Articles about Human Rights
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Claim Your Own: The Orlando Shooter Was a Product of US Hypermasculinity
Like so many others, I’ve been at a loss for the past two days, trying to make sense of the heinous act of anti-queer mass murder in Orlando. The following are some of my...
4 Reasons Every Straight Person Needs to Go to Pride (At Least Once)
I HAVE LIVED IN CITIES WITH PRIDE celebrations for many years, and I had never attended. It always seemed like a party that was meant for a group of people to which I, a...
Contradictions in the United States of Amnesia: Why a Black Man Can Love Donald Drumpf
Donald Drumpf reveals the truth about America… in a way we can no longer pretend to ignore.
Dear Straight Allies, Please Don't Come to Pride Until You've Understood These 6 Things
1. The first Pride was a police riot. We hold Pride each summer to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. At the time, most states had laws banning LGBT people from...
Tim Wise & the Failure of Privilege Discourse
"Unfortunately, I think our use of the term “privilege” is no longer a productive way for us to gain a thorough understanding of systemic injustice, nor is it helping us to...
Things That Feel True to My Broken Heart After Orlando
I don’t think I can write about his right now. I can’t be positive… And I don’t want to be negative. What I want to do is remind people that love is stronger than hate, but...
It's 2016 and Two Men Kissing Is Still a Stunning, Terrifying Sight
Just existing as a queer person is still a radical —and very dangerous — act.
Are We Witnessing 'Straightsplaining' of the Orlando Massacre?
“I’ve had enough, I’m going home” Owen Jones says as he takes his mic off and leaves the Sky News studio. It was an incredibly tense moment you could physically feel through...
The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali’s resistance to racism and war belongs not only to the 1960s, but the common future of humanity.
"The Divide" Shows Inequality on the Big Screen
Inequality represents simultaneously a cornerstone and a weak link in today's capitalism. The idea that wealth creation for the few benefits the many is a core myth of the...
Jessica Valenti: My Life as a 'Sex Object'
In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?
After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure
Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report, entitled, “Neoliberalism...
World's Low-Cost Economy Built on the Backs of 46 Million Modern Day Slaves
'Business leaders who refuse to look into the realities of their own supply chains are misguided and irresponsible.'
Remembering All the Deaths From All of Our Wars
We fail our duties as citizens if we remain silent about the realities of war
Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe
In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in the media and social networks...
Memorializing the Horrors of War With 10 Must-See War Films
“The horror... the horror...”—Apocalypse Now (1979) “You can’t show war as it really is on the screen, with all the blood and gore. Perhaps it would be better if you could...
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here's Why
FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the...
This Is Not a 'Migrant Crisis' - It's a Crisis of Inequality and War
The media  is wrong to characterise the issues surrounding the thousands of people attempting to travel into Europe as a ‘migrant crisis’, according to a briefing released...
For First Time Ever, a Majority of People Identify as 'Global Citizens'
People around the world are increasingly identifying as global citizens, according to a new BBC poll that shines a light on changing attitudes about immigration, inequality...
Untying the Blindfold: Beyond Brussels, the Truth for Our Children
The First World is quickly learning that it was easy to skip the lecture on morals and ethics - it is physics that will eloquently phrase the challenge in the end. Every action...
The Brussels Attacks: Our Pain and Rage Are Immense, but We Need Reason and Understanding More Than Ever
Frank Barat reflects on today's attacks on his city, and argues that only more understanding can defeat terrorism and its root causes.
Will Racism Ever End, Will I Ever Stop Being a Nigger?
A commentary on being Black in post-Obama America
The Global Refugee Crisis: Humanity's Last Call for a Culture of Sharing and Cooperation
The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing...
Traditional Gender Norms Are Imprisoning All of Us - It's Time to Break Free!
The world needs all of us to become healers. It needs us to nurture the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine that lies dormant to various degrees within each and every one...
13 Point Human Rights-Based Revolutionary Agenda
REVOLUTION LA is a political discussion group and revolutionary grassroots movement dedicated to building class-consciousness from the bottom-up through community education...
