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The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017Naomi Burke-Shyne
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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017Karen Stevenson

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Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

A Message from Wales on Refugees: “People Are Very Keen to Help”

July 14, 2017 | Gregory Maniatis

Across the UK, a community-based sponsorship program is offering an alternative approach to refugee resettlement.

It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems

July 13, 2017 | Topeka K. Sam

In theory, probation and parole are useful tools in helping to reduce America’s prison population. But without badly needed reforms, these systems of federal supervision are just incarceration by another name.

Q&A: A Rotten Deal in Nigeria and the Global Movement for Transparency

June 29, 2017

As two major oil companies face court cases over a deal in Nigeria, Global Witness’s Rachel Owens talks about how activists are fighting for transparency and justice—and what the international community can do to help.

With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

The United States’ Vital Role in the UN Human Rights Council

June 23, 2017 | Jerry Fowler

The UN Human Rights Council is one of the most important entities in the human rights community, as well as one of the principal means through which the United States influences human rights policy worldwide.

How Reproductive Justice Serves as a Model for Progressive Organizing

June 23, 2017 | Elisa Slattery

Groundswell Fund’s Naa Hammond explains why reproductive justice is about more than reproductive rights, and why movements for transformative change must be intersectional.

Why a Trial in Paris Marks a Milestone for Anticorruption Activists

June 16, 2017 | Shirley Pouget

The vice-president of Equatorial Guinea faces charges of investing funds in France misappropriated from the national treasury in a precedent-setting trial in France.

Italians Have a Right to Accountable Government

June 14, 2017 | Claudio Cesarano, Elisa Murgese

Italy’s freedom of information law has been in force since December. So why are government officials still refusing to answer Italians’ basic questions?

The Roma Are Their Own Best Advocates

June 13, 2017 | George Soros

With the new European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, there is finally a place where Roma can work together to promote their identity and self-esteem.

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