunisia Brings Together Government and Civil Society

November 4, 2015 | by Rana Yazaji

Art has proved to be an effective platform to promote freedom of expression and innovation among long-stifled Tunisians.

The National Dialogue Quartet’s Vital Music

October 9, 2015 | by Chris Stone

The Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on the four groups advancing Tunisia’s democracy brightens the beacon of hope for all of us.

Accountability on Drones Continues to Fall Short

August 12, 2015 | by Richard Weir

The United States must hold itself accountable for all civilians killed or injured in drone strikes, not just U.S. citizens or other Westerners.

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