Thich Nhat Hanh: How We Can Learn to Love Our Enemies
5 min · 4,494 views today · This is a short excerpt from Peacemaking. I often think about this story when I think about the kind of activism I would like to bring into this world. I want to help build a world that no longer produces sea pirates, or murderers, or war profiteers, or criminal cops, or abusive partners, or damaged human beings of...
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I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
3 min · 3,828 views today · In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws...
The Coming War on China
John Pilger · 3,734 views today · A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an...
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2 min · 2,453 views today · The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated...
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Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
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Surviving Capitalist Depression
Michael Emero · 1,175 views today · We live in a toxic society filled with toxic people. Even the ones with the best hearts- including ourselves- have been raised in ignorance, with disinformation. Our examples...
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David Cain · 615 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
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