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An Attack on Grameen Bank, and the Cause of Women

The New York Times

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The Grameen Bank became successful as the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women. Now, the Bangladeshi government’s power grab for the world’s biggest microlender hurts millions of poor, and threatens the gains made by the women who run...

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Cities Saving States

Foreign Policy

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Nigeria is arguably the worst-run of the world’s major countries. This country, and its biggest city Lagos, may show how fragile states can begin to succeed: devolve more power to their cities.

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Drugs, Risk and the Myth of the ‘Evil' Addict

The New York Times

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U.S. policymakers do not want to make drug use safer. Over the counter Naloxone could save lives by preventing addicts from using more drugs to treat the withdrawal.

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Despite exonerations, eyewitness ID process virtually unchanged

Orange County Register

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In the U.S., witnesses frequently select the wrong person because of improper police influence. Some states have incorporated a set of police guidelines that ensure the integrity of identifications.

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Grameen Bank and the Public Good

The New York Times

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The Bangladesh government seeks to take control of the Grameen Bank, the world’s biggest microlender and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for offering small loans to poor village women. The seizure threatens the bank’s independence, the millions of impoverished villagers who own the loans, and the...

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Microfinance Under Fire

The New York Times

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The Grameen Bank is the largest microlender in the world, with 8.4 million borrowers (most of them women villagers) who received more than $1 billion in loans last year. But the bank has come under attack by the government of Bangladesh and its prime minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed - now, the bank ...

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Out of Debtors' Prison, With Law as the Key

The New York Times

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As rampant misconduct by judicial systems across the country brought to light a crippling practice of debtors prisons - where disadvantaged individuals unable to pay fines and fees were continually and wrongfully imprisoned, creating a vicious cycle - the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in...

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Out of Prison, Into a Vicious Circle of Debt

The New York Times

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A program called the Clapham Set, perhaps paired with conditional cash transfers - may ...

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Seniors Take Manhattan

Politico Magazine

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Cities tend to be dangerous and difficult places to live for older residents. A private public partnership in New York is catering to seniors through small changes in the city such as para-transit options and seniors-only hours at public establishments.

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How to Topple a Dictator (Peacefully)

The New York Times

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around the world to accomplish political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting...

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