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Why are religious conservatives embracing transgender rights?

T. M. MURRAY

Iran has the second highest number of sexual reassignment surgeries in the world. What’s going on?

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Media monsters: militarism, violence and cruelty in children's culture

HEIDI TILNEY KRAMER
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Buzz Lightyear is tortured and becomes a prison guard in the surveillance-laden dystopia of Toy Story 3. Does it matter?

What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

MOLLY WALLACE
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Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

Why are religious conservatives embracing transgender rights?

T. M. MURRAY

Iran has the second highest number of sexual reassignment surgeries in the world. What’s going on?

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Media monsters: militarism, violence and cruelty in children's culture

HEIDI TILNEY KRAMER
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Buzz Lightyear is tortured and becomes a prison guard in the surveillance-laden dystopia of Toy Story 3. Does it matter?

What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

MOLLY WALLACE
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Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

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What can be learned from the movement to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Why indigenous civil resistance has a unique power.

Media monsters: militarism, violence and cruelty in children's culture

Buzz Lightyear is tortured and becomes a prison guard in the surveillance-laden dystopia of Toy Story 3. Does it matter?

Why are religious conservatives embracing transgender rights?

Iran has the second highest number of sexual reassignment surgeries in the world. What’s going on?

The progressive’s guide to reacting to offensive comedy

Ten tips for when everyone says your favorite comedian has “gone too far.”

Do we still need human judges in the age of Artificial Intelligence?

Technology and the law are converging, but what does that mean for justice?

The future of security

Healthy and healed relationships are the key to sustainable peace.

Women beware: President Trump and the promise of violence

The Mooch may have gone but the menace and misogyny remain deep inside the White House.

How intersectional feminism transformed me from an asshole to an activist

I wrote this so that more cis men can understand their toxic behavior and avoid apologizing 20 years too late.

The power of the long march

Walking across a country provides people with a tangible and visceral experience of solidarity.

What will cure the U.S. addiction to war?

We must redouble our efforts to stop the war makers from gaining the upper hand in our lives.

The real clash of civilisations

The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.

Six principles of nonviolence

Nonviolence can be a safe, effective and lasting way to defeat injustice, but like any other science it takes knowledge, courage and determination.

Has God the Father really disappeared?

The patriarchal deity could not have died in the First World War if he was seen landing on the beaches in the Second: a response to Rachel Mann.

When will there be harmony?

‘White trash,’ ‘dumbass libtard,’ ‘right-wing fuckhead:’ have we all gone mad?  

Could Facebook provide an antidote to political polarization?

Is it so hard to listen and speak respectfully to people you disagree with?

Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement?

As the ‘alt-right’ moves to violence, community responses really matter.

Please don’t tie me down

It’s time to let go of the Victorian idea that a ‘serious’ man should not be sensually open.            

Did the Great War leave God “hanging on the old barbed wire”?

The patriarchal deity died in the trenches of the Somme, but the churches will not let him go.

Slow science, slow food, slow down

When we rush, we make decisions that lack information, lack proper reflection, and ultimately make the problems of humanity worse.

What democracy looks like when you have to disagree with your neighbours

As much as I dislike the administration of President Trump, I value community harmony very deeply.

Face to faith

It is better to be united in our ignorance than divided in our certainties.

A new vision for the left

Equality and security are means to a greater end: ‘the evolution of a people who are kindly, intelligent, free, co-operative, enterprising and rich in culture.’

Tearing down the walls that keep us from finding common ground

Faced by increasing divisions we should be echoing an earlier call to action—“Tear this wall down.”

Sustaining peace

Half of all peace deals fail within five years. This is how you make them work.

Can there be a progressive patriotism?

The left must find a way to incorporate love of country into a new political vision.   

The right way to be left

Breaking up is easy, but sticking together?  That's the real test of one's ideals. 

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere.

“What makes us move is tasting dreams of what could be, stepping into the cracks where another world is coming into view.”

The subversive power of joy

The unexpected, spontaneous and pleasantly disruptive nature of collective celebration is one of the great equalisers of social and political struggle.

After the fight: a skinhead’s journey towards nonviolence

How one man moved from gang culture to permaculture.

Strengthening our ecological imagination

To see differently is to live differently, and living differently is the key to avoiding environmental crisis. 

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

How an ancient singing tradition helps people cope with trauma in the modern world

In Finland, lament singing is experiencing a revival, one sad song at a time.

Collaborating with the enemy

At a time of increasing polarization, how can we work with people we may not like, trust, or agree with?

Is there really a crisis around identity politics on the left?

The claim that intersectional critiques are divisive is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both intersectionality and socialism.

Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Nonviolence is a way of life, not just a strategy for organizing resistance.

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