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Intimidation: the new normal

ALEX NICOLL

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

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Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

MARTIN WINIECKI
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Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

FRIDA BERRIGAN
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“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

Intimidation: the new normal

ALEX NICOLL

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

MARTIN WINIECKI
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

FRIDA BERRIGAN
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

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Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

Intimidation: the new normal

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

I want to talk about my miscarriage

I am heartbroken, and I’m begging you to ask me why.

Do we have the right to financial rebellion? A conversation with Enric Duran

We need to practice economic disobedience so that radical alternatives can flourish.  

Have you been watching porn?

We champion digital rights at the same time as we champion sexual freedom because we know that the two are perilously entwined.

What Standing Rock gave the world

The Indigenous struggle that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth was made visible for everyone.

Women of faith and the Northern Ireland peace process: breaking the silence

“This business of loving enemies mattered to me. That was a command I had to obey.”

How to build a progressive movement in a divided country

Since we can expect more polarization ahead, how can we use its heat and volatility to create something useful?

Where are all the leaders?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination—a good time to reflect on leadership and moral courage.

Whatever happened to civil society?

In the last 40 years the architecture of voluntary citizen action has been transformed. Why aren’t we fighting back? 

Decolonizing birth

Indigenous women are taking back their power as life-givers.

The necessary transience of happiness

The happiness industry is booming, yet few of us are happier. Why not?

A message for UNESCO on World Theatre Day

"And they cannot stop us. Each night we will reappear..."

Will Cuba become a test case for a post-postmodern future?

Metamodern mindfulness offers a new way of thinking about the ideological conflicts of the past.

Is toxic masculinity a mask for anxiety?

What is it that makes so many boys grow up to believe that sex is theirs for the taking?

An atlas of real utopias?

TNI today presents its Atlas of Utopiaspart of the Transformative Cities initiative, sharing 32 stories of radical transformation that demonstrate that another world is possible, and already exists.

Culture shift: redirecting humanity’s path to a flourishing future

It’s time to build a new worldview around a deeper sense of connectedness.

Foreign aid is a waste of money—unless it’s used for transformation

Simplistic stories of saving children trap aid agencies inside a self-defeating logic

With Marielle's killing in Rio, a dream breaks into pieces

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security  in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past. Spanish Português 

With marijuana now legal, Los Angeles goes further to make amends for the war on drugs

How one city is repairing the damage caused by marijuana prohibition for the people who’ve been most affected.

The Great Society versus the Poor People’s Campaign

What can we learn from contrasting efforts to combat poverty and injustice in 1960s America?

Three more ways to build solidarity across our differences

For most people divisive rhetoric isn’t new; they’ve been developing ways to counter it for years.

Meet the Glasscos: lesbian foster parents in America’s Bible Belt

In Alabama, religiously-affiliated private adoption agencies can legally discriminate against same-sex couples, but the law may be having the opposite effect.

Horizontalising international NGOs: can it be done?

Alternative structures are available—if we have the courage to adopt them.

Structures are constructed everywhere, including inside ourselves

Radical change requires public participation; it isn’t something a vanguard can sort out for the rest of us.

Things that make for peace

What is required of Christians today in the light of the increasing number of wars, insurgencies, holocausts and genocide, is a deeper understanding of what true peacemaking costs.

Gun violence has dropped dramatically in three US states with very different gun laws

To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.

Priceless moments: how capitalism eats our time

Economic rationality leaves no room for free time unless it produces or consumes commercial wealth.

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

Why positive thinking isn’t neoliberal

By discouraging the use of powerful self-healing and self-development tools we may weaken those who are already disempowered.

#MeToo, dialogue and healing

To give voice to our deepest experiences is to cultivate connection and collective healing.

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The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

Why mental health is the hidden cost of the housing crisis

Our homes are supposed to be safe and welcoming, yet one in five adults in the UK suffer from mental health problems due to housing pressures.

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