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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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The Reform U.S. Drone Policy Really Needs

September 1, 2017 | Alex Humphrey

As the new administration continues to adjust U.S. national security policy to its strategy, it is essential that regulations placed on drone strikes in order to protect civilians are strengthened—not weakened—for the future.

Q&A: The Promise of Resistance in Puerto Rico

August 31, 2017

Amid the island’s worst financial crisis ever, a fiscal control board has proposed deep cuts to Puerto Rico’s university system. Here’s how students on campus are battling back.

“Gender Ideology” Is a Fiction That Could Do Real Harm

August 29, 2017 | Michelle Gallo

Political forces opposed to the rights of women and LGBTI people have a new rhetorical weapon. But even if “gender ideology” is a made-up concept, it could still be used to undo many recent and hard-won gains.

Ripples of Hope in the Fight Against Hate

August 17, 2017 | Kristen Clarke

The United States is stronger when it shares messages of inclusion, and when people of all backgrounds are welcome in their own communities and treated with respect and dignity.

The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017 | Karen Stevenson

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Muslim American Women Are Finding Their Voice and Confronting Islamophobia

August 16, 2017 | Katarina Rodriguez

Standing down a rising wave of discrimination and hate, Muslim American women in the United States are working together, learning how to defend themselves, and reclaiming their rightful place in American society.

Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives

August 9, 2017 | Binaifer Nowrojee

For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne

The Schedule 1 drug law classification used by the United Kingdom and the United States slows scientific knowledge and human progress in the name of a discredited approach to regulating drugs.

Ending Latin America’s Crisis of Avoidable Pain

August 3, 2017 | Gabriela B. de Luca

Decades of failed drug policies have turned many patients in Latin America into collateral damage. States must do more to ensure people can get the palliative care they need.

Q&A: The Unjust Trial of Diego Gómez and the Necessity of Open Access

July 31, 2017

The story of the biologist—who is facing possible jail time simply for sharing a colleague’s research—is an unsettling reminder of why reforms to intellectual property laws are so desperately needed.

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