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Can “Hot Spot Policing” Help Solve Pakistan’s Crime Problem?

December 8, 2015 | by Bisma Khan, Zulfiqar Hameed

The strategy allows law enforcement to focus resources in areas where criminal activity is concentrated.

A New Look Behind the Pricing of a $1,000 Pill

December 7, 2015 | by Azzi Momenghalibaf

A U.S. Senate investigation concludes that a blockbuster hepatitis C drug was priced to drive profits, not innovation. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In Azerbaijan, It’s the Media Who Pay the Price

December 4, 2015 | by Emin Milli

In a nation where reporters face sometimes deadly risks, an exiled journalist believes even one independent media outlet can spark lasting change.

Policing and the Future of Baltimore

December 3, 2015 | by Evan Serpick

Advocates who have been pushing reforms see new openings to challenge a criminal justice culture in Baltimore that feeds the cycle of mass incarceration and disenfranchisement.

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In Bishkek, a Community Struggles to Restore Its Vanishing Public Parks

December 1, 2015 | by Raushanna Sarkeyeva

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan’s capital has seen a steady decline in the number of neighborhood parks. A new initiative hopes to bring them back to the city.

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.

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

November 25, 2015 | by Joanne Csete

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

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Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

November 25, 2015 | by Sarah Isal

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Jews, Muslims, and other marginalized groups came together for a landmark EU-level discussion on combating discrimination in Europe.

Unaccompanied Minors Struggle to Navigate a Chaotic Asylum System

November 24, 2015 | by Yonous Muhammadi

A chaotic, dysfunctional system awaits young refugees entering Europe alone, pushing many of them onto the street or into forced labor.

The Countries That Gave Me a Second Chance as a Refugee

November 23, 2015 | by Michael Kraus

When Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, this man faced violence and the loss of his family. But the countries that offered him refuge changed his life.

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