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LBH continues to stand firmly on the side of victims, while fiercely defending Indonesia’s democratic gains. During the #ReformasiDikorupsi protests in 2019, the LBH offices were a hive of activity. Ari Bowo Sucipto/Antara Foto

At 50, Indonesia’s Legal Aid Institute continues to stand on the side of victims

Indonesia's Legal Aid Institute (LBH) has become an icon of Indonesian civil society and a staunch defender of the public interest.
India’s civil society has opposed engineering-based water management such as large dams, river linking and canal irrigation, for environmental and social reasons, but often ideological reasons. www.unsplash.com/@akshat_agrawal11

How India’s civil society can shape the country’s water policy

India's civil society, which for the past 30 years has been critical of India's water policies, now has the opportunity to drive the policy recommendations for water management.
Non-profit organisation Nakhlistan and Mustadafin Foundation prepares food for underprivileged communities across the Western Cape. Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Civil society groups that mobilised around COVID-19 face important choices

Civil society activists responding to the COVID-19 social crisis face important challenges and tensions. They should tackle these choices head-on as they develop longer-term plans.
A Syrian refugee child sits on the window of his family’s trailer home painted by refugee artists in a camp near Mafraq, Jordan. AP/Raad Adayleh

5 ways the Syrian revolution continues

The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
Cubans attend a public discussion to revamp the country’s Cold War-era constitution in Havana, in August 2018. Reuters/Tomas Bravo

Cuba expands rights but rejects radical change in updated constitution

Cuba will not legalize same-sex marriage, as gay activists hoped. But its new constitution adds greater protections for LGBTQ people and for women, and gives Cubans the right to own private property.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. RREUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

How Viktor Orban degraded Hungary’s weak democracy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse? Elantseva Marina

The infantilization of Western culture

Our social institutions and politics suffer from a collective arrested development – and our relationship to technology has only exacerbated this trend.

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