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Roma Feminists Navigate the Tricky Terrain of Ethnic Stereotypes

March 10, 2016 | by Carmen Gheorghe

For Roma women, fighting domestic violence is complicated by the fact that the very topic can perpetuate myths.

Poland Is Pioneering the World’s First National Open Textbook Program

March 10, 2016 | by Melissa Hagemann, Piroska Hugyecz

The country is revolutionizing its education system with free online textbooks that can be adapted, translated, and altered by teachers and students.

Why President Obama Must Go to UNGASS

March 9, 2016 | by Jasmine Tyler

Only by joining the world's leaders at the UN's meeting on global drug policy can Obama signal his seriousness about reform.

South Africa Is Still Fighting an Apartheid-Like Drug War

March 9, 2016 | by Shaun Shelly

Its constitution is one of the world's most progressive, but you'd never know it from the way South Africa continues to fight drugs.

The Strange Invincibility of Corruption in Albania

March 9, 2016 | by Fabian Zhilla

After 25 years of democracy, the country may finally be on the verge of putting a dent in its most persistent problem.

To Reduce Its Homicide Rate, Latin America Must “Denormalize” Violence

March 4, 2016 | by Angelica Zamora

Home to nearly one-third of the world’s homicides, Central and South America have become desensitized to violence. Refocusing public perception could help solve the problem.

Could the “Ithaca Plan” Become a Model for Harm Reduction in America?

March 3, 2016 | by Matthew Wilson

The small city of Ithaca, New York, just launched one of the most innovative approaches to drug use anywhere in the United States.

Grantee Spotlight

How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

February 29, 2016 | by Eduardo Ribeiro

Brazil’s six-day Carnaval celebration is a striking example of its shameful treatment of black and mixed-race citizens.

Liberty on Hold: France’s Response to November’s Terror Attacks

February 29, 2016 | by Jonathan Birchall

In this month’s Talking Justice podcast, we examine the emergency powers that grant the French government vast new authority to search and monitor citizens.

How a 20-Year Investment in Housing Helped Transform Post-Apartheid South Africa

February 26, 2016 | by Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

As the Open Society Foundations’ partnership with NURCHA comes to a close, we look back at what was accomplished.

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