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Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

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In Zambia’s Contentious Election, the EU Finds a New Challenge

August 12, 2016 | Bram Dijkstra

The election in Zambia—a country with 25 years of peaceful democratic consolidation—is a chance for the EU to show it still has serious clout as a foreign policy actor.

Time for Transparency in the Machinery of Global Rights

August 9, 2016 | Christian De Vos

A drive for transparency over the selection of the next UN Secretary General reflects similar efforts by civil society in the global human rights system.

Brazil’s Security Plans for the Olympics Raise Eyebrows

August 5, 2016 | Natalia Viana

From tanks at the beach to jammed mobile phones, the militarization of Rio de Janeiro is pushing the boundaries of acceptable precautions.

Pakistan Begins to See How Early Childhood Development Could Transform Its Future

August 4, 2016 | Mehnaz Aziz

Focusing on the well-being of its youngest citizens is a long-term investment that could pay dividends for decades to come.

Can Drones Make a Society More Transparent?

August 4, 2016 | Tamás Richárd Bodoky

In Hungary, activists are using drone footage to build support for migrants, counter government narratives, and bolster civil society.

How Pop Culture Can Help Roma See Themselves as Survivors

August 1, 2016 | Vicente Rodriguez Fernandez

From comic book heroes to Hollywood villains, some of the best-known characters of the pop culture landscape have hidden Roma roots.

Indonesia Executes Several for Drug Crimes in an Ominous Sign of a Trend

July 29, 2016 | Rick Lines

From firing squads in Indonesia to vigilante killings in the Philippines, state-sanctioned violence against those in the drug trade is reaching new heights.

Liberia’s Next Generation Finds Room to Grow

July 27, 2016 | Tina Hyder, Massa Crayton

Despite an array of life-threatening challenges, young children in Liberia are finding support in a country that’s making strides in early childhood development.

Ugandans Find a Reason to Vote in Their Rigged Elections

July 27, 2016 | Rita Nalumansi

Despite the questionable accuracy of the results, many Ugandans who voted in this year’s election felt they were casting a ballot in favor of democracy itself.

Italy Is Debating a Proposal to Legalize Cannabis

July 21, 2016 | Marco Perduca

The proposed system, if implemented, would regulate marijuana-related activities under a state monopoly.

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