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Why We Should Use 'Daesh' - Not 'Islamic State' or 'ISIS'
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the world has woken up to the threat that the ‘self-proclaimed Islamic State’ poses to the Western world. Among other things, it...
The Oneness Is the Greatest - #SanctumBristol
A reflection on religion, spirituality, connection and destruction.
Decoding Daesh: Why Is the New Name for ISIS so Hard to Understand?
Arabic translator Alice Guthrie investigates 'Daesh', the new name for ISIS recently adopted by several world leaders because it delegitimises the group's activities. But how...
Terrorism Double Standards: After Paris, Let's Stop Blaming Muslims & Take a Hard Look at Ourselves
We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change
Lakota Wisdom: Why Native American Truths Can Heal the World
The word wisdom is used frequently every day, whether it is spoken and heard or written and read. Yet it is debatable, in my opinion, if most of us know what it is. In most...
6 Artists Illustrate What Debt Means to Them
For our Debt Issue, we explored ways we could turn the tables on the bankers, rethink the soul-crushing nature of debt, and find routes to get out of it. Because the shame and...
The Psychology of Hate: How We Deny Human Beings Their Humanity
From slavery to genocide, society has shown a terrifying ability to disregard the personhood of others. Here's why.
What Happened When This Woman Included 'Feminist' on Her Tinder Profile
No matter which way you swipe, misogyny comes from all angles on Tinder. The Instagram account Feminist_Tinder is bringing these dudes into the limelight by highlighting the...
Bird in a Cage
Tribute to an elder
Are You Raising A Boy Or A Toxic Man?
We need to start talking to our sons, and tell them that it’s OK to feel and express emotion. That it doesn’t make them any less of a man.
Famous Quotes, The Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During a Meeting.
“A few weeks ago at work,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an essay for Lenny (yup, I guess I’m subscribed to Lenny now! Well played, Lena Dunham). “I spoke my mind and gave my...
"Arabian Street Artists" Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series
Homeland is racist (photo courtesy of Showtime) What’s wrong with Homeland’s political message? The very first season of “Homeland” explained to the American public that Al...
Resenting Hipsters
The fetishization of work feeds the politics of resentment. It’s time to instead embrace the language of economic and social rights.
Six Incredible Female Performance Poets Spit Rhymes of Reason
8th October is National Poetry Day, to celebrate here are six incredible poems written and performed by women.
When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty
History teaches us that legislative action rarely happens without organized protest. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so essential today.
Women Who Ruled
The History, the Inspiration, the Mass Murder
Top 25 Protest Albums of the 2010S (So Far)
The following list is aimed at putting to rest the notion that there is an absence of protest music or a lack of protest bands or singers. Many of the bands and singers are...
A Father's Open Letter to His Son About the Power of Love
In the first of a series on what #BlackMenLove, a dad tells his son that love is one of the most powerful emotions we have because it inspires us to give our all for those we...
Understanding Patriarchy
Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life...
Time to Reframe the Old Narratives About Race in America
Toxic ideas about people of color can be hard to shake, but looking at those ideas from a different perspective reveals positive truths.
Healing Our Collective Trauma: The Key to Creating a Society Based on Trust Rather Than Fear
Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships.
I Love Being a Woman
“I am a woman. I am thankful for that, for I like being a woman.” Already this statement, if spoken in full truth, requires a fundamental shift in the worldview of women...
The Precious Opportunity of Climate Change
We are in the process of burning ourselves and many of the beings on Earth right out of existence. Overwhelming. Unbelievable. Wildly inconvenient. Weirdly difficult to take...
Misogyny and the Healing of the Masculine
My new home of West Asheville is in the news. A local coffee shop, Waking Life Espresso, closed its doors after its owners Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens were outed for hosting...
The Ending Of Sorrow
First of all I would like to remind you if I may, this is not an intellectual entertainment nor some kind of romantic ideological rubbish. We are dealing with our daily life...
What We Can Learn From Forgotten History
This unexpected alliance between slaves and natives is a great model for social change
10 Pieces of Political Graffiti You Can Recreate Yourself
The world is your canvas, use it.
An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma
The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental...
The True Source Of Greed
“How much of the ugly does it take to substitute for a lack of the beautiful? How many adventure films does it take to compensate for a lack of adventure? How many superhero...
The Rebellion Crisis
In the pursuit of the perfectly behaved child, we have created conditional environments of reward and punishment which lack empathy, connection, and unconditional love.
Why You Shouldn't (And Should) Be Monogamous
Why should you only have sex with the person you are in a relationship with? After all, there exist many successful relationships involving people having passionate...
From Jenner to Dolezal: One Trans Good, the Other Not so Much
By far the most intellectually and politically interesting thing about the recent "exposé" of Spokane, WA, NAACP activist Rachel Dolezal’s racial status is the conundrum it...
How to Be Less Busy in a Busy Busy World
Most of us are pretty busy, just about every day. Some like it that way — being busy is almost a status symbol, as it shows you’re important and productive and a go-getter...
Social Media in a Generation of Mental Illness
Imagine a world without social media
11 of the Best Astronomy Photographs to Inspire Awe and Wonder
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual celebration of the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by astrophotographers worldwide...
5 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Think Your Partner Is Toxic
“Despite it all, I loved him – and that love was not enough.” How can you tell if your partner is healthy for you? Here's some guidance that can help.
The Whiting of Euro-Americans: A Divide and Conquer Strategy
In 1670, the Virginia assembly, comprising some of the colony’s most successful and powerful men, forbade free Negroes and Indians to own Christian (that is to say, white)...
God save the Queen as She and Her Family Lubricate Britain's Wars
Extracted from Royal Babylon: the Criminal Record of the British Monarchy. An investigative poem by Heathcote Williams.
The 30 Second Habit with a Lifelong Impact
There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice — mostly to no avail. So I...
Ten Films You Need to Watch About The Reality Of The World's Indigenous Peoples
Films that show the complex reality of indigenous health and well-being.
Biocultural Rights: A New Paradigm for Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources of Indigenous Communities
This article proposes a new concept of “biocultural rights” that justly reflects a broader intellectual and policy trend to holistically address the protection of Indigenous...
The Man Box and the Cult of Masculinity
Rule 1: There is no man box.
Noam Chomsky Has 'Never Seen Anything Like This'
Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite...
Life's Pursuit: Endlessly Seeking External Rewards is Self-Defeating
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was a scientist, aeronautical engineer, writer, and the 11th President of India, serving from 2002-2007. During his...
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.
These 10 Award Winning Photos Provide a Wonderful Window to Our World
The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest judges reviewed nearly 18,000 photographs. These ten pictures won the top prizes. First Place Winner Whale...
This New Superman Comic Brilliantly Sums Up the Struggle Against Police Brutality
DC Entertainment has undergone some major changes as part of its summer revamp, and one of the most compelling characters to come out of the latest series is a comic book...
This Is the Best Way to Fight Back Against London's Anti-homeless Spikes
In the past few years, central London has witnessed the rise of "anti-homeless spikes", rows of small steel protrusions placed in doorways to make them too uncomfortable for...
Eight Ways Less Is More - The Art of Strategic Slacking
You’re busy, “crazy-busy” even, so why would taking more breaks and wandering off for walks during the working day help you become less busy and more successful? Because, when...