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Can a Chain of Progressive Schools Transform Conservative Pakistan?

September 17, 2015 | by Samina Naz

In a tumultuous region gripped by religious extremism, a new kind of school system aims to instill children with a sense of science, critical thinking, and tolerance.

Global Goals: The Challenge for Justice and Rights Advocates

September 14, 2015 | by Sumaiya Islam

If we believe that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presents a genuine political opportunity to achieve change, some of us at least may have to adopt a different approach.

How Can We Make Data Work for Individuals and Communities?

September 14, 2015 | by Janet Haven

The world is increasingly quantified. Open Society is partnering with the Knight Foundation to find ways for this to benefit all of us.

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Brooklyn Outdoor Exhibit Features Two Open Society Photographers

September 11, 2015 | by Siobhan Riordan

A Brooklyn photography festival features immersive installations about U.S. Superfund sites and Nigerian romance novelists.

Refugee Crisis Sparks Biggest Civic Response in Slovakia in Years

September 11, 2015 | by Ján Orlovský

In Slovakia, online vitriol directed at the refugees is being drowned out by the chorus of support taking place on the ground.

How Burma’s Draft Law on Prisons Falls Short on Solitary Confinement

September 10, 2015 | by Erin Neff

Burma is falling behind in the global movement toward reducing the use of solitary confinement.

Mexican Courts Can Help End the Use of Torture. So Why Don’t They?

September 8, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna, Adriana García

Recently, the Supreme Court of Mexico issued several forceful rulings on how courts should deal with torture allegations. But whether the courts will act on the rulings remains an open question.

Can Better Data Help Solve Latin America’s Homicide Problem?

September 4, 2015 | by Pedro Abramovay

The region of the world with the highest murder rates isn’t tracking those crimes effectively. Doing so could help turn the tide.

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Civil Society Steps In to Support the Hungary Train Station Refugees

September 4, 2015 | by Antonia Zafeiri

The situation in Budapest is growing desperate as thousands attempt to enter Europe to escape persecution. In the absence of government support, civil society is stepping in.

Searching for Answers, and Leadership, in Guerrero

September 2, 2015 | by Eric Witte

Why has there been so little criminal accountability for past killings, disappearances, and torture in the Mexican state of Guerrero?