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How to treat a stranger in need: a moral response to the migrant caravans

Throughout history, the story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution.

If you oppose Donald Trump, please don’t hate him

When we allow ourselves to fall victim to hatred, we are doing our opponents’ work for them.

Freedom is claimed, not granted

Today’s actions by Central Americans and Palestinians show a historic convergence of resistance to borders.

Finding purpose in the future of work

Supporting disadvantaged young people to find meaningful careers benefits both them and the rest of society.

Are you really on our side?

We are all interdependent, but a person’s economic situation determines whether dependency is seen as acceptable or not.

Refugee-to-refugee humanitarianism

The realities of care-giving belie the assumption that male refugees, especially those from Muslim backgrounds, pose an inherent threat to Europe.

“We deserve the right to exist on our own terms”

Emotional labour plays a crucial role in society. It’s time it was recognized and supported.

Adopting a child is a revolutionary act

Both policy reforms and face-to-face caring are fundamental components of a just society.

Helping people to find common ground on Brexit

Conversations across divides are very hard, but they’re essential to democracy.

What came before #MeToo? The ‘himpathy’ that shaped misogyny

Kate Manne’s “Down Girl” describes the origins of a punitive social system that keeps women in their place by rewarding compliance and punishing resistance.

What would a society designed for well-being look like?

Economic justice goes a long way to improving mental health up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

Entrepreneurs of hate

Where does hate come from, and why has it played such a role in recent political history?

All you need is love?

Transformative organizing fails to address the underlying conditions through which exploitative care relationships are generated and maintained.

Welcome to barbershop therapy

Barbers in the US South are training as first responders to assist men with their mental health concerns.

What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?

It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare

Disability isn’t a deficit within a person, it’s a deficit in a culture that doesn’t accept or enable a person for who they are.

How does change happen? One man’s journey through the personal and the political

The first step to building a new world is to start living it, but don’t stop there.

How to help inmates heal after the trauma of prison

Half of all prisoners in American jails suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder. Can prayer and meditation support them?

Love and hunger in breadline Britain

We need a moral and spiritual revolution to replace the culture of shame with a politics of love and solidarity.

Trapped on Brexit Island

How did we get here, and how do we escape? Transforming education would be a start.

“The price on everything is love:” how a Detroit community overcomes a lack of city services

A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs that aren’t met by local government.

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

Sexual exploitation and abuse: why pick on charities?

There is always a line to be drawn between protecting reputation and doing the right thing. Charity trustees should be judged on whether they draw it in the right place.

Does Donald Trump’s foreign policy actually make sense?

It’s entirely logical for narcissists to seek alliances with authoritarian leaders.

Who is a refugee?

I would like nothing better than to flee to a dreamland again, a hospitable country in which I can fully be a patriot again, a lover of the country.

Motherhood and an end to women’s civil war

Maternal ambivalence has always been provocative: a review of Sheila Heti’s new book.

I love you just the way you are

Why kindness matters, personally and politically.

The Migrant Quilt: re-stitching the fabric of community

Memory is the first form of resistance.

Why we should all be concerned about musicians’ mental health

Music is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing, so when musicians suffer so does the rest of society.

Reveal, remember and resist: the three Rs remixed

Passivity in the young is an obstacle to social transformation. Let’s teach kids to recognize and use their agency.

Why human rights groups are beginning to support the rights of non-human animals

Solidarity must extend, not only to all people but also to animals, the earth, and the environment.

The beauty of a both/and mind

How can we find our way out of the impasse that stymies action on the really big issues of the day?

I want to talk about my miscarriage

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

Decolonizing birth

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

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?

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