I Am Half: How Can We Inspire More Men to Make a Public Stand for Equality?
Most of the pain and killing and suffering comes from the hands of men in my age group. If all of a sudden all the men between 25-35 did half of what was on this list. If all...
Ending Circumcision: Where Sex and Violence First Meet
Flowers In the Rain Cold, wet, and tired from the long morning rally, my eight year-old asks again why we are here. We are standing with about fifty other media people...
How to Be an Anticapitalist Today
Anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative.
How to Get Rid of Your Landlord and Socialize American Housing, in 3 Easy Steps
Homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing.
How Male Circumcision Harms Women
Learn about the hidden negative psychological and sexual effects of circumcision and how these effects harm women in relationships with men. This article is based on research...
Welcome Refugees to Europe - A Moral and Political Necessity
We citizens of the Member States of the European Union, of the Schengen Area, the Balkans, of the Mediterranean, and of the Middle East as well as citizens of other countries...
In One Month We Will Begin Intentionally Starving Poor People
At the end of March, 22 states will begin imposing work requirements on people who want food stamps. Hundreds of thousands of people will likely lose their food aid. The Wall...
The Opposite of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture
The opposite of masculine rape culture is masculine nurturance culture: men* increasing their capacity to nurture, and becoming whole. The Ghomeshi trial is back in the news...
Why Patriarchy Persists (And How We Can Change It)
“Patriarchy has no gender.” ― bell hooks in Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom bell hooks’ quote is a clear reminder that patriarchy does not just describe male...
The Whole World Needs Healing
Why does our empathy seem to have limits? Why can't we extend our compassion to the whole world?
Until White America Looks at Tamir Rice and Sees Their Own Children, There Will Be No Racial Justice in the U.S.
He was 12, playing with a toy gun, in a locale with open-carry laws. Tamir Rice was executed for being a black boy
Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the...
Water War Against the Poor: Flint and the Crimes of Capital
If ever one wondered about the efficacy of a state government agency imposing officials on local governments, Flint has answered that question forever. In April, 2014, the...
My Special Place in Hell, Courtesy of Unfettered Greed
'Women all over the country can write about the damage done to their lives by the rigged economy and the special place in hell they work to escape daily when trying to fight back.'
10 Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy
News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free...
Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made...
What Shall We Do When the Borders Close?
We have been cooking soup, distributing blankets, giving information, warmth, food and hope. It has been fun, it has been tragic. We’ve tried to bring a human face to the...
Me and My Syrian Refugee Lodger
He has no home and only the clothes he stands up in. She has a spare room. This is what happened when Yasser and Helen moved in together, as seen through both their eyes…
Are You Awake? The Dimensions of Alertness
What does it mean to be Alert? When the notion of Alertness is mentioned at a conversation, people often tend to confuse it with being awake. Alertness is, however, not...
Threads - A Beautiful Cartoon Weaving Together The Stories of Migrants in Calais and Their Allies
Seven hundred and fifty thousand people have fled for their lives to Europe this year. (At least three thousand four hundred and six people died in the Mediterranean sea.) Of...
How to Understand White Male Terrorism
 We’ve been here before, and we know that violent backlash is at its fiercest when movements for racial and gender justice are winning.
How the Elite Deal With Sparks of Revolt
“I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half” —Jay Gould Metanoia Films has released a new documentary, Plutocracy: Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule)...
The Stories We Tell Ourselves to Justify Our Silence
In the wake of Monday night’s direct attack on #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators in Minneapolis at a protest against the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, I feel compelled to...
Britain's Youngest MP Explains Why She Welcomes Refugees
When Mhairi Black posted a short message to welcome refugees to Scotland she received both support and condemnation. Here she responds to those who said she should be more...
Don't Make Refugees Pay for the Terror They're Fleeing
Shutting down borders and blaming Muslim immigrants for the Paris attacks would give ISIS precisely the type of “civilizational conflict” it craves.