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For Slovakia, Lessons in Effective Activism

August 10, 2015 | by Fedor Blaščák

Civil society in Slovakia has suffered in the wake of the financial crisis. But a tax system unlike any in the world is helping to shape its revival.

Our Commitment to an Open Society in Russia

August 7, 2015 | by Chris Stone

It has been more than a quarter-century since the Open Society Foundations began work in Russia to support the aspirations of the Russian people. Despite recent events, those efforts persist today.

Ukraine’s Deadly Medicines Bottleneck

August 4, 2015 | by Daniel Wolfe

With the government turning its back on regions it has lost control of, dwindling medicine stockpiles in Ukraine threaten the lives of thousands.

Preserving Open Society in a World Run by Algorithms

August 3, 2015 | by Janet Haven

A range of projects seeks to examine how democracy and freedom function in a world where decisions are increasingly made by number-crunching computers.

Want to Slash Recidivism Rates? Educate the Incarcerated.

August 3, 2015 | by Christopher Scott, Nkechi Taifa

President Obama’s move to restore prisoners’ access to Pell Grants could be a game changer for reform.

Europe’s Roma Struggle to Reclaim Their Arts Scene

July 31, 2015 | by Delaine Le Bas, Tímea Junghaus

Nearly a century after the Nazis used visual propaganda to stigmatize Roma, the community is still struggling to take back control of its own image.

I Am Sandra Bland

July 30, 2015 | by Jasmine Mickens

My experience—and the tragedies in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, and too many other places to count—reminds us that race determines what kind of policing communities receive.

Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

July 30, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna, Alexandra Cherkasenko

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

Grantee Spotlight

For Those Seeking Education Opportunities Overseas, a Link to the Outside World

July 30, 2015 | by Zoe Brogden

For students living in places with little access to information, figuring out how to study abroad can be daunting. A network of advising centers is changing that.

The Confederate Flag and the Power of Racial Narrative

July 29, 2015 | by Donysha Smith

Symbols of racism galvanize those who would defend a defenseless past.

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