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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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Nepali and Colombian Journalists Join Forces to Protect Their Peers

November 21, 2016 | Ujir Magar

Colombia has made strides in protecting journalists from physical attacks. Now, a group of Nepali journalists is working to apply some of these methods in a different context.

Hope on the Road Ahead

November 18, 2016 | Chris Stone

Hatred, racist bigotry, and sexist violence are not new. But the frequency and scale we’ve seen since November 8 are alarming.

Keeping the Internet Open for All in Pakistan

November 17, 2016 | Samina Naz

Internet censorship in Pakistan is reaching new heights, threatening freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

In Kazakhstan, Having a Disability Often Means Not Getting a Vote

November 16, 2016 | Parkhat Yussupjanov

Obstacles as simple as a lack of braille ballots can prevent people from exercising their right to vote.

Washington Must Act Now, or Risk an ICC Torture Investigation

November 15, 2016 | James Goldston
The International Criminal Court's findings in Afghanistan underline the need for the United States to prosecute military and CIA personnel responsible for torture.

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

Corruption in the Czech Republic Finally Meets Its Match

November 11, 2016 | Lukáš Kraus

Advocates and politicians are working together to change the way the country does business.

Civil Society in Brazil Is Urbanizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

November 10, 2016 | Oded Grajew, Maurício Piragino

By using the SDGs to update municipal best practices, advocates hope the UN’s goals can improve life in cities like São Paulo.

How a Ritual Amazonian Brew Keeps Brazilian Traditions Alive

November 9, 2016 | José de Lima

At a recent conference, ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink made from plants in the Amazon, was hailed as a bridge between cultures, communities, and generations.

The Problem with Criminalizing Sex Workers’ Clients

November 9, 2016 | Sebastian Kohn

Kate McGrew, coordinator at Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, explains how labor rights can protect sex workers in ways criminalization can’t.

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