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Only a Radical Overhaul of the System Can Reclaim Medicines for the Public Interest

October 21, 2015 | Els Torreele

The pharmaceutical industry isn’t delivering innovation the public needs—but drug makers are reaping the profits they demand. It’s time to rethink the system.

Sexual Harassment in the “World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women”

October 20, 2015 | Mustafa Daimerkisha

Though education and employment opportunities for Afghan women have improved, a rampant culture of harassment makes it difficult to take advantage of them.

An Effort to Assist Refugees Arriving on Greece’s Islands

October 20, 2015 | Epaminondas Farmakis

The first stop for many refugees entering Europe, Greece’s islands often lack the systems and infrastructure needed to handle the influx.


After a Long Haul, Refugees Settle Into New Lives Far from Home

October 16, 2015 | Antonia Zafeiri

American photographer Amanda Rivkin captures Europe’s refugees where we rarely see them: in their new homes, after the journey is over.

What the “Roma Decade” Really Achieved

October 16, 2015 | Judit Szira

Amid setbacks in housing, health, and employment, Roma did make remarkable gains in one area: education.

Social Workers in Kyrgyzstan Fight for Respect

October 15, 2015 | Saltanat Childress, Bermet Ubaidillaeva

In a country reeling from health, migration, and economic crises, the professionals who work to hold families and communities together are shockingly undervalued.

Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security.

October 14, 2015 | Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Six Questions the Candidates Must Answer at the Presidential Debate and Beyond

October 13, 2015 | Jeremy Ravinsky

From drug policy to the refugee crisis, voters deserve to know how the people running for president will respond to the world’s most pressing problems.

Reflections on Belarusian Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich

October 11, 2015 | Aryeh Neier

A former Open Society board member proves that great works of art can be produced in the most repressive circumstances.

The National Dialogue Quartet’s Vital Music

October 9, 2015 | Chris Stone

The Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on the four groups advancing Tunisia’s democracy brightens the beacon of hope for all of us